XTRM Sports Network AMA Supermoto Championship Round 4 Race Report

Herfoss captures his third consecutive victory...Miller Motorsports Park, Toole, Utah
XTRM Sports Network AMA Supermoto Championship

With two rounds remaining in the 2008 series, the battle for supremacy in all threeclasses is hotter than ever. No single rider has a hammerlock on a championship so the final double header in Austin, Texas on October 11-12 is destined to be an amazing affair.

Round four went off at Miller Motorsports just outside of Salt Lake City in Tooele, Utah. Miller is a spectacular facility that features a world-class road race track and a state-ofthe-art kart/supermoto track with dirt sections at both ends of the track. The XTRM, AMA and Miller crew orchestrated the day's events to run like a well-oiled clock.

The 450/Premier class main event had the crowd on its feet the entire time as Troy Lee Designs Red Bull Honda rider Cassidy Anderson, Team KTM HMC Racing's Troy Herfoss and Chris Fillmore, and reigning 450 champion Mark Burkhart aboard his Graves Yamaha put on a riding clinic for the rest of the field. Semi-retired and former two-time champion Jeff Ward was also in the mix but slightly off the pace compared to the top four riders.

In the 450/Premier main, Anderson yanked the hole shot with Fillmore, Herfoss and Burkhart in tight formation. The freight train of riders railed the Miller course nose to tail for the first half of the race. Fillmore made a few pass attempts but was not able to make them stick. By the halfway point, Anderson seemed to be holding up the field a smidge. Anderson later commented he was suffering from severe arm pump and could hardly hang on to the bike.

Fillmore had had enough as the laps were staring to wind down fast. Blazing down the inside of a fast pavement corner, Fillmore went in for the kill and took the line and the lead away from Anderson. In the midst of the melee, Herfoss also made his way to second, dropping Anderson to third. At this point, Burkhart was also hot in the mix and started to challenge Anderson for the final podium position.

Fillmore led the train and with two laps to go, disaster struck the KTM HMC rider.

In a double apex tight turn, Fillmore hit a slick spot in the pavement and lost the front wheel and started to head for the ground. Herfoss narrowly avoided the incident to take the lead. Both Anderson and Burkhart also gained a position as Fillmore quickly snapped his bike back on two wheels and motored away. The checkered flag flew the following lap with an elated Herfoss capturing his third consecutive victory while extending his point lead over Burkhart by eight points.

The 250 Lites was also another great race. Litz Racing Moto XXX Racing Fuels Hondabacked Matt Abbott yanked the hole shot with newcomer SuperMoto Pro sponsored Gray Davenport and Graves Yamaha's Brandon Currie right there. Two riders jumped the start and both Davenport and TLD's David Pingree had to come in for a mandatory stop and go.

Up front, Currie took over the lead with Abbott and RJ Performance MDK-backed Matt Burton trailing. After the stop and go, the rookie Davenport was on a mission and on the gas. He made up for lost time and his stellar dirt skills prevailed. He made his way into third and started to dog Abbott for the second podium position. At one point Burton actually spun out but made a quick recovery.

Currie had the race in the bag and on the last lap Davenport went for broke. In the second dirt section he jumped next to Abbott, who panicked and missed his line and went off the track. This opened the door for Davenport to take second and Burton inherited the final podium spot but maintained his second place in the points race for the championship. Burton trails Currie by 14 points with two races to go but still has a chance to take the title.

The Unlimited race was a race Hart and Huntington Rock Star Mach 1 Motorsports rider Steve Drew would like to forget. The former point leader led the main event but Factory Aprilia Rip It Energy's Darryl Atkins was not about to let him pull away. Atkins pulled an inside move on Drew about five laps into the race when Drew went a tad wide in a tight double apex turn. Atkins stuck a wheel in, Drew went wide and ended up tucking the front wheel and going down. There was a little heat after the race, some said it was a clean pass and others, such as Drew, said Atkins caused the crash. Nevertheless, Drew was on the ground and not very happy. Atkins cruised in for the win. All Access GP Husqvarna-mounted Derek Costella kept his race solid and finally put himself and his bike on the box, finishing an uncontested second. Privateer Josh Chisum continued his strongest season with another podium finish with third on a KTM. Drew now trails Atkins going into the final double header by five points.

1 Troy Herfoss
2 Cassidy Anderson
3 Mark Burkhart
4 Chris Fillmore
5 Benny Carlson
6 Jeff Ward
7 Jason Conlon
8 Robbie Horton
9 Dalton Dimick
10 Tyler O'Hara

1 Darryl Atkins
2 Derek Costella
3 Josh Chisum
4 Micky Dymond
5 Travis Marks
6 Monte Frank
7 Gary Trachy
8 Ryan Davis
9 Steve Drew
10 Doni Wanat

1 Brandon Currie
2 Gray Davenport
3 Matt Burton
4 Danny Casey
5 Matt Abbott
6 Johnny Lewis
7 Robert Loire
8 Casey Yarrow
9 Andrew Hyder
10 Michael Carder

In Other News: The final round will now be in Austin, Texas. The Vegas event was not able to happen and now the Texas race is a double header, October 11-12.For more racing news and video go to the XTRM Sports Network at xtrm.com.Race Results: Round 4 Tooele Utah, for complete results and points: amasupermoto.com