Anthony Ford-Dunn wins in Spanish round of the Supermoto World Championships.
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.
Strong Start to Supermoto Season
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
Disaster Strikes Twice
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.
Spanish Championship Supermoto Heads for Albaida Alicante this weekend
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
No Summer Break For Supermotoland Team
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.
Strong weekend for Supermotoland
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.
Crash and win in Catalunya Supermoto championship
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.
Solid Start for Murcia’s Supermoto Racing brothers
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
Supermoto kicks off in Alicante
The first round of the Spanish supermoto championship takes place at the Chicharra Karting circuit in Villena, Alicante on Sunday 27th April. With both of the Ford-Dunn brothers from Murcia competing in the open and Master championship classes the action is sure to be fast and exciting. The Chicharra race circuit features a variety of both high and low speed corners before the riders fire themselves off one of the faster curves into the off road section with high speed jumps and turns before rejoining the circuit to complete the lap. The racing is always close in the tight and technical circuit.
Mat and Anthony Ford-Dunn have been busy already this season with both brothers taking a double win each, in their respective classes at the first round of the Catalan championship held back in March. But their next biggest challenge comes over the Easter weekend when the brothers travel to France for the first round of the world championships where they take on the world’s best supermoto racers. The learning curve will be steep but what better way to prepare for the following weekends Spanish championship round at Villena.
As usual the Supermotoland race team with their sponsors Advance Moves International Removals and Stratton Motorsports, will be in the race paddock to welcome anyone wishing to attend the Villena race meeting, with racing starting at 10.00 hrs on the Sunday 27th April and the circuit is easy to locate on the CV-81 road from Villena to Yecla. More information and directions can be found at www.chicharrakarts.es and details of how to get there can be found HERE
Ford-Dunn is Spanish Champion
The final Supermoto race of the year was held at Albaida, Alicante, over the weekend and produced some dramatic racing as all of the Spanish championship titles were up for grabs.
The Ford-Dunn brothers from Murcia have been in devastating form lately, with older brother Mat going into the last round with a 20 point lead in the SM Master 35 championship. Mat was taking no chances in both of his races, he knew that finishing 3rd in each race would be enough to win him the championship title. The Racing was close with the top 3 riders all capable of winning the championship battling for the lead. The battle went down to the last corner of the last lap when the rider in 2nd position crashed causing Mat who was right behind him to stall his bike as he desperately tried to avoid the fallen rider.
The large crowd at the race fell silent as the race commentator went into overdrive describing the frantic action below him as both riders desperately tried to re-start their bikes. But it was Mat who kept his cool and fired his bike up first and raced to the finish line to take 2nd position in the race and give him a points lead that the others could not better, making him Spanish Champion for 2013.
Anthony Ford-Dunn was racing in the premier, SM Open championship with the championship title already out of his grasp due to him missing the first two races of the season his aim was to secure 4th position in the title standings. Fresh from his wins at the previous Spanish and Catalan championship rounds Anthony was in great form but the dusty low grip dirt section was favouring his competitors on the KTM machinery and he was struggling for grip on his Supermotoland Honda.
He battled hard and was one of three riders that fought for the win in each of his three races. He managed an impressive 3rd, 2nd and 3rd positions that gave him 3rd overall for the days racing and secured him 4th overall in the 2013 SM Open Spanish championship. A great days racing as he stood on the podium with the reigning Spanish Champion Francesco Cucharrera who had just secured his 5th Spanish Championship title
The Brothers and their sponsors ‘Advance Moves International removals’ and ‘Stratton Motorsports’ would like to thank the many race fans and supporters that turned up to the event and experienced a great days racing culminating in both Ford-Dunn Brothers finishing 2nd and 3rd on the podium and Mat clinching the SM Master 35 championship.
All to fight for in Supermoto finale
Fresh from their double victories in last week’s round of the Spanish Supermoto championship at Villena, Alicante, the Ford-Dunn brothers continued their winning streak with 4 race wins over the weekend at the Catalan Championships in Lleida.
The racing brothers, Anthony and Mat Ford-Dunn now face their toughest challenge, with the final race of the season deciding the Spanish championship honours at Albaida, near Alcoy this Sunday 3rd November.
