Things are looking up for American motorcycle racing these days. Between the renewed OEM interest in leagues like MotoAmerica and television deals that are finally coming through, another league is getting some time in the limelight – AMA Supermoto.The AMA Supermoto Championship will return to TV, and with no lack of coverage. The TV package features three venues, highlights of the other three races from the day culminating in six episodes for a total of 12 airings on MAVTV Motorsports Network. The network has chosen three venues to be features for the 2016 AMA Supermoto Championship season, includng round three in Sturgis, S.D.; round five in Denver; and the season finale in Tuscon, Ariz.
Supermoto races have always been fun – for fans and racers, with a wide variety of terrain at the rider’s disposal. Sturgis will host a good ol’ fashioned street race, where riders will be channeling thier inner hooligan. In Colorado, riders will be at the Colorado National Speedway, throwing themselves around the track with caution to the wind and in Tuscon, competitors will be putting it down at the Musselman Honda Circuit, a kart track – we can expect some good things to happen on such a tight, technical course.Unit Productions will be producing all of the aforementioned race coverage and Greg White, a voice that a lot of us that many of us are familiar with, has taken the reigns as Executive Producer.“Putting Supermoto back on TV has been my goal since day one,” said USA Pro Supermoto Chief of Operations Matt Stewart. “After years of working hard to rebuild the series and see its return to a National Championship, I’m now happy to finally see it on TV for the first time since 2008. We’re really excited to be working with Unit Productions and Greg White who brings a lot of experience of Motorsports and television to the table.”“We are really excited to bring the AMA Supermoto National Series back to television,” says Greg White. “Supermoto is extremely exciting with its mix of asphalt and dirt sections. We plan on bringing the viewer into the race action and expose them to the fantastic personalities that make up the AMA Supermoto paddock. We are so please to have partnered with MAVTV for the 2016 season. MAVTV is currently the premier motorsports network, so AMA Supermoto fits perfectly with their programming.”Check with your service provider for MAVTV, In addition to MAVTV covering the AMA Supermoto Championship, there will be global and national coverage of the AMA Supermoto main event in Quebec City, Canada, that will be held alongside the World Rally X Series.Follow AMA Supermoto on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!