April 30th 2017
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May 22nd 2017
Lewis' runner up spot at round 2 of the AMA Supermoto Championship, Tucson, Arizona was followed up by the welcome addition of a sponsorship agreement with the USA importer of Circuit Equipment.
Due to legal reasons Circuit Equipment run under the C84 name in America but the Italian/Brazil based company's quality clothing and plastic products are the exactly the same as sold in the rest of the world. C84 will be providing Lewis with MX clothing, P4 supermoto hand-guards, plastics, grips and bike stands for the rest of the 2017 season.
One thing is for sure, Lewis will certainly be a striking sight on both tarmac and off-road in the stunning C84 MX clothing.
Check out the full 2017 Circuit-C84 range at www.circuit84.com
April 30th 2017
Lewis gains a British team-mate in the French Championships
Some exciting news from CRT/RAW Motorsport is that British racer 25 year-old George Jarvis will be joining the team to take injured Eddy Pasco's slot in the French Championship Challenger (National) class for the remainder of the 2017 season. The Bingley rider has agreed terms with the Normandy based French Championship team and will take to the grid at the next race meeting at Mirecourt on May 19-21st for round two of the Challenger Championships.
George's racing background has been patchy, competing in several disciplines 'on and off' starting with racing speedway aged 12, quickly moving up the ranks to 3rd in the British under-15 championship in his first year of competition. Unfortunately injury put paid to a promising start and then up until his late teens he didn't do too much racing, just the odd motocross race and then in 2011 he began competing in Enduro events. He quickly showed his skills by winning the first round of the NEXC championship first time out but after a good season George didn't compete again regularly until 2015 with yet another change disciplines, this time to supermoto. This was always something he'd wanted to try but didn't really know how to get into the sport.
In his debut NORAsport year George took the Novice Cup championship title before moving up into the 'Inters' class in 2016 and once again he took top honours in the Suter Cup, this time in a tougher championship class.
George explained his thoughts on his move French Championship 2017. "I've been speaking to Lewis about his time racing in Europe and it seemed it has so much to offer and when this opportunity came along I jumped at the chance. It's going to be my biggest challenge to date and riding for such a prestigious team and on a TM in the best championships in the world is certainly going to be a learning experience. Only two years ago starting out as a novice supermoto rider I would never have believed it! I'm really looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and getting used to the TM450-SMX. It’s certainly going to be in at the deep end but with help from RAW Motorsports and tips from fellow Brit Lewis I'm sure I'll be soon on the pace in the largest class in the French Championships"
So Lewis CRT and Team Raw Motorsports welcome the latest addition to the team. Bon chance and good luck for the season…..George Jarvis.
April 20th 2017
Following Lewis' successful trip to AMA round one in California we can confirm that he has signed terms with Italian company Just 1 helmets to be their brand ambassador in the AMA Supermoto Championships and also the French Supermoto Championships and any other International events. Just 1 will be providing Lewis with the advance design lightweight carbon/kevlar helmet plus Just 1 goggles and paddock apparel. This is a fantastic opportunity for a long term partnership which will see Lewis sporting the very best of Italian design and protection and he quickly thanked his new sponsor by taking to the AMA podium at the opening race of the year.
March 19th 2017
Welcome On-board Tekmo Racing for 2017
A new sponsor for the 2017 season is carbon-fibre special parts manufacturer Tekmo Racing. Headed by Kiwi dirt bike fan Simon Rushbrooke Tekmo Racing produce top quality carbon-fibre and kevlar components for all makes of off-road competition bikes and also street bikes. The innovative company will be providing Lewis with a manor of trick parts for his TM race bikes in France and the USA. Additionally Tekmo Racing have generously provided a 'Factory' spec 2017 TM450-SMX for Lewis' attempt on this season's 2017 AMA Supermoto Championships. No doubt this amazing bike will look even more special once it's been given a full carbon makeover. So many thanks to Tekmo Racing for their faith in Lewis and their fantastic level of support for 2017.
Here Simon Rushbrooke of Tekmo Racing explains his thoughts on Lewis and getting involved in supermoto:
"I think for me there are several reason why I wanted to get involved, firstly because I feel Lewis is a good spokesman for the sport he presents himself well and I got on with him really well in Kuala Lumpur."
