Wednesday, July 21, 2010

REPORT: H Games National Supermoto Rd 3

2010 H Games: Canadian National Supermoto Round 3 Race Report

Carignan, Quebec
July 18, 2010

By: Jerrett Bellamy

The H Gregoire Yamaha dealership of Carignan, Quebec played host to their second annual H Games featuring the 3rd round of the Canadian National Supermoto series as well as an endurocross race and freestyle show. The weather was beautiful and the amazing French supermoto fans came out in full force. The racing was fierce and the fans did not go home disappointed.

French supermoto fans are the best in Canada!

The racing kicked off with the SM1 semi pro class. Danny Bernier took the lead off the start followed closely by Jerrett Bellamy and Marc-Andre Viens. After a few laps Kevin Kiddle made his way around Viens for 3rd position. Bellamy rode the heels of Bernier the entire race until a bobble in the dirt section where Bellamy stalled his KTM while attempting a pass for the lead with 2 laps to go. This allowed Bernier to cruise in for the win followed by Kiddle and Viens.

The SM1 class gets off the line with Danny Bernier (hidden) and Jerrett Bellamy (67) at the front

Absent from the SM1 main was points leader coming into the race Frederic Coeymans. He suffered a bad crash in the heat race and may have broken his leg. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery.

The SM2 250 race saw veteran rider Steve Sharfe take the win over Remi Sylvestre

Steve Scharfe (75) took the SM2 main win

The largest class of the day was the Open Amateur which saw 16 riders take to the grid. Off the start Chris Barendregt grabbed the holeshot followed by Jerrett Bellamy and Danny Bernier. Kevin Kiddle came from a slow start to battle with Bernier for a few laps before getting by him for 3rd place. Barendregt stretched a good lead and would hold it to the checkers. Kiddle would eventually reel in Bellamy but was unable to contest him for 2nd. It was an all Ontario sweep of the podium in Open Amateur.

Chris Barendregt (3) on his way to winning the Open Amateur main

The 35+ Veteran class got off to an exciting start when heat race winner Steve Ruple dropped the clutch a little hard and looped out his Honda. 57 year old Steve Scharfe rode his heart out with a sprained ankle to show guys nearly 20 years younger how it`s done to take the win.

The Pro 450 class saw another wild start when Jesse Morgan locked bars with Yves Lagace on the very tight start stretch. Morgan got the bad end of the deal and went down hard after his bars were ripped from his hands. Ahead of the carnage, Max Sylvestre would take the early lead followed by Lagace and Erik McAdam. A few laps in Sylvestre would pull off to rest his sprained ankle for the national points paying pro open race. This handed Lagace the lead which he would hold to the end. Paul Rouillard would take 3rd place from McAdam who had to resort to his 250 back up bike after his 450`s transmission packed it in.

Yves Lagace (818) chasing Max Sylvestre (77) early in the moto

The 2010 H Games main event, the Pro Open race saw Dave Arnold grab the holeshot and lead the race wire to wire. Behind him there was plenty of action. Yves Lagace pulled a 2nd place start with Max Sylvestre right on his rear wheel. These two battled it out and Sylvestre eventually made a pass. Shortly after Sylvestre was forced to pull off with an overheating rear brake that was not releasing properly. The battle of the race was between Paul Rouillard and Jesse Morgan for the final podium position. Rouillard held 3rd and Morgan rode him very hard and clean for ¾ of the race before he could make a block pass in the dirt. Arnold took the win followed by Lagace and Morgan. With the win, Arnold snatched the points lead from Sylvestre and brought it back to Ontario.

Dave Arnold (2) leads the Pro Open main

A big thanks to H Gregoire and all those involved for hosting a great event. Round 4 of the National series will be taking place August 8 at the Mecaglisse Circuit in Notre Dame de la Merci, Quebec.

Yves Lagace celebrates his 2nd place finish in front of a home town crowd

Dave Arnold skies out the finish line jump

Erik McAdam jumping infront of the french crowd

Nose wheelie contest during the racing intermission

Freestyle Demo - too windy for flips...