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British Supermoto Championship future secured
 
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British Supermoto Championship future secured - March 7th 2005


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    The future of the 2005 British Supermoto Championship has today been secured with the announcement that motorcycle governing bodies the ACU and AMCA have formed a new company as part of an historic partnership to manage the series commencing on April 16 at Lydd International.

    It is the first time a British Championship has seen such collaboration which brings together the two Association's for the first time in more than 60 years. The structure of the new company has been developed in such a way that it will maximise the respective strengths of the ACU and AMCA who are committing equipment, personnel and administration support to run the Series.

    With riders, teams and the media all waiting to see what was planned for Supermoto in 2005 this news represents a real boost to the sport. The format, venues and promotion having all been developed with a view to moving Supermoto forward in the UK. The six round Championship will have four classes;

    Class, Minimum/Maximum;

    SM1;

  1. 250cc two or four stroke single or twin cylinder
  2. 700cc two or four stroke engine single or twin cylinder
  3. SM2;

  4. 250cc two or 400cc four stroke single or twin cylinder
  5. 250cc two or 450cc four stroke single or twin cylinder engine
  6. SM3;

  7. 125cc two or 250cc four stroke single cylinder engine
  8. 125cc two or 250cc four stroke single cylinder engine
  9. SM4;

  10. 85cc two or 150cc four stroke single cylinder engine
  11. 85cc two or 150cc four stroke single cylinder engine
  12. The prize fund for SM1 and SM2 will start at 350 for the winner of each race with monies going down to at least tenth. There will also be a strong focus on the SM4 class with young rider development being a priority.

    ACU Chairman Jim Parker said that the partnership was a shot in the arm for Supermoto in the UK.

    "There has been some uncertainty and much speculation regarding the future of Supermoto. The ACU and AMCA got together recently and thrashed out a strategy to get the season underway. Both parties see this as a long-term commitment and the challenge now is to build the sport in this country over the next three to five years."

    Chairman of the AMCA Terry King added that it was an important step forward for the AMCA.

    "Our Association has been quietly going about its business of running off-road events across the country for more than 75 years. The timing is right for us as we have recently embarked on a number of initiatives to raise our profile within the industry. It represents a win-win situation for all involved."

    The 2005 British Championship dates and venues are as follows:

  13. Round 1, April 16/17 - Lydd International, Ashford
  14. Round 2, May 28/29 - Sunderland Karting NE, Tyne & Wear
  15. Round 3, July 30/31 - TBA
  16. Round 4, August 13/14 - Sunderland Karting NE, Tyne & Wear
  17. Round 5, September 24/25 - Oliver's Mount, Scarborough
  18. Round 6, October 15/16 - Rowrah, Cumbria