View Full Version : Aprilia win 1st World Title...

Mister Vee
09-03-2006, 06:12 AM
Hi all, I am involved in Supermoto racing promotion in the UK and I thought this would be of interest...

Sam Warren on his SR Off-Road prepared Aprilia UK SXV 550 claimed the title of 2006 Overall Moto GB British Supermotard Champion at Pembrey after winning the Superfinal, albeit a puncture having sidelined arch rival Ady Smith on his KTM UK LC4 660 during their furious battle for the outright honours.

Andy Mitchell (DCR Husaberg UK) pictured opposite on the off-road section at Pembrey, put his previous Moto GB difficulties behind him as he blasted back into the reckoning with a superb overall SM1 win and 2nd place in the Superfinal. In SM2 meanwhile, Mickael Zammit aboard the MW Racing Honda was a walking advert for the word ‘commitment’. Having competed in the French Championship on Saturday & Sunday, he left France aboard the last flight out on Sunday night and eventually arrived at Pembrey at 3.30am via the back of an MW Racing Team Van! He then proceeded to race in two classes and record some outstanding results including an SM2 race win and elevated himself to 2nd place in the SM2 standings and 6th in SM1.

The Challenge Class title slipped a little further away from Kevin Ridley (KTM) as he DNF’d in Race 2 whilst main rival Scott Woodacre (Aprilia) scooped another pair of well deserved wins setting himself up for the finale at Snetterton in two weeks time. Whilst SM3 may lack the big horsepower of SM1, it certainly doesn’t lack action and with just 19 points between the top 3 protagonists and 50 available at Snetterton it’s anybody’s guess as to the outcome of this exciting class.

Elsewhere, despite favourable weather conditions and a fast, flowing track, incidents abounded and several riders recorded unusual mechanical problems and/or crashes.

SM1 Grand Prix Star Christian Iddon (Factory Aprilia) had a fraught weekend of disappointments at Pembrey which started as early as qualifying and got progressively worse! He claimed an uncharacteristic 6th place in qualifying after swapping bikes due to an unusual electrical glitch. At the sharp end, Sam Warren claimed Pole Position ahead of Ady Smith and a revitalized Andy Mitchell. Several fast Husaberg mounted riders including Lee Jones, Greg Kinsella and Carl Shield having qualified well but suddenly disappeared with engine related problems during the races, which gave the SM1 field a subsequent ‘slimmed down’ feel. Race 1 saw a first corner pile up apparently caused by Dean Hillier (Aprilia) which effectively took Iddon, Keith Farmer (Wulfsport SMR Husaberg) and Matt Pope (Aprilia) amongst others out of contention and allowed Warren Mitchell and Smith to conduct their own high speed battle just ahead of Zammit. Smith and Mitchell had a coming together on the off road section which allowed Zammit to claim 3rd as a recovering Mitchell worked his way back up the field to an eventual but important 4th place. In Race 2, the three way battle for the lead this time comprised of Warren, Iddon and Mitchell as Smith was delayed early on in the race battling with Zammit. Warren unfortunately succumbed to a puncture which denied him the chance of sewing up the SM1 Class Moto GB Title with a round to go and left Aprilia honours in the hands of Iddon. An on-form Mitchell however fended off Iddon and subsequently claimed both the win and the overall SM1 honours.

SM2 Ricky Higgs (Honda) tightened his provisional hold on the SM2 title with a good haul of points from both races and Pole Position in qualifying to boot, this despite a slip up in the 2nd race where an on-road error dropped him from 2nd to 4th place at the flag. He battled hard in Race 1 with an on-form Nigel Scott (Aprilia) and saw off the challenge mid-race but had no answer to Zammit in Race 2 who claimed a lights to flag victory. James Addy (Appleyard KTM) made a welcome return after a motocross injury sidelined him from Round 4 and despite being a non-starter in race 1 with an electrical fault , he battled back to a deserved 2nd place in Race 2. Jochen Jasinski (Moto-Supplies Husqvarna) lost second place in the standings thanks to a DNF in Race 2 which left Chris Hodgson (Robinsons KTM450) to pick up the remaining pieces and claim more useful points. Although Higgs has a great points advantage after Pembrey, Zammit and Jasinski are both mathematically capable of winning the SM2 Title at the final round at Snetterton.

SM3 & Challenge As mentioned above, Scott Woodacre (Aprilia 450) extended his advantage over Kevin Ridley after the latter DNF’d in Race 2 and looks a very good bet indeed for the Class Title at Snetterton. Matt Edwards (KTM) improved on his Ingliston personal best with a Podium Position whilst avoiding another first corner incident which saw a large number of riders skittled by the unfortunate Tim Bycroft (TM). Guy Monk enjoyed his Challenge Class debut and claimed the last step of the podium on his first time out.

In SM3, Colin Spink (Suzuki 250), Lee Cunliffe (KTM 250) and Namibian Ex-Pat Raoul Spangenberg (Kawasaki 250) put on a great show once again and the post race results provide a great showdown for the finale at Snetterton. It’s possible that if Spangenberg clinches the title, then Kawasaki may well record a historic British Supermotard Championship Title for the Japanese marque.

Superfinal Andy Mitchell shot into the lead of the Superfinal hotly pursued by front running favourites Iddon, Warren & Smith but it wasn’t long before bad luck settled the outcome of both this race and the 2006 Overall British Supermotard Champion Title. Poor Ady Smith retired after 5 laps with a puncture which instantly ended his aspirations for this particular title. At the time, Warren was in 2nd place behind Mitchell but needed to win to ensure that mathematically he couldn’t be beaten with a round to spare. After some frantic pit boarding, Warren eased ahead for the win and his entry into the record books. Mitchell finished 2nd whilst Northern Ireland’s Keith Farmer dug deep and pulled of a string of fast laps and passes to record his first ever Moto GB Podium Position in 3rd place. Iddon’s desperate weekend was topped by his retirement after 8 laps with yet another puncture on his SXV 550.

09-03-2006, 07:50 AM
Wow very nice thanks for posting this. Didn't know that so many aprilia's where riding in the motogb..


There are more than 10 riders riding the sxv in the championship :p

09-03-2006, 12:43 PM
aprilia are doing really well lately they just won the 24hour 125cc enduro with an almost stock mx125