The AMA Supermoto Championship, an official AMA National Championship, will hold six rounds in 2016 and make its return to national television.“AMA Supermoto continues to grow in popularity and the AMA is encouraged by the growth not only nationally, but internationally,” said Ken Saillant, AMA Track Racing Manager. “The 2016 schedule offers our competitors an opportunity to race at many of the premier racing venues throughout the country and Canada.”
Sanctioned by the AMA, two rounds of the anticipated series are also to be sanctioned by FIM North America, which includes the AMA and the Canadian Motorcycle Association. Riders will be earning AMA championship points at every round of the Supermoto series, this coming year. In addition to that, the Loudon, New Hampshire, and Quebec City, Canada rounds, will give riders a chance at earning points toward the FIM North America championship.After a long, eight-year absence from airing on television, the series will return to screens across the US. The Quebec City main event is to be featured globally. Three additional rounds will be presented on MAVTV Motorsports Networks with six episodes in a total of 12 airings. Unit Productions, directed by motorcycle TV personality, race reporter and Executive Producer Greg White, will produce the coverage.“We’re really happy to bring Supermoto back to TV for the fans, the teams, the competitors, the sponsors and motorcycle enthusiasts alike,” said Matt Stewart of USA Pro Supermoto. “Being back on TV is one of the keys to keep the sport on track with its continued growth since our partnership with the AMA that reestablished the National Championship in 2014. We are also excited to be working with Executive Producer Greg White, who has a lot of experience with race coverage.”White, who has been active in two-wheeled racing for decades is extremely excited to bring the sport back to the people.“We are looking forward to broadcasting AMA Supermoto for 2016,” White said. “We intend to bring fans all of the excitement of Supermoto racing while showcasing the personalities that make up this thrilling form of motorcycle racing. Matt and the team at Supermoto are committed to reviving the sport and making sure its teams and athletes are healthy and happy by providing an outlet for sponsors and a chance for fans to be inside the action.”2016 AMA Supermoto Tentative Schedule:
April 8-9: Bakersfield, Calif. – Kern County Raceway Park
*June 17-18: Loudon, N.H. – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – In conjunction with Loudon Classic
July 1-2: Sturgis, S.D. – Street Race
*Aug. 5-6: Quebec City, Canada – Street Race – In conjunction with World Rally X
Sept. 3: Denver, Colo. – Colorado National Speedway – In conjunction with NASCAR SLM
Our first segment introduces you to the new Arch 1s. This latest, slightly more sporting American V-twin, adds to the original KRGT1 coming from the boutique manufacturer based in Hawthorne, Southern California. Senior Editor Nic de Sena rode through Malibu with Gard Hollinger, who co-founded Arch Motorcycle with his friend, Keanu Reeves. The 1s is a unique ride for sure, and Nic explains what makes the bike really stand out.
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In our second segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with multiple Emmy award-winning writer, Producer, Director, and actor, Thom Beers. the former Chairman & CEO of Fremantle Media North America, responsible for American Idol and America’s Got Talent.
Thom’s fertile imagination led to most of the really big reality TV shows such as ‘Deadliest Catch’ (now in its 17th season!), and many others. Of course for us in the motorcycle world, you’ll be interested to hear the genesis and story of how he started the first real fabrication reality show ‘Monster Garage’, that showcased Jesse James, and then how that led to ‘Biker Build Off’ and the ‘Zombie Choppers’ movie.
You’d imagine that most of Thom’s time is spent sitting behind a desk and on his phone. Not so. His intense stories of capturing much of the content for these shows make for some hair-raising listening.