During the FIM SuperMoto Grand Prix of Great Britain in Mallory Park, there was a meeting with the SuperMoto team owners and representatives in a very friendly atmosphere to discuss the future of the FIM SuperMoto World Championship.
Despite the very difficult economical situation everyone agreed on continuing the promotion of SuperMoto and finding a way to increase the show and reduce the costs.
The key points of the meeting were the following:
Everyone agreed with the principle of a future with only one World Championship class (S1), the discussion is still open if it will be an 'Open' class or a '450' class.
Everyone agreed to reduce the tyre costs, to have the tyre compound much harder to provoke a longer life (meanwhile increasing the show with more sliding), and to use only two different tyre possibilities (one for dry and one for wet).
Worldwide used by many well-known Supermoto riders in the S1 and Open Class the Suter Swingarm can now be bought as well for the Yamaha YZ250F 2009 and the Kawasaki KX250F 2009. Thus Suter now provides this special Supermoto swingarm for the S3 (250cc) class!
The advantages of this swingarm for the "small four stroke bikes" are immediately evident: higher stiffness, better agility, a bigger adjusting range and the possibility to mount a 5.5 inch rear wheel.
This swingarm can be ordered now for both models in the Suter online shop. The price is the same as that of the 450 models: 2680.- CHF resp. 1660.- Euro.
Shortly this swingarm will also be available for the Suzuki RM-Z250 & Honda CRF250 2009.
Derek Costella, Kurt Nicoll and Matt Burton were the big winners at the XTRM AMA Supermoto Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada, this weekend. For Costella, on the Hart & Huntington Honda, it was his first AMA Supermoto win in the Premier main event, and it could not have happened at a better place - in front of his hometown fans.
For the first time, the Supermoto Championship visited the South Point Hotel & Casino, utilizing both the casino's arena and nearby parking lot, which offered about a 50/50 mix of street and dirt. Most of the riders said they enjoyed the venue and track layout, though the transition from bright sunlight to the indoors was tough on the racers' vision, especially one area that went from light to dark right at the start of a fast whoop section that was inside a dark tunnel that led to the arena floor. The "Tunnel of Love," as it was called, wasn't so loving to all, as it claimed a couple of riders, including Unlimited contender Martin Lind on the Highland 507.
The maiden FIM SuperMoto World Championship appearance at Mallory Park ended with the overall wins of Ivan Lazzarini (S1) and Adrien Chareyre (S2) as the two classes were run together in a two heat race format.
A great crowd and a great weather rounded off a fantastic weekend of racing continuing tomorrow with the MX1/MX2 Motocross Grand Prix and Veterans’ World Cup races.
The new race format is according to the latest changes to the 2009 Regulations approved by the Motocross/SuperMoto Grand Prix Commission in Agueda, Portugal, on May 10. As per FIM press release: “If there are up to 32 riders present in total at an event (from both classes, S1 and S2), then all the practices and races will be run together. However, for the FIM SuperMoto World Championship there will be a separate classification as well as separate points for each class”.
Dutch Supermoto Champion Marcel van Drunen fullfilled every expectation for the 3rd round of the Dutch Supermoto Championship. The Dutch Champion was the favorite for the race because of the absence of his main rival Marc Fraikin. Van Drunen didn't dissapoint. He won both heat races with ease. Ramon van Hamond (National class), Devon Vermeulen (Euro) en Jermain op den Buijs (Youth) where the other winners. All 3 riders won both heat races and are currently in lead of the championships in their class.
The 3rd race in the KNMV Open Dutch Supermoto Championship had some extra international presence of Team Bulgaria Supermoto. The four riders of the team where on their way to the FIM World Supermoto Round in Mallery Park thats being held this weekend. For extra preperation they decided to compete in this 3rd round at the track of Lelystad.