World Championship S2 rider Christian Iddon will not be riding an Aprilia in the 2009 season. After 2 years with the Aprilia Factory team and one year with DRC Aprilia he decided to join the Italian Team Motoracing which is supported by KTM Italy. Iddon will be riding a 2009 KTM SMR in the S2 class.
Mark Burkhart on the Graves Yamaha YZF
After HMC KTM deciding to pull out of AMA Supermoto more official factory teams are doing the same. The Factory Graves Yamaha Supermoto team decided it will not be competing in AMA Supermoto anymore, because of the current economic enviroment, the changing of the championship ownership into the hands of DMG and the uncertainty about the 2009 AMA Supermoto season. The Ripit Aprilia team won't be competing in the 2009 AMA Supermoto Championship either. RoadracerX had an interview about the downfall of AMA Supermoto with Graves Yamaha team owner Chuck Graves:
Read more: Yamaha and Aprilia Factory teams pulling out of AMA Supermoto
Two time SuperMoto World Champion Gerald Delepine will move back to the Husqvarna Cross2R Team in 2009. This is the same team Delephine took the 2005 World Championship with.
Becoming World Champion again in 2007 after a season long dogfight with eventual runner up Attilio Pignotti, Delepine had a tough start to the 2008 season and ended an eventual third in the S2 Championship.
On the other hand Cross2R had a troubled season with continuous ups and downs. With Kevin Berthome injuring himself at Greinbach. Sylvain Bidart went on to take sixth in the S1 Championship and also the French S1 National Title. Being provided with factory Husqvarna machinery both the team and Delepine aim at being a strong duo in 2009 with Cross2R also managing a Motocross team. Racing the Italian and European Championships this other squad will have the Husqvarna TC 250 and the riders will be Giò Di Palma and Pierluigi Facchetti.
A new line up including also S1 World Championship riders will be announced early in 2009.
Supermoto Central wants to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! May 2009 be a good year for Supermoto. I will be off to family during Christmas so a new update will come this saturday. Don't forget to enter in the Supermoto Central Holiday Contest and win one of those World Championship 2008 review dvd's!