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Sep 17, 2001

It's Official: Jimmy Moore Is 750cc Supersport Champion

From an AMA Pro Racing press release:<BR><BR>MOORE WINS GENUINE SUZUKI ACCESSORIES 750 SUPERSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP<BR><BR>PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Jimmy Moore had a breakthrough season in 2001. The 33-year-old racer from Eugene, Ore., not only won his first AMA national this year, but he went on to earn his first AMA national title -- the 2001 Genuine Suzuki Accessories 750 SuperSport Championship. With the cancellation of the Willow Springs round of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championships Moore's 53-point lead in the series gives him an insurmountable lead with just a single race remaining. <BR><BR>Moore, who rides for Corona Extra/EBSCO Suzuki, won three 750 SuperSport events this year and earned the pole position four times. With a race remaining, Moore already has five podium finishes in nine races. <BR><BR>"I am very excited and happy about winning the AMA 750 SuperSport National Championship both for the Corona Extra/EBSCO Suzuki team and myself," said Moore. "It took a huge commitment from all of our sponsors and the team to accomplish this goal and I am grateful. This is a dream come true. However, because of the tragedy that has struck our nation, the victory celebrations will be difficult. I hope that the people whose lives have been directly affected by this disaster, will someday be healed. Although I am confident that we would have remained victorious either way, I am thankful for the AMA's decision not to run the Willow Springs race in light of the situation."<BR><BR>Moore headed a talented field of 750 SuperSport riders. The class has been very competitive in terms of the number of riders capable of winning. Moore, along with Mike Ciccotto, Brian Parriott, Chris Ulrich and Ben Spies, were all first time winners in the series this year. Jason Pridmore, a former champion of the class, was the other winner in the series this season. <BR><BR>Moore becomes the 14th champion in the 750 SuperSport Series which began in 1988. He joins an impressive list of notable riders such Doug Polen, Scott Russell, Jamie James and Tom Kipp.<BR><BR>Unlike many of his fellow competitors, Moore did not start racing until he was in his mid-20s. When he debuted in AMA pro ranks in 1995 -- he was already 27. <BR><BR>"I wasn't smart enough to know better, that starting out (racing) at 25 might be a little too late," said Moore, in an interview earlier this year with the Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader newspaper. "I had never raced anything in my life. I sort of took to this pretty easily."<BR><BR>Moore paid his dues in the pro ranks in the early years finding it tougher than he thought it was going to be. He persisted though and gradually climbed the pro ranks. He was 18th ranked in the 750 SuperSport Series in 1997, sixth in 1998 and third in 1999 and 2000.