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British Supermoto Championship heads North once again - August 8th 2005

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    The Vivaldi British Supermoto Championship will be heading North once again this weekend for the fourth round of the series at the Warden Law Motorsport Centre in Sunderland which will feature a completely resurfaced off-road section.

    More than a 100 riders, representing the biggest contingent of starters for a championship round for some time made the inaugural trip to the Rockingham Motor Speedway just out of Corby in the Midlands a fortnight ago and what a weekend it was.

    They loved and hated the track in equal measures with many rating the long straight and corner nestled against the Turn 4 grandstand as being one of the best yet seen in Supermoto. Throw into the hat a treacherous first corner transition which caused much heartache and tears and we had a true spectacle at the Rock.

    It doesn't seem that long ago that the Vivaldi British Supermoto Championship was last at the Sunderland Karting NE circuit (May 31). It generated its own excitement with the first race of the day witness to the biggest and most spectacular crash seen in the British Championship this year.

    With a number of riders falling on the first corner right in front of a chasing pack all the ingredients were there for a major incident. As a testament to the toughness of Supermoto riders they all got up, dusted themselves down and got stuck back into it.

    As with Rockingham it will be KTM rider Matt Winstanley along with Husaberg pilots Christian Iddon and Belgian Fred Fiorentino who will consistently be in the fight for the podium places in the SM1 and SM2 classes. They aren't the only ones though, that are likely to be at the pointy end of the field. Look out for emerging talent Sam Warren who will be pushing the established front runners all the way as will Ady Smith who has broken his run of bad luck with his first podium for the season at the Motor Speedway.

    As with other British Championship rounds Saturday 13th August is a practice day with the action proper commencing on Sunday 14th August from 10am.