In 1990, I raced at Road Atlanta in the AMA 250 Grand Prix class. Since it was a new track for me, my brother Stephen and I drove down early so that we could at least get a look at the track before practice.
Friday, 17 July 2015 14:04 Published in Andrew Trevitt
Now that riding season is fully underway it is time to get back to good habits to help keep you safe on the roads.
Before you go for a ride, there are a number of things you should check to ensure your bike is as ready to go as you are.
Friday, 26 June 2015 11:16 Published in Touring Essentials with R. Bruce Thomas
The first round of the 2015 Mopar CSBK series, held at Calabogie Motorsports Park, is in the books. This year I am again working with Jodi Christie and the Honda Canada/Accelerated Technologies team, looking after data and electronics on Jodi's CBR600RR and CBR1000RR SP.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 13:16 Published in Andrew Trevitt
It could come as a result of age, size or even ability, but one thing is certain in our sport. For those who start racing as children and continue with dirt track racing, at some point you are going to have to move to a bigger bike.
Friday, 12 June 2015 11:50 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog
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
After four rounds of the 2015 MotoGP season, Valentino Rossi sits atop the standings, with two victories and four podium finishes to his credit. While the Movistar Yamaha rider has definitely taken advantage of his competitors' various misfortunes in the opening rounds, he has just as definitely shown he is capable of winning in a straight-up battle - as he did in convincing fashion by outfoxing Marc Marquez in Argentina.
Friday, 15 May 2015 12:20 Published in Andrew Trevitt
For those unaware, I will give you the Coles Notes version of the difference between DTX and ‘framer’ flat track bikes. A DTX machine is a motocross motorcycle that has been turned into a flat tracker via suspension changes and the addition of 19-inch wheels and tires, whereas a framer utilizes a purpose-built racing frame fitted with a motor, wheels, tank, etc.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 13:19 Published in Tumblin' Todd's Flat Track Blog
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
Epic. Mega. Once-in-a-lifetime. A dream year. Call it what you will, but 2014 was on heck of a year for me. In this blog there will be facts, name-dropping, a little bit of bragging, and some cold, hard facts. When someone told me I should start a bucket list, I did. They forget to tell me that I didn’t need to fulfill everything on that list in the first year! It did create quite a busy year for me, but looking back as we see the year coming to an end, all I can say is… wow, mission accomplished!
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:56 Published in Dan Kruger