The world Supermoto championship came to Spain over the weekend to Race at the dramatic Albaida circuit in the province of Valencia. Murcia based British racer Anthony Ford-Dunn was competing in the S4 road class against world class opposition and produced an outstanding display of hard racing to come away with the overall win and 4th place in the championship.
Anthony qualified in second position on the grid for the first of his two races on the Advance Moves International Removals sponsored Supermotoland.com machine. Whilst qualifying on the front row of the grid was a great advantage, Anthony had a disastrous start to the first race and after much jostling he emerged 9th from the first corner. Then the pressure was on and Anthony had to put some hard moves in to overtake other competitors as quickly as possible. The racing was tough with a few overtakes even involving running onto the grass but Anthony came through the pack to finish in 3rd position at the flag.
The second race start was better with Anthony in fourth place and then fighting to second position but unable to catch the leader. However after the second race the leaders bike was found to breach technical control and he was penalised 2 positions which gave Anthony the race win and the overall win from the two races.
For the first time ever a British rider stood upon the top step of the S4 European Supermoto championship rostrum. Anthony was overwhelmed with the win and he is now looking forward to the final round of the championship in Italy during July. With Anthony working as an instructor at the Supermotoland.com race school where he teaches others how to ride supermoto bikes whilst enjoying their holiday in Spain , he will have plenty of time to practice and hone his skills in preparation for his chance to take the European championship title.
The Supermoto racing brothers from Murcia have had a busy start to their 2015 race season. It all kicked off in March at the first round of the Spanish championship at Albaida in Valencia.
Last year’s season ended in a career threatening injury for Anthony Ford-Dunn when he crashed and badly broke his arm. After an operation to pin and plate the break and the winter spent rehabilitating Anthony decided to race in the SM road class for 2015 to allow his arm to strengthen properly before re-entering the SM open class in 2016, where the off road and jump sections are included.
With the decision made to contest the road racing Supermoto class, Anthony showed that he had lost none of his skills or determination to win, and immediately set pole position, followed by two wins in both his races. He didn’t stop there, as he has also competed in the Catalan SM road championship and after 2 rounds he has 3 wins and a 2nd place to his name and a commanding championship lead.
Older Brother Mat Ford-Dunn also walked away from last year’s race in Albaida with a broken collar bone, just an hour after Anthony had broken his arm. It was a bad day for the Supermotoland team, but he still had a shot at the SM master 35 championship title for 2014 and used the 6 weeks between races to heal before coming back at the final round of the championship in Alcarras, Catalunya, to fight for the championship title. The pressure was on, as Mat had not even sat on the bike in the 6 weeks since his injury but in a determined effort he set pole position and then a dominant double race victory to make him the SM Master 35 champion of Spain for the second year running.
This year has seen Mat step up to the premier SM Open class and he has wasted no time in finding the extra speed needed to be competitive. With a solid start at Albaida Mat scored 5-5-5 in his three races to give him 5th overall on the day and just one point short of 4th position. Mat was running as high as 3rd in one of his races but a couple of small crashes knocked him back. The Catalan championship has also seen Mat at his best with a surprising 3rd overall at the first round of the championship and after two rounds he now holds 5th position.
For 2015 the Supermotoland team that is sponsored by Murcia based International removals company ‘Advance Moves’ has a new member of the team, in the form of Mats 14 year old son Loris Ford-Dunn, Loris has been learning the ropes in the Youth classes and with limited time on his bike he has started to make good progress.
The Supermotoland team next race at Villena in Alicante on Sunday 3rd May for the second round of the Spanish Supermoto championship. The race action all starts at 10.00 hrs and finishes at 15.00 hrs so be sure to be there on time to see some fantastic racing.
More information on the forth coming race can be found at the circuits website HERE
The Supermotoland racing brothers from Murcia saw their Spanish championship hopes take a massive blow at the Albaida, Alicante round of the championships held in September. Anthony was holding a strong second position in the open championship going into the Albaida race only to crash out over the massive tabletop jump on Saturday practice and sustain a nasty break to his arm. The break to his arm was near to the shoulder joint and required an operation to essentially screw and plate the arm back onto his shoulder socket. The operation was a success but Anthony faces a long period of rehabilitation and wont race again this season.