He is only young and he has a great attitude even when he had bike problems whilst leading the race. I feel with a bit of hard work he can push his career to the very top level and because of this it is good to get in and sponsor him with the right gear to make things happen. For example, when ordering the 2017 TM450-SMX Lewis said "no need to the pay extra for the 'Factory' Brembo upgrade, but at the end of the day if you want to be the best you need the best equipment! Also the other reason I wanted to get involved is I want to get my brand name out there and let people know that Tekmo Racing is serious about making good products for MX, enduro and supermoto. So this is a great opportunity to make this happen and have a top rider using my products! If everything goes well for the AMA series I am hoping to work with Lewis more not only in terms of sponsorship but also product development as rider feedback is crucial"
February 21st 2017
Welcome Back Michelin
We are pleased to announce that Lewis and Michelin UK will be once again partners as the Stoke on Trent based tyre company have pledged support for Lewis' 2017 season. Michelin UK and Lewis go back to his first adult championship title in 2009 when he took the 250cc S3 title in an exciting 'down to the wire' victory at Cadwell Park.
The supermoto specific race tyres will be ordered through Norwich based Michelin dealer HMT Tyres before being shipped to France in time for the start of the S1 Prestige championship in April. Lewis explained "Tyres are one of the biggest race expenses and to have help from Michelin UK again is fantastic. I've used Michelin's since I' started racing in the adult classes and I have so much confidence in them I can push hard whatever the conditions."
Thanks Michelin and HMT your help is most appreciated.
January 26th 2017
Holroyd Tyre Warmers increase their commitment to Lewis' season With Lewis competing in several major championships around the World once more, logistics continue to be a major problem. With flight baggage allowances so marginal it was decided to try and set up a full set of riding kit and leave with the various teams he is competing with.
The first of Lewis' equipment sponsors to step up are Essex based Holyroyd Tyre Warmers who will be providing additional sets of their excellent British made products so he can leave two sets of tyre warmers with each team, Raw Motorsport in France, PZ6 Cobra in Italy and Kenny Motorworks in Malaysia.
These quality tyre warmers will once again be featuring CRT Team logos and also Lewis' trademark number 8 and will add to the professional image his team’s project in the paddock. So many thanks to a top British company backing a top British rider in his bid for glory.
March 20th 2017
LEWIS FLYING THE FLAG STATESIDE
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February 10th 2017
LEWIS’ FRENCH S1 PRESTIGE AND EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE FOR 2017
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January 3rd 2017
LEWIS' ASIA END OF SEASON FINALE
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October 17th 2016
CORNISH’S HECTIC EUROPEAN FINALE
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August 14th 2016
LEWIS’ TOUGH ALPINE CHALLENGE
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May 3rd 2016
CORNISH KICKSTARTS HIS FRENCH ADVENTURE IN STYLE
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March 31st 2016
LEWIS READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD’S BEST
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November 13th 2016
2016 Season News
With Lewis' season almost at an end it’s a good chance to look back on another eventful year racing supermoto in several championships world-wide. 2016 saw Lewis join forces with Normandy based RAW Motorsports to enter the ultra-tough French S1 Prestige championships and as the only British rider to do this he caused quite a stir before a wheel had been turned in anger.
CRT made their usual pilgrimage to Motorland Aragon for pre-season training and set up of the bikes. PZ5 Cobra have supported Lewis this season with their twin disc system, with different geometry fork clamps and feet, plus slipper clutches and other special parts. This 4 days of testing in Spain was quickly followed by a couple of days practicing with RAW Motorsports at Mirecourt where Lewis showed his French rivals his pace by being quickest during testing on both days.
Unfortunately all of this pre-season preparation came to nothing as a few days before the opening round at La Bresse, Lewis was rushed into hospital for an emergency operation to remove his appendix. Still weak from this he made his debut at Mirecourt for round two where he finished a best of 4th place which was a promising start to his French adventure. It was clear from the first race that his rivals were super skilled especially on the off-road sections which are much more technical than anything in the UK.
Throughout the season Lewis showed his skill and speed amongst the very best supermoto racers on the planet. From Loheac, Cournon and the night races at Magny Cours the championship competition was relentless as he had to learn these new circuits in double quick time. By the time the championship had reached the only track he's ridden before at Alpe d'Huez his rivals we clear that the British rider was as fast and determined as he was skilled even if the end of season final classification of 7th place (due to missing round one) didn't reflect his talents.
