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Supermoto is a sport that combines several different type of motorcycle racing into one very demanding, very competitive motor-sport. The courses are part asphalt, part dirt, with whoops, jumps and a bunch of right and left hand turns thrown in to make things interesting.
Supermoto racing has a relatively inexpensive price of entry for those looking to try a two-wheeled, go fast sport. This makes Supermoto accessible, with some racers operating their pit from a the back of a pickup truck. Other racers are sponsored by KTM, Troy Lee Designs, Honda and Yamaha. Despite the demands and competition that this hybrid form of racing put on a rider, the atmosphere is friendly. I ran into Chuck Graves who regularly makes the rounds to offer his experience and advice to other riders.
I spoke with Chuck Graves about Supermoto racing as part of my next series of video podcasts. Chuck is head of Team Graves Yamaha Supermoto Crew, as well as President of Graves Motorsports in Van Nuys, California. I caught up with Chuck at the XTRM / AMA Supermoto Championship in Monroe, Washington.