Henry on podium both days in Denver supermoto double header, Monster Energy teammate Mark Burkhart makes the podium in race No. 2
CARLSBAD, Calif., (Aug. 28, 2006) – Monster Energy’s Doug Henry went 2-2 this past weekend at the Denver round of the AMA Supermoto Championship – the Fay Meyers Supermoto Classic - but ended up dropping some points to overall series leader Jeff Ward.
With Ward going 1-1 to Henry’s 2-2, Ward now leads the overall
premier class points chase 300-278 over Henry with three rounds
remaining in the season.
Held at Denver’s Invesco Field, the two-day event opened on a
positive note for the Monster Energy-backed/Graves Yamaha racers when Mark Burkhart won the opening moto over Ward with Henry placing third. In the second moto Ward got out early and led the entire race, though Henry closed the gap and placed 2nd by just over a second and a half (to Ward). Burkhart, who crashed early in the race, battled all the way back from 22nd to 6th – then went down again when trying to catch Jurgen Kunzel. Burkhart was unable to finish the race and the DNF would drop him to 4th in the overall standings – 24 points behind Chris Fillmore (3rd o/a).
“There’s still a lot of racing to go this season – things are by no
means over,” said Burkhart. “I’ve got my eye on the overall podium
and will stop at nothing to get myself back into a position to win.”
On Day Two Henry and Ward engaged in one of their better battles of the year, with Ward winning a thriller on a rain-soaked course by .7
seconds. In the second race Henry and Burkhart would battle, swapping places before Henry took over 2nd place on the final lap.
“I had a blast this weekend,” said Henry. “Wardy rode awesome and
deserved to win. Definitely looking forward to getting him back at
Road America (Sept. 22-23).”