Next it was Mats turn to take a trip in the ambulance, barely an hour had passed since Anthony’s accident and Mat fell in the dirt section during a hot lap in qualifying and broke his collar bone. The break was too bad to consider racing and Mats championship lead in the SM35 Master class was lost.
After the double blow of albaida, the brothers have been concentrating on recovery, and it looks like Mat will be fit to race at the final round of the Spanish championships at Alcarras, Catalunya, on 26th October. Mat faces an uphill battle to be fit and competitive on a track that is notoriously tough to ride. He has now slipped to 3rd in the championship, 14 points behind the leader. Whilst the championship is still within reach it will take a monumental effort for Mat to retain his championship title for a second year.
The third round of the Spanish supermoto championship takes place at the Albaida circuit, near Alcoy, Alicante this Sunday the 7th September as the best supermoto racers in Spain resume their battle for championship honours after the summer break.
Murcia’s Anthony and Mat Ford-Dunn will be hoping to get the better of their rivals over the weekend on their ‘Advance Moves International Removals’ sponsored Supermotoland.com race bikes. With qualifying on Saturday and then racing from 10.00 to 13.30 hrs on the Sunday 7th September at the spectacular Albaida circuit that hosts one of the biggest jumps on the supermoto championship calendar.
Racing is sure to be tight and with Mat Leading the SM 35 Master championship and Anthony only 32 points behind the championship leader in the premier SM open championship, the brothers know they have it all to fight for.
The Supermotoland.com team will be on hand to welcome anyone wishing to come and watch a great days racing this Sunday and directions and maps to the circuit can be found HERE
The Supermoto racing brothers from Murcia have had a busy time over the summer period. Whilst most people are heading for the beaches of Spain for a well deserved vacation during the hottest months of the year the two brothers have been constantly hitting the race tracks of Spain to further prepare themselves for the second half of the season.
With Mat holding a commanding lead in the SM Master 35 class and Anthony only 34 points off the leader in the SM Open class, both brothers know that a Spanish championship title is within grasp and they are determined to be in prime shape for the final championship races of the year that commence on Sunday 7th September at Albaida circuit near Alcoy, Alicante.
They were joined last week by Britain’s Motogp racer, Scott Redding who put in three days training with the Supermotoland team at the Fortuna and Albaida circuits to further improve his Supermoto skills and physical condition before he jets out to America for the next Motogp race. Training on a Supermoto bike in 40 degrees of heat whilst Battling with the two brothers is pretty much ideal preparation for racing in MotoGP’s and Scott thoroughly enjoyed his experience as well as meeting the many fans that turned up to see him ride.
The testing and training continues over August and the Brothers are hoping that the effort they are putting in now, will pay off in the forth coming races on their Advance Moves International Removals Sponsored Race bikes and a championship title becomes a reality.
The Supermotoland race team were in Talavera La Real, Badajoz, over the weekend for the second round of the Spanish Supermoto championship with its two riders Anthony and Mat Ford-Dunn.
Going into the weekend, both brothers were holding 3rd position in their championship classes and they wasted no time at all in practice to get the best settings from their Advance Moves International Removals sponsored race bikes. When it came to qualifying, Anthony put himself on the first row of the grid, in second position for the Premier SM open class, whilst older brother Mat managed to go one better in the SM35 Master class and found himself in a comfortable Pole position for the Race.
Anthony was first to race, and in the first of his three races he was in third position and fighting for the lead with Angel Grau and reigning Spanish Champion Francesco Cucharrera. The three were having a tremendous battle with no quarter given when a small mistake from Cucharrera saw him crash in the dirt section leaving Anthony nowhere to go but into Cucha’s fallen bike and both riders were all of a sudden on the deck. Anthony was first to remount and with his engine still running he was able to restart relatively quickly and set about chasing down the leader. Anthony’s pace was incredible but he just didn’t have enough time left in the race to catch and pass Angel Grau and ended up 2nd at the flag.
The second SM open race once again saw the same three riders in a desperate battle for the lead but this time it was Angel Grau’s turn to make a small error that saw him slide off his bike as he accelerated onto the start finish straight. Anthony made the pass and set after Cucha who had opened a small gap. Despite closing the gap Anthony just wasn’t quite able to make the pass and finished 2nd behind Cucha.
