The inaugural Michigan SuperMoto Championship was successful with its three-class format. The series’ first race had a record turnout compared with the same single supermoto race participation the past three years. After evaluating the season and gathering feedback from competitors, the Michigan SuperMoto Championship will begin one month earlier and have five classes: Beginner, Amateur, Open (with a purse fund), Vet 40+ and Dirt Track.
The new Michigan SuperMoto Championship Dirt Track Class is geared towards racers who want to try supermoto on their dirt track-based motocross bikes with 19-inch wheels, front and rear, without having to purchase supermoto slicks and other supermoto-specialized equipment. With Michigan serving as the largest pool of pro flat trackers in the nation, including the 2009 AMA Pro Flat Track Twins Champion Jared Mees, MISuperMoto is offering an option for these riders who have long-wanted to try supermoto to do so on their current bikes.
The Open Class is for both experts and pros with supermoto-specialized motorcycles. A cash purse will be announced at a later date.
Two Michigan SuperMoto Championship races will once again be held at regional NASCAR track Auto City Speedway near Flint which is centrally located and only two hours from Ohio and one hour from Ontario, Canada. The July race will again be held at a temporary supermoto track built in the parking lot of Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch, Michigan. It’s one of four motorcycle racing events during Ogemaw Hills Bike Week.
During the 2009 season, overall participation increased at the MISuperMoto Test and Tune Days. The Test and Tune Days will be held again at Auto City Speedway and Jackson Speedway. Jackson Speedway is an accessible location for those who want to practice supermoto or try it out. Near a freeway, the facility is under two hours from Detroit and Ontario, Canada, four hours from Chicago, three hours from Indianapolis, and two hours from Toledo, Ohio.
“Midwest motorcyclists take their riding very seriously since warm weather only comes for half the year,” said MISuperMoto’s Dave Duprey. “We wanted to help you prepare for the upcoming season by releasing the schedule early. We get all types of riders and work hard to appeal to as many of them as possible. We learned from the first three-race series and are building on that with the addition of the dirt track-based bike class. Inviting dirt trackers and offering a demo to riders who don’t have off-road bikes will allow more to experience the fun of supermoto.”
In 2010, MISuperMoto will introduce a demo program dedicated to riders who want to try supermoto on a specially-prepared motorcycle. Catering to the further needs of riders, this program includes a MISuperMoto rep that will assist you directly with riding tips during your demo ride. The bike is a full-on supermoto-equipped Honda CRF450R with 17-inch wheels and slick tires, slipper clutch, and a large front brake. Registration is through email prior to each event for a scheduled time slot, so you may come to the track right before your ride. Fees are $20 for 10 laps or $40 for 30 minutes. It is up to each rider to bring your own gear and helmet. This is a unique opportunity to try supermoto at a scheduled time without incurring significant expense.
2010 Michigan SuperMoto Championship
June 13 Auto City Speedway Clio, Michigan
July 15 Ogemaw Heights High School* West Branch, Michigan
August 15 Auto City Speedway Clio, Michigan
*This race is part of the Ogemaw Hills Bike Week.
2010 MISuperMoto Test and Tune Days
April 11 Auto City Speedway Clio, Michigan
April 18 Jackson Speedway Jackson, Michigan
May 2 Jackson Speedway Jackson, Michigan
May 23 Auto City Speedway Clio, Michigan
June 27 Jackson Speedway Jackson, Michigan
July 18 Auto City Speedway Clio, Michigan
August 8 Jackson Speedway Jackson, Michigan
September 12 Jackson Speedway Jackson, Michigan
October 3 Auto City Speedway Clio, Michigan
October 24 Jackson Speedway Jackson, Michigan
November 7 Auto City Speedway Clio, Michigan
Keep posted to www.misupermoto.com for more details. To inquire about partnerships for the 2010 MISuperMoto season, contact Bryan Peckinpaugh at 313-5757-1245 or email@example.com.
MISuperMoto is the premier regional supermoto racing and track day series east of the Mississippi. 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 including renting a demo bike. In 2010, MISuperMoto will have the three-round, second annual Michigan SuperMoto Championship, and 11 Test and Tune Days. These Michigan-based events are held at Auto City Speedway in Clio, Jackson Speedway in Jackson and Ogemaw Heights High School in West Branch. To date, the series is made possible with support from Midwest Motorcyclist, Auto City Speedway and Jackson Speedway. Visit www.misupermoto.com for more information.
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