An offer to race a Teknoteka TM450 in the Italian Championships at Latina was eagerly accepted and once Lewis had got his head around the strangely set up bike and the new track he pulled through the pack of S1 and European Championship contenders to cross the line in an impressive 6th position.
After the disappointment of being told he wasn't going to be picked for Team GB at the SM of Nations because he hadn't supported the British Championship for the first time in 12 years, Lewis turned his attentions to the FIM Asia Championships. At Malang, Indonesia he was treated as a movie star with fans and media eager to meet him, as guest in a live radio programme and a visit to an orphanage to hand out gifts and race tickets Lewis was in demand.
A locally supplied bike was a disappointing street legal enduro machine and in no way competitive compared to a full-on supermoto bike. Needless to say Malaysian based Kenny Motorworks team worked miracles with what was available and Lewis put the heavy, under powered bike on the podium in the runner up spot. The next challenge for Lewis is to see if he can go one better at his Asian team's home race in Kuala Lumpur.
The FIM Asia final round is sure to be well supported and Lewis is keen to show his speed following a season racing against the best racers in the world.
Plans for 2017 have yet to be decided but whatever happens, one thing for sure is that Lewis and his team will be giving it 100% once more.
Many thanks to the following sponsors and supporters for their help with an amazing 2016 season:
The Pasco family at RAW Motorsport
Kenny Lee and Justin See at Kenny Motorworks
Dzinters at Motodroms
David at Teknoteka
Steve at SM Project
Bryan at Crushtek
Just 1 Helmets
Cti Knee Braces
Vibram and the Boot Repair Company
Holroyd Tyre Warmers
Ducksmart cleaning products
Chris Watty Watkinson
Juan Luis Altaba Lasmarias
Plus the FFM, ACU and FIM Asia
August 17th 2016
Lewis' Latina Challenge
Thanks to top Italian team Teknoteka, Lewis will competing in the next round of the Italian Supermotard Championships at Latina south of Rome. The innovative Teknoteka TM has been specially prepared by David Rodorigo and tailored for Lewis' weight and riding style, the British rider will soon be joining his Rimini based team for 2 days of pre-race testing and preparation before the end of August.
Lewis explained. "Steve Pompei from SM Project is one of my equipment sponsors and works closely with Teknoteka. The team are producing special TM parts for next season and they also want to test some prototype parts so Steve suggested that I would be ideal to try the bike and also race it at Latina on a 'wild-card' entry. The Italian championship is tough just like the French and I'm looking forward to racing against some of the top world championship racers and also Fast Wheels Moto-GP legend Max Biaggi. I'm keen to take on another challenge and I can't wait to get to Latina and meet the bike and team."
July 31st 2016
Last week Lewis was interviewed on Biker FM
Lewis Cornish' season so far 2016 in the S1 Prestige Supermotard Championships
The idea of competing in the toughest supermoto championships came from an offer from Steve Pasco from the French RAW Motorsports TMRacing Team. Steve approached Lewis after his impressive Team GB performances at the 2015 SM of Nations with an offer of a supported ride in the 2016 French championships. After weighing up the options on offer for the 2016 season it was quickly decided to take up the challenge of competing in the ultra tough 8-round French S1 Prestige championships competing under the RAW Motorsports banner. Seeing as Lewis had the all important CASM certificate from his first ride in France 10 years ago it was an easy task to obtain a full FFM supermoto licence in order to compete in this championship.
There were many reasons for Lewis to head off to France for the year but amongst them were:
The prestige of competing in the World's toughest championship against the best individual supermoto racers (France has many team and individual World titles over the years) and the guaranteed publicity at these high profile events.
The opportunity to race on some better circuits and to progress as a rider and improve his skills as a racer.
Also the offer of support from Steve was generous which made racing in France much more financially viable.
The pre-season training at Motorland Aragon in Spain went extremely well with Lewis testing many new suspension and braking parts from FTR and PZ5 Cobra and this was followed up by a further successful test in France alongside some of his new rivals for the 2016 season. Unfortunately a few days before the opening round of the championships at La Bresse, Lewis was rushed into hospital and admitted for an emergency operation to remove his appendix. This was a major blow for any hopes of a good championship placing this season as unlike the British championships, all of the races in the French series count towards the final championship results.
So with with the first round of the year a write off and little time to fully recover for round two Lewis was up against it for his French debut at Mirecourt the off-road was un-useable following heavy rain after qualifying where a 5th place on the grid was a promising start. Race one and two went better than hoped for with a best of 4th which gave 5th overall and into the prize money first time out.
