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SMEC To Promote Supermoto Events In North America At All Levels
The East Coast based company – Supermoto East Coast (known as SMEC) – was formed to organize and promote Supermoto events at all levels starting with a local series to a National Pro series. SMEC has dedicated themselves to provide racers with a professional racing environment and the highest level of competition over the last one and a half seasons since SMEC was created. Having extensive knowledge of the European SuperMoto market, Co-founders Marco Pedde and Jay Kliger have made it their mission to build a similar structure and race atmosphere in North America.
SMEC has announced that the current 2014 AMA Supermoto East Coast Championship Series will now continue as the “FIM North America Supermoto Championship” series for the remainder of the season and beyond. FIM-NA Supermoto is now associated with the surrounding sanctioning bodies: American Motorcycle Association (AMA), Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) Supermoto Quebec and Supermoto Ontario. With the support of these organizations FIM-NA Supermoto will be able to provide Supermoto racing events across North America for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015, as well as for years to come.
“Structuring SMEC-promoted events as a Continental Union series makes perfect sense,” said AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow, who also serves as the treasurer of FIM North America. “Working with our partners at the Canadian Motorcycle Association, which shares FIM NA governing responsibilities with the AMA, we will provide full sanctioning and operational support, as well as continental-level recognition, to this growing program.”
“We are delighted to play a role in the development of an FIM North America continental Supermoto series, and we echo the remarks of our colleague AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow,” added Marilynn Bastedo, CEO of the Canadian Motorcycle Association. “It will provide opportunities for growth of Supermoto in North America as well as be the stepping stone for riders to advance from national through continental to world level competition.”
Jay Kliger stated, “We’ve been working on this for some time. There was a great deal of collaboration between all parties to make this happen and we want to thank everyone involved. We are now in a position to bring Supermoto and the North American riders to a level of International exposure. We have already begun working on a 2015 schedule that will make the FIM-NA Supermoto Championship a true International series for North America.” What does this mean for current Supermoto East Coast members? All 2014 credentials, classes, championship points and events will remain the same as planned for the 2014 season. With the introduction of the FIM-NA Supermoto Championship, SMEC riders will receive year end FIM-NA Championship status for their selective class. Champions will also be inscribed into the 2014 FIM Yearbook and results will be publicized on the FIM-NA website.
FIM-NA Supermoto is excited to announce that they, with the support of the promotor of the Mettet Superbikers event, will be providing entry for the top two 2014 FIM-NA Supermoto Championship Pro SMEC1 class points finishers to race in the Mettet Superbikers event in Belgium Oct. 3- 5. This prestigious event draws hundreds of top FIM Supermoto, motocross, enduro, road racing and flat track racers from across the world to see who is the best in front of 30,000 plus Supermoto fans. Over the last two years SMEC riders Miles Thornton and the current FIM-NA Supermoto Championship Pro SMEC 1 points leader Johnny Lewis have represented for the USA at this event. Lewis & Thornton both earned 3rd place in the StarBiker event, Lewis in 2012 and Thornton in 2013.
FIM-NA Supermoto is currently working with the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) to have a presence at the SuperMoto of Nations as early as 2014. The 2014 SuperMoto of Nations location has not been released yet by FIM but will be held on October 12th, 2014. The structure of how a team would be selected for this event will be released soon.
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