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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Barendregt looks like he will have the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               pleasure of holding the number one spot in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               two classes in the Provincial series and one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in the Nationals if he stays consistent and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               maintains his cool head and ever increasing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               speed and confidence in this sport.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With only two races remaining in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Provincial Shannonville Supermoto series
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the action is still exciting. The season end-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ing event on Oct. 3 will have the intensity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               turned up a notch as this race, held on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Nelson circuit, will also be the final for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               National title.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The National point standings are tied in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the Pro class, leaving Ontario’s Dave
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Arnold and Quebec’s Maxime Sylvestre in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               winner take all head-to-head battle in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               season finale. These two riders last met in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Quebec at the Mecaglisse Supermoto X Fest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and were relentless with one another. At
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               that event the Ontario riders were on their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               game, taking the podium in many classes,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               so the final held in Ontario should see a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               strong attendance from the Quebec riders
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               coming to redeem themselves and beat the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Ontario riders on their own ground.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In the Provincial standings, Krys
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Nowakowski is the leader in the Beginner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               class with 95 points but he is out for the sea-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               son after a bad crash, breaking his hand and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               elbow. This leaves the title open for any of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the remaining contenders. Should Sam Har-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ris take the win in both races he’ll have the

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               title by two points.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As mentioned, Open Amateur belongs to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Barendregt. If he were to not contend it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               would be handed to Vegter, who is cur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               rently in second.
Confident Barendregt a real ‘super rookie’
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Now more comfortable pushing the limits of
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the slick tires, Barendregt is setting the pace.         SM1Open AM is Bart Bidzinski’s title; he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               is relatively uncontested in this class with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               his closest competitor having half the
                             By Pete MacLeod       ishes. Now he has become the target for the      getting in touch with his inner hooligan he       using slicks and running in the dirt with         nitely improved.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               points. SM2 AM 250 is solidly held by Steve
                      Photos by Greg Thomas        rest of the field as he is poised to take three   discovered Supermoto and thought it               them. The bike was easy to adjust to coming          Often he pushes the tires hard but never
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Scharfe, who has been regularly decimating

          number of new riders have ap-            different titles in his first year of Super-       would be fun to try. Clearly he’s done well       from the MX background, but the larger            too hard to lose grip. Barendregt is a clean,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the field and has accumulated 125 points.
          peared in the Shannonville Su-           moto. Barendregt is currently the points         for someone just having fun on weekends.          brakes and slick tires were something to          smooth rider with talent building each time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Second is Colin Trevor at 64 points.
          permoto Series this summer and           leader in the Open Amateur and Vet35+               Barendregt has spent the better part of        adapt to for sure.                                he heads out on the track. His skill transi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SMX Pro 450 has Erik McAdam leading
for the most part have made an excellent           classes in the Provincial series and also        the season trying new set up configurations           After his initial sessions Barendregt was on   tioning from pavement to dirt again shows
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dave Arnold by two points followed by
impression.                                        holds the points lead in Open Amateur in         on the Yamaha so the bike has rarely been         the pace but admitted that he didn’t trust the    strong improvement and he is determined
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Paul Rouillard in third. Arnold and
   The latest fast guy is Chris Barendregt.        the National series by a comfortable mar-        the same from event to event for over half        tires at that point. Since then his confidence     to clear the tabletop on the Shannonville
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               McAdam will no doubt be battling to the
Barendregt comes from a motocross racing           gin. His closest threat is Fred Vegter on his    the season. But now that it’s in a setting he’s   has improved and it shows in the results.         track by the end of the season.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               line. Pro Open is the reverse with Arnold
background and realizes the importance of          lucky 13 Barrie Mitsubishi KTM SMR 450 in        comfortable with his speed has come up               The concept of ‘backing it in’ was some-          Barendregt is one of those guys who is al-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               out front of McAdam followed by Sylvestre
consistency and speed, also knowing he has         the Vet35+ division.                             considerably, allowing him to recently            thing for him to understand and work on           ways ready to have fun in the pits, has no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in third for the regional title chase.
to go to work Monday morning.                         Barendregt bought his used Yamaha             check out from the pack and take the win          before he tried it out successfully. But now      problem lending a hand when another rider
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vet35+ has Barendregt in the lead with
   Barendregt showed his consistency early         YZ450F from a friend thinking it would be        relatively unchallenged.                          he regularly uses this technique to scrub         comes off the bike and needs a repair or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Vegter closing in and Scharfe lurking in third
on and as the season moved forward he was          a fun bike to play with on weekends out in          He has shown steady improvement the            speed entering a corner and squaring it off        after the racing is done with food and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               waiting for an opportunity to get out front.
in the top three, often taking first place fin-      Woodstock, ON, where he resides. But after       entire season, beginning with his first ride       for a stronger drive out. His skill has defi-      friends around a campfire.

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