British Supermoto Championship returns to Rockingham after a 10-year absence for its season finale, and spectators are in for a real treat with no fewer than 12 titles up for grabs.
As always the action will be fast and furious as the championship pulls down the curtain on another great year and competitors’ battle for the points which could be the difference between bagging the silverware or, going home empty-handed.
A new circuit layout has been created specifically for the event, which will include jumps and a drift area at the Kirby corner. Covering just over a mile of tarmac, competitors will have to navigate a section of the oval between Turn 3 & 4 as well as the infamous infield corner Tarzan and the Brook chicane.
One great feature of Supermoto is the close racing all the way through the field with races being decided in many cases by literally thousandths of a second and with each race seguing into another, spectators will not have the opportunity to draw breath, let alone get bored!
Supermoto also offer spectators the chance to get up close to the action like no other motorsport event, and this will be no different at Rockingham. For the first time at the venue, there will be public viewing from Rockingham’s Wet Grip area located in the centre of the circuit and at the heart of the action.
There will be a full programme of action over both days with practice starting at 09:00 before the racing gets underway from 11:00, with all ages represented on the grid from the 11-year-olds in the Academy Class to the oldest competitor in the Superlite S6 – 89-year-old Joe Palfrey!
Supermoto originally came out of America in the 1970’s and was designed to settle the age-old argument, who is the better rider, the off-road specialist Motocross, Enduro or the pure road racer. A competition was designed to mix up both disciplines and the winner would be crowned “Superbiker”.
However it wasn’t until the early part of this century when the sport took off in the UK but since then there has been a thriving British Championship with many riders going on to success in World Championship events, Wigan’s Matt Winstanley and Cumbrian Chris Hodgson, who will both be in action this weekend.
Riders compete on modified Moto-X machines from the top European and Japanese manufacturers such as KTM, Honda, Husqvarna and Yamaha. However, these machines are heavily modified with different wheels, suspension brakes and engine tuning as well as advanced electronics providing GPS traction control.
Running on slick (tread-less) tyres, even in the off-road sections, when the bikes hit the jumps or slide sideways into the corners it is truly a spectacular sight. In addition to the solo motorcycles, there is also two Superlite classes of four wheel “buggy racing”.