The last race of the day saw Cucha and Anthony locked in a race long battle for the lead and despite breaking the lap record Anthony was unable to pass the Reigning Spanish Champion and once again finished a very close second. The day’s results put Anthony in second position on the podium, just missing out on the overall win by one point to Cucha. The result had elevated his position in the Spanish championship to 2nd overall and the team now have until the 3rd round of the Spanish championship on 19th July in Villarcayo, Burgos to find a little more power from Anthony’s bike to get him on terms with Cucha.
Older Brother Mat was in dominant form in both of the SM35 Master races and he turned his pole position into two race wins and as well as standing on the top step of the podium at the end of the days racing, he had also elevated himself from 3rd to 1st position in the championship and with a comfortable lead. Competition is fierce in the Master class and once again Mat will be refining his race bike before both brothers race again in the Catalan championship on 22nd June at Alcarras, Catalunya.
The Supermotoland.com race team were in Catalunya over the weekend with both their riders competing for honours in the Catalan Supermoto championship. It was the first time that the racing brothers from Murcia had been to the Menarguens circuit near to Lleida and so they had a limited amount of time to learn the circuit before their qualifying sessions.
Despite the lack of circuit knowledge and a crash each in practice, both brothers managed to qualify on the front row of the grid for each of their races. With Mat Ford–Dunn qualifying in 4th position in the SM4 class and younger brother Anthony qualifying a superb 4th in the premier SM 1 class.
Anthony was the first to race and the battle between the first 5 riders was very intense with close racing throughout the field. Anthony was in fourth position on the last lap and whilst making a pass on the brakes at the end of the straight he fell, damaging his bike and dislocating his shoulder. The damage to the bike meant he was unable to remount despite his shoulder clicking back into place as he picked himself up. Anthony was unable to compete in the remaining race due to his injury and therefore lost his lead in the championship from his two race wins in the previous round of the Catalan championship in Mora de Ebre.
Mat Faired better in both of his races in the SM 4 class with a double victory that extends his championship lead and gives him four wins, from four races. It could have been a different story though as a puncture in his front tyre in the first race meant he had a desperate last couple of laps to keep ahead of the pack as his front tyre slowly deflated.
The brothers now have a few weeks of testing and training ahead before they line up on the grid in Badajoz for the 2nd round of the Spanish championships on the 8th June. With both brothers holding 3rd position in the SM open and SM 35 Master classes you can bet that they will both be looking for a bit more speed over the coming weeks to hopefully elevate them to the top step of the podium.
Both Anthony and Mat Ford-Dunn were in action at the weekend at the first round of the Spanish Supermoto Championships held in Villena, Alicante. The action for the Brothers had already started the week before, when they both made the long journey to France to compete in the first round of the Supermoto Grand prix’s.
The Brothers both faired well with Anthony finishing 12th in the world championships and Mat finishing 23rd in the European Championships, but it was clear that they were outpaced by superior factory machinery. Although they struggled for pace against the superior factory bikes the Team learnt a great deal that weekend and have many things to test over the coming weeks to improve the ‘Advance Moves International Removals’ sponsored, Supermotoland race bikes.
The racing at Villena, Alicante was held in sunny but blustery conditions and both brothers got their championship challenges off to a solid start. Anthony qualified 3rd in the Premier SM Open championship class, and finished 5th, 2nd and 4th in his three races to come away with a 3rd overall for the days racing. The results could have been even better but the Villena circuit is notoriously difficult to pass on and a lot of the race depends on how good a start you get. Anthony had the crowd on its feet in Race 2 when he put in an almost impossible overtaking move on the last lap to take 2nd place at the Flag.
Older Brother Mat qualified in pole position for the SM35 Master championship and finished his two races in 2nd and 3rd position that gave him a 3rd overall for the days racing. Once again his results could have been even better but a crash on the first lap of race two whilst he was leading saw Mat have to remount in last position and fight through the pack to get a well deserved 3rd place at the flag.
Team Sponsor Shane Stratton from Stratton Motorsports had flown in especially to watch the racing and was Happy to see both his riders on the rostrum with some good championship points under their belts. The Brothers next race in the Catalan championships on the 11th may at Menarguens in Catalunya
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