SuperMoto was intended to sorta provide an answer to that by creating a racetrack that is about 80 percent asphalt and 20 percent dirt that included some fairly low jumps that are found on any motocross or supercross course. My son has been racing motocross since he was 14 and has done some supercross as well When SuperMoto came to Canada about 8 years ago, he jumped into it with both feet and raced in two classes. At the end of the inaugural season, David was Canadian Champion in both divisions.
The following year he was asked to race in the USA on internationally famous Troy Lee's team. Troy Lee began as a race helmet painter and turned that business into a going concern making clothing and other items for the racers.
Troy Lee Designs
A freak accident during practice in Denver, David went over the bars of his bike, caught his hands on the hand-guards and broke both wrists. That cost him his Canadian Championship for that year as well as the year afterward as he fought to regain the ability to race relatively pain free. Through training and physical therapy that came about and he regained his championship status once again. This year found him defending that championship once again and this past Sunday was the final round and he was tied for points with French - Canadian rider Maxime Sylvestre.
It all came down to this final race of the season. Without going into a long-winded blow by blow description of the race, I'll condense it down to a few lines. My son stalled his bike in the second corner and that took him from second spot to last spot before he got it restarted. Three laps later, he was back in 2nd spot and closing the large gap between Max and himself. When he caught up to Max, the lead changed hands several times during one of the fiercest battles that the other racer/spectators had ever witnessed.
On the last lap, Max was once again in the lead and it looked to everyone that he would prevail. However, Max underestimated two things. One was the amount of motor in David's Honda and also David's determination to win. As the two came around the last corner on the last lap, David put himself right beside Max's KTM and came blasting out of that corner and down the straightaway in front of the stands to cross the finish line ahead of Max. The one photo in the array below shows that moment with David's Honda well across the finish line as Max's bike is just reaching it. If you look carefully, you can see the flagman on the left side waving the checkered flag. When you look at the photo, the distance between the two bikes looks significant but they were probably hitting about 80 mph at this point. All bikes in this class are fitted with transponders that report the order of finish in real time. The time difference between first and second was something between one and two TENTHS of a second. That's how close it was.
Additional photos show Max and Dave side by side in the same corner on a previous lap, David's pits, Max's pits that were directly across from us and the podium presentation.
Edited by hydriv, October 05, 2010 - 09:00 PM.