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Interview: Lewis Cornish going French in 2016

Photo: RAW Motorsports

Can you first introduce yourself to the readers?
I'm Lewis Cornish 23 years old from Norfolk, England. I commission HVAC systems for a living and spend all my spare time on two wheels. I enjoy mountain biking with my girlfriend and riding MX and chilling with my dog Buddy.

When and why did you decide to get into Pro supermoto racing and what do you like so much about it?
I just wish I was full pro, when I race in Asia the grid is full of pro-riders who do nothing but race for a living, this would be fantastic. I started racing when I was 12, my dad Dave raced and was editor of Supermoto Magazine so it was natural I would follow him. I've been racing supermoto ever since, I've won 5 titles at different levels and I just love the speed on the tarmac and the technical dirt sections, its a real test of true rider ability. You don't need the very best bike with all the rider aids to do well as long as you can really ride.

Photo: RAW Motorsports

Can you tell us your plans and goals for the 2016 season?
My priority this season is the French Championship with Raw Motorsports and I'm under no illusions as to how tough this will be. The French have been World champions both individual and team at the SMoN for years and they have great strength in depth so I'm being realistic in what I hope to achieve. If I can have regular top five places and maybe a podium I'll be pleased with these results, I don't know the tracks or most of the riders but I have a good bike and a good team behind me and the Aragon/Mirecourt testing went so well and I'm feeling confident. I'm also competing in the Asia Championships and this year I can score points so I do aim to win this title for Kenny Motorworks. I'm hoping to make Team Great Britain again for the SMoN races, Mettet and anything else I can get the support to do.

What made you decide to focus on the French Supermoto Championship this year instead of the British Championship?
Its been tough financially the last few seasons and now we don't have any financial help at all. After my performances at the 'Nations' in Jesolo last year Steve Pasco from Raw Motorsports offered to help out with logistics in France. So with the amazing chance to race against the very best riders in the world in the toughest championship that enjoys a high profile and prize money it was with some reluctance decided to spend our limited resources to skip the British and compete in France.


What do you think is needed to improve the Supermoto Championship in the UK?
Its being run well now with more riders coming into the GIAG class so this is promising but after racing overseas and seeing how brilliant most tracks are and how many riders and fans turning up I think its the easy UK tracks that are part of the problem. Its also much more expensive to rent circuits in the UK than most countries so this extra cost has to be passed onto the riders. We do have some fast guys here but not enough of them, there's a big difference in speed from the leading three or four and the rest of the pack and also there isn't a Junior class anymore and this doesn't help matters. Its easy to criticise but I know the people involved are doing their best with what resources they have and I'm sure the sport will continue to grow.

What do you think about the situation in the European and World Supermoto Championship?
Its a real disappointment to see such low rider numbers in S1. I know several top riders have retired and without a doubt there is some serious talent coming through from S2 but I don't really know the answer. Of course its expensive to race and reducing costs is a way of getting more entries but this isn't easy and I'm sure the organisers are doing their best. I'm hoping to compete at the GPs sometime this season depending on my Asian commitments. 

The national championships are doing good but why is it the World/European Supermoto grid is so low on riders?
Yes, all the French championship classes are over subscribed and the riders have to qualify to make the grade. This means that only the very quickest riders make the S1 Prestige class and so this makes the standard very high. Its similar in the German and Italian championships and with such good racing and organisation at national championships I think the more expensive World/European championships maybe hasn't got the same appeal as it once had.


You are probably the only rider that rides in Championships in Europe, Asia and Australia. How do you make this all possible?
I'm lucky to have support from Kenny Motorworks in Malaysia and also from Bryan and Arron in Australia so I can combined flights etc to make things easier. The Australian championship is decided in a 3 day meeting so this isn't too bad. Raw Motorsports do all the logistics for me in Europe and this is the only way I would be able to compete in France and also Motodroms in Latvia help me with the Baltic championships. It would all be impossible if I didn't have some fantastic support from some great guys.

Maybe the AMA Supermoto Championship could be a next step?
Now I'm older I'd love to go back and race over there. I've raced the non-AMA Stateline National near Vegas and love the dirt sections and American hype that surounds their events. I have been asked to go over and do some training schools over there so this could be worked in with racing if the right offer came along.

How do you see your own future?
I'd love to make a living out of the sport, the traditional next step seems to be road racing but this doesn't interest me.


Who is your biggest example in the Supermoto sport?
When I was younger I'd like to watch Danny Muller race but these days I appreciate seeing the different riding styles from any of the top riders.

Who do you think will be the next big talent in Supermoto, beside yourself of course ;) ?
Laurent Fath looks really impressive as does Reiner Schmitt and Hollbacher. I'm hoping to be having some good races with these guys this year.


