Last friday Aprilia presented their Factory team for the 2009 World Supermoto Championship. There where some rumours that AMA Supermoto Unlimited Champion Ben Carlson would be joining the Factory DRC Aprilia team. And they appear to be true! This is great news for the sport, finally an American Champion will be competing in the World Championship. Carlson will be joined by Thierry van den Bosch who was not present at the presentation due to unknown circumstances.
Burkhart won the first Florida Supermoto race on his new KTM last weekend
Mark Burkhart, the 2008 Moto X World Supermoto Champion, 2007 X-Games Supermoto Gold winner, and 2007 AMA Supermoto Champion has formed his own supermoto race team to compete in the X Games, the Proximus Superbiker event in Belgium and the AMA Supermoto Series. The team will be called Burkhart Racing.
Read more: Mark Burkhart goes orange
It looks like Bernd Hiemer will have a lot harder time to defend his title this year. Bernd Hiemer injured himself badly during training with the KTM Miglio team on the Italian Ottobiano track.
The landing of a jump went wrong and Hiemer was launched over the handlebars. He hit the ground hard. A fast visit to a special hospital in Milan didn't bring good news. Diagnosis: left elbow and right wrist broken several times.
At present Hiemer is on the way to Bad Newstadt where he will be operated this week. Hiemer has more than 50 bone fragments floating around in his wrist. It's pretty certain Hiemer won't be there to race in the opening rounds of the season.
We wish Bernd all the best in his recovery.
Team PMR H2O Aprilia announced 2 new riders for 2009. They announce an agreement with the Bulgarian rider Ales Hlad and the young talent Giuseppe Di Iorio. Hlad practically has exchanged bike and team with Cristian Iddon, pilot of Team PMR H2O Aprilia in 2008 and today rider for KTM Motoracing Team. The Bulgarian rider will ride the Aprilia SXV 550 in the S2 category and will participate in the World-wide Championship and some races of the Italian Championship. Iorio will ride the Italian Championship and the Aprilia Trophy. The two new confirmed pilots will join Luca Minutilli, who also rides in S2 and S1 rider Marco Dondi who will both ride in the World Championship and the Italian Championship.
Good news for the World Supermoto Championship. Spanish manufacturer GasGas will be joining the championship this year with a full factory supported team. Team Gaviota SRS-Gas Gas Full Factory will participate in the World Championship with Spanish Champion Xavi Rodríguez, who will ride a GasGas SM450 in the S1 category. 19 year old Xavi Rodriquez is a big name in Spanish Supermoto winning several national Championships. The team will also field several young riders in the European Supermoto Championship. Pol Laspuertas, Spanish S3 champion of 2008 and Borja Serna, Champion of the 2007 Aprilia Supermoto Cup.
XTRM Sports Network, the fastest growing online and offline action sports network, announces Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/Honda rider registrations for the 2009 XTRM AMA Pro Racing Supermoto Championship Series. Veteran Jeff Ward and rookie Joey Pascarella to lead the charge.
With just two weeks left until the season opening round of the XTRM AMA Pro Racing Supermoto Championship, riders and teams are gearing up for an action packed series. Leading the push for team Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/Honda/Seaspan/PPG for another national title will be none other than motocross and Supermoto racing legend, Jeff Ward. Last year’s gold medal winner at the Summer X Games stepped down from full-time racing but is back to challenge for the title in 2009.
Read more: Jeff Ward returns to AMA Supermoto
The FIM Supermoto schedule that was released some time ago underwent some drastic changes.
The GP of Spain will be held on September 27 instead of May 24, the venue will be Guadix-Granada.
The GP of Andorra will be held on September 20 instead of June 14.
The GP of Austria is cancelled and will be replaced by the GP of Val d’Aosta in Aosta on July 12.
The GP of Alpi del Mare at Busca will be held on October 25 instead of September 6.
The GP of Europe will be in Latina on September 6 instead of Franciacorta (which was due on Saturday October 3).
The GP of Catalunya was added to the calendar on November 8, the event is to be confirmed and the location is to be announced.
Read more: Big changes in FIM Supermoto schedule