I wouldn't even be riding this bike if it weren't for S.G.
Power, Honda Canada, GP Suspension, Canadian Biker Magazine
and Pirelli. So a big thanks to them and everyone else involved
that has helped to get this bike ready for competition. Also,
with the popularity of SuperMoto increasing, we did a story
in Canadian Biker on what it took to convert the CRF from
a dirt bike to a competitive SuperMoto machine, so please
look for it in the upcoming issue.
As you can probably tell by the results, we had a very successful
weekend of racing. Although SuperMoto isn't my primary focus,
it does offer me the opportunity to stay sharp and competitive
in between road races, not to mention it's an absolute blast.
Notes on practice.
For the last two weeks I had been familiarizing myself with
the bike and how it worked in the dirt and over the jumps.
As I have never really Motocrossed or ridden much in the dirt,
I knew my weakest points would be jumping and the dirt section
in general. My plan was quite simple - I just hooked up with
the fast guys in the dirt to see first hand what they were
doing. Although my learning curve was rather steep, I think
we did quite well hanging with all but a few of the top guys
through the dirt section. Once on the pavement though they
were toast as my road racing experience definitely helped
out. It was going to be a good race.
There were six races total so I won't take you through each
one lap by lap. You would probably be asleep by the first
corner :o). Instead I'll just give you the highlights of some
of the better races. You know the ones with "drama"
I got an awesome start and had pulled a four second gap by
lap four. Right after the dirt section I went for the front
brake only to find the lever coming right into the bar. What
had happened? I looked back to check my lead and see if I
could still win with little to no front brake. On the last
lap and still in the lead with only two corners to go, the
second place rider, Brian Ashmore, was right on my rear fender.
I held him off, but knew the last corner was going to have
to be crazy if I wanted to stay in front. I rolled the dice
and pitched it in plowing the front for about twenty feet
in an effort to scrub off the speed. Unfortunately, I pushed
every so slightly too hard and gently low sided at the apex.
Uninjured, I got up, jumped right back on, and still managed
to get third. Hilarious. The brakes? Air had somehow traveled
from the reservoir to the master cylinder (I believe because
of the bumps in the dirt section) and had become trapped inside.
With a repositioning of the reservoir and hose, the problem
This was a knock-you-down brawl of a race. Jamie Dick wanted
the win badly. He did what I see other top racers do, i.e.
dug in deep and elevated his game when the green flag dropped.
We must have swapped the lead four times on that first lap
with both of us almost crashing several times during the first
four laps. Some of his saves were spectacular - a front end
tuck just saving it in the high speed turn two being my personal
favorite. These antics carried on until it was my turn entering
the dirt on lap ten. The front end folded away entering the
left before the first jump. I pinned it and somehow managed
to stay on two wheels, although, by the time I regained my
composure on the bike, I had lost precious seconds. With that
deficit and a few lapped riders, I wasn't able to challenge.
Jamie and I led the field one-two into the first turn so it
looked to be another battle between us again. However a slight
miscue on the second big jump saw him crashing right in front
of me. In an effort to avoid running him over I went off track
and stalled the bike. With Jamie apparently okay I managed
to restart the bike and join back in the race in sixth position.
The gap to first was considerable, but I was determined to
win. I really put my head down turning lap record times. Two
laps from the end I grabbed the lead and held it to the flag.
I was stoked to have come from so far behind for the win.
From here we are going to work on the CRF a little and possibly
get a few more HP from the already impressive engine. Hindle
is sending us a pipe and I'm going to talk to the guys at
Honda to see if there are any "kit" parts we can
Thanks again to everyone that supports our race program.
Without you we would not be racing.
Please click on image to enlarge
Photos courtesy Ken Sprinkling
Our 2004 CRF450
In the pits
Look how much grip
our Pirelli tires give.
Can you say lean angle!
Out of the dirt
In the air
In the air
Interview with announcer
Interview with announcer