Wondering what supermoto is and what it’s all about? You’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at the basics of the sport, from the circuits and bikes to the origins of supermoto championships.

Supermoto at a glance

Supermoto is a truly unique discipline of motorcycle racing. If you’re more familiar with four-wheeled motorsport, you might have heard of rallycross – a form of circuit racing that incorporates both dirt and tarmac sections in fast-paced, action-packed sprint races. Supermoto is essentially the motorcycle equivalent.

Supermoto courses combine three different types of circuit into one, putting the skill of the riders and the capabilities of their machines to the ultimate test.

  • Road course: A smooth, tarmac section that would be suitable for a sports bike.
  • Flat track: A flat dirt section.
  • Motocross: A loose surface section incorporating spectacular jumps.

The story behind the birth of supermoto is quite a straightforward one. Back in the day, riders who enjoyed both dirt and regular circuit racing wanted to combine the two disciplines into one. The idea was to create a sport that tested riders on both surfaces in one race. Basically, in order to do well in supermoto, you’d need to have exceptional tarmac and loose surface skills – not to mention a healthy dose of bravery.

The machinery

Because of the jack-of-all-trades nature of supermoto, the bikes used in competition have to be built to perform well on both tarmac and dirt – and they need to be able to handle those jumps, too. As a result, supermoto bikes are custom-built for the job.

They often feature the same engines and transmissions as their motocross or enduro counterparts, albeit with revised gearing in some cases (supermoto circuits tend to be quite short, so shorter gears are preferred).

That’s pretty much where the similarities end, though. Compared to a regular dirt bike, a supermoto bike will usually have…

  • Smaller wheels
  • Dual-surface tyres that work on tarmac and dirt
  • Larger brakes
  • Lowered, stiffened suspension

For more details on the technical aspects of supermoto machines, take a look at our guide on the subject.

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