The final round of the 2009 AMA supercross series in Las Vegas didn’t offer any points to the lites riders. It was simply a chance for the east and west regions to go head-to-head to determine which riders are quickest. And the Troy Lee Designs team wasn’t going to miss the opportunity. All four team riders including Chris Blose, Jake Moss, Sean Borkenhagen and Jimmy Albertson put their Hondas in the main event. Considering that this final event featured the very best 250 riders in the country that was no small feat. And it showed just how competitive the Troy Lee Designs/Seaspan/PPG/Honda team has become.
When the gate dropped for the final race of the season Jake Moss shot out of the gate and spent the opening laps of the main event in fourth position right behind Pourcel, Canard and Dungey. Meanwhile, Chris, Jimmy and Sean suffered poor starts and were busy working their way through traffic. Near the halfway point in the race, Jake succumbed to arm pump and made a critical mistake in a whoop section. He stalled his bike and when he got going again he found himself in eighth position. Moss held onto that spot until the end of the race. Jake has shown that he has the speed to win races, he just lacks the endurance. That is understandable considering he had a broken back just six months ago.
Chris Blose fought his way past his teammates and ended the night in thirteenth place. It was not the finish he was hoping for but he has had an incredible season in 2009. Jimmy Albertson and Sean Borkenhagen closed the season in fifteenth and seventeenth, respectively.
The team now turns its focus to winning Supermoto championships and testing the waters in outdoor motocross. Along with the rest of the XTRM Supermoto championship, the Troy Lee Designs Honda team will be competing in five rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship. Jake Moss, Chris Blose and Sean Borkenhagen will fly our colors at the Glen Helen, Hangtown, Freestone, Colorado and Washougal rounds of the series.
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, Skull Candy, 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, Wings for Life, PPG, Pacific Collision Centers, Couts Heating and Cooling, Dunlop, VP Racing Fuels, Pro Circuit, Pro Honda Oils, Renthal, ODI, Excel, RK, N-Style, Selle Italia, Alpinestars, Jimmy Vasser, Cornwell Tools, Cumberland, Cycra, Malcolm Smith, Flexfit, Hinson, Leatt Brace, Light Speed, MetTec, Momo, Muc-Off, QTM, Talon Hubs, CRF’s Only and Twin Air. We could not go racing without you. Thank you for your support of the Troy Lee Designs Race Team.
We would also like to acknowledge Mid-Cities Honda for their continued support of Sean Borkenhagen.