Pirelli-Backed Sorby Stays Consistent

April 7, 2008 7:04am

Once again it was Moto XXX/Hooters Eric Sorby, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., that earned top honors for Team Pirelli at the Monster Energy® Supercross race held inside Texas Stadium. Bud Select Honda’s Billy Payne, of Simi Valley, Calif., was Pirelli’s top AMA Supercross Lites class rider finishing 10th overall.

Sorby, who is currently 15th overall in AMA Supercross class standings, transferred to the main event by finishing sixth in his qualifier. The next three positions in AMA Supercross class racing were taken by Pirelli-backed riders Dusty Klatt, Antonio Balbi and Jeff Gibson. Klatt, of Riverside, Calif., earned a season-best sixth-place in his heat race, finished 16th overall while Balbi and Gibson finished 17th and 18th respectively.

“It’s great to see guys like Sorby stay consistent,” said Josh Whitmire, Pirelli MX Manager. “He has done a great job in the last few weeks, and we are looking forward to this race this weekend in Detroit.”

In the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites championship Payne is now in ninth place in season standings. Justin Sipes, of Vine Grove, Ken., finished 14th, Kawasaki’s Robert Castro, of Columbiana, Ala., finished 15th, Kawasaki’s Justin Buckelew, of Sunrise, Ariz.,  and Jimmy Albertson, of Ozark, Mo., finished 21st. Buckelew is the newest addition to Team Pirelli, who was picked up by the Chaplin Kawasaki team. Dallas was a big race for Castro, earning his first main event berth.

AMA Supercross Class Results, Irving

  1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha

  2. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha

  3. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda

  4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda

  5. Tim Ferry, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki

  6. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda

  7. Charles Summey, Huntersville, N.C., Yamaha

  8. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda

  9. Troy Adams, Homosassa, Fla., Honda

  10. Travis Preston, Hesperia, Calif., Kawasaki

15. Eric Sorby, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda

16. Dusty Klatt, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki

17. Antonio Balbi, Riverside, Calif., Honda

18. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki


AMA Supercross Class Season Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha, 287

  2. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 260

  3. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 205

  4. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., Honda, 204

  5. Joshua Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 173

  6. Tim Ferry, Largo, Fla., Kawasaki, 167

  7. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha, 147

  8. David Vuillemin, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 123

  9. Paul Carpenter, Ithaca, N.Y., Honda, 120

  10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., KTM, 117

14.    Eric Sorby, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 70

17.    Jake Marsack, Berlin, Mich., Honda, 65

23.  Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Kawasaki, 40


AMA Supercross Lites Class Results, Irving

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki

  2. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda

  3. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM

  4. Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda

  5. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha

  6. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha

  7. Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki

  8. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki

  9. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., KTM

  10. Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda

14.    Justin Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., Suzuki

15.    Robert Castro, Columbian, Ala., Kawasaki

17.  Justin Buckelew, Sunrise, Ariz., Kawasaki

  1. Jimmy Albertson, Ozark, Mo., Suzuki


Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

  1. Trey Canard, Elk City, Okla., Honda, 111

  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 94

  3. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., KTM, 73

  4. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Honda, 69

  5. Nico Izzi, Saint Clair., Mich., Suzuki, 68

  6. Ryan Sipes, Vine Grove, Ken., KTM, 67

  7. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ken., Yamaha, 61

  8. Ben Coisy, Manosque, France, Honda, 53

  9. Billy Payne, Simi Valley, Calif., Honda, 53

  10. Branden Jesseman, New Brighton, Pa., Kawasaki, 52

17. Jimmy Albertson, Ozark, Mo., Suzuki, 26

18. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., 25

19.  Willie Browning, Westville, Ohio, Suzuki, 17


Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings

  1. Jason Lawrence, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha, 135

  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 129

  3. Austin Stroupe, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki, 113

  4. Brett Metcalfe, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki, 112

  5. Tommy Hahn, Alvord, Texas, Kawasaki, 101

  6. Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 95

  7. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 85

  8. Robert Kiniry, LaFayette, N.Y., Kawasaki, 71

  9. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha, 69

  10. Billy Laninovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM 62


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