Supermoto series attracts top riders
AUSTRALIA'S best supermoto riders will take on the United States in the final round of the International Summer Supermoto Challenge at the Raleigh International Raceway this weekend.
Combining the high-speed grace of pavement road racing with the action packed drama of motocross-style dirt track racing, Supermoto sees riders race on 70 per cent road and 30 per cent dirt.
Supermoto racing is defined by two championship categories the S1 and S2 class.
The classes are determined by engine size with the S1 class catering for machines over 450cc and the premier S2 class catering for machines up to 450cc.
At the previous round held at Oran Park, only one Aussie made the podium in the premier S2 class and that was former Australian Supermoto Champion, Stuart Bennett of Motorex KTM Racing.
Leading the field was American rider Chris Fillmore from Stuart Bennett andand American Micky Dymond.
All eyes will be on Bennett in the S2 class at Coffs Harbour to see if he can claim victory from the Americans at the final round.
With full factory support from Motorex KTM Supermotard team, Bennett will take to the track on the all new 2005 model KTM 450SMR, one of few specifically designed motard bikes.
"It was very tight racing at Oran Park last weekend, and American rider Chris Fillmore only beat me by a small margin," Bennett said.
While Australia and America battle it out in the premier S2 class, its an all Aussie challenge for the S1 class where last weekend's winner, Rob Twyerould, also riding for Motorex KTM, hopes to make it two in a row.
Riding the KTM525, Rob Twyerould took the top podium position for the S1 class, ahead of current Australian Champion, Josh McFarlane and renowned road racer Jason Kain.
Rob also won the veterans class at Oran Park, a category for riders over 38 years with unlimited engine capacity.
"I just ride for the love of the sport and for fun, but it would be great to make it a double victory two weekends in a row, so Ill be giving it my best shot at Coffs Harbour," he said.
Set up like a natural amphitheatre Coffs Harbour's Raleigh Raceway looks down on the track providing spectators with a full view of the action.
Tickets will be available at the gate for $20 per adult and $10 for kids aged 5-15 years, racing starts at 11am.