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.
Read more: New KTM Cup in Italian Supermoto Championship
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