Do you have any tips for amateur Supermoto riders that want to become faster?
Try and get out on your bike as much as you can and if you can't practice supermoto any bike time is good, MX, mountain bike, trials, enduro any time in the saddle is worthwhile.

What do you do during the winter to keep fit and prepare yourself for the new season?
I love mountain biking so this is what I mainly do in the winter but before the season kicks of I start practicing MX on my CR but the best training is racing in Asia which I've been doing in December.


Do you ride Motorcycles on the street or do you just keep it on the track?
I used to have a 125 on the street but it was just dangerous, to many idiot car drivers on the road, You can have much more fun on the track anyway.

Big thanks to Lewis and Dave Cornish for this interview. We wish Lewis and his team all the best in the future!

To keep updated on Lewis his results check out www.lewiscornish.co.uk and the CRT Supermoto page

Interview with Thomas Verscheure

 

Thomas Verscheure is a young 17 year old talent from the north of France. He has had many successes in the French Championship but

also was very unlucky with some crashes which caused some serious injuries.

In 2011 he will be riding a TM SMX-F 450 for TM Racing France in the French S1 class and he will also compete at the Superbiker Mettet. Click read more for the complete interview.

Read more: Interview with Thomas Verscheure

Interview with Pavel Kejmar

Pavel Kejmar took the Supermoto scene by storm the last few years. The young 22 year old rider from the Czech Republic was in the front of the grid since his first race back in 2010. Within two years he was the German S1 Champion and he had some great results in the European and World Supermoto Championship. For 2013 he has signed with the HM Honda Assomotor team to ride in the World and Italian Supermoto Championship. But who exactly is this talent who seemed to appear out of nowhere?

Hi Pavel, first of all thank you for doing this interview with Supermoto Central.
Can you first introduce yourself to the readers?

Hi to everyone! First thanks a lot for giving me the oportunity to introduce myself on this popular world website for supermoto.
My name is Pavel Kejmar I'm 22 years old and I'm from Roztoky, a city directly next to Prague in the Czech Republic.

Can you tell me about about your history in motorcycle racing, how did your career evolve?

I started when I was 7 years old. My dad thought it would be good for me to do a sport so he bought me my first bike, a Malaguti Grizzly 12, and we started Motocross.

The following years I was riding in the Czech Championship starting out with 65cc and 85cc bikes and then upgrading to 125cc and 250cc bikes.

In the winter of 2007 I got the chance to join the popular team of Castellari (Alberto Castellari) in Italy for training. I did this until 2010. In that time I competed in many races of the Italian winter series. Also some Italian Supercross series and all of the indoor series in Germany 2009-2010. But in the spring of 2010 I felt really good after a perfect preparation in the winter.

 


So my dad and I wanted to get best results in the Czech championship. But then I crashed really hard on my left side of the body. After a 2 month break I rode Supercross in Poland and again crashed on my left side. Again a 2 month stop.
When I was quite healthy again my dad said we should try Supermoto...but I didn´t want to (though never tried it before). The problem was that I couldn't sit on a high vibrating bike, which is normal in MX and SX, so Supermoto was the safest thing to do.
So I said after one week ok, why not, let´s do it!

I first tried a supermoto bike in june 2010. We prepared our 450 Suzuki which we bought for MX practice. After the first training I liked it.
And I saw I could go faster. But I hated it when something I did was slow. So I practiced together with my dad every free second I had.

I tried also the German championship in Freiburg where I finished 9th and 7th which was perfect for the first race. When the season final was near I tried the Czech championship in Cheb and finished second. The second day I crashed in the offroad and had the same problem on my hip again like before. So after that I needed a 3 month break. In those months I had time to think about what I wanted to do in 2011. Compete in the European Motocross championship or try to become better in the completly new discipline Supermoto.

 



I tried Supermoto because it was also a chance for me to show what I am able to achieve.
I remember my dad asking me 2 weeks before the first European Supermoto round in Busca, Italy: "hey Kejmi, shall we try this race?".
In the overall result I was in the top ten! So in 2011 we decided to try all the European Championship rounds and also the German Supermoto championship.

The last three German Supermoto races in 2011 I rode all the races of the S2 and S1 class. S2 on the Suzuki, the S1 class on KTM...that was crazy!
But my best result was 3 wins on one single day. Stendal 2011 S2 1-1  and S1 5-1.

Overall I finished 2nd in the European Championship, in the German Championship S2 class I finished in 4th place. It was a great first season of my Supermoto career.

During the season I got the offer to ride for KTM Motorrad Bauerschmidt in Germany and took that chance for 2012.

In 2012 Youthstream paid the €3000 starting money for the World Championship because I finished 2nd in the European Championship the year before.
The first season in World Supermoto with the big guys was another crazy and hard experience!

I wanted to reach the top 10 and I finished in 7th place after my first World Supermoto season. I was really happy with this result.
That season I was also riding in the German Championship and won the S1 class Championship. Another thing to be happy about!

 



When and why did you decide to get into Pro supermoto racing and what do you like so much about it?
It was no real desicion from my side, it just happened how it had to be, at the European Supermoto round in Busca!
I like Supermoto because it is special and was created to find the best rider of two disciplines. You have to be good on the asphalt and also in the offroad.

 

 

Can you tell us something about your 2012 season in the German championship, where you conquered the German S1 title?
This season was really crazy sometimes. But I had a good team that worked very hard for me.
We all wanted to get the best results and we did. So we can really be proud of ourselves! Though it was sometimes a really hard season for everybody in the team. Big thanks to Motorrad Bauerschmidt KTM.

 

 

What team will your be riding for in 2013 and how did you end up with that team?
The Team Chef of HM Assomotor contacted me after the Swiss World Supermoto round, where I finished 4th overall. And we signed a deal for the 2013 Italian and World championships.

Can you tell us your plans and goals for the 2013 season?
My goal is always to be the best of the world in what I´m doing. But the main goal is to always give the maximum. It´s always the most important thing to stay healthy!

Talking about staying healty, what do you do during the winter to keep fit and prepare yourself for the new season?
The same I think like the other riders. Running, fitness and improving my endurance with my good friend who is the Thaibox world champion (not fighting haha).

 

 

You are from the Czech Republic. How populair is supermoto over there?
I think it is slowly getting more popular but unfortunately still not as popular as Motocross.

It seems like the last few years a couple of good riders like Vorlicek and yourself have been coming from the Czech Republic. Why do you think the Czechs are so talented in supermoto riding?
I dont know why :) But I think everybody wants to be the best. So maybe Czech riders want it more than the others hahaha.

We haven't seen you competing in the Superbiker Mettet yet. Why is that? It seems like the event would be perfect for you with big jumps and big offroad sections?
Yes I know. I wanted come there but the situation last year didn´t allow me to. Sure I want to be there this year!

Do you ride Motorcycles on the street or do you just keep it on the track?

I don't have a bike for the street. Im a little scared of that because of the people driving cars. My dad had an horrible accident some years ago on his bike. So thats why I keep my fingers away from every day traffic.

 

 

Who is your biggest example in the Supermoto sport?
I think Supermoto had and of course has some popular heroes. My biggest example is everyone who tries his best.

Who do you think will be the next big talent in Supermoto, beside yourself ofcourse?
There are many young riders and some fast MX riders. Just take Mettet 2012 as an example!

Supermoto is small but I think it is getting more populair. What do you think needs to happen for the sport to become really populair and well known?
More fans more help! And to get the fans is difficult. My best friend and I organized a city race in Hrušovany and also in Brno last year. The tracks are small and sometimes dangerous but that is exactly why people are interested in watching.

Do you have any tips for beginning Supermoto riders that want to become faster?
I can only tell them to always believe in themselves and never give up no matter how hard it seems.

How do you see your own future?
I just want to be the best. All riders have that goal but you have to fight hard for it.

The situation like it is for me now is comparable to a job without salary. You give all your energy and time but you don´t even get a tenth of this back.
I hope this year will be a good season without any injuries. But I'm sorry to tell you that this year is supposed to be my last season if there won't be any change concerning financial issues and support.

It´s just sad when you are closely to reach you childhood dreams and have to quit because it doesn´t pay.

 

Thanks a lot to the people who helped me on my way. And much thanks to my daddy and family with my best girlfriend.

A special thanks to my private sponsors:

Family :)
Dirtbike.cz
MBW s.r.o.
E-krad (Markus Christ, Peter Wuerterle)
Car wash Christ
3F googles
Gaerne
Autotrak
Kychynì Ševèík
Friend Jan Zeman
Thank you Supermoto.central.com for the interview and good look and thousands of new fans to you!
Pavel KEJMI Kejmar 71

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Interview with Mauno Hermunen

Mauno Hermunen from Finland is a new upcoming talent coming from the German Supermoto Championship where he won the 2008 S2 title. He also raced his first World Championship race this year where he took the lead in race one but didn't finish because of a crash. In the 2nd race he finished 7th. Not bad for a first World Championship race. Husqvarna thought the same and signed him as a Factory World Championship S2 rider for the 2009 season. Mauno also made a great impression in the Mettet Superbiker where he won the biker class and finished 2nd in the big Superbiker race behind Cassidy Anderson. This guy has definately got talent and that's the reason why we decided to interview Mauno to find out who this talent exactly is.

Read more: Interview with Mauno Hermunen

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