7/22/14

Supermoto X-Fest 2014

This season X-Fest started great with perfect weather and a win in the vet 35 qualifier.  I decided to run the 250 Honda in the 400 cc pavement class with a 21-inch front and 19-inch rear wheel setup. This wheel setup in the past was used in a class called 'sportsman' , I decided to use this class to stay fresh before the Vet 35 race. The Vet class will be all I can put my wrist and bad hand through the jump landings this year. The 400 qualifier had the 450 cc and the 400 cc bikes lined up for the same race. With so many on the same start it became mayhem. I saw a rider in front of me slam into the back of a stalled bike and as he went over to one side I had to change my line to miss him, then all of a sudden, I saw some tires and cones that were on the track right before the apex of the turn. I barely adjusted my line in time to miss the tires and was slammed into on my back side so hard it sent me and the bike flying over the tires. We landed with his bike on mine and I was knocked out.

It took a while for me to figure out what happened: I had a concussion, a ground up elbow, and could not get my head together to make the finals on Sunday. First time in 8 years to miss the main event. I will have some video coming to show what happened before the final crash. There are a lot of photos on supermoto Quebec Facebook, and supermoto Ontario Facebook, which show the sequence of the first accident.

Man I love setting up for a X-Fest race weekend.


The 250 Honda handled so well i am sure to have a lot of fun riding it in the pavement only class.












The start of the Vet 35 qualifier went well for me as i got the hole shot and and set a pace that left me with a full straight lead at the flag.



Everyone loves the Mecaglisse table top jumps, so smooth.Add caption

I had a good push to keep it on the gas

The Vet 35 qualifier win and the last race of the weekend for me.
Just look at this supermoto racers paradise. I wish i could ride there every week but the ten hour round trip is pretty long..

10/2/13

Canadian National and Ontario Provincial titles awarded Sept/29th at Shannonville track

I want to thank all the sponsors behind Scharfe Racing during the 2013 season. 

My main sponsor John Mallette of Mallette McLennan insurance

With out my well organized wife / pit crew i would not be able to get my helmet on or off let alone win any races. Thanks Pauline.



The racing was so close in every class with the sun warming the pavement providing excellent traction.The battles were at wide open speeds giving the fans a real show and the riders a huge shot of adrenalin..

I had a racers dream race in the final Vet 35+ class. I had won the qualifier with a hole shot start. This allowed second place to study all my race lines and this worked well for him.  He got the hole shot in the final race and held me off for seven and a half laps of the eight lap race..



When you get to race at top speed within arms length of each other all the passion for racing is rekindled.


The following photos show how he would pull twenty feet away from me in the dirt section (as riding close to one another was to risky).

I would reel him in on the pavement and test his lines. I could only find one spot he was leaving open just a bit. This was a high speed left hand curve and to make it work i would have to really push hard inside and hope he was carrying to much speed to stay in tight.It all fell in place in that moment with the my nimble

Honda at max throttle grabbing just enough traction to get inside of him and take the race line away.He had so much speed that he caught a bit of the grass edge and had to slow to get back on line.


This was as good as racing can get!!


2013 results :1st SM 250 Canadian national.1st SM 250 Ontario provincial. 2nd Vet 35+ Canadian national. 1st Vet 35+ Ontario provincial.  


9/13/13

H-Games Aug 24th Montreal

I was already to go with the trailer loaded on Friday August 23rd, before H-games in Chambly Montreal, but the body was not ready for race mode for that weekend. We decided to take a few more weeks to heal and put in a good hard practice on September 8th at Mecaglisse. 

The practice went great. I got to ride with Fred Coymens, a pro rider in the series, and that really helped me get back up to speed. 

I am looking forward to the September 29th Canadian National final race of the 7 race series at Shannonville race track. We hope to see lots of people show up for the final round.

If you're interested in "supermoto" racing come on down, and we will get you started!

