AMA Supermoto Championship Season Opener this Weekend

Opening Round Includes X Games Qualifier

Monroe, Wash. (July 1, 2008) – WHR Motorsports is ready to host the opening round of the 2008 XTRM / AMA Supermoto Championship season this Friday and Saturday, July 4-5, at the Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Washington.

The Inaugural Bob Lanphere's Renton Motorcycle Company / Downtown Harley Davidson Battle of Seattle, marks the first time the AMA Supermoto Championship has visited the state of Washington. Other forms of motorcycle racing such as Supercross, Motocross and Flat Track events have all excelled in the Northwest creating a surge in local competitions and breeding ground for upcoming riders.

The first round of the six round Supermoto Series will set the stage for the ESPN Summer X Games, as non-seeded Supermoto riders will have the opportunity to qualify for their chance at winning an X Games medal, August 1-2.

XTRM / AMA Supermoto is one of the fastest growing forms of professional motorcycle racing in the world. Supermoto racers combine skills that are used in both asphalt and dirt racing. Supermoto tracks are unique, as they feature both right and left hand turns on the asphalt and dirt surfaces; also the tracks combine dirt and metal jumps which take skills from all styles of racing. These supermoto racing elements make this sport one of the most exciting types of motorcycle racing for both spectators and racers.

2008 defending champions Mark Burkhart (450 Premier Class), Ben Carlson (Unlimited Class) and Brandon Currie (250 Lites Class) will have their hands full, as riders like David Pingree, Cassidy Anderson, Carey Hart, Chris Fillmore and Kurt Nicoll look to play the spoiler once the 2008 season gets underway.

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WHAT: Battle of Seattle - The Opening Round of the XTRM / AMA Supermoto Championship

Beginning on Friday night the Seattle Supermoto opener at Evergreen Speedway will include a Demolition Derby/Fireworks – School Bus F8, Boat Races, Roll Over Contest, Hornets, “The Beast” Jet Dragster and Crash Cars.

WHEN:             FRIDAY, July 4, Promoter Practice

                        SATURDAY, July 5, Qualifying and Pro Race

SUNDAY, July 6, Amateur Racing

WHERE: Evergreen Speedway, Monroe, WA

The Evergreen Speedway is located at 14405 179th Ave SE in Monroe, WA 98272.

SCHEDULE: Friday — Pro Promoter Practice 11:00pm until 2:00pm.

Saturday — Timed Practice begins at 12:45 pm. Heats and Last Chance Qualifiers go from 4:15pm until 5:30 pm. Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:45 pm with final events beginning at 7:00 pm.

Sunday — Amateur Racing 10am until 5:00pm              

DIRECTIONS: From Seattle – Take I-5 N via the ramp toward Vancouver, B.C. Merge onto WA-520 E via exit 168B toward Bellevue/Kirkland. Merge onto I-405 N toward Everett. Merge onto WA-522 E via exit 23 toward US-2/Woodinville/Wenatchee. Turn Right onto US-2/Stevens Pass Hwy. Turn Right onto 179TH AVE SE. End at 14405 179th Ave SE Monroe, WA 98272

WHO: With motocross-based machines the real weapon of choice in supermoto, it shouldn’t be all that surprising to learn that motocross racers have so far proven to be the most suited to the new discipline. As the discipline matures and grows, expect supermoto racing specialists to rise to the top. Racers such as Mark Burkhart, David Pingree, Kurt Nicoll, Carey Hart and many more will be in attendance.

TICKET INFO: Tickets can be purchased at the Evergreen Speedway, or online at Tickets are also available at any Ticketmaster outlets.

Saturday Admission: Kids -$10, Adults $18. Gates open at 12 a.m.       

MORE INFO: For more information, visit the race website at For information on the top riders and the race series, visit or the AMA Supermoto website at