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AMA: Roberts wins 2nd AMA FX title

17 August 2000

     PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Erion Honda rider Kurtis Roberts captured the

American Motorcyclist Association's (AMA) 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 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 Formula Xtreme;  two in

AMA Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport; and three in the AMA MBNA 250 Grand Prix


     Robert's efforts in the 2000 AMA 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 Roberts will also receive a

generous championship bonus from American Honda for his title-winning effort.

     Roberts, of Modesto, Calif.,  has taken six 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