AMA: Roberts wins 2nd AMA eSportbike.com FX title
17 August 2000
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Erion Honda rider Kurtis Roberts captured the American Motorcyclist Association's (AMA) eSportbike.com Formula Xtreme Championship at last weekend's race at Pikes Peak International Raceway, in Fountain, Colo. The defending series champ and winner of every previous round this year, Roberts finished second at Pikes Peak, but put a mathematical lock on the championship points and wrapped up the title one race early. The 2000 AMA eSportbike.com Formula Xtreme championship is Roberts' second in a row, and the fourth in a row for the Erion Honda team, which has dominated AMA Formula Xtreme since the class was created in 1997. The son of legendary motorcycle racer Kenny Roberts, Kurtis has built his own reputation over the past three seasons of AMA Pro racing. He's accumulated 14 AMA National wins to date: nine in AMA eSportbike.com Formula Xtreme; two in AMA Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport; and three in the AMA MBNA 250 Grand Prix series. Robert's efforts in the 2000 AMA eSportbike.com Formula Xtreme series have also paid off in terms of hard cash. In addition to AMA sponsor-supported bonus awards of $29,250, Roberts has earned $13,100 in Formula Xtreme purse awards so far this year, and he'll collect the lion's share of the $10,000 season-end bonus presented by series sponsor eSportbike.com. Roberts will also receive a generous championship bonus from American Honda for his title-winning effort. Roberts, of Modesto, Calif., has taken six eSportbike.com Formula Xtreme wins this season, and finished the Pikes Peak race with 254 points. His closest competitor, series second-place rider Jake Zemke of the Bruce Group Honda team, held 196 points. With just 37 points available at the final race, Roberts was declared the title winner. While he's made his point in Formula Xtreme, Roberts still has some unfinished business this season. He's just eight points behind series leader Eric Bostrom in the highly competitive AMA Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport championship, which will be decided at the Sept. 29 -Oct. 1 AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike season finale at Willow Springs Raceway in Rosamond, Calif. The Willow Springs AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike race will be broadcast live on Speedvision, Sunday, Oct. 1, at 5p.m. EST, with repeat broadcasts on Fox Sports Net. For broadcast dates, immediate post-race results, rider information and AMA Pro Racing news and notes, visit www.amaproracing.com.