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Site update

 

Since the Supermoto news is kinda slow in these very cold days, I thought I would make some updates to the website. I added a new Racing section to the site which includes all the schedules of the 2009 Supermoto Championships and all the respective racing organizations. There are enough races in 2009 but I have to point out some things. Most of the calendars are filled well, but I was surprised to see that the French Supermoto Championship only has 6 races, that's aint much for the birth country of Supermoto. But there are other countries like the Netherlands where it's the other way around. There will be 16 Dutch Championship races this year in this small country where Supermoto is getting more and more popular. The schedule for the AMA Supermoto hasn't been announced yet, the series has hit a rough patch and I really hope they will work out the issues for 2009. If you are reading this and your country's racing organisation (amateur or professional doesn't matter) is not in the Racing section please don't hesitate to contact me so your racing series can be added to the list.

I also updated the Photo gallery with 80 new pics of the hottest Supermoto bikes! 

Ivan Lazzarini with HM Honda for 2009

 


2009 just began and Team HM Honda Racing is proud to announce their new team for the World and Italian SuperMoto Championships. The team consists of Jerome Giraudo and new in the team is ex Aprilia factory rider Ivan Lazzarini. With Giraudo in full recovery from the accident of Busca and Lazzarini having had a great season in 2008 the team has two great drivers for 2009.

Yamaha and Aprilia Factory teams pulling out of AMA Supermoto

 


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

Delephine moves back to Cross2R Husqvarna

 


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.

Happy Holidays

 


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!

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