Jabouri gets his mojoback at Parker Bros. Invitational Supermoto Race...
July 25, 2008
With the Parts Canada National Superbike weekend taking place at Mosport on the “big” track, an invitational SuperMoto race was put on as a support event on the Rider Development Track next door. Organized by power sports dealer Parker Bros., this event was very popular, with everyone hoping to turn it into an annual race.
For Mississauga’s Adam Jabouri, 16, this was also an opportunity to get back to running up front, after a difficult race a few weeks earlier in Parry Sound. "Coming into the weekend, I was much more relaxed than last weekend in Parry Sound. I had changed my mind set a little, and I was just riding out there to have fun” said Jabouri after the race.
Fun indeed, as Jabouri finished 3rd on his Kawasaki behind current and former Canadian National Champions Aaron McDonald (the winner) and Dave Arnold. A great start saw Jabouri slot into 2nd behind Arnold, but was unable to hold off a charging McDonald, who then went on to have a great battle with Arnold. The other great battle in the race was over 7th place between Nexo’s Erik McAdam and Parker Bros.’ own Shane Waters – those 2 duked it out for the entire 12 lap final!
All this left Jabouri riding to a lonely 3rd, as his usual sparring partner, Suzuki’s Peter Marcelli, discovered a flat rear tire immediately before the race, then jumped on borrowed bike – only to have that one run out of gas before half way!
"My starts were good all day. I would move up a couple of spots in both my heat race and final, which made staying out front all day easier. That was due to a lot of practice and just going over the basics over and over again" commented Jabouri.
With all the major racing teams at the big Mosport track, Jabouri Racing was visited by NCR Ducati Team and spent some time with them, as lead rider Valter Bartolini of Italy is a former European SuperMoto Champion and Sport Twins rider Patrick Chartrand is a regular at some of the Canadian SuperMoto races.
“We’re really pleased with the combination that we have now” said team principal Louey Jabouri “the KX450 is a great bike to begin with, and although we have it set up for short tracks, having the Bridgestone SuperMoto specific tires, the Pro-Action suspension, and RK Engines work – we were still able to finish on the podium. I’m also really happy that Adam has got his mojo back!”
Up Next: The SuperMoto X-FEST at the picturesque Mecaglisse circuit in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains on July 26-27. This event will be the biggest SuperMoto race in Canada and definitely not one to miss!