With victory, Ward wins AMA Supermoto championship


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

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

"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.