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Coming Up: The Stateline SuperMoto Challenge Race

| 20 March 2015 8:11 pm

Anthony Hart Memorial Stateline SuperMoto Challenge Race
Buffalo Bill’s Casino

Story by Don L. Schneider/DonLSchneider@yahoo.com
Photos by Don L. Schneider, www.WHRmotorsports.com and James Mitchell
PRIMM, NV, MAR. 18, 2015

For all the great followers and movers and shakers who have been around Motocross, Supercross, Off-Road Racing, Road Racing and SuperMoto, here is a story and an invitation that I am proud to share. I hope you can participate in this event.

The author in close proximity to Jeff Ward’s SuperMoto National number-3X bike.

The author in close proximity to Jeff Ward’s SuperMoto National number-3X bike.

Jeff Ward’s Honda CRF450R SuperMoto machine in profile.

Jeff Ward’s Honda CRF450R SuperMoto machine in profile.

The $15,000 Pro & Amateur Anthony Hart Memorial Stateline SuperMoto Challenge Race will be held at Buffalo Bill’s Casino, located at 31700 Las Vegas Boulevard in Primm, Nevada, on April 10, 11 and 12, 2015. The promoter of this event is Lee Collins of WHR Motorsports of Renton, Washington.

Collins and his team at WHR Motorsports have attained great sponsors, including Rocky Mountain ATV/ MC, Sunstar Sprockets, DT1 Filters, Mika Metals, EVS, Direct Paving and Grading, Cooks Trucking, Patriot Contractors, Cashman Equipment, Las Vegas Paving Company, Las Vegas Color Graphics, Ramm Construction and American Pavement Preservation.

And what led up to this writer getting involved with helping get the word out about this event?

I took a trip to watch the 2015 Atlanta AT1 Supercross on February 21. After watching veteran Chad Reed take the win, over Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Cole Seeley and Weston Peick, I received a call from my friend Barbara Patrick, and she asked me to travel over to Birmingham, Alabama, to visit the Barber Museum – the Guinness Book of World Records’ largest private motorcycle and car museum. (For more information, go to www.BarberMuseum.org.)

Barbara Patrick showed the author a new world in Alabama.

Barbara Patrick showed the author a new world in Alabama.

Barbara stands next to an air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke 1947 Saginaw Powerbike on display at the Barber Museum.

Barbara stands next to an air-cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke 1947 Saginaw Powerbike on display at the Barber Museum.

The Barber Museum.

The Barber Museum.

Aside from motorcycles, George Barber is also a collector of NASCARs, Indy cars, and so much more.

Aside from motorcycles, George Barber is also a collector of NASCARs, Indy cars, and so much more.

I never thought I’d see Peter Fonda’s ride. This is the iconic bike his character Captain America rode in the 1969 classic Easy Rider.

I never thought I’d see Peter Fonda’s ride. This is the iconic bike his character Captain America rode in the 1969 classic Easy Rider.

Wow! To see this Championship road bike on display was amazing: a liquid-cooled, four-cylinder, four-stroke 2003 Yamaha YZF F6.

Wow! To see this Championship road bike on display was amazing: a liquid-cooled, four-cylinder, four-stroke 2003 Yamaha YZF F6.

A 1920 Mars Type A20. Top speed: a whopping 56 mph.

A 1920 Mars Type A20. Top speed: a whopping 56 mph.

Timmy Ferry’s National number-15 Yamaha YZ 426 FP. Seeing this bike brought back memories of Dustin Nelson winning the 4-Stroke Nationals in 1999, when the YZ400F debuted in that series.

Timmy Ferry’s National number-15 Yamaha YZ 426 FP. Seeing this bike brought back memories of Dustin Nelson winning the 4-Stroke Nationals in 1999, when the YZ400F debuted in that series.

Honda 1000R road-race bikes on display.

Honda 1000R road-race bikes on display.

Speaking off the cuff, Barber Motorsports Park is the place to race.

Speaking off the cuff, Barber Motorsports Park is the place to race.

The journey took a couple of hours by freeway, and the address I typed into my GPS was Barber Motorsports, 6040 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama 35095. I highly recommend putting this on your bucket list to see! I even got to see one of Mario Andretti’s team semis, Team Porsche, Team Mercedes and Team BMW in action while I was there.

This is a layout of the facility.

This is a layout of the facility.

The Andretti team semi.

The Andretti team semi.

Watching Team Porsche on the course.

Watching Team Porsche on the course.

Look who else was testing while we were there: Team Mazda, with their Indy Lites car...

Look who else was testing while we were there: Team Mazda, with their Indy Lites car…

…which this author just had to get a selfie with.

…which this author just had to get a selfie with.

And now, back to the upcoming event…

Purse
As of March 9, the purse for this event is an unheard-of, record-breaking $15,000 – and that amount may climb. As of this writing, there are already 80 entries listed on the website. Get your Pre-Entry in ASAP. First place in the Challenges is paying $4,000, and CHR Motorsports is paying all the way back to 15th.

