About a month ago I reported about the Indoor Motocross & Supermoto race in Zwolle, the Netherlands. Now the entry lists are in we can see that all the places have been filled and we will have a full grid at Zwolle at the end of this month. The race is also open to international riders and the response from abroad has been great. There are some big names on the entry list, lots of British riders like: World Champion S3 Oliver Pope, World Champion S1 rider Matthew Winstantley, Southern Supermoto Champion George Clements and several other riders from countries like Switzerland, Danmark and Latvia. They will have to battle with some of the fastest riders from the Netherlands like Dutch Champion Marcel van Drunen and his rivals Peter van der Berk, Gregory De Nooijer and Ruurd Van Roozendaal. If you want more info about this event go here, if you are not able to visit the race don't worry because Supermoto Central will be there to report about this great indoor supermoto race.
I also updated the Photo gallery with 80 new pics of the hottest Supermoto bikes!
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.
In 2009 KTM Italy is organizing a KTM Cup that will race during 6 rounds of the Italian Supermoto Championship. The KTM Trofeo will be divided in two classes, S1 for 125 2strokes to 450 4 strokes and S2 for four strokes from 460 to 700cc. The class champion of the year will win 2500 euro, 1500 euro for 2nd and 1000 euro for 3rd.
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.
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: