Supermotard

Big names pour in for Ssangyong International Supermoto

Author: Paul Caridi

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A sneak preview of the riders who are entered at the Ssangyong International Supermoto at the International tennis centre Sydney Olympic Park on 19 November 2005 has revealed that the level of competition will be the best ever seen in this country. The event is quickly becoming the Australian version of the French Golden handlebars event. Each year since the early 80‰Ûªs, France holds a race at the end of the season to determine the best of each motorcycle racing discipline and this event really kicked off the World wide phenomenon of what we now know as Supermotard. In Australia, now more than ever, the Olympic Park meeting has become 'THE Supermoto' event to race at. With the end of the Australia motocross, enduro and road racing season completed, many riders are using this event to cap off their year and have some fun. The advantage for spectators means that none of these riders like to be beaten by anyone in whatever sport, and a full out effort goes into machine and rider preparation. Also gone are the days of just changing some wheels and tyres to suit slicks and coping with the compromised setup. These are now specialist machines with the latest radial brakes with six pot callipers, lowered tuned suspension, soft and very stick slick tyres, slipper clutches and enough power to literally bring on wheel spinning torque. If you're a fan of road racing and you think that they are at the pinnacle of motorcycle racing, then place your bets on riders such as Josh Brookes, Shannon Johnson, Glenn Allerton, Broc Parkes or even Aaron Slight. These guys know how to punt a bike fast and train on motocross bikes. Throw in the fact that Johnson is the reigning Australian Supermoto Champion and Glenn Allerton seemingly came from nowhere to clean up last years S2 (450) Sydney's Tennis Centre race meeting. If Motocross is your flavour, try to pick a rider from the pool where the short sharp nature of the layout may suit the rider who can stop, turn and punch out of corners effectively. Craig Anderson, Daniel McCoy, Cheyne Boyd, Troy Carroll and Ryan Marmont will be taking on the challenge and are sure to cope well adopting to the stickier tyres. Anderson will be making his Supermoto racing debut and Marmont is receiving full backing from the KTM Supermoto powerhouse. Enduro riders cope well having to sometimes ride on tight confined tracks and having to adapt to different riding conditions, and it should help as the partially barrier lined circuit brings on an effect of riding in a tunnel. Ryan Bouquet, Ben Grabham and Tony Vickers have all in the past tried their hand at Supermoto with Grabham making a spectacular debut on Matt Olle's Honda at the 1st round of the National Championship at Stanthorpe and Vickers is anticipating debuting the all new black Sherco SMR. Dirt track is probably the closest discipline to Supermoto with the sliding and compromised traction and Michael Kirkness, Simon Goodchild and Damien Grabham, all dirt track experts, have crossed over and Kirkness in particular is able to get his machine sliding at the wildest angles and is worth the price of admission alone! The problem that all these super stars face is that Supermoto has now developed its own Superstars and they aren't going to let 'outsiders' take the glory. Mark Avard, Troy Herfoss, Stuart Bennet, Josh McFarlane, Rodney Taplin, Michael Brummell, Jay Normoyle, Ben O‰ÛªBrien have all almost exclusively established themselves in Supermoto. In what has become the biggest, fastest and hardest depth of field in the USA, Herfoss and Avard have excelled and won races against the world‰Ûªs best in AMA's Supermoto league. One of the best in the USA scene is Mickey Dymond and along with Ben Carlson, Cassidy Anderson and Michelle Disalvo they will come to the event with high expectations. Dymond is a multiple AMA motocross champion and holds the number 1 plate in the big bore unlimited Supermoto class. New Zealand is also being represented by Stephen Briggs, Aaron Slight and Brendon Stephenson. Briggs is the current NZ Supermoto street champion and Stephenson had a difficult initiation to Australian racing at the 1st round of the Australian Supermoto Championships. Adding to the intrigue of who is going to come out on top is the fact that the event will be televised on Channel Ten January 8th 2006 and a DVD produced to be given away on the front cover of Australia's top selling offroad Magazine ADB in Feb 2006 the exposure for Supermoto on this Best of the Best Challenge is comprehensive. Showing the true potenial of awesome action form of Motorcycle racing. Who is going to be'The best allround motorcycle rider' in Australia?, find out by going to the Ssangyong International Supermoto. Don't forget , not only the excitment of Supermoto racing at Olympic park. The Sydney motorcycle Show will be a hive of activity from the 18-20th November. With the latest and greatest Motorcycles on show and available for test rides. For more information go to www.sydneymotorcycleshow.com.au for Show times and details. Supermoto event details go to www.supermotonsw.com or www.supermotard.com.au or www.supermotowa.com Main Photo: Reigning Australian S2 chap Shannon Johnston has been busy preparing for the big day. Credit: Paul Caridi List of riders entered so far include

