After a bad start to the year with round one of the Scottish Supermoto Championship cancelled due to snow the sun was shining and the track couldn’t have been in better condition at the East Scotland Kart Club track in Crail, Fife for their new first round.
We had supermoto stars from all over Scotland including Fife, Perth, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee to name a few and we had the current British Supermoto 450 Championship leader Richard Blakeman up on his D3 KTM to join team mate Michael Craig.
Blakeman showed his high class supermoto skills throughout the weekend winning 2 of the 3 races however it was not plain sailing for the English supermoto-star, Scott Murray on his Scotcomp TM, Ben McLuskey on the McRacing Kawasaki and Jamie Duncan on his KTM were not going to let the Englishman grab the championship lead without a fight. Murray and McLuskey were quick off the starting grid on each race sending Blakeman off his pole position start to third place however Blakeman was able to fight his way back up to first place where he finished the race in all but one where he lost the front end and McLuskey took the win. Each race it was a battle from the moment the lights went out to the moment the final checker flag was waved. Another talent well worth a mention is the young 19 year old Andrew Gow who competed on his Honda 450crf and took home overall 6th place an overall best for the youngster. Gow began his Supermoto racing career at the age of 16 racing on his Yamaha 250 and has progressed dramatically over the years to now qualify for the Scotcomp’s second ride on the 450 engine. Although Gow had testing sessions on the bike last season this will be his first year racing the S1 machine and things are looking promising for the young supermot-star.
“It was some of the closest racing up the front that I’ve seen in a long time” said a dedicated supermoto fan. “It is amazing the level these guys have got to, just a few years ago they were about 2 seconds off the pace now.”
Scottish Supermoto’s next championship round will be at The Great Bike Show in Lanark on the 11th and 12th of May, the riders are looking forward to the new track which will be 60% tarmac and 40% off road as well as putting on a show for all the spectators. Classic Bike Shows organiser Nick Mowbray said: “My hat goes off to anyone brave and skillful enough to compete in a Supermoto event – they’re certainly not for the fainthearted. “The sport values technical ability over sheer speed and as a result we’re likely to see some incredible racing over the weekend by some of Scotland’s top riders.
Photos – can be found
Richard Blakeman. Open = 138 / S1 = 68
Jamie Duncan. Open = 136 / S1 = 67
Ben McLuskey. Open = 128 / S1 = 62
Scott Murray. Open = 117 / S1 = 56
Michael Craig. Open = 108 / S1 = 50 / O.40 = 25
Andrew Gow. Open = 93 / S1 = 40
Ian Bremner. Open = 32 / S1 = 14
A full grid line-up of bikes will thun
der around a track that combines tarmac sections with jumps and bumps at Scotland’s best motorcycle show. The third round of the Scottish Supermoto Championship has been scheduled to take place during the Carole Nash Great Scottish Bike Show. It’s at Lanark Agricultural Centre, Hyndford Road, Lanark, on Saturday, May 11, and Sunday, May 12. Supermoto machines, which look like motocross machines kitted out with trick brakes, tuned engines, tech suspension and sticky tyres, will be in action on the Saturday before the race takes place on the Sunday. Whoever wins, it’s sure to be an unforgettable spectacle of raw power and supreme technical finesse.
The Scottish Supermoto racers join an all-star line-up of attractions at the show including the rubber- burning Vertical Trix stunt team and their sports bikes, the gravity-defying Wall of Death and the pedal powered thrills of the Danny Butler Extreme Mountain Bike Show. Show-goers can pull wheelies in safety with the Extreme Wheelie machine and children can enjoy an inflatable mini quad bike track. Star guests will be father and son Scots racing champions Bill and Ian Simpson. Both are Isle of Man TT winners and Ian scored a long list of victories in Grand Prix and road races.
Not only that, Brian Marr will give a trials demonstration and there will be a classic scrambles demo on a dedicated scrambles track. A wide selection of trade stands will also be offering motorcycling parts and merchandise for sale and there will be both private motorcycle exhibitors and club stands.
Classic Bike Shows organiser Nick Mowbray said: “My hat goes off to anyone brave and skillful enough to compete in a Supermoto event – they’re certainly not for the fainthearted. “The sport values technical ability over sheer speed and as a result we’re likely to see some incredible racing over the weekend by some of Scotland’s top riders. “We have assembled a superb line-up of displays, demonstrations and entertainment for Lanark and it’s no exaggeration to say that this year it truly will be a great Scottish bike show.” There’s free parking at the show and dogs on leads are welcome. Gates are open 9am to 6pm on the Saturday and 9am to 5pm on the Sunday. Pre-booked one-day tickets cost £7 & two-day tickets £14. Under-12s go free. Weekend camping costs £20. One-day visitor tickets on the gate will cost £8. Call our pre-booked discount ticket hotline today on 01507 529529.
£40 is all that it will cost for track time on a short track with your bike.
Open to anyone with a “Supermoto/ Supermotard” type bike. It can be a road bike, mini bike, part converted MX or Enduro bike.
Scottish Supermoto will keep you right with requirements for riding gear and technical necessities on your machine.
Sign on at 10am, with the track open 11am through to 4pm. Track time will be split evenly between the different groups, with options for “all tar” and mixed “tar and off-road” (weather permitting).
The fee includes all that you need for the Club to provide insurance and on site medical cover for the day.
An added attraction is that you will see half a dozen or so of the top British riders who use Saturday for race set-up, ahead of the Sunday Scottish Championship race day.
The weekends are;
13/14 April – Crail
11/12 May – Lanark (Great Scottish Bike Show – 60 / 40 concrete & offroad mix, no tar only option)
9/10 June – Crail
14/15 July – Crail
13/14 October – Crail
Contact Brian for more info 07809 898 878