Michigan Track to Host Supermoto, Rally Event

Publish Date: 
Mar 13, 2008

REMEMBER X GAMES 13, when Travis Pastrana and Colin McRae battled it out in rally cars driven atop a supermoto course? A similar event is being planned to take place in Michigan Aug. 16, on a new 80/20 asphalt/dirt course being built at Auto City Speedway in Clio, Mich.

The owners of Auto City Speedway are building the new permanent 80/20 asphalt/dirt course inside the facility's speedway oval. This course has been designed with input from Dave Duprey, owner of the MISuperMoto series and an accomplished motorcycle racer. In May, a supermoto rider and a rally car driver will test the new course allowing for changes to be made, if necessary, before the August race, dubbed the MISuperMoto X.

AMA Supermoto Championship pro racers are invited to participate in the inaugural MISuperMoto X which is the weekend between the Connecticut and Wisconsin AMA rounds. The pro class will feature at least a $2,500 cash purse with no engine displacement requirement (250s, 450s and 550s race the same class). The facility has the ability to accommodate team transporters along with the amateur and rally car racers. Elimination qualifiers will lead into the evening's 21-lap pro main event. There will also be one amateur class with an open engine classification and no separate classes for experience level.

The rally car race will feature drivers busting out fast laps on the pavement and hitting supermoto-style dirt jumps. Elimination heats where cars run two per heat with bracket-style racing will serve as the qualifiers. This will lead to a two-car, four-lap main event. The racing action will alternate between the supermoto bikes and rally cars with the rally car heats starting first.

"We are creating a new event that Michigan race fans have longed for," said Duprey. "I am extremely excited to bring a combined supermoto and rally car race to the Midwest with a goal to make this an annual event. I want to thank Joe Dewitte at Auto City for building the new track and committing other resources."

Fans can purchase adult tickets for $15; tickets for children age 6-12 are $5; and less than 6 years old enter free for this event. Fan gates open at 4 p.m. Entry fees for the supermoto and rally car racers will be announced on supermoto.com by March 15. The site also has more about the series.

Learn more about MISuperMoto X and available sponsorships by contacting Bryan Peckinpaugh with MotoPR at (313) 575-1245 or bryan@motopr.com.