Hiemer wins AMA Supermoto Championship debut

Updated: June 10, 2006, 8:31 PM ET
Associated Press

SHAWANO, Wis. -- Bernd Hiemer of Germany won his AMA Supermoto Championship debut Saturday at USA International Raceway.

Hiemer, who leads the Supermoto world championship standings, battled Doug Henry, of Torrington, Conn., the entire second leg of the doubleheader. On the final lap, Henry, riding a Yamaha, made a bid to pass Hiemer's KTM, but crashed after colliding with the German on a high-speed sweeping turn. He picked up his motorcycle and finished sixth.

"It will be great to go back to Germany having won a race here in America," Hiemer said. "There are many great riders in this series and I plan to return."

Mark Burkhart, of Pickerington, Ohio, won the first race on a Yamaha.

Jeff Ward, the 2004 series champion from Newport Beach, Calif., leads the series by 28 points over Henry after six of 20 rounds. Ward finished fifth and second to extend his lead.


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