Clio, Mich – The riding season will soon be in full-swing across the Midwest and MISuperMoto is kicking it off with the announcement of the first-ever Michigan SuperMoto Championship, presented by College Bike Shop, that will crown winners in three classes. Rider turnout in 2008 increased significantly with racers coming from as far away as California. Besides offering the new championship in Michigan, MISuperMoto is working to fill a need for experienced pros to race a competitive series east of the Mississippi.
“We cranked it up last year with the MISuperMoto X event at Auto City,” said Dave Duprey, owner of MISuperMoto. “A lot of riders came to our events and a number of people stepped up to help us out. We cannot thank them enough. Doug Henry, Yamaha and Graves Motorsports were instrumental in getting more pros to our signature MISuperMoto X race, giving it a feel of a national caliber event. Of course, Auto City Speedway was a big part of the success of the event too. We had positive responses from the riders about our new permanent asphalt and dirt course.”
Duprey continues, “Supermoto has evolved over the five years we’ve been in business. We get full-on pros to weekend warriors that trick out their bikes with pro-level equipment, then on the other end we have riders who take a trail bike and add dirt track tires to their stock rims to try out supermoto. And the great part is that once someone tries it, most come out again! That’s why we felt there was a need to expand to a multi-race championship.”
The Michigan SuperMoto Championship, presented by College Bike Shop, will have three classes to include pro open, amateur open and novice open. All three classes are race any size bike. The novice class is for competitors who have never raced any type of motorcycle before. Points will be awarded at each of the three races and a champion will be crowned in each class. In addition, the second round of the series will be part of the Canadian-American Supermoto Championship, a new international series organized by 403 Racing, ESMRA, Mécaglisse Québec and MISuperMoto.
Michigan SuperMoto Championship, presented by College Bike Shop
August 16 Auto City Speedway, Clio, Mich. (also a Can/Am round)
Sept. 27 Auto City Speedway, Clio, Mich.
The pro champion will receive a Honda XR50R provided by College Bike Shop of Lansing, Michigan (www.collegebikeshop.com), a gift certificate from Dubach Racing Development (DRD), an AxiomTV gift card, a MISuperMoto 2010 pass, and a trophy. Second and third places will also receive trophies and other prizes.
The amateur and novice class champions will be presented by the EKS Brand. At each event, the riders with the holeshot in the two mains will receive a pair of EKS Brand goggles. The Most Improved Riders at rounds two and three will also receive a pair of EKS Brand goggles based on previous race results. The top three in each class at the end of the series will receive AxiomTV gift cards along with trophies.
Currently the race day schedule starts with practice at 12 - 3 p.m. with sessions broken up by class. The heat races will begin at 3 p.m. Practice is $40 whether you plan to race or not. All riders are invited to attend at least the practice session. The race entry fee is $35. Adult spectators are $10 each and kids 10 and under are free.
MISuperMoto will continue its tradition of Test and Tune Days at Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan and Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Michigan. All ages are welcome with appropriate equipment. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The courses are maintained to be safe and appropriate for beginners to experts.
The two tracks offer different course layouts. Both are approximately a 70/30 asphalt/dirt split. Auto City is a faster course with the NASCAR 17-degree banking and larger jumps including a tabletop. Jackson is more of a kart-style track. Both tracks have jumps that are safe for beginners and good practice for experts.
The MISuperMoto season kicks off the weekend of April 18-19 beginning with College Bike Shop’s Open House in Lansing, Michigan on Saturday where the MISuperMoto crew will be present. Then join other supermoto riders for the first Test & Tune Day at Jackson Speedway on Sunday.
Test and Tune Days
Gates open at 11 a.m. Bikes on track 12 - 4 p.m.
April 19 Jackson Speedway
April 26 Auto City Speedway
May 17 Jackson Speedway
June 7 Jackson Speedway
June 28 Auto City Speedway
July 19 Jackson Speedway
August 16 Auto City Speedway* (Can/Am round)
September 13 Jackson Speedway
September 27 Auto City Speedway* (College Bike Shop Final)
October 25 Auto City Speedway
November 1 Jackson Speedway (Veterans ride free!)
*These two dates will include a round of the Michigan SuperMoto Championship with practice at 12 - 3 p.m. followed by the race program. Riders who still want to come out to ride can enter the practice session only, then stay and watch the races.
There are generally 15 bikes allowed on the track at one time. The crew may stop the session for watering, if necessary, or another situation. Entry fee for all Test and Tune Days is $40 per rider and $2 for spectators when it’s a Test and Tune Day only. For track rules, visit www.misupermoto.com.
To inquire about MISuperMoto and Michigan SuperMoto Championship sponsorship and marketing opportunities, contact Bryan Peckinpaugh with MotoPR at (313) 575-1245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MISuperMoto is one of the fastest-growing regional supermoto series in the nation with both racing events and track days. Its Test and Tune Days enable current enthusiasts to ride supermoto on a safe course while new riders can try their hand at this growing motorcycle discipline. In 2009, MISuperMoto will have the three-round Michigan SuperMoto Championship, presented by College Bike Shop, and 11 Test and Tune Days. Events are held at Auto City Speedway in Clio and Jackson Speedway in Jackson. MISuperMoto’s goal is to become the premier regional supermoto racing and track day series east of the Mississippi. The series is made possible with support from College Bike Shop, Dubach Racing Development (DRD), EKS Brand, AxiomTV, Auto City Speedway and Jackson Speedway. Visit www.misupermoto.com for more information.
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