Henry catches and passes rival Jeff Ward in first race at Utah’s
Miller Motorsports Park, finishes 2nd to Ward in second race
CARLSBAD, Calif., (June 19, 2006) – Monster Energy’s Doug Henry won the inaugural AMA Supermoto race at the recently completed Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, in front of an estimated 20,000 fans this past Saturday.
Henry, racing for the Graves/Yamaha program, caught and passed rival and current AMA Supermoto points leader Jeff Ward on the third lap of the opening race and went on to win – running away – by nearly seven seconds over teammate Mark Burkhart.
In the second race Henry got out right behind Ward, but a couple
minor errors wouldn’t allow Henry to make up the ground – settling
for second place overall.
With the 1-2 effort Henry took a giant bite out of Ward’s points
lead, which heading into Utah was 28 points. Henry is now within
seven points of Ward, 156-149, as the series nears its halfway point
of the season.
Not to be overshadowed, Burkhart was also impressive on the weekend, going 2-3 in the two races and moving ahead of Kurt Nicoll into 3rd place in the overall standings.
Next up for Henry is the inaugural AMA Supermoto at the Palace of
Auburn Hills (July 8th) – home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons – Round
Five of the 2006 AMA Supermoto Championships.