2020 AMA Supermoto Championship

Cycle News Staff | November 18, 2020

Chris Fillmore finally put an end to an 18-year wait to win the AMA Supermoto Championship at Musselman Raceway in Arizona.

Chris Fillmore leads at 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship
Chris Fillmore (11) heads the pack into turn one of the final moto of the day. Shane Narbonne (64) tried all he knew to stay with Fillmore but gave way to teammate Jake Laforge (17) to chase him down in a last gasp bid for the title. It didn’t work, and Fillmore held on for his first AMA Supermoto number one plate.

Photography by Karen E Ott and Johnny Solano

The 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship was held over two action-packed days at Mussleman Raceway in Arizona, with Chris Fillmore finally taking a title he has been after for 18 long years.

The Southern California-based racer and KTM’s AFT Team Manager got off to a sluggish start as fellow KTM rider Jake Laforge made the early running, taking the first two heat wins while Fillmore took the final two.

Fillmore and Laforge ended up tied on points, but Fillmore was given the title on account of winning the final race.

Here are some of our favorite images from an event that due to Covid-19 looked unlikely to go ahead until promoter Alex Mock managed to get it in the books.

Christian Payne at 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship
The Pro Lites class saw the closest action of any category at Tucson, with Christian Payne (123) and reigning class champion Nicky Reimer sharing the victories. It came down to a winner-take-all final and was looking like even going down to the last corner, until Payne crashed at the end of the dirt section while desperately trying to pass a backmarker as he was closing down on eventual 2020 champion Reimer.
Bronson Pearce Brady Tauson and Dustin Hoffman at 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship
The tight turn one caught out more than a few riders over the weekend, with crashes in the first three starts of the Amateur class and also here in the Pro category in race two. Here, Bronson Pearce (red helmet) hits the deck after colliding with Brady Tauson (80) and Dustin Hoffman (in black).
Shane Narbonne and Bronson Pearce at 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship
Shane Narbonne and Bronson Pearce in extremely close quarters. It was a disappointing round for Narbonne, who entered the meeting as one of the favorites for the title. A crash in race two while trying to avoid the passing Fillmore at the penultimate corner on lap one put paid to his title chances, but he took the third spot on the podium in race three.
Jesse James Shedden at 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship
MotoAmerica Ohvale Cup star Jesse James Shedden proves he’s just as comfortable airing out a supermoto bike as he is dragging knees against the country’s fastest juniors. He wasn’t able to catch overall winner Travis Horn, however, who came away with a perfect four wins from four starts.
Jake Laforge at 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship
Jake Laforge gives it the full send in Pro Open. The unassuming Massachusetts resident (who also works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology!) went bar-to-bar with Fillmore over the weekend and at one stage even looked to have the factory KTM pilot covered, but Fillmore dug deep in the final race arm wrestle for the title—just.
Rocco Landers at 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship
MotoAmerica Twins Cup and Junior Cup Champion Rocco Landers made an appearance at Tucson, taking the win in the Asphalt class ahead of Argee Cardenas (who has been racing in the Spanish Pre-Moto3 Championship this year) and Cycle News’ Rennie Scaysbrook. He also competed in the Pro Open class but was no match for the more experienced Supermoto stars.
Bronson Pearce at 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship
Bakersfield’s Bronson Pearce came into the meeting a dark horse but a crash in race two at turn one ended any hopes he had of the overall podium. He recovered well to finish fourth in race four, besting Dallas Daniels.
Dallas Daniels at 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship
Former road racer and 2020 AFT Singles Champion Dallas Daniels made an appearance with his Estenson Racing Yamaha YZ450F. He had some competitive rides, including third in race three but was unable to close the gap to Fillmore, Laforge and company at the front.
Sean Ungvarsky at 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship
Former MotoAmerica KTM RC 390 star Sean Ungvarsky dusted off the gear to race the Amateur Class at Tucson, and came away with four wins from four starts to take his first AMA number-one plate. “I don’t know when the next time I’m going to race will be, but I’ll be back out one day to secure that Pro #1 plate. That’s all I know!” he said.
2020 AMA Supermoto Championship Top Three
Your top three in the 2020 AMA Supermoto Championship. Winner Fillmore (center) is flanked by second-placed Jake Laforge (17) and third-placed Dustin Hoffman (27). Promoter DRT Racing is looking forward to having more than one round for the 2021 AMA Supermoto Championship.

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