(June 13, 2017)- Husqvarna Motorcycles are proud to unveil the new 2018 Husqvarna FS 450 – an updated supermoto machine that successfully carries Husqvarna’s World Championship winning pedigree into a new era.
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:49 Published in Industry News
@Husqvarna1903 •#701SuperMotoRideOut •(February 8, 2017)- Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to present the second edition of the 701 SUPERMOTO RIDE OUT, four days of exciting riding aboard the 701 SUPERMOTO.
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 13:16 Published in News
The Rocky Mountain Motards are in their second season at North Star Raceway, the new kart track in Strathmore, Alberta. President Jim states that they are very excited to have Zero Motorcycles as a new sponsor. “The world’s largest seller of full-size electric motorcycles has blessed us with help to reduce our track fees and try to have more people... involved in our exciting sport.”
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 16:41 Published in Supermoto blog with Keith Fowler
(January 27, 2016)- After an absence of one year FIM North America is pleased to announce that a two round championship series for Supermoto will take place in 2016.
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 17:16 Published in News
This is the time of year supermoto clubs in Canada bid farewell to 2015 and start planning for 2016. We reflect on some of the best times of the season and those standout moments. Supermoto is about the people and not just the cool bikes/quads.
Friday, 09 October 2015 16:05 Published in Supermoto blog with Keith Fowler
Competitive supermoto racing is a huge part of the reason there are so many clubs across our provinces and states, but not every rider who shows up has the desire to compete in the form of competition.
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:38 Published in Supermoto blog with Keith Fowler
In this blog I will go over the operation of a few Supermoto clubs to show some distinct differences.
François Cominardi of Supermoto Québec stated they are one of the most successful organizations in North America, yet they do not seek out sponsorship for practice or events. The large turnout they enjoy for each event brings in the required revenue to support the club. Supermoto Québec was the first North American organization to introduce quads at supermoto events over nine years ago. They regularly enjoy practices at the karting track in Trois-Rivières, Montmagny AutoTrack and at all race venues.
MISuperMoto in Michigan does regular changes to their circuit layout for each practice held. Dave Dupris stated they are actively seeking quad riders interested in riding their circuit, and they would be happy to have them join in the events they host. Michigan Supermoto practice and race events are held at their home track Auto City in near Flint, in a city called Clio. Dave is well-known for his event organization skill as evidenced by the renowned Branch Michigan Street race held in the past. This event required a dirt tabletop, fencing, hay bale protection, tire walls and other details all be built in only a few short hours. The execution was like watching a supercross racecourse go into a stadium in fast motion. This was one of the few events I have seen that had well over 2,000 spectators.
The Victoria Supermoto Association is unique compared to many of the other supermoto clubs. Calvin Van E stated they ride at Western Speedway in Victoria, British Columbia on Tuesday nights from April through to September and run a race series consisting of four classes (two races per class, per race night) with a total of 40 races. They run a different layout every practice and have about 15 different layouts. They managed to vary the course layout by adding or taking away corners etc. Layout is decided by track conditions and Mr. Thorns laying it out. They are a non-profit club. Victoria Supermoto does not currently include dirt, and rides entirely on a paved course.
The Rocky Mountain Motards race with the Alberta Mini Roadracing Association at the new North Star Raceway karting circuit in Strathmore, AB. In addition to six races, the club also hosts five test and tune days. Their next race with the AMRA is this weekend, on June 7.
Supermoto Ontario hosts events at the well-established Shanonville Motorsport Park circuit. Both full-day supermoto practices and evening lapping occurs. The fear and excitement are combined with the addition of the Toronto Motorsports Park circuit for the 2015 season. Kevin Kiddle will be doing the bulk load of coursework to be ready for the club’s first event at that course in July.
June 14 will be the first race for Supermoto Ontario in the Shannonville. Supermoto Québec held its first race May 24 in Montmagny QC, and Supermoto Victoria has already commenced their race season as well. MISuperMoto held its first test and tune day at the organization's home track in Clio on May 31.
Feel free to check out each club's website for further details.
- Keith Fowler
Thursday, 04 June 2015 13:49 Published in Supermoto blog with Keith Fowler
Riders such as Dani Pedrosa of MotoGP started their career racing supermoto, and continue to tune their skills riding supermoto in the off-season. High-profile riders such as Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi help validate the reality that skills developed in supermoto are directly related to flat track and road racing success; however, this is not enough to help promote a club like Supermoto Ontario, of which I am the president. In fact, many sport bike riders probably had no idea they could improve their performance by riding supermoto.
You may be hearing about supermoto in Ontario now because there is a club, Supermoto Ontario, promoting the sport we love. Supermoto Ontario is a non-profit club that is helping to promote supermoto racing in Eastern Canada. Other organizations such as Flat Track Canada, RACE, SCORRA, OFTR and SOAR can appreciate the time commitment to get your organization known publicly. Success is based on enthusiasts being involved and reaching out to others for assistance.
Supporters like the North American International Motorcycle Show, Inside Motorcycles and sponsors make it happen. We have been fortunate enough to have sponsors approaching us to team up for successful alliances. EconoPrint, Shannonville Motorsport Park, Toronto Motorsports Park, Mission Cycle, NineOneNine Graphics, Mallette/McLennan Insurance, Lang’s Off-Road and Warp 9 wheels have been behind us, making it possible to have track events. Alliances begin with common ground.
Supermoto Québec and Supermoto Ontario work very close with one another, almost like one club. Relationships are incredibly important for any organization to survive. We have recently seen RACE and SOAR combine their resources to ensure optimal success. I can see this trend happening in other motorsports organizations as well. Quad riders were looking for more thrill on pavement and are now included in our series. This is a classic example of motorsports combining for the benefit of both parties.
70 percent pavement and 30 percent dirt has proved to be a formula to even out lap times for riders of varying backgrounds. The motocross guys kill it on the small jumps, the flat track riders smoke most on the long, flat, sweeping dirt corners, and road racers have a knack for going incredibly fast with confidence around the high-speed paved corners. The unique part of Supermoto is the many motorsport disciplines are all combined into one element, including the fun part of backing it a corner.
Supermoto Ontario has 10 events scheduled for the 2015 season including non-competitive lapping days/evenings and a three-race provincial championship (in addition to the six Canadian National events).
Supermoto is easy to get into; bikes are reasonably priced, MX bikes can be converted, flat track bikes only require adding a front brake, race slicks cost half as much as sport bike race tires and can last numerous events (up to the entire season for a novice rider)… so what is stopping you?
You have heard more about Supermoto because it improves rider skill, confidence, and there is a great bunch promoting it.
- By Keith Fowler, Supermoto Ontario President
Thursday, 23 April 2015 17:11 Published in Supermoto blog with Keith Fowler
GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 11, 2015) –Michelin will be revamping its range of motorcycle racing tires in 2015 with the introduction of six new products, available in the U.S. and Canada starting in May. Designed to meet the needs of all riders, from the professional racer to the track-day enthusiast, the range incorporates the latest cutting edge technologies tested on the track in order to provide maximum safety, performance and riding enjoyment.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 15:40 Published in Products