Super-Moto Productions 12/2011
For now here is what you can look forward to in the near future.
There will be a special Ricky Graham section and most of that will be the story and pictures of the AMA National Ricky Graham Memorial Indoor Short Track we promoted in 2004. We will ask for your favorite RG memories and we will tell ours as well. That should be really fun.
We are going to be following the future The Top Oil Ack Attack, and rider Rocky Robinson. We will likely put in some of the history of the motorcycle land speed record that has occurred within the past 10 years or so. That’s a great story.
The World Supermoto schedule and updates from now on will be available her as well.
We will link SCRAMP, the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula. This non profit body has been running Laguna Seca Raceway for many years. We hope to promote the value of these volunteers and how this organization uniquely operates the overall track functions. There will be rare track footage and lots of Laguna Seca personal history and you can join in on that too!
Finally you will be able to navigate through a private section of the site with memberships. These memberships will allow the subscriber to access special deals on everything from tools, motorcycle equipment, riding schools, motorcycle racing event tickets and associated tours. The race event guided tour package will be a huge part of our new focus. Stay tuned……Moto!!!!
Yes, we have some killer plans so keep coming back and check us out. By this time next year we hope to be in full swing!!! Thanks and keep American Super-Moto ALIVE!!
Super-Moto Productions would like to announce the signing of AMA Sports Racing competitor Chad Cose. We are proud to represent Mr. Cose in all business associations in his transitional years from amateur to professional motorcycle competition.
On December 7, 2006 Mr. Cose will turn 16 years of age and be eligible for an AMA Pro License. We are encouraged by his natural talent, as a motorcycle racer, and encourage the industry to support his racing career by considering his past championships and commitment to maximum sponsorship exposure.
As well, we have committed to the support of 2005 AMA Sports Supermoto SM1 Champion Travis Ellis from Bakersfield. We want to congratulate Mr. Ellis for his mid pack qualification and finishes in Fontana during his first Professional event. We are confident the other competitors are taking notice and you will be successful this season.
Mr. Ellis and Mr. Cose have earned podium finishes in over 80% of events entered over the past 24 months. This monumental achievement makes them highly attractive sponsorship material for our industry. It is our goal to present Mr. Ellis and Mr. Cose together for 2007 in AMA Supermoto as members of the GT Racing Supermoto Team. Part of Super-Moto Productions Risk Management leg, GT Racing, will present Mr. Cose in Lites and Mr. Ellis in his current class Supermoto or 450.
Please join us in our commitment to maximum sponsorship exposure by supporting these two athletes in the years to come. Let us know how we can help your business grow by contacting us for a personalized sponsorship package today.
See you at the races!!
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2005 Supermoto season summary
As you can see we didn’t update the site since before Copper Mountain.
The 2005 season has been interesting and educational. Reno had its share of anticipated excitement thanks to the mighty Red Bull. We at Super-Moto Productions want to congratulate all the Championship competitors for outstanding racing this season.
I wish to take this opportunity to express a few observations from the 2005 season.
We look forward to a huge 2006 for AMA Supermoto. Please, stay tuned for the time of your life because we do not often get the opportunity to see a new motorcycle racing discipline grow from next to nothing. Thank you for coming to the races and thank you in advance for continuing to attend. Watch for the 2006 schedule and tell your friends.
Finally, congratulations to Travis Ellis, of Bakersfield California, sponsored by Cycle Gear on the AMA Sports SM1 450 Amateur National Championship Supermoto Crown.
August 8, 2005
Post Shawano Update!!!!!!!!
Supermoto competitors, fans and industry were on hand for this very impressive event at USA International Raceway.
This event was everything promised and more. The racing was great. The fans were great and the facility was over the top in terms of conditions.
Moto #2 had Kunzel out front for 15 of 16 laps. Way out front until Henry charges back to pass on the final lap of the race. Kunzel looked more than shocked on the podium. Jurgen always the sportsman made the comment, “Henry make for a good race in the end”. You could see his frustration however he was happy with a second and Leo Vince hot lapper Verderosa brings home the bronze with an impressive performance.
Current points for Supermoto are Doug Henry with 87 leading Jurgen Kunzel with 81. Jeff Ward has 69 in third and Benny Carlson 4th with 57. Had Carlson not crashed twice in Moto #2 he could be tied for third with Wardy. See them in Copper Mountain!!
Have to love those Lites. It’s the Mark Burkhart show again wire to wire with Brandon Currie and Calvin Andlovec rounding out the podium. Matt Pursley 8th and Casey Yarrow 9th.