And here are just some riders who are planning to participate…

Rider Profiles
(in their own words…)

Debi Johnson (764) at speed. Photo by Shawn Watson

Debi Johnson (764) at speed. Photo by Shawn Watson

Debi Johnson… with flowers.

Debi Johnson… with flowers.

Debi Johnson: (SMGranny@gmail.com)
AKA: SMGranny on Facebook
Age: 53
Bike: KTM 450 SMR

Well, now, I grew up with both parents who raced motorcycles. My dad raced Desert and Flat Track and MX and my mother raced Desert and dabbled in MX back in the ’60s and ’70s. I started at a young age (6 or 7) on a Taco minibike and just progressed from there, moving up on bike sizes. I never had the urge to race, as my sport was volleyball, whether it team ball in high school or beach ball, but I rode as much as possible back then. I was asked to race but never felt I was good enough to even attempt it. I did look up to my parents for what they did and what they went through just to race and raise me.

I did have a 9-plus-year hiatus from riding, as I had a very bad crash in Ocotillo Wells in Southern California in February of 1998, and when I came out of the coma, I told myself I would never ride again and would never keep any of my family from riding or racing. Well, in June of 2007, my husband (who moved me out to Ohio in 2006) had a BMW Dakar-type bike, and he talked me into getting on the back, and I think we made it maybe two miles before I was slapping him to stop and take me back – which he did – as I was just way too scared. Well, he took me back, and within 10 minutes he had me talked into riding it myself and, well, I left and came back, like, 45 minutes or so later and was so happy he did this to me. Well, within three weeks, I had me a DRZ400SM, and I rode the crap out of it.

In 2008, I got a job offer in the Seattle, Washington, area, and we jumped on the chance and I have been here ever since.

In 2012, I did my first-ever SuperMoto race and was hooked. Within three months, I had blown up the poor DRZ (it had 63,000-plus miles on it), and I was given a chance to ride a 2005 KTM 450 SMR and, well, this is now my race bike. I have a few thirds, a couple of seconds and a first or two, but most of that is from the DRZ. Yep, I am 53, a grandmother of five, a mother of four, and so wish I would have done this sooner in life.

So I am much looking forward to the Stateline SuperMoto Challenge in Primm, Nevada. I have never been there and have wanted to go for the past few years and just never thought I was good enough to compete at the level [of riders] that shows up. I really don’t care where I finish, I just want to have fun and learn and meet new people and, well, with SuperMoto and Motocross, you can not only have fun, you can meet new people and make friends for LIFE.

P.S. – SuperMoto Rules!

Roger Bare (39) in action. Photo by Shawn Watson

Roger Bare (39) in action. Photo by Shawn Watson

Roger Bare… with a big grin.

Roger Bare… with a big grin.

Roger Bare (RogerB@Electroimpact.com)
Age: 50
Bike: 2010 Husaberg FX450

My name is Roger Bare. I’ve been riding and racing SuperMoto, on and off, for about 11 years or so. I’m off to Belfast again Sunday… but I’ll be available on e-mail and Facebook.

Ever since watching ABC Wide World of Sports’ “Superbikers” back in the day, I knew I wanted to do that kind of racing. I raced the SuperMoto USA Northwest Series from 2004, and raced up in Abbotsford in British Columbia, the SuperMoto series, when I could.

I won the 2013 British Columbia SuperMoto Intermediate, Vet Over 35 and Vet Over 45 titles. (Probably due more to consistency than outright speed, ha ha!)

When I’m not spending time with family, riding or racing, or working, I’m singing Sinatra tunes with Cascadia Big Band out of Bothell, Washington.

Jon Anderson’s Yamaha...

Jon Anderson’s Yamaha…

…and its owner.

…and its owner.

Jonathan “Jon” Anderson (nemisis714@gmail.com)
Age: 23
Bike: 1999 Yamaha WR400F

I’ve been riding for five years. I started riding SuperMoto in 2014, started racing SuperMoto in 2015.

What got me into SuperMoto? I stumbled upon SuperMoto at a local track after spectating the road races. When I went down to check it out, Debi Johnson told me to take her DRZ out on the track. That got me hooked on SuperMoto, and it took me a while to get one of my own, but I’m glad I can ride and race with good friends.

I’m going to Primm for my first race to challenge myself and experience more SuperMoto than the Northwest has to offer. The Stateline SuperMoto Challenge will be my first race.

Chris Anderson at speed.

Chris Anderson at speed.

Chris Anderson… dressed warmly.

Chris Anderson… dressed warmly.

Chris Anderson
Age:
26
Bike: KTM 125 SX

I am racing at the Stateline SuperMoto Challenge to see the competitive side of SuperMoto first-hand and meet others that enjoy riding SuperMoto bikes that are not just from Washington and just outside of it. It will be my first race, so I do not expect myself to be in the top couple of places in either of the classes I am registered for.