8/12/13

Shannonville. Aug 10-11, 2013

 The practice on Saturday went very bad for me as I had a nasty high side entering a corner after a very bad oil slick was left on the track before we started our practice session. 

A car driver blew a motor and continued to lay down oil in every corner rather than pull of right away. He really made a mess of the new pavement.


I was so sore on Sunday for the final i was not able to practice and only did the the Vet Qualifier.
Managed to podium in 3rd place after missing three shifts due to my left leg sizing up through the trauma in my hip area. Eight days later and I have a hard time getting out of the car. LOL so much for riding with a 10%
margin for error. 

In points the SM-250 class Canadian title again belongs to Scharfe Racing as well as the Ontario Provincial title.

I hope i can race in Montreal even with my very black and blue body as i am tied for second and 4 points off first in Vet 35. If only i could have rode the Vet in La Tuque we would have a good lead at this point.

Check out the amazing body colors. Ouch!!



7/15/13

X-Fest, Mecaglisse. July 13/14, 2013

The very best racing of the year so far was at X-fest. Both days were super hot so you had to be in good shape and well hydrated.

Two  top American pro riders Johnny Lewis and Monty Frank would add some international flavor to the mix.

Johnny Lewis gave a supermoto school to riders on the Friday before the race.

The best race for me was in the Vet 35. We had a grid of 15 riders and the racing was very tight.

In the qualifier I took my time and studied what my competitors were doing.
There was a lot of crashes as every one was pushing hard for position early and the at least 5 to 6 riders went down.

One rider crashed right in front of me off the kicker jump as he did not get straight enough before the face of the jump.
I had a split second to change my line. As I hit the jump as I knew he would be pitched into my landing spot.
His body hit the ground hard sending him rolling to the right, where I was coming down with no room to the side bank.
Some part of him connected with my rad and bent it in enough to twist the plastic shroud. I lifted my left leg to prevent hitting him.
The riders who crashed in the qualifier are the fastest in the class and now one is out out for the season. 
That is why I never go all out in practice or a qualifier.
The final race had me in 3rd off the start and then in 2nd closing in on first when he grabbed a little to much throttle high siding him on the pavement.
I had to slow and swerve to miss him allowing Monte Frank the American Pro to close in.
He was on me until the last lap and I figured he would over jump me in the table top section and would have to flat land them to get by.
I could not push to  flat land as I knew it would finish my aching foot.
That was the move he made and stuck the pass. It was a very fast tight race and the best this year.

What an event this Supermoto X-Fest show is. It is the race to see and gets better ever year.

Thanks to Franck Kirchhoff, all his family, Francois Cominardi and all the Supermoto Quebec group. 




6/30/13

Icar racetrack at Mirabel airport. June 29, 2013

 The Icar race had a lot of problems for me. The biggest being a flat landing off a jump that had to clear a cement like slurry which would kick you over the bars if you did not clear it. I also started to have shifter problems along with a newly mounted 515 Dunlop that was leaking air at the rim.
We had to add air over normal pressure just to finish the races.
In the final SM 250 I got into contact with a rider on my left when trying to enter a high speed turn with room for one which was very dangerous.
His handle bar hit my shoulder sending me into the corner cones but we did not go down. I took the lead for 3 plus laps until I short jumped the flat landing jump landing in the concrete like slurry which cased the bike and sent my feet 2 feet off the pegs almost sending me over the bars. This action twisted my bad wrist and almost finished me for the day. 
I was not even going to ride the Vet 35 but Pauline my wife and Dave Arnold said  go out and just ride for fun. It was fun to ride with out the energy need to win.
That jump also hurt the planar ligament in my right foot. Lucky it is not the shifter side.

A few bad accident marred the day. One rider sustained a broken leg and another one was knocked out. The ambulance took so long to get back from the hospital that the last race got cut 4 laps before the finish by Icar as it was rented till 5:30. This was not well taken by the racers and I guess we will not be back there next year.

My undefeated streak ended in SM 250 with second. 
Vet 35 finish was fifth.