Fillmore 7th at AMA Superbike Debut

HMC/KTM Racing Team's, Chris Fillmore, earned an impressive 7th placed finish at the AMA Pro Superbike race held in Lexington, OH at The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The sixth round of the AMA Pro Superbike Racing Series marked the first professional Superbike race for Fillmore and the debut of the KTM 1190 RC8 R Race Spec motorcycle on the Superbike circuit.

Fillmore already set the bar higher than expected when he qualified 10th fastest in timed qualifying. "Nobody expected us to be inside the top ten. We really haven't had much time on the bike and are way behind in terms of set-up compared to the teams that have been racing all season," remarked Fillmore. "When I qualified 10th fastest, we were all excited and couldn't wait for the race to begin."

Fillmore started from his 10th pick on the third row. He was running a smooth race in the first of six laps of the twenty-one lap main event when a red flag was flown. BMW rider Chris Peris had crashed and caused a red flag which gave riders a 10 minute pause before the restart of the race.

"It's legal to make a few changes to your bike set-up while a race is red flagged. We took advantage of that time and made a few tweaks to my set-up which helped tremendously when we returned to racing action," remarked Fillmore.

It didn't take long for Fillmore to turn on the throttle and begin to creep his way up inside the top ten once the restart began. Fillmore passed JD Beach for 9th on lap 8 and turned heads again a lap later when he passed Chris Clark for 8th position. Fillmore continued to charge and soon found himself in the middle of a four-way battle for between Larry Pegram, Steve Rapp and Martin Cardenas. With six laps to go he was still in 8th place closing fast on Rapp.

A lap later and Fillmore had worked his KTM into 7th place making the pass stick on Rapp. He spent the remaining laps on the tail of Cardenas trying to make the pass. "I attempted to make the pass a few times but couldn't make it stick. I decided it was best to get a solid finish than to crash in my first race trying to make a last minute pass," stated Fillmore. Fillmore turned his fastest lap of the race on the seventeenth lap turning a 1:26.639. The Superbike rookie went on to finish the race in 7th place and secured a spot in the history books as the first KTM rider to compete in Superbike racing aboard the 1190 RC8 R.

"We couldn't be more thrilled with the result we had today. Fillmore rode much better than any of us had anticipated considering the time we have had to prepare for this event. He was very close to passing for 6th at the end of the race and we think with a few changes he could be very close to that position tomorrow," remarked HMC/KTM Race Team Manager Mitch Hanson.

Overall Results - AMA Pro Superbike Class -
1) Blake Young
2) Josh Hayes
3) Tommy Hayden
4) Roger Hayden
5) Martin Cardenas
6) Larry Pegram
7) Chris Fillmore - KTM
8) Steve Rapp
9) David Anthony
10) JD Beach
11) Geoff May
12) Jeremy Toye
13) Chris Clark
14) Ben Bostrom
15) Jordan Burgess
16) Jason Farrell
17) Reese Wacker
18) Eric Pinson
19) Shane Narbonne
20) Chris Peris