1 åÊåÊåÊ JOSH MCFARLANE - HUSKY450
2 åÊåÊåÊ STUART BENNETT - KTM450
3 åÊåÊåÊ MARK AVARD - YZF450
4 åÊåÊåÊ JASON KAIN - CRF490
5 åÊåÊåÊ TROY CARROLL - YZF450
7 åÊåÊåÊ MICHAEL BRUMMELL - KTM450
8 åÊåÊåÊ STEPHEN BRIGGS - KTM450 - NZ
9 åÊåÊåÊ RYAN MARMONT - KTM450
10 åÊåÊåÊ SEBASTIAN HOOD - CRF450
11 åÊåÊåÊ JAY NORMOYLE - BERG650
12 åÊåÊåÊ RODNEY TAPLIN - CRF450
16 åÊåÊåÊ BROC PARKES - YZF450
? åÊåÊåÊ CHEYNE BOYD - YZF450
21 åÊåÊåÊ SHANE STRATTON - CRF450
21X åÊåÊåÊ SAM SPROULE - YZF450
23 åÊåÊåÊ BROCK WILSON - HUSK570
24 åÊåÊåÊ DANIEL WILLIAMS - HUSKY450
25 åÊåÊåÊ JOSHUA BROOKES - CRF450
27 åÊåÊåÊ RYAN MC CLELLAND - YZF450
28 åÊåÊåÊ BEN O'BRIEN - CRF450
30 åÊåÊåÊ MICHAEL AVARD - YZF450
31 åÊåÊåÊ PAUL CARIDI - YZF450
32 åÊåÊåÊ BRENDON STEPHENSON - TM450 - NZ
33 åÊåÊåÊ JAKE MAGEE - HUSKY250
33X åÊåÊåÊ RYAN BOUQUET - CRF450
35 åÊåÊåÊ CASSIDY ANDERSON - RMZ450 - USA
37 åÊåÊåÊ COREY BANKS - YZF450
38 åÊåÊåÊ BEN GRABHAM - CRF 250
42 åÊåÊåÊ SHANNON JOHNSON - YZF450
43 åÊåÊåÊ MICKY DYMOND - KTM450 - USA
43x åÊåÊåÊ BEN GORDON - YZF250
45 åÊåÊåÊ BENNY CARLSON - KTM450 - USA
46 åÊåÊåÊ SIMON GALLOWAY - BERG650
48 åÊåÊåÊ CHRISTIAN HORWOOD - CRF450
58 åÊåÊåÊ GLEN ALLERTON - RMZ450
62 åÊåÊåÊ CHRIS TROUNSON - YZF250
65 åÊåÊåÊ DANIEL MCCOY - KTM 250
66 åÊåÊåÊ DYLAN BROWNING - YZF250
68 åÊåÊåÊ TONY VICKERS - SHERCO
73 åÊåÊåÊ TIMOTHY DURIE - RMZ250
74 åÊåÊåÊ JONATHAN AGIUS - CRF450
74X åÊåÊåÊ STEPHEN ANDERSON - YZF450
83 åÊåÊåÊ CHAD TURNBULL - HUSK450
97 åÊåÊåÊ MICHELLE DISALVO - CRF 250 - USA
100 åÊåÊåÊ CRAIG ANDERSON - CRF450
111 åÊåÊåÊ ARRON SLIGHT - CRF450 - NZ
112 åÊåÊåÊ DAMIEN CRANE - HUSK570
120 åÊåÊåÊ DARREN WEBB - KTM450
121 åÊåÊåÊ GEOFFREY TRURAN - YZF250
126 åÊåÊåÊ BRIAN LITTLE - VOR530
132 åÊåÊåÊ BEN LUCCHITTI - CRF450
135 åÊåÊåÊ JOHN ALLEN - KTM450
174 åÊåÊåÊ TROY HERFOSS - HUSK450
235 åÊåÊåÊ SIMON GOODCHILD - RMZ450
281 åÊåÊåÊ STEFAN APPELGREN - HUSK450
301 åÊåÊåÊ PHILL LOVETT - KTM520
331 åÊåÊåÊ ROBERT MCADAM - HUSK570
371 åÊåÊåÊ NIGEL MCCARTHY - HUSK450
400 åÊåÊåÊ JOHN BLUNDELL - YZ400F
404 åÊåÊåÊ MICHAEL NOBLE - HUSK570
621 åÊåÊåÊ WARD FREELAND - TE510
718 åÊåÊåÊ IAN HAMILTON - CRF450

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