With just two weeks left until the season opening round of the XTRM / AMA Supermoto Championship, testing is in full swing for the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/Honda/Seaspan/PPG crew. Leading the push for another national title will be none other than motocross and Supermoto racing legend, Jeff Ward. Last year’s gold medal winner at the summer X Games stepped down from full-time racing last year but is back to support the sport in 2009. He says he is 100% and ready to win.
“I’m feeling good,” says Jeff. Adding, “The series looks good this year and I am really stoked on our bike. From the first day I rode the 2009 CRF450 it was incredible. We made a few changes and immediately we had a better package than we ever have. Our team has been working hard to make sure we have the best bike on the track and I’m confident that we do. I’m really excited to go racing on it.”
Jeff will compete for the 450 title while his new teammate, Joey Pascarella, will vie for the lites championship. Joey is a former Red Bull Rookies Cup rider and a former Supermoto amateur national champion. His first outing for the TLD team will be on March 22nd when the season kicks off in Fontana, CA at the Auto Club Speedway. Joey will also attend random road racing events throughout the year in the 600 Supersport class. He finished second in that class at Daytona last weekend.
The XTRM / AMA Supermoto Championship consists of five rounds in 2009 with the X Games falling in the middle of the series.
The 2009 schedule is as follows:
March 22 Fontana, CA
May 17 Sonoma, CA
May 31 Las Vegas, NV
August 2 X Games (Los Angeles, CA) *Non AMA points
September 6 Salt Lake City, UT
September 13 Mammoth Mountain, CA
The Troy Lee Designs Seaspan PPG Honda Race Team would like to thank all of the amazing companies that have supported our racing efforts over the years. We would also like to welcome our new sponsors that will be an integral part of the crew in years to come. Among those are Seaspan, Avia, SkullCandy, Rossignol, Kasey Kahne Racing and Icon Aircraft. These companies have come onboard for 2009 and we are excited about working with them.
We would also like to acknowledge the sponsors that are returning this year. Those include American Honda, Red Bull, Wings for Life, PPG, Dunlop, Pro Circuit, Alpinestars, Pro Honda Oils, Pacific Collision Centers, Couts Heating & Cooling, QTM, Marchesini, Brembo, Renthal, N-Style, Excel, RK, Cycra, ODI, Selle Italia, Hinson, Leatt Brace, Light Speed, Twin Air, VP Racing Fuels, Muc-Off, Flexfit, Chicken Hawn Racing, Cornwell Tools, CRF’s Only, along with Malcolm Smith, and Jimmy Vasser Racing. We could not go racing without you. Thank you for your support of the Troy Lee Designs Race Team.