Racing starts at 10.00 on Sunday 3rd November and the circuit can be found by taking the A7 inland from Alicante, passing Alcoy and then exiting the A7 at Albaida and following the signposts through and out the other side of the town to the circuito de albaida. Maps and further directions can be found at www.motoalbaida.com
The Supermotoland race team and their sponsors Advance moves international removals and Stratton Motorsports will be in the race paddock to welcome anyone attending the days racing that is bound to be full of action, as Mat fights for the SM Master 35 Spanish championship title and younger brother Anthony attempts to round his year off with another top step of the podium in the SM open class.
The albaida circuit has spectacular viewing facilities with grandstands overlooking the action and one of the biggest supermoto jumps on the racing calendar. With a circuit bar and restaurant on hand a good days entertainment is guaranteed.
Double win for the Ford-Dunn brothers at Alicante’s Spanish Supermoto round
Both the Ford-Dunn brothers were in dominant form at last weekends 4th round of the Spanish Supermoto championship held at Villena, Alicante.
The British brothers who live in Murcia had been training hard over the summer to make sure they were in top form for the final rounds of the season, and it showed with both brothers qualifying in 2nd position in their respective classes giving them a front row starting position for their races.
Anthony was the first to race in the prestigious SM Open class and secured the overall win for the day by taking a win and two second positions from his three races, beating the reigning Spanish champion Francesca Cucharera and former Spanish champion Israel Escalera. Anthony’s last race was gripping as he fought through to 2nd position after a bad start that gave him enough points to take the overall victory.
Next out was older brother Mat who was racing in the SM Master 35 class. Mat finished a close 2nd in his first race and knew that to take the overall win and maintain his championship lead then a win in the 2nd race was the only option. Before Mat had even lined up on the grid for the second race he was in trouble as the toll of racing in 30 degrees of heat on a rough track had given him chronic cramps in his arms and legs that made racing impossible. The start of the race was delayed slightly whilst mat was fed salt on the grid until the cramps subsided and racing could start.
Once the race started Mat found himself in third position with some work to do to get to the front, but he did just that with an outstanding effort that saw him dive down the inside of the leader to take the lead and the win on the last corner of the last lap. The 2-1 result gave him the overall win and both brothers stood on the top step of the podium at the end of the days racing.
Team Sponsor Shane Stratton from Stratton Motorsports had flown in to watch the days racing and was delighted with the double victory and the possibility of clinching the SM Master championship at the forth coming Albaida race.
With Mat now holding a 20 point lead in the SM Master 35 Spanish championship, he now has it all to play for in the final round of the Spanish championship to be held at Albaida, Alicante on the 2nd and 3rd November. The Supermotoland Team and their sponsors, Advance Moves International Removals and Stratton Motorsports, will welcome anyone attending the event to support the brothers in their final race of the season to take championship honors.
Ford-Dunn leads the spanish supermoto championship
It’s been a busy July for the Supermoto racing brothers from Murcia. Both Anthony and Mat Ford-Dunn were in action at the 3rd round of the Catalan championship earlier in the Month with Mat finishing 3rd and 2nd in his two races for 2nd overall and Anthony having a fantastic ride to finish 1st and 2nd that gave him the overall win in the SM Open class.
After the confidence boosting results from the Catalan championship at Alcarras the brothers were next out at the Samper de Calanda circuit in Aragon for the 3rd round of the Spanish Supermoto championship. The fast and flowing circuit suited more powerful machines but the brothers put in a superb display on their Advance Moves International Removals sponsored machines, in the extremely hot conditions to come away with some strong results.
The brothers had mixed fortunes with Anthony at the front of the pack in the SM open class before three different problems in each of his three races prevented him from achieving the podium position that he so rightly deserved. In the first race he had to make a stop and go penalty for jumping the start despite not having gained an advantage, in the 2nd race he was knocked off his bike in the 2nd corner and just to top the day off, he had a rear puncture in the final race of the day! Despite the catalogue of disasters he still finished 6th overall and knows that his pace is strong, he just needs a little more luck next time out.
It appeared that whilst Anthony was suffering with bad luck his older brother Mat was having all the good luck in the SM Masters class as he finished in 3rd and 2nd positions in his two races for 2nd overall, and enough points to push him into the championship lead. Mat now leads the championship by 11 points at the halfway point of the season and with the Summer break ahead the brothers will be training hard to achieve even better results when racing resumes in September.
