AMA Supermoto Championship Series puts 2008 Yamaha YZ45F and YZ250F in Spotlight

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The 2008 AMA Supermoto Championship Series began well for Graves Motorsports riders Mark Burkhart and Brandon Currie. The riders gave Yamaha the best possible start to the season by winning the Supermoto and Supermoto Lites classes in Monroe, Washington. Burkhart is the defending 2007 AMA Supermoto champion and Currie is the defending 2007 AMA Supermoto Lites champion.

Graves Motorsports rider Mark Burkhart on 2008 Yamaha YZ450F
Graves Motorsports rider Mark Burkhart on 2008 Yamaha YZ450F
Both riders destroyed the competition in Washington by dominating their qualifying races and individual finals. Burkhart drove his 2008 YZ450F and Currie drove his 2008 YZ250F to big points leads over the field as the six-round series kicked off.

Brandon Currie on 2008 Yamaha YZ250F in AMA Supermoto competition at Monroe, Washington
Brandon Currie on 2008 Yamaha YZ250F in AMA Supermoto competition at Monroe, Washington
“I worked hard during the off-season to make sure I was ready,” said Currie. “I gained strength and put in a lot of time doing motocross and bicycle training. We’ve also got the YZ250F working really well.”

Burkhart started second in the Supermoto main event and slipped back to fourth at the first turn. That did not last long as Burkhart sliced his YZ450F into second place by the first chicane, then charged past early leader Cassidy Anderson to take the lead. When the rain started on lap 11, officials red-flagged the race and awarded Burkhart the win. “I didn’t think it was raining that hard but the asphalt got slick really fast,” he said. “It was almost like riding on ice.”

The YZ250F and YZ450F are equipped with K&N XStream Motocross Air Filters (YA-2506XD) and K&N Performance Oil Filters (KN-141). “The new Yamaha’s are easier to set up for Supermoto applications,” said team owner Chuck Graves. “They are working awesome. The team, crew and riders are also working precisely together like a Yamaha tuning fork.”

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