Unlimited wire-to-wire winner David Baffeleuf led Micky Dymond to the podium just ahead of Husky mounted Pucho Bagnis. Troy Herfoss fourth and Daryl Atkins a respective fifth place.
In what could be the last years for Honda Red Riders Supermoto. Yes, Honda looks like they will pull the program from Danny Walker this year and who knows what then right?
See you at Copper Mountain!!
July 23, 2005
Shawano high speed and 20 turns…………Ya!!!
The upcoming event at USA International Raceway in Shawano Wisconsin should be full of high speed backing it in action. Just like what we have been waiting for in Supermoto.
I’m looking forward to it because we seem to be getting the Euro Invasion of competitors who are more use to these types of long fast tracks.
Now for another session of “Where are our Sponsors?”
See you in Shawano………….
Post MOTO-GP Update…………..
We attended, we supported and we waited and waited like the rest of the planet.
Congratulations to Nicky and Colin and Valentino for a great race. The real race was back a few places but my eyes were glued to * 69 because I remember him mowing down Haga in turn 11 a couple years ago. I was pleased to see a wire-to-wire win by Hayden. Boring, as it was I know Nicky was riding his ass off to make a point, I’m in the lead and you are not going to be if I can help it!!
Here is a bit of trivia for you readers. If you can answer this question I will buy the first correct response a Sunday General Admission MOTO-GP ticket for next year at Laguna Seca. Sound good?
OK Americans I’m ashamed of some of you. Know why? Where were the American flags and the American rider flags at MOTO-GP? I saw one very healthy Blonde goddess in the hill standing for the entire GP holding her flag so high her, um, undies were showing.
Did you forget there were about 20 racing legends waiting to meet you in the Yamaha tent all weekend? To be honest the Europeans are right when they say Americans are LAZY! We get a GP and we complain about it. Did we do anything to insure the competitors felt our presence? Oh ya, if you don’t like the karts maybe you have forgotten about Yamaha and Wayne Rainey. I could never forget Wayne Rainey there is a corner named after him. As for Yamaha, oh ya they paid through the ass to get us a GP!! I’m grateful for that, oh yes I am.
NEXT…Did you bring an air horn or did you complain to the guy next to you when he blew his off???? If you complained about air horns at Laguna Seca…. !@#$%^& YOU!
Here is a closer for you:
July 23, 2005
Elkhart Lake update …. (late like never before)
The AMA Super-moto opener at Elkhart Lake Wisconsin has come and gone and in the books. (Moto-GP has too but we won’t go there, yet)
An even bigger story in the 250 class or “Lites’ event. This first run, first ever event saw Burkhart, Diedrich and Pursley on the podium. Matthew Pursley has come a long way since the first ever event at Laguna Seca in ‘03.
Big fun in the Unlimited class for this opener. Pole sitter Dymond would rather we forget about the meatball flag fiasco. (Where is the stop and go location again?) Everyone felt bad for Mick, however he’ll be listening better at the rider briefings from now on I’m sure. D. Baffeleuf coming all the way from Cournon D’ Avuergne, France to an Unlimited first place finish in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin makes for good French conversation. Herfoss and Lodi local Bagnis rounding out the podium.
Finishing 1-8 in the stubby due to “we are not out of school yet opener,”
April 13, 2005
AMA Pro Racing Names New Supermoto Series Manager
AMA Pro Racing has announced that Todd Eagan has been named Series Manager for the AMA Supermoto Championship. Eagan replaces Chris Bradley who left AMA Pro Racing in January. Prior to his promotion, Eagan held the position of Race Manager. In his new role, Eagan will have responsibility for managing the championship including race operations as well as rider, sponsor and manufacturer relations. Eagan will report directly to AMA Pro Racing CEO Scott Hollingsworth.
In making the announcement, AMA Pro Racing Vice President, Director of Communications, Kerry Graeber said Eagan was the perfect choice for the job. “Todd has been a part of our AMA Supermoto operating staff since the series was launched in 2003,” said Graeber. “Todd’s involvement and contribution have been a key part of the initial success of this series. As we move into the 2005 season, we’re looking for Todd to aggressively manage the championship so it can reach its full potential.”
Eagan welcomes the challenge. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to manage the AMA Supermoto Championship,” said Eagan. “We’re moving into our third year with this series and we expect to see increased rider involvement, fan interest and sponsor interest, especially since we announced the new class structure for 2005.”
