Rockstar/Hart & Huntington Honda’s Matt Boni Brings Narrow Point Lead to Vegas in USSTC Pro Privateer Challenge$25,000 Up for Grabs for Top Non-Factory Competitor
AURORA, Ill. (April 28, 2009) – With just one race remaining in the 2009 Monster EnergyÂ® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) Pro Privateer Challenge points battle is coming down to the wire. Four riders hold a shot at capturing the $25,000 on the line for being the championship’s top non-factory rider. A total of $50,000 will be awarded to the top three riders that currently stand as Rockstar/Hart & Huntington Honda’s Matt Boni, Moto-Concepts Honda’s Heath Voss, and Boost Mobile/AMPM/Monster Energy Yamaha’s Nick Wey.
Currently, Boni, who joined the Hart & Huntington team about halfway through the season, sits atop the standings just a single point ahead of Voss. The Florida native moved into the points lead after a career-best finish of seventh in Salt Lake City. Voss, a former Monster EnergyÂ® Supercross World Champion, has controlled the points for much of the season, but will have to be at the top of his game this weekend. Veteran rider Wey still holds a chance as well, lurking in third just 14 points out as does reigning top privateer Paul Carpenter. All four riders have experienced their share of ups and downs throughout one of the most competitive seasons in Monster EnergyÂ® Supercross history. The deepest field in many years has forced each rider to miss making the main event at least once this season, making for an extremely tight and exciting showdown in Las Vegas.
The 2009 U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Pro Privateer Challenge will award $25,000 to the top-finishing privateer, $15,000 to second place and $10,000 to third place.
“It’s nice to have a lead going into Vegas, even if it is just one point,” said Boni. “Last weekend was a huge boost for me and hopefully it continues. The way this season has played out, it’s still anybody’s championship. I need to be on the top of my game.”
While Boni and Voss have been the top privateer competitors throughout the season, the two have put on great battles week in and week out while the fight for third place has been equally exciting between Wey and Cernics Kawasaki’s Paul Carpenter.
Last year, Carpenter won top privateer honors aboard his privateer Honda team while Voss finished second, just 15 points behind, with Jason Thomas bringing home third.
2009 USSTC Pro Privateer Challenge Standings
1. Matt Boni 103
2. Heath Voss 102
3. Nick Wey 89
4. Paul Carpenter 88
5. Kyle Chisholm 79
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