Team KTM HMC Brings Fillmore Back Home to Team KTM HMC
January 14, 2008 - Wisconsin - Team KTM HMC is pleased to announce the signing of the talented Supermoto veteran and rising star, Chris Fillmore, for the 2008 AMA Supermoto Championship. Fillmore joins the team having placed a solid 4th in the 2007 AMA Supermoto Championship.
His goal for 2008 is to take all the marbles and win in the premier 450cc class as well as taking a podium in the X-Games.
"I'm really excited to work with the guys at Team KTM HMC," explained Fillmore. "Mitch Hansen started me out in my Supermoto career in 2003 and it's like coming home to work with him and the team again." "Troy Herfoss and I will be training together for the start of the season and I think we will be the pair to beat in the Supermoto Premier Championship."
Fillmore began his racing career in 2003 and won his very first Supermoto race in South Boston, VA aboard the Factory Red Bull HMC KTM Team running a KTM Unlimited racebike.
"We are pleased to bring the racing talents of Chris Fillmore back under the Team KTM HMC canopy for the 2008 season," said Mitch Hansen, Team owner of Team HMC KTM. "Over the years we have had the good fortune to work with world-class talent from Scott Russell to Doug Chandler, and we feel Chris has the capacity to place an indelible stamp on the American Supermoto series."
KTM is extending its road racing efforts in 2008 with the KTM 990 Super Duke R. This bike will be raced at select regional and national road race series events. Select series include (but are not limited to): CCS, WERA, AFM, Utah Sportbike Association, Moto-ST and the Canadian Thunder Series. Many of the tracks used in the above series are also used by the AMA Superbike Series. KTM riders Troy Herfoss and Chris Fillmore will race the KTM 990 Super Duke R on the top American tracks against high-level competition to help develop their individual road racing skills as well as develop the bike for future events.
KTM has a deeply rooted motor sport tradition. More than 100 World Championship titles are proof of the company's great technical expertise. "Ready to Race" is the company's philosophy. The insights gained from their motor sport experience are passed directly into series production and so become available to their customers as well.
Mitch Hansen is the owner of HMC Racing and runs the Factory HMC KTM Team out of his multipurpose shop in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. HMC Racing has a storied background in racing and has won 12 National Championships in the AMA Roadracing and Supermoto series. Hansen has worked with the who?s who of motorcycle racers including Kurt Nicoll, Scott Russell, Doug Chandler, Pascal Picotte, Scott Zampach, Jurgen Kunzel, Johnny Lewis, Steve Rapp, Troy Herfoss, Benny Carlson, Chris Fillmore, Andreas Meklau and many more.