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AMA Red Bull Supermoto – The Melting Pot of American Racing

The AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship kicks off this weekend at Laguna Seca in conjunction with both AMA and World Superbike racing, and boy is it a mix-up. Looking at the pre-entry list, I pulled a few notable names from each racing discipline represented to give an idea of the wide range of styles that will be lined up for the Red Bull Supermoto class final:

MX: Michael Brandes, Micky Dymond (former AMA 125cc National Champion), Danny LaPorte (former World MX Champion), Phil Lawrence, Jeremy McGrath (8-time AMA SX champion), Kurt Nicoll, Jeff Ward (7-time AMA National Champion)

Roadracers: Larry Pegram, David Sadowski, Kevin Schwantz (former 500GP World Champion)

Dirt Track: Chris Carr (multi-time AMA dirt track champion), Ben Carlson, Joe Kopp

Freestyle: Kenny Bartram, Mike Metzger, Mike Cinqmars

Misc: Klaus Kinigadner (European Supermoto pro), Shaun Palmer (Extreme Athlete)

So who will come out on top? Smart money is supposed to be on an MX’er, but I personally feel that the Godfather might have a few surprises up his sleeve come Sunday. That is of course assuming that Kinigadner doesn’t smoke everybody. I guess we’ll see.