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Old 03-18-2003, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default Re: AMA Pro Racing releases AMA Red Bull Supermoto Rule Book

Isn't this a take-off of the the old ABC "Superbikers" races? Does the AMA have a sanctioned Supermotard class or is this the beginning of something entirely new?
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Old 03-18-2003, 04:26 PM   #2
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Yes, this originated with the Superbikers ("Supermotard" is simply French for "Superbiker"). When that event died out here, it got picked up in Europe, especially France, where it became one of more popular racing forms. In recent years, it has reappeared here and has been growing in popularity. The AMA is a bit late to the game, but they now are setting up a national series beginning this summer.
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Old 03-18-2003, 04:56 PM   #3
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Hopefully, this may spur the manufacturers into building some high performance (and lightweight) dual sport bikes. How about a street legal Honda XR650R, KTM525 or Yamaha WR450?
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Old 03-18-2003, 04:57 PM   #4
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Bob, you're right about the origin of Supermotard, however I personally started enjoying that type of riding since 1967 when I bought a BSA 441 Victor. In my estimation that particular bike (the rare times that it actually ran) was the ancestor of what now is refered to as the Supermotard motorcycle. VWW
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Old 03-18-2003, 05:12 PM   #5
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Racing at least something like that goes back a very long way. The Elsinore Gran Prix ran a longer course, but mixed pavement and various kinds of dirt. (See "On Any Sunday") And before that, there was the Catalina Gran Prix. I suppose you could even say that the original Daytona race, which was half on beach sand and half on road, was kind of an ancestor.



I can't help but think the AMA's timing is a little unfortunate: Now that we are getting "freedom fries" down at MacDonalds and drinking California wine exclusively, is it right to be promoting a type of racing developed and popularized in France? It even has a French name.
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Old 03-18-2003, 07:27 PM   #6
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I have to agree with you.

I'd like to see a SM'd street legal CRF 450.

I currently commute to work on a SM'd RMX250R but the four stroke would be better.

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Old 03-19-2003, 02:24 AM   #7
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Gee. I already have a street legal KTM EXC. It's not that hard!
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Old 03-19-2003, 02:33 AM   #8
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Like someone above already pointed out, 'supermotard' is just French for 'superbiker'. Further, it would appear that they picked it up from us via the Superbikers series in the early 80's. It may have grown and evolved over there, but it started here according to all history on the subject that I've read (granted that history may have been written here too, but I digress...)



I defer to Don Canet on the subject... pretty sure he credits the Yanks.



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Old 03-19-2003, 05:18 AM   #9
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I think its sad that the someone would be concerned whether or not it is right to promote a generally non-violent sport based on where it was popularized.
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Old 03-19-2003, 05:24 AM   #10
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So it would make a difference if it was a violent sport ?
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