Team Jabouri Race Report
August 20, 2007
This past weekend, the CMRC SuperMoto National series marked its return to the popular Hiawatha Downs venue in Sarnia for the 3rd year in a row. A fan and rider favourite, this track combines a technical pavement section and a nice, long arena cross style dirt section. Running all 3 Pro classes (250, 450, and Open), Mississauga's Adam Jabouri had an extra hurdle to overcome: He would ride his Kawasaki KX250F in all 3 classes! "We had an issue with the 450 last week during a test session and couldn't get it ready before Sarnia" commented Louey Jabouri "we should have it ready before the next round in Berthierville. Many thanks to Two Wheel/Pro-Action's Ron Ashley for getting us the necessary parts from the Cernics Kawasaki pro motocross team!" The morning practice sessions were an eye opener as Adam Jabouri, 15, was consistently posting some of the fastest lap times. "Steve Beattie (race promoter) has built an awesome track" said Jabouri, "the dirt section is amazing and the pavement has a nice combination of medium and tight turns."
250 Race report
Just before the qualifying heats began, it started to rain! After a quick change to rain tires, the race was started and Jabouri slotted in behind series leaders Dave Arnold and Maxim Sylvestre. Only this time, they weren't pulling him. Instead, Jabouri was loving the slippery conditions and looking for a way past, eventually passing both riders and earning a popular heat race win. In the final, Dave Arnold got the hole shot and was followed by Jabouri as they entered the dirt section. A bobble by Arnold allowed Jabouri through to the lead, who was using a very high line in one of the bowl turns while sliding his motorcycle through the turn. Unfortunately, Jabouri's rear wheel went over the top of the berm and he found himself high centered with the rear wheel in the air. By the time he got going, the entire field had passed by. Jabouri then put his head down, making bold passes throughout the field in order to eventually finish 3rd.
Open Race report
During the wet heat race, Jabouri again surprised everyone by running up front on his Kawasaki 250 against the open class machines. A great start saw Jabouri battling for the lead, where he had a great dice with 408 Racing's Aaron Macdonald, and eventually finished in 3rd place! The final was another hard fought contest, with Jabouri finishing in 4th place, matching his season best performance in the class.
450 Race report
Again qualifying was held in the rain, where Jabouri earned a solid 4th place starting spot. During the final, Jabouri found himself in the middle of a big battle for the lead that involved 4 riders! With multiple passes being made in every turn, round 4 winner Jesse Morgan and Adam Jabouri touched wheels, with Jabouri getting the worst of it and crashing into the dirt. Jabouri then wisely rode back to the pits, complaining of sore knees, which were fortunately not seriously hurt. "In spite of the crash in the 450 final, I'm really happy with how the weekend went. I've been getting quicker all year and it's the first time that I've been able to challenge for the lead ...... against riders that I've looked up to for a long time" said Jabouri afterwards "I'm also putting more focus on SuperMoto as my road racing schedule has a big break in it right now. I'm really looking forward to the next round in Berthierville as it will be on my favourite type of track - downtown through the streets!"