In March AMA Pro Racing announced the addition of a 250 class (Supermoto Lites) to join the premier 450 class (Supermoto) and 490+ class (Supermoto Unlimited). Additionally, it was announced that each round would now feature two Supermoto finales. The Honda Red Riders Jr. Supermoto Challenge, which features youngsters between the ages of 12 and 15 racing on identically-prepped Honda CRF150Fs, will also be back.
Graeber said 2005 is a pivotal time for the emerging championship. “We have had some growing pains with Supermoto in its first two years,” acknowledged Graeber. “However, in spite of some tough challenges, we’re very optimistic about this form of racing. We’re seeing increased manufacturer interest in terms of supporting riders and teams as well as providing contingency dollars. Also, sponsor interest remains strong.” Graeber pointed to Red Bull’s continued interest as an example. “Red Bull will return as title sponsor of the AMA Red Bull Supermoto A-Go-Go championship finale,” confirmed Graeber. “This year we’ll move that event to the streets of Reno and if the overwhelming success of last year’s event was any indication, this year will be huge.”
Eagan will be based in AMA Pro Racing’s West Coast office. The appointment is effective immediately. In addition to his role in the AMA Supermoto Championship, Eagan has been a contributing writer and performance tester for Cycle World and its annual Sportbike magazine. Eagan is a third generation motorcyclist who has been riding since the age of four and competing in flat track and road racing since age eight.
April 08, 2005
AMA Pro Racing press release
AMA Pro Racing and Troy Lee Designs have announced that the AMA Supermoto Championship event scheduled to be held on May 14 at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif., has been postponed.
In making the announcement, Troy Lee Design’s Bob Weber said that his company was just made aware that a special state permit was necessary but that it would be impossible to secure the permit prior to the date. “Our pre-event planning was on schedule and things were in good shape for the event,” said Weber. “Unfortunately we then learned about the requirement for this permit, which came as a complete surprise to us. We had no choice but to postpone the event due to timing. The good news is that the Fairgrounds are enthusiastic about this race so we’re going to work with AMA Pro Racing to secure another date.”
AMA Pro Racing’s Vice President of Commercial Development, John Farris concurred. “Obviously we’re disappointed that we can’t proceed with this event as originally scheduled,” said Farris. “However, we’re looking forward to working with everyone at Troy Lee Designs to find a suitable replacement date. We both agree that Southern California is an important market for Supermoto so we’re hopeful that this race can be rescheduled.”
The event scheduled for June 4 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., will now be the opening round of the 2005 AMA Supermoto Championship.
March 24, 2005
2005 AMA Supermoto schedule announced
February 10, 2005
AMA Pro Racing News Release
AMA Pro Racing announced today that a 250cc class will be added to the 2005 Supermoto championship season. The Supermoto class (450cc), Supermoto Unlimited (490cc +) and Honda Red Riders Junior Supermoto Challenge will remain part of the program and be joined by the new class, specifically for 250cc, four-stroke machines.
In making the announcement, Kerry Graeber, AMA Pro Racing Vice President, Director of Communications said that the decision was made partly in response to the large number of requests to add the class. “We have heard a tremendous amount of feedback suggesting that we include 250s,” said Graeber. “We want to be responsive to this demand while recognizing the equity that has been built up in the Supermoto and Supermoto Unlimited classes, so we will run all three, plus the Junior program, in 2005. Beyond 2005 we’ll have to assess what the market demand and equipment availability is for each class.”
Graeber also said that there will be some adjustments to the racing program this year. “Along with adding 250s, we’re also planning on implementing timed qualifying to the program. This will enable us to streamline the qualifying process given the larger number of entries that are expected,” said Graeber.
It was also announced that the Supermoto class will feature a two race finale. “Running two 450cc class finals at each round will make the title chase more interesting and provide a better show for our fans,” stated Graeber. Points for each race will go towards the championship.
Technical rules for the new 250 class are being finalized. It is expected that the 250 rule structure will be comparable to what is currently in place for Supermoto and Supermoto Unlimited in terms of allowable modifications. Graeber also commented that the 2005 schedule is being finalized with key events such as the Copper Mountain double header, Nashville, Reno and Las Vegas rounds set to return, along with a couple of new venues.
"Thank you for your patience. SMP has decided not to produce AMA Pro Flat Track events in the Spring of 2005. We are however working on a Mile event for the Fall of 2005 in California.
Las Vegas 2004 Supermoto Final
Chad Cose, Jeff Ward and Kurt Nicoll Crowned..............
