With victory, Ward wins AMA Supermoto championship

Updated: November 5, 2006, 8:44 PM ET
Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Jeff Ward won the AMA Supermoto championship Sunday with a victory in the season finale on a temporary track at the Queen Mary.

Ward, ridding a Troy Lee Designs Honda CRF450R, finished second to Mark Burkhart in the first race and beat Doug Henry in the second.

It marked the second AMA Supermoto title for Ward, a 45-year-old veteran racer from Newport Beach. He also won the championship in 2004.

"It's been a great season," said Ward, who won a gold medal in the X-Games this summer and was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame. "After losing the championship in the last race last year, I dedicated myself to winning it back. I've got to take them while I can. At 45, I probably don't have too many chances left."

Ward is a former AMA Motocross and Supercross champion and was the Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year in 1997.

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