Burkhart dominated the field with lap time's eight tenths of a second better than the competition. He started the race in third place and quickly moved into the lead where he began to build a gap on second place. Three laps from the finish, a rock in one of the turns in the dirt section caused him to fall. He quickly remounted the bike and finished the race without any other problems.
The HMC Racing prepared KTM ran flawlessly. The additional time testing on the bike and getting comfortable with the new KTM made all the difference for Burkhart at his second race. He was very comfortable on the bike and looked smooth.
The victory helps heal the wounds from last season where Burkhart lost the championship when bike malfunctions cost him critical points at the last round of the season.
"This weekend was great. Everything has come together perfectly with the team and my sponsors. It feels awesome to win again. Mitch Hansen is a pleasure to work with and he knows how to make the bikes run perfectly. All my sponsors have contributed heavily to the program, so this win is really a team effort. I have the support I needed to put together a winning effort and I can't thank them enough," commented Burkhart.
The next race for Monster Energy Burkhart Racing KTM Team is May 31, 2009 at South Point Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.
About Burkhart Racing
Burkhart Racing is a professional Supermoto team owned by Mark Burkhart. Mitch Hansen of HMC Racing is responsible for the preparing and maintaining the bikes along with crew chief Uli Toporsch. Mark Burkhart has won numerous supermoto championships including the 2008 Navy Moto X Games World Championships Gold, the 2007 X Games Gold, 2007 AMA Supermoto Championship, 2006 X Games Silver and 2005 AMA Supermoto Lites Championship. Team sponsors include Monster Energy Drink, Foremost Insurance, Parts Unlimited, Thor, Alpinestars, Dunlop, KTM, Arai, Scott, Sidi, Cycra, Akrapovic Exhaust, Vortex, Fuchs Silkolene Oil, DID Chain, Beringer Brakes, Millennium Technologies, EBC Brakes, Wiseco Pistons, Cometic Gaskets, Hot Cams, Pivot Works, VP Fuel. Additional information about Mark Burkhart can be found on his web site at www.markburkhart.com
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