Our super fast kid in American Supercamp, Honda Red Riders, Jr. Supermoto Challenge Champion is Chad Cose. Chad is from Fremont, California and comes from a hard working family. Chad was a contender last year in the Las Vegas final only to suffer a fall, which would close the door on a possible championship.
Coming back this year to the Reno round and impressing the entire motorcycle world by challenging the leader but coming up second in Reno. Good enough to qualify for the Vegas final and off to the races for his very own CRF150!!!
Chad worked hard in the heat race to get a good starting grid position for the main. A good grid position is very critical in this way competitive event. As it would turn out the leader on the first lap had to come in and complete a "stop and go" penalty for jumping the start. Cose would take advantage of the penalty, lower his head and not look back.
It appeared the stop and go was confused. He sat for quite a long time before starter Dan Argano had to tell the rider to "go go go!!" So from the very beginning Cose had a bit of a jump. Worried he would be to big and the smaller riders would catch up, Cose just motored on and never looked back!!! Congratulations to Chad and all the Jr. Supermoto riders who made the Vegas final. Thanks to Danny Walker and the whole team.
Ward put the throttle to the stop for the full lap and made a Championship for the Troy Lee Designs Supermoto Team. Kunzel second and David Baffeleuf third.
Incidentally, if you're in the market for dirt or Supermoto riding gear, Troy Lee Designs has the stuff..............check it out. Thanks for a great season and Doug Henry will be back next year putting the pressure on everyone.
Can you say Unlimited........
!!!OK, I'm off my box but come on, let's get this Supermoto thing rolling already!!!
In the race JK was kicking tail as usual only to suffer a flat, yes another flat, and KTM boss Kurt Nicoll earned his Championship title by LUCK!!! (and skill too)
David Baffeleuf must have trained hard because he was there on the podium AGAIN!!
All of us have witnessed another incredible year of Supermoto racing in the Unlimited class. Even if it was a bit like a SPEC CLASS. hee hee.
My hat goes off to "miserable framing carpenter" Micky Dymond who was consistent all year and showing everyone after a flying get off in the first turn a guy Dymond's age can still "smoke them young guys." Nice work Micky and you go get those sponsors!!!
At this time I would like to acknowledge a few riders who have come through all year on the track.
Mark Burkhart really showed everyone he's a force at S. Boston by almost putting Doug Henry down. Burkhart came so close that if the race were one or two more laps he may have had DH. Also, in case you forgot Burkhart only lost Superpole at S. Boston by something like 1,000th of a second!!!!! If I had the cash Burkhart would be on my Yamaha in the Unlimited next year..................
Cassidy Anderson took a way nasty spill in the first turn pileup at the Vegas Unlimited final. His jersey was a shread. Officials had an EMT evaluate Cassidy and he was deemed fit to compete. However, he was in pain and after the sighting lap he jokingly told his mechanic, "I think I forgot the track." He finished dead last but he raced and stayed out of the way of the leaders like a true Sportsman, nice.......
Steve Drew of American Honda finished tenth in the Supermoto final. Steve is one of the guys who always had a nice thing to say, no matter what. Come rain, restarts and wayward fans, Drew always had a smile on his face. On the track pushing as hard as everyone, working the Honda for all it had Steve never complained all year. I ask someone out there, put Steve Drew on a 650 PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chris Fillmore took the whole-shot a couple times this year. Once in Reno and another one in Del Mar. At Del Mar Chris was the victim of the "5 left hand turns before the first right on dirty tires" syndrom. Fillmore really steps up for a young man his age. Can you imagine being 16 and teamed up with the experience of Jeff Ward and Doug Henry???
Chris is a "SLEEPER" if I ever saw one. Mild mannered and very calm off the track. On the track I say "who the hell is that??!! Oh, it's Chris Fillmore." No wonder. Can someone please put this energetic youngster on a 650!!? He can ride both classes. Talk about a salesman for the Unlimited...............
Keep your eyes on the news, thanks for checking in...............................
October 25, 2004
Del Mar Supermoto Weekend.........
October 5, 2004
With the unprecedented popularity of supermoto racing, Suzuki introduces its DR-Z400SM. Based on the hugely popular and extremely capable DR-Z400S DualSport machine, the new Suzuki DR-Z400SM combines the engine and chassis of the DR-Z400S with the race-proven RM motocross-style forks and black-painted aluminum-rim wheels. The result is a racy mix of on- and off-road performance.
Look for a 2005 version for sale next Spring in a Suzuki dealer near you.
