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Farmer goes back to where it all started for brand new Winter Supermoto series


By Roy Harris

After a few years of hiatus, the newly revitalised Supermoto NI Club will promote the first round of the popular Winter Supermoto series this Sunday at Nutt's Corner (first race 11am).

In its heyday, Supermoto brought together the cream of motocross, short circuits and quads for events that drew huge crowds, with the likes of Alan Morrison, William Burgess, Michael Laverty, Marshall Neill, Jeremy McWilliams, David Tougher and Philip Neill taking part in no-holds-barred racing on the 60/40 mix of tarmac and shale in the two-wheel action alongside Justin Reid, Jim Gately and Paul Winrow, stars of the four-wheel quad racing.

Resembling the World Rallycross car series, the Nutts Corner event will feature solo races, mini bikes and the spectacular quads.

Already confirmed for Sunday is newly crowned British Superstock 1,000cc champion Keith Farmer, who started his racing career in Supermoto, winning the winter series in 2006, 2007 and 2008 before switching successfully to short circuit racing.

Another ex-British and Ulster champion Davy McKee is also in the line-up.

"Supermoto is a sport I never really got away from," he said.

"I retired some 10 years ago, but always kept my hand in by racing once a year in the David Jefferies Memorial Supermoto."

Current British champion Richard Blackman and runner-up Jamie Duncan will hope to knock the locals off the top step in the solo class, while Justin Reid, who has competed and won in Supermoto quad racing from 1993 and is still a leading contender in the British Quadcross championship, will be out to prove there is still life left in the old dog.

The Winter Series is over four rounds, with Sunday's event followed by round two on November 17 at Kirkistown and the final two rounds on January 26 and February 23 at venues to be announced.

Meanwhile, the entry for the 52nd running of the Suncity Macau Grand Prix on November 17 has been released with the 28-strong international grid including three previous winners.

Twenty years after his first win, Michael Rutter, riding an exotic Aspire-Ho by Bathams RC213V Honda, is chasing his ninth success at the Far East event, six years after his record eighth victory.

Rutter's team mate at Macau is 31-year old Isle of Man TT lap record holder Peter Hickman, who will be BMW mounted as he chases his third win around the 3.8-mile circuit.

2001 winner John McGuinness returns on the PBM Motorsport Ducati, while his team-mate for the event is Martin Jessopp, five times a Macau podium finisher but still chasing that elusive first victory.

Magherafelt's Paul Jordan makes his Far East debut riding the Dafabet Devitt Kawasaki and Davey Todd makes his Macau debut riding a Penz13 BMW.

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