Loheac in Normandy was the next round and with good weather for the 3 day meeting Lewis equalled his 5th place in qualifying and went on to finish 5th and 7th after a fierce battle to the line in race 2.
Clermont Ferrand was the next venue and this was held in the grounds of an exhibition centre which was hosting a motor show on race weekend. The large crowds added to the atmosphere and once again Lewis put his bike in 6th on the grid. A fantastic start saw Lew running in an impressive 2nd place for the early part of the race but following an incident with another rider (where they both crashed) he crossed the line in a disappointing 10th place. Another good start in race two but an early incident after clashing with a rival had Lewis on the ground again but a fight back through the pack up to 6th was a disappointing finish considering his lap times.
Round 5 at Magny Cours was another popular event thanks to sharing the weekend with the French Superbike championships at the same venue. This added a twist to the supermoto race card as the qualifying and races for S1 & S2 being held under floodlights. The final race kicked off at midnight and an impressive firework display finished off the racing as the winner crossed the line. Lewis' team bike all featured LEDs in the number boards which not only meant the riders were easy to spot but also helped illuminate the off-road section. Lewis' 8th in race one was after a stall on the off-road which allowed several riders to pass was followed by a tight 6th place in the 2nd race.
Onto last weekend's races at Colombiers where the heat wave sweeping Europe was to provide difficult racing conditions. Lewis continued his impressive run of qualifying in 5th and lined up behind 4 x world champ Thomas Chareye once more. A change of tyre to a harder compound proved to be the wrong choice as early on lap one Lewis lost grip and crashed to last place. Another fightback had Lewis making pass after pass but 7th place at the flag wasn't what was hoped for. Race 2 and a good start had him looking to challenge for 3rd place but as the race wound down Lewis made a move on the rider in front and the gamble didn't pay off as he fell entering the off-road section. A 6th place was his reward for a huge effort but once more he has showed the big names in the sport that he is learning and learning fast.
The next race is at Alpe d'Huez in the French Alps which is the most spectacular race of the season. Many more World championship riders will be in attendance for this prestigious event so this will be prove be the toughest challenge for Lewis so far.
A trip to Latina for the Italian Championships is planned in August where he will be racing a Technoteka prepared TM450 with a view to racing further events for this top Rimini based team.
This is followed by the final French championship race at the rider's favourite circuit Villars Sous Ecot in September which will leave Lewis free to travel long haul to compete in the FIM Asia Championships where he hoping to carry on where he left off last season by taking top spot of the podium once more.
Plans for next season haven't been decided as it very much depends on funding. This year Lewis and his father Dave have been funding the racing from their own pockets but it’s hoped that the higher profile that he's enjoying this season will help to raise finances through sponsorship.
Lewis' comments on his season so far: "I love racing the French series as the tracks are awesome and there is alway a good battle to be had as the depth of the field is really impressive. Im learning more and more as the year goes on and the longer races in France have forced me to work on my fitness to complete the races without flagging at the end. As a racer you always look for improvements and I feel the French series is the best way for me to move forward and develop my skills as a rider. The exposure and the contacts I have made this year are invaluable and I'm hoping this will lead in to a promising future for me in the supermoto world which i never thought would be possible when I started my supermoto career at the age of 12. I've watched and idolised riders that I now compete against so it feels like a dream come true and the sport has taken me all over the world which has led to meeting some great people and some amazing experiences"
June 29th 2016
Lewis renews ties with Bwell Gym
With the French Championship races running to full GP distances of 20 minutes + 2 laps Lewis has been training on his MTB and MX bikes more than ever. However bike fitness is only half of the story so with this in mind he has reunited with former sponsor BWell Gym in Great Yarmouth to help Lewis' overall fitness and stamina. BWell's Andy Harrison will be working with Lewis to increase his cardiac fitness and work on forearm exercises to avoid bike racers scourge, the dreaded 'armpump'. This condition causes loss of feeling and strength in the arms as the lactic acid build up restricts the tendons movement. Andy said "We're more than happy to be supporting Lewis once more and working with a specific programme to help him to stay fit and competitive for the duration of a hot and tough race" Lewis will be rejoining his RAW Motorsports team mates at amazing Alpe d'Huez circuit for the next round of the French Championships during the first week in August