This Website is for SuperMotard and SuperMoto enthusiasts
created by SuperMotard and SuperMoto enthusiasts!
Anthony Bradford is the Webmaster, e-mail Anthony at email@example.com
for any web related issues. We know, we know, it is a strange
E-mail address, It is his work one and is the only way to get
the buggers attention!
Mark Collier is the Chief Honcho Editor in charge of content,
so blame him for typo's and such ;-) E-mail Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our aim with this Website is to increase SuperMotards profile
and provide a useful information portal for existing and soon
to be SuperMotard Riders in New Zealand!
Is it SuperMotard
Ahhh, the eternal question! There seems to
be no hard and fast rules here, so we will when ever possible
use these rules...If we use the term "SuperMoto",
we are referring to racing being held on both
road race and dirt bike sections
a la The Word SuperMoto series. For racing on road
race circuits only and general
road riding we will use the term "SuperMotard"
Where an article is relevant to both, we will default to the
Watch for major updates to the site with such articles as
how to build your very own SuperMotard bike. This article will
cover bikes destined only for the road, right on up to full
blown race bikes!
Both Mark and Anthony would like to take the time to thank
Malcom Hanson for securing the www.supermotard.co.nz web address
and starting the Website, Malcom, you da man! Malcom is currently
in Australia, so we maybe able to get him to give us some hot
off the press reports on the Australian scene!
SuperMotard is a new sport to New Zealand with the 1st official
race being run at Taupo in April 2002. This event was organized
by Kiwi Rider's Todd Sutherland with great support from Suzuki
New Zealand. A surprisingly large group of "loose"
individuals turned up on bikes ranging from straight dirt bikes
complete with knobblies to full blown pukka SuperMotard bikes!
A great time was had by every body that attended, yes even by
Anthony who managed to crash no less than 4 times!!! The event
had all and sundry baying for more events! Todd and suzuki New
Zealand duly obliged with another 2 events at Taupo which proved
SuperMotard is the new rising star of New Zealand Motorsport.
New Zealand is ideally suited for this type of sport and
we foresee an explosion of SuperMotard bikes on the NZ scene,
complete with riders sporting grins permanently glued to their
A Brief Study In History
SuperMotard itself originates from a concept in the early
80's in the US where they wanted to pit the best motorcycle
talents from different disciplines (TT racers vrs roadracers
vrs speedway riders vrs motocrossers etc.) for TV. Bruce Cox
and Gavin Tripp approached the manufacturers and said will you
build us these special machines and put your best riders on
them if we can give you a 20 million plus audience? The manufacturers
agreed and 'The Superbikers' were born.The Yanks dropped the
concept after a few years but are now picking it up again. The
French however picked up on what the Americans had called "Superbikers"
and called it "Supermotard" a litaral translation. The Europeans
have been 'doing it' ever since.
2002 saw the beginning of the World 'Supermoto' Championship
with a round having being run in Aussie in November 2002.
New Zealand's 1st SuperMoto Race
So, Who is New Zealand’s best ‘motorcycle racer’ ? On the
27 April 2002 ‘Supermoto 1’ was run at Taupo’s Centennial Park
raceway. The BikeMart promoted event saw some of the best riders
in the country fighting for supremacy. Motocrosser (and former
World Champion) Shayne King won 2 from 3 to take the days honors
with road racer Stephen Briggs winning the day’s final race
We are the champions!
Champions of many of the sports disciplines
were represented. Darrin Wilson (speedway #530) leads Shayne
King (motocross), Stephen Briggs (road race #18), Tony Rees
(road race #50), Mark Whyte (enduro # X), Jason McEwen (road
race #37), Simon Turner (road race #46). In the Suzuki Supermoto
‘Clash of the Codes’ at the later August 4 meeting motocross
took out the teams award.
Bike Mart Supermoto Champions. Roll of honour.
2009 Davide Gozzini / TM /Cemetery Circuit (S1-450cc tarmac only)
2008 Toby Summers / Yamaha / Cemetery Circuit (S1-450cc tarmac only)
2007 Toby Summers / Yamaha / Cemetery Circuit(S1-450cc tarmac only)
2006 Toby Summers / Yamaha / Cemetery Circuit (S1-450cc)
2005 Toby Summers / Yamaha / Meremere (S1-450cc)Class
champions: SmOpen:Stephen Briggs/ KTM. S2:Dave Atchison/
2004 Stephen Briggs /KTM. Class
champions: S2:Brent Symes / Honda. S3:Greg Smith / Honda.
Russell Josiah / Suzuki
2003 Nigel Healey /KTM Class
champions: S2:Shaun Bourke/ Yamaha. S3:Mark Whyte/ Suzuki. S4:
Dean Mabey/ Yamaha
2002 Shayne King /KTM
To The Future!
We will endeavor to keep this site content fresh and up
to date. Please feel free to E-mail us your suggestions or even
articles pertaining to the SuperMotard/SuperMoto scene.
Remember now, ride hard and fast doing the SuperMotard blast!
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