Double podium for Supermoto brothers
For the first time this year both of the British Supermoto racing brothers from Murcia were in action at the 2nd round of the Valencian championship at Oliva, near Denia. The brothers were in devastating form, with Mat Ford-Dunn racing in the SM Masters class and younger brother Anthony in the tougher SM Open category.
Both brothers were trying new rear suspension parts that made the handling of the bikes near perfect for the fast flowing corners of the Oliva race track. Qualifying went well, with Anthony 2nd in his class and Mat on pole for the SM masters. With the two classes racing together it was the first time this year that the brothers had lined up on the same grid.
The first of their two races saw Anthony lead the opening laps before being overtaken by Spanish Ace, Israel Esclarera. The two riders battled hard for the rest of the race with Israel taking the win with Anthony a very close 2nd. Mat was a little too keen away from the start of the first race and had to make a jump start, stop and go penalty before rejoining the race. The penalty didn’t stop him from charging through the field to finish a close 2nd behind the leader in the SM Masters class.
he 2nd race saw Anthony repeat his fantastic start from race 1 and this time he opened up a small lead until a mistake in the dirt section allowed Israel past and Anthony had to be content with another 2nd position. Mat managed a clean start this time, and soon battled his way into the lead of the SM masters class, opening up a lead to finish first at the flag and take the overall SM masters victory with his 2nd-1st results. Anthony managed a superb 2nd overall in the much tougher SM Open class with his two 2nd positions.
The Brothers and their sponsors, ‘Advance Moves International Removals’ would like to thank the many spectators and race fans that turned up to the race and the support and encouragement that was given at a great days racing.
Victory in Villena for Supermoto Ace
Sunday 14th April saw Spain’s best Supermoto racers descend upon the Chicharra Kart racing circuit at Villena in Alicante for round two of the Spanish Supermoto championship.
It was Britain’s Mat Ford-Dunn from Bullas in Murcia who put on a superb display of riding in both of the SM Master 35 races to clinch the overall victory.
With a large crowd watching the days racing Mat qualified his Supermotoland SML 450 race bike on the front row of the grid for the first of his two races. With a good start and a strong pace Mat was in a comfortable 2nd position before a small crash in the dirt section allowed the 3rd placed rider to catch him. But once underway again, Mat opened a gap and held it to the line to take 2nd position.
The Supermotoland race team briefed Mat on the grid for the 2nd of his two races and he knew exactly who he had to beat to gain the overall win. Mat’s start was not so good this time and he was locked in a 4 rider battle for the lead throughout the whole race and despite many overtaking attempts he was unable to pass the two riders in front without risking a crash, and finished a close third. But Mat knew that was enough for the overall victory and made sure that he didn’t make any mistakes that might cost him the win.
Once the chequered flag dropped Mat was confirmed as the overall winner and took to the top step of the podium for the first time this year. Mat’s sponsors, Advance Moves International removals and Stratton Motorsports were delighted with the result and the many expat race fans that turned up to watch a great days racing.
Mat is next in action at Oliva in Denia on the 5th May for the 2nd round of the Valencian championship.
Supermoto returns to Alicante
The British Racing brothers from Murcia will be in action at the second round of the Spanish Supermoto championship held at Villena, near Sax, Alicante on Sunday 14th April. Both Mat and Anthony Ford-Dunn managed podium positions at last year’s race, held on the spectacular Chicharra kart circuit at Villena. 2012 saw a massive crowd come to watch the frantic race action as Spain’s best supermoto racers tackled the fast and flowing Kart track before jumping into the high speed dirt section where passes and crashes were a constant feature in all of the day’s races.
Both Mat and Anthony Hope to repeat their performances from last year, with Mat racing in the SM Master 35 class and Anthony currently undecided on whether to compete in the elite class or the SM road category. Both brothers race for the Murcia based Supermotoland team that is sponsored by ‘Advance Moves International Removals’ and ‘Stratton Motorsports’ who will be present in the race paddock.
Qualifying practice takes place on Saturday 13th April, with the first of 9 races starting at 10.00 o’clock on Sunday 14th April and the podium celebrations ending the days racing at 3.00 pm. Anyone wishing to attend will be treated to a spectacular days racing, with an admission fee of 2 euro’s that includes a free drink from the bar, as well as mini golf, Kart hire (after the days racing), kids play ground and a great restaurant and Bar, you will definitely have a fun filled day.
