Supermoto Ontario saw an influx of younger riders coming out to events. Parents recognize that supermoto riding is safer than motorcross and significantly less expensive than road racing. A youth rider gets support from all other riders at events by giving ample room on the track and those needed words of encouragement. I imagine it feels like being a rock star with all the attention these young riders get!
An interesting dynamic is the increased number of female riders who came out this summer in Ontario and Quebec. Women riding at events are a good reminder of how much fun supermoto is and why we are on the track. Female novice riders are smoother and have calculated line choices compared to novice men. I was talking with SOAR road racer Jennifer Roth about female-only categories and was told this is the number one limiting factor why there are not more women in motorcycle racing today. There are now enough female riders in Ontario to support a separate female category. Supermoto Ontario offers Junior and Female riders half-price lapping fees at each of their events to support the growth of these categories.
Victoria Supermoto (VSM) and Rocky Mountain Motards (RMM) utilize the same weekly course location for lapping and races. Supermoto Quebec (SMQ) has shared tracks with Supermoto Ontario (SMO). Some supermoto clubs have hosted half supermoto lapping and half sportbike days, with extremely positive comments from both types of riders. There are plans to do this in Ontario again for 2016. Delaware Speedway near London has recently put in a road course and Supermoto Ontario will expand their series a little further south at this venue. The success of events is directly related to the track owners’ support in putting events on. Shannonville Motorsports Park (SMO), Strathmore Motorsports Park (RMM), Mecaglisse Motorsports Park (SMQ) and Western Speedway (VSM) have received excellent track support to put successful events on in the past years.
- By Keith Fowler, President, Supermoto Ontario