The 2005 Suzuki DR-Z400SM employs a compact 398cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled engine tuned for a broad powerband and low-rpm torque. The potent four-stroke also comes equipped with a four-valve cylinder head, 36mm CV-type carburetor, Suzuki's own nickel-silicon-phosphorus-carbide-plated cylinder and a high-performance forged piston.
Power is transferred through a smooth-shifting five-speed transmission, while an electric start with auto-decompression system makes for quick and convenient starts. A thermostatically controlled fan and radiator provide consistent operating temperatures
The DR-Z400SM's chromoly steel frame is similar to that of Suzuki's RM motocross bikes, was designed with maximum torsional strength and light weight in mind.
The oil for the dry-sump lubrication system resides in the frame's main backbone and front down tube for optimum efficiency.
Suspension for the DR-Z400SM consists of fully adjustable RM250-derived inverted front fork and a quality rear shock. The rear shock also offers high- and low-speed damping adjustments as well as completely adjustable spring preload and rebound damping.
Oversize front and rear hydraulic disc brakes are mounted on black-painted aluminum wheels, as are 17-inch high-grip radial tires.
RM-inspired headlight housing and side panels decorate the DR-Z400SM, as does the slim-profile bodywork, which provides maximum rider mobility and comfortable seating. Rubber-mounted turn signals, a sturdy engine guard and rear disc-brake cover offer protection against rocks and debris, regardless of the terrain.
Air-filter maintenance is a simple affair, thanks to quick-release fasteners on the left side panel. Rounding out the DR-Z's features are a powerful 55-watt lighting system and compact, multi-function digital instrument cluster, which includes a speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, clock, timer and stopwatch functions.
Suggested retail is set at $6,099.
Also available in black.
September 27, 2004
Copper Mountain Double Header..................
Ricky Graham Memorial...
APRIL 21, 2004
Only 10 days until the Ricky Graham Memorial Indoor Short Track and Motorcycle Show!
Dont miss AMA Pro Racing Flat Track five-time National Champion Chris Carr, Johnny Murphree, Shaun Russell, Rick Hocking, Brett Landes and many more as they go head-to head for a $40,000 purse on the concrete at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on May 1, 2004.
In preparation for the event, the top four quad riders in AMA District 36 will be coming out to lay down rubber on the track before the race! Competitors and fans will be arriving from across the country for this national AMA competition, along with some of the most celebrated names in motorcycle racing history for a Legends Recognition Ceremony. Race day events include a mountain bike Trials Demonstration, and the first 3,000 fans through the door have a chance to win a FREE MOTORCYCLE!!!
Tickets for this AMA Pro Racing Flat Track event May 1 are available at the Cow Palace box office or Ticketmaster. Brought to you by Top Oil, Quality Checked Certified Pre-Owned Ford, Fairfield Cycle Center, Mission Motorcycles, Motion Pro, A&A Racing and Super-Moto Productions!!!!
April 13, 2004
Super-Moto Productions, Inc. would like to thank all of those who participated in our online sign-up survey for an amatuer event on May 2.. We knew this would give us an idea of the potential turnout for an AMA Sports Short Track at the Cow Palace. Our survey was based on a Sunday May 2, 2004 race date (see below for results). In the end, we decided that the costs were too high to warrant an additional day of rent and adjusted the date to the morning of May 1st, before the AMA Pro event. This presented another issue, as a number of emails were received from SuperTT participants who cannot attend Saturday morning due to the SuperTT event at Infineon. As you can see, this is adding up to a growing defeat of our Amateur event.
Simply put, there are just too many events going on to make a good event at the Cow Palace for Amateurs. We want to offer quality events to our competitors. We would like to acknowledge Don Canet who worked with us to resolve a potential conflict in our Pro event and his SuperTT event. An agreement was reached, resulting in only a final on Saturday at Infineon after the Superbike program concludes.
As you can see, there is a ton of work that goes on behind the scenes to try and make things work. There are just too many events sometimes, and we feel this is progress toward good things.
We regret to inform the racing community that we cannot justify holding an event at the Cow Palace for Amateurs on that weekend. It just doesnt work with the big picture. Instead, we offer that in the near future we will announce an AMA Sports Amateur event of better rider turnout and better overall quality for fans and participants to enjoy. At Super-Moto Productions, Inc. our goal is to bring quality events to you, rather than just holding events because we can cram them in and make it happen no matter what. No one is really served with a situation like that.
Keep watching our schedule for a possible October event around the Del Mar dates already being worked out by quality promoters in Southern California.
Fifty-seven (57) individuals responded, for a total of ninety-four (94) machines to be entered in the race, in the following classes:
86cc - 125cc: 12 machines