I got into SuperMoto thanks to a few good friends that happen to have a spare set of tires and sliders and told me to try it out on my bike. After the first practice session, I was hooked on how fun it is to toss my bike around on the track, and I slowly started to get the things I needed to get my bike out on the track with my friends.

I will be using my 2003 KTM 125 SX for both of the classes I am registered for at the Stateline SuperMoto Challenge.

Cindy Hayes (119) at speed.

Cindy Hayes (119) at speed.

Cindy Hayes (alittlebitwestern@hotmail.com)
Age: 58
Bike: 2006 KTM 450 SMR

I’m 58 and I live in Sidney on Vancouver Island near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. I ride a 2006 KTM 450 SMR that I call “The Beast.” It’s my dream SuperMoto bike!

I have no kids (my choice – I never wanted any) and I’m currently single (but looking – ha ha!). I belong to the Adrenalin motorcycle co-op in Victoria and I do most of my own wrenching there with assistance from Scott Collins, the owner, mechanic and all-around good guy.

I’m going to get some instruction and coaching at California SuperMoto School with Brok McAllister before Stateline. I’ve taken courses at the Rich Oliver Mystery School and at SoCal SuperMoto. I also get a lot of help from my friends in the Victoria SuperMoto Club and BC SuperMoto. I need all the help I can get!

I started riding motorcycles when I was 21. My then-husband said he wanted a motorcycle. “Okay,” I said, “but I get one too!” For the next 33 years, I rode street bikes, primarily for commuting and fun, and never too far from home.

Then, in 2010, I decided I wanted to do something more adventurous, and I bought a V-Strom. The next year, I did a few off-road rides and quickly realized I needed something smaller to learn on. At the same time, a friend of mine had been encouraging me to get a track bike. I mentioned to another friend that I was looking, and he said, “What you want to do is SuperMoto.” I’d never heard of SuperMoto, so I went to the local track to check it out. Five minutes of spectating and I knew I had to try it!

I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone and picked up a WR250X and started going to SuperMoto track days and learning to ride off-road. This was in 2012, when I was 55; I was definitely the oldest “noob” at the track! At the end of the season, I was named “Most Improved Rider.” I’d planned on riding the WR for another season, maybe with a few modifications, but one of the riders decided to sell his 2006 KTM 450 SMR – my dream SuperMoto bike. It was a very easy decision!

Last year, Victoria SuperMoto (my local club) held a race series. I raced in the Novice division, where I managed to finish third after battling another rider all year. Not bad for a 57-year-old rookie!

Now I’m going to step it up a notch and head south to Primm for the Stateline Challenge. Every year, I go to Death Valley at the end of March for a dual-sport rally, and this year I decided to spend some time at California SuperMoto School before heading back to Canada. The Stateline races fit nicely into this schedule and will give me a perfect opportunity to put new skills to use. I’m really looking forward to it!

Cindy Hayes… with her hard-won hardware.

Cindy Hayes… with her hard-won hardware.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 10: Practice Groups
1. Knobbie/ DOT/ Beginner/ Novice/ Women
2. Intermediate/ Unlimited/ 250/ 400/ Lites
3. All Vets
4. All Quads
5. Anthony Hart Memorial Pro/ 450
6. GP “Pavement Only”
7. Mini Moto
8. Mini Quad “If Needed”

Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12
7:00 a.m. – Event Sign-In and Registration
7:15 a.m. – Tech Inspection begins
8:00 a.m. – Practice
9:30 a.m. – Mandatory Rider’s Meeting
9:45 a.m. – Heat Races

Anthony Hart Memorial Pro $15,000 Purse Breakdown
First – $4,000; Second – $3,000; Third – $2,300; Fourth – $1,550; Fifth – $1,150; Sixth – $850; Seventh – $650; Eighth – $450; Ninth – $350; 10th – $250; 11th – $200; 12th – $100; 13th – $50; 14th – $50; 15th – $50.

Lites Pro and Quad Pro: 50-percent payback.

Classes
Lites Pro 250/400
SM450
SM65 GP Knobbie/DOT
SM85 GP
Mini 65-85 SM
Anthony Hart Memorial Pro/Novice SM
Beginner SM
Quad Open Intermediate SM
Quad Vet 25+ Mini JR SM
Open GP Quad Beginner
Vet 25+ SM
Quad Pro Vet 35+ SM
Vet 30+ SM
Unlimited SM
Vet 45+ SM
Women Youth Quad

Registration
For rider pre-registration, go to https://squareup.com/market/whrmotorsports or the WHR website at www.WHRmotorsports.com.

You can also e-mail Lee Collins at Lee@WHRmotorsports.com.

Group Hotel Rates Available
There is a group hotel rate that will be only available until Wednesday, March 25, so call 888/386-7867 and get your reservations now. Ask for SVS0408 or go online and type in the same Offer Code at http://primevalleyresorts.com-buffalo-bills-accommodation. The rate currently is $32 for Wednesday and Thursday, then it’s $57 for Friday, $76 for Saturday and then back to $32 for Sunday. But this code will save you some dollars, thanks to Lee Collins and WHR Motorsports.

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