The chicharra Kart circuit can be found just off the A-31 motorway north of Sax at the town of Villena. The circuit is situated about 1 km west of Villena on the CV-81 road that heads to Yecla. The entrance to the circuit is signposted off the CV-81 just where a large new roundabout is being constructed, so you cannot miss it!
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Further details and race reports can be found on the www.supermotoland.com website and we hope to see you there on Sunday 14th April for a great days racing!
Solid start for Mat Ford-Dunn in 1st round of the Spanish Supermoto championship
With the first round of the Spanish Supermoto championship getting off to a rather wet start in Seville over the weekend, it was Murcia’s British expat Supermoto racer Mat Ford-Dunn who came away with a superb rostrum finish despite the testing conditions.
The supermotoland race team had a busy week beforehand when Mat wrecked an engine in the final test before Seville and the team had to replace his race engine with a standard unit from his spare bike. The Seville race track featured some long straights that put Mat at a disadvantage with a less powerful engine.
After heavy overnight rain the race organisers had no option but to close the waterlogged dirt section of the track and the weekends racing was run entirely on the asphalt race circuit.
With wet and changeable weather throughout the days racing it was Mat that made the most of the tricky conditions in his first race to come from 5th on the grid to finish a very close 2nd, just behind the leader on the final lap. The second of Mat’s two races was looking at being a repeat performance until a small crash whilst in third position, saw Mat drop back to finish 6th at the flag.
The combined results gave Mat a superb 3rd overall and a podium position for the weekends racing.
Mat will next be racing In Villena, near Sax, Alicante for the 2nd round of the Spanish Supermoto championship on the 14th April, where he will be joined by his younger brother Anthony Ford-Dunn who will be competing in the first round of the SM Road championship.
The supermotoland team and their Spanish and UK based Sponsors ‘Advance Moves International removals’ will be on hand to welcome anyone wishing to attend the race which will no doubt be a fantastic days racing.
Supermotoland brothers set for another fantastic year
The Supermoto racing brothers from Murcia are busy training and making final preparations for the first round of this year’s Spanish Supermoto championships held in Seville on the 10th march.
2012 saw the two brothers right at the sharp end of the results with Mat Ford- Dunn finishing 2nd in the SM30 championship and his younger Brother Anthony finishing 4th in the Elite championship despite being injured for part of the season.
The potential for great results this year is high, with Mat now one of the favourites to take the newly formed SM Masters 35 class and Anthony moving over to the highly competitive SM Road category that has Spain’s best Supermoto racers competing on an asphalt only circuit.
The Supermotoland team have decided to continue with last year’s SML 450 supermoto bikes that are prepared and developed at the Teams base in Murcia. The Brothers have been busy testing alongside a selection of Moto 3 and Moto 2 riders from the motogp world championships to further hone their skills.
The Murcia and UK based International removal company ‘Advance Moves’ will continue to be the teams Headline sponsor, but the team are continuing the search for additional sponsors to help the Brothers achieve their goals and benefit from the success and publicity that 2013 has to offer.
Anyone interested in joining the team as a sponsor should visit the www.supermotoland.com website for further details and contact information. The website also contains race reports, videos and photos that will keep everyone up to date with the teams progress throughout the year.
Second half of the season kicks off for the Supermotoland Brothers
After the summer break the Supermoto racing brothers from Murcia have had a hectic few weeks with both the Catalan and Spanish championship races in quick succession. First stop was Mora d’ebre in Catalunya for the 5th round of the Catalan championship where Anthony Ford-Dunn finished 3rd in both the open class races to gain 3rd position overall and 2nd position in the Catalan championship with 2 rounds still to go.
Meanwhile his older brother Mat Ford-Dunn, competing in the SM30 class, for riders over 30 years old, had mixed fortunes. After winning the first of his two races, Mat was looking good to do the same in the second race when he missed a gear before a jump that flicked his rear wheel up and sent him over the handlebars. Mat was knocked unconscious in the crash and was out for about 4 minutes, before remounting to finish 7th. The 7th place, combined with his 1st in race 1, was good enough to give him 3rd overall and he still made the rostrum despite a headache and a severe concussion.
The Brothers were then in action the following weekend at Alcarras, near Llieda, for the 4th round of the Spanish championship where the heavens opened and the racing was held in torrential rain. Anthony struggled to get his bike set up for the wet conditions but still managed 6th position in both of his Open class Spanish championship races. Anthony is currently in 5th position in the championship standings with only 9 points between himself and the 3rd placed rider, so he has it all to play for in the final Spanish championship round at Albaida circuit near Alcoy, Alicante.
Older brother Mat had a great couple of rides in SM30, to win both races and end the day on level points with Joan Lopez as they enter the final round.
The brothers now have a busy few weeks preparing for the final races of the season with the next Catalan round this weekend, followed by the title deciding, final round of the Spanish championships at Albaida on Sunday 28th October. With the pressure on it will be interesting to see how they both fare and the teams main sponsors, Advance moves International Removals and Stratton Motorsports will welcome anyone wishing to attend the races and support their riders to the dramatic finale of the year.
Spanish Supermoto heats up in Lleida
The Supermotoland team made the journey to the city of Lleida, in Catalunya over the weekend to compete in the second round of the Spanish Supermoto championships on a specially built street circuit in the city centre.
The Lleida moto club, who organised the event had worked hard to produce a very technical track which twisted through parkland and trees before opening out into a very fast set of corners and then jumping into the purpose built dirt section that featured a massive table top jump that brought the riders back onto the asphalt. The clubs efforts were rewarded with thousands of spectators enjoying a great day of close racing.
Anthony Ford-Dunn was not happy with his second row qualifying position that meant a good start was required if he was to be able to stay with the two championship leaders Francesco Cucharrera and Israel Escalera. When the red lights went out for the start of the first race Anthony was quick off the line but became locked in a battle for 3rd position whilst the two leaders opened up a lead. Once Anthony was clear of the pack he was too far behind the leaders to catch them and had to settle for 3rd place. Whilst a better opening lap in his second race saw Anthony make some aggressive overtaking moves, once again the gap to the leaders was too great to close. Two 3rd positions gave him 3rd overall on the podium and a solid 3rd in the Spanish Championship.
‘I am a little frustrated with today’s result, I really need to be winning races now if I am to have a chance of taking the Spanish championship and today I just gave myself too much work to do by not qualifying in a better grid position for the start. My bike is working well and I am gaining in confidence after some preseason injuries, so next time out I will be looking for that win.’ Said Anthony after the podium presentations. Anthony’s older brother Mat Ford-Dunn was also racing in the SM30 championship for racers over 30 years old. His day went a lot better with a pole position in qualifying and then a great battle for the lead in his first race before a small collision whilst passing a lapped rider saw him fall from his bike before remounting to take 2nd position at the flag. The second race went more to plan and produced a frantic battle between Mat and his championship rival Joan Lopez before Mat crossed the finish line first and took the top step of the podium, and the championship lead.
The brothers now have a few weeks to prepare for the 3rd round of the Spanish championship that will be held at Villarcayo in Burgos on the 8th July.
Taking the battle to Lleida
The Supermotoland team will be travelling to the city of Lleida, in Catalunya, this weekend for the second round of the Spanish Supermoto championship held on Sunday 17th June.
For the first time this year the best supermoto racers in Spain will be competing on a specially built street circuit situated in parkland in the centre of the Historic city of Lleida. Britain’s Anthony and Mat Ford-Dunn will be amongst the competitors, and they have been busy fine tuning their SML450 supermoto bikes for the low grip surface that most street circuits offer.
Anthony is currently 3rd in the championship standings and only 13 points behind the two leaders. A good result this weekend could see him at the top of the championship table, but he knows that won’t be an easy task against the reigning Spanish champion Francesco Cucharrera and the second placed Isreal Escalera.
‘I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s race, Street circuits are always tricky with regard to bike set up as the grip levels from the asphalt are normally very low and you need to make your bike find what grip there is. But we have been testing hard for this and I think we have a good setting for the bike. With the race being held in the city centre the crowd is going to be massive, The atmosphere is going to be amazing and I really want to make the top step of that podium’ said Anthony when asked about his hopes for the forthcoming race.
Valencian Supermotoland Victory for Anthony Ford-Dunn
Anthony Ford-Dunn put in a spectacular double victory at Sundays round of the Valencian Supermoto championship held at the Oliva Karting track near to Denia on the Costa Blanca.
The British expat that lives in Bullas, Murcia put in a dominant display to set pole position and then take a win in both of his two races to take the overall victory for the day. It didn’t go all his own way though as he was chased hard in the first race by the Spanish rider Ivan Romero Garcia, before a small error saw him crash out as he clipped the back of Anthony’s bike as he entered a turn. Ivan was injured in the crash and was unable to restart, or participate in the second of the two races.
The second race saw Anthony’s older brother Mat take the lead into the first corner and there was a frantic couple of laps racing between the two brothers before Anthony made a pass on the brakes at the end of the straight. Once Anthony took the lead he pulled out a large gap from the rest of the field to take the 2nd of his two wins. With Mat finishing in 2nd place behind Anthony in both races it meant that the two brothers and the Supermotoland team came away with 1st and 2nd positions overall, A great result from a great days racing.
‘I am very pleased with today’s result, we are still struggling at the moment with front tyre grip due to some bike set up issues, but we hope to have this problem resolved soon with some new parts, and further testing which should see us running at an even quicker pace. I would also like to thank the many people that came to watch today and support us, it’s very appreciated.’ Said Anthony after the podium celebrations.
The Brothers next race is at the lleida street circuit in Catalunya on Sunday 17th June, for the second round of the Spanish Supermoto championships.
Anthony Ford-Dunn Takes double victory in the Portuguese Supermoto Championship
Anthony Ford-Dunn and the Murcia based Supermotoland team made the 10 hour journey to Fatima, Portugal over the weekend to compete in the first round of the Portuguese Supermoto championship. The team arrived on the Saturday and took the opportunity to visit the religious site of the apparitions of Fatima for some sightseeing before arriving at the nearby circuit for Sundays race.
Weather conditions were changeable throughout the day with rain showers followed by sunshine, and then more rain, making tyre selection a nightmare task for all the race teams.
Qualifying went well with both the Supermotoland riders making the top three and then having to make one flying Super pole lap to determine the final positions of the top three riders. Anthony came out on top in pole position with his older brother Mat Ford-Dunn in second position, making it a 1-2 for the Supermotoland team.
The first of the two races got underway with Mat taking the lead in the early stages before Anthony took the lead and opened a small gap. Then disaster struck as Rain fell on the far side of the track and soaked a corner just as Anthony arrived under heavy braking. Anthony couldn’t control the slide on the rain soaked corner and crashed heavily. He remounted in third position and set about trying to close down the leader that was now his brother Mat. As the race progressed it was then Mats turn to make an error and he was thrown from his bike whilst leading the race as his soft rear wet tyre started to deteriorate on the drying track, Mat remounted in third position and held on to the end of the race whilst Anthony put in some spectacular riding to take victory and beat the Portuguese rider Tiago Magalhaes by 0.03 of a second at the line after a desperate last corner lunge.
The second race saw another flying start by Mat before Anthony took the lead and started to pull away from the pack. Mat then made a small mistake coming off the dirt section and dropped back to 5th position and could not close the gap to the riders in front. Anthony controlled the race in the tricky conditions and kept a gap between himself and the 2nd placed rider to take his second victory of the day and establish himself as the leader of the 2012 Portuguese Supermoto Championship. ‘That was probably one of the trickiest races I have ever run, the weather conditions kept changing during the races and it was hard to tell how much grip was out there, but it was a great couple of races and I really enjoyed the fight for the win’ Said an exhilarated Anthony after the days racing.
Mat was also celebrating after finishing joint third overall and just 14 points behind the championship leader, Anthony. The two Brothers from the Supermotoland team are next in action at the Valencian championship on Sunday 3rd June at the Oliva Kart circuit situated just off the N332 between Oliva and Denia. The Supermotoland Teams sponsors, Advance Moves International removals and Stratton Motorsports will be in the Race paddock to welcome anyone attending the event to Support Anthony and Mat in what should be a spectacular days racing.
Directions to the circuit at Oliva can be found at HERE and the first of the two supermoto races gets underway at 11.00 am.
Fantastic start for Supermotoland’s racing brothers
Anthony and Mat Ford-Dunn kicked off their 2012 Spanish supermoto championship in style with two podium finishes at the Villena, Alicante circuit on Sunday. There was a large crowd at the Villena circuit to watch the action from the 1st round of the 2012 Spanish championship.
Anthony had qualified in 3rd position for the SM Open (elite class) and knew he was going to have a tough ride to beat the two Spanish riders next to him on the grid. The first of his two races saw Anthony chasing Israel Escalera and Francesco Cucharrera for the lead and the three of them broke away from the rest of the field in the early stages of the race before a lack of rear grip from Anthony’s bike meant that he had to settle for 3rd positions whilst Escalera narrowly beat Cucharrera after a race long battle for the lead that thrilled the watching fans.
The second race was even more dramatic with Escalera falling on the first lap in the dirt section leaving Anthony no option but to run over Escalera’s bike that nearly sent him over the handlebars of his own bike! Anthony then rode a frantic couple of laps to get himself into 2nd position before a small crash saw him drop to 3rd at the flag. The race was made even more dramatic by two Spanish riders crashing together on the start finish straight, that then saw race officials and Guardia civil having to separate the riders, who were unhurt in the incident, but clearly unhappy with the cause of the crash.
Anthony had done enough for 3rd position overall and was very happy with the result. ‘It was a shame that I could not fight for the win today but I just did not have the same rear grip as the leaders and that slowed me, I would like to thank the many British and Spanish race fans that turned up today to show their support and enjoy the days racing’ Said Anthony after he had collected him trophy from the podium presentation.
Anthony’s older brother Mat was equally pleased with his race results. He races in the SM30 class for riders over 30 years old and took an impressive win in his first race with the lead changing on the last lap due to Mat getting caught behind a back marker in the dirt section of the track. Mat managed to re-take the lead in the next corner and rode hard for the rest of the lap to take the win. The 2nd race saw Mat take the lead early on before the Catalan rider Joan Sanchez took the lead in the dirt section and opened a small gap that Mat just could not close and he had to settle for 2nd position. The two race results gave him 2nd overall for the days racing and on equal points for the championship lead in SM30.
The Supermotoland team will next be racing at the Valencian championships on Sunday 3rd June at Oliva, near Denia. Once again the teams sponsors, Advance Moves – international Removals and Stratton Motorsports will welcome anyone that wants to see a spectacular days racing at the Oliva circuit and will be present in the supermoto paddock at Oliva for race day.
British Supermoto ace prepares for the first round of the Spanish championships in Alicante
The British expat supermoto racer, Anthony Ford-Dunn from Bullas in Murcia is making final preparations for the first round of the Spanish Supermoto championship on Sunday 29th April at the spectacular, chicharra kart circuit in Villena, near Sax in the province of Alicante.
Anthony is no stranger to the highly competitive racing in the Spanish Supermoto championship and was runner up in the championship in 2010 and 4th overall in 2011 despite crashes and injuries forcing him to miss some races.
The race organisers have been busy preparing the Chicharra circuit for the season opener on Sunday 29th April and have built a high speed off road sand section which the riders charge into from the first turn and then jump back onto the tarmac section before completing the rest of the tarmac circuits fast flowing corners. The racing is sure to be close and Anthony has been training hard over the winter months for this moment.
‘We have already raced at two rounds of the Catalan championship this year and I finished 2nd overall at both of those, just behind the current Spanish champion. I am sure that I will be right with him come the race at Villena, as it’s our home track and I really want that win.’ said Anthony when asked about his chances for the forthcoming race.
The venue is open to spectators who will experience the thrills and spills of high speed supermoto racing in Alicante. Anthony is riding for the Supermotoland team whose sponsors Advance moves, International Removals and Stratton Motorsports will welcome anyone attending the race to support Anthony in his ambition to win the first round of the Spanish Supermoto Championship.
Directions to the circuit can be obtained HERE and the action starts at 10.30 am on Sunday 29th April with an entrance fee of 3 Euros that includes a free drink. There is a very good restaurant on site, as well as mini golf, kart hire and kids play-park so it will be a great days entertainment for all, see you there!
The two Supermoto racing brothers from Bullas, Murcia were in action again over the Easter weekend at round 2 of the Catalan Supermoto championship at the Mora d’ebre circuit, near Tarragona. With both brothers holding 2nd position in their respective championship classes after the first race two weeks ago, it was always going to be an exciting weekend’s racing.
Anthony Ford-Dunn was first out on track for qualifying practice and immediately felt at home on the extremely fast and flowing Mora d’ebre road circuit which featured a 100 mph back straight that then had the riders flinging their bikes sideways as they scrubbed as much speed off as possible before launching themselves into the dirt section. The riders then appeared to spend more time in the air than on the ground in the spectacular off-road section of the track that featured several large jumps before the bikes leapt back onto the tarmac to complete the lap.
Anthony managed to qualify his SML450 supermoto bike in 2nd position on the front row of the grid for the premier SM open class, and lined up for the first of his two races. As the lights went out the pack of riders hurled themselves into the first corner and Anthony emerged in 1st position with the rest of the pack close behind. It was the reigning Spanish supermoto champion ‘Francesca Cucharrera’ that took the fight to Anthony and the two battled for the lead before Cucharrera was able to open up a gap that meant Anthony had to settle for 2nd position at the flag. The second race for the SM Open class was very similar to the first with Anthony finishing in 2nd place to Cucharrera and taking 2nd overall for the days racing.
Anthony’s older brother, Mat Ford-Dunn was competing in the SM30 class for riders over 30 years of age. Once again the racing was going to be close with Mat qualifying in 2nd position on the front row of the grid. For the first of Mat’s two races he was slow away from the line and then spent the race battling with the Catalan rider, Oscar Moce for 2nd position. Despite a number of overtaking attempts Mat was unable to pass Moce and finished the first race in 3rd position. For the next race, Mat was determined to get a better position and after completing the first lap in 3rd position he forced his bike up the inside of Moce’s machine at a fast right hand corner and then did the same manoeuvre a few laps later to take the lead from Joan Sanchez and then pull away to take the race win.
With both brothers taking 2nd position overall in their respective classes and running a strong 2nd in the Catalan championship the Easter weekend was a great result for the Supermotoland team from Bullas in Murcia, with the teams main sponsors, Advance moves international removals and Stratton Motorsports being thrilled with their riders achievements as the first round of the Spanish Supermoto championship approaches at the Villena circuit in Alicante province on the 29th April.
The Supermotoland team opened their racing account over the weekend with a solid two second positions in the first round of the 2012 Catalan championship. The team’s two British riders, Anthony and Mat Ford-Dunn travelled the 8 hours from their base in Murcia to the d’osona circuit, just north of Barcelona.
The many months of training and bike preparation paid off for the two racing brothers as Anthony and Mat both made podium positions, in their respective classes on their SML450 supermoto bikes.
Anthony struggled in qualifying after fitting a hard compound front tyre that did not suit the circuit conditions. With a softer compound front tyre fitted for the first of his two races, Anthony fought his way through the pack to finish 2nd at the flag and then followed this up with another solid 2nd position in his next race. The two race results put him in 2nd position overall for the days racing in the premier class.
Anthony was racing in the SM open category and was only beaten by the reigning Spanish Supermoto champion Francesco Cucharrera, who was racing at his home circuit.
Mat Ford-Dunn was competing in the SM30 class for riders over 30 years old and managed to qualify in pole position despite a high speed crash mid way through the session. He had a bad start in the first of his two races and had to fight through the pack to take the lead as he jumped into the dirt section of the track on the final lap. Mat held the advantage to the flag and won the race.
In his 2nd race Mat found himself in a similar situation and spent the race battling for the lead. Despite a fantastic battle, Mat was unable to take the win and finished in 2nd position.
With the two brothers currently holding 2nd position in the SM Open and SM30 Catalan championships, it’s a positive start to the team’s season.
The Supermotoland team are now focusing their efforts on the 2nd round of the Catalan championship on the 8th April where both riders are aiming for a step higher on the podium!
Supermotoland team confirm their 2012 calendar
The Supermotoland team have been busy building up their new bikes for the 2012 race season. With the Spanish championship race calendar and regulations being released late, the team have had to make some drastic changes to be as competitive as possible with the new technical regulations that allow 4 stroke engines up to 750cc.
The Team will be racing their own SML450 Supermoto bikes in the Spanish championship. The New bikes are built and developed at the team’s Murcian development facility in Bullas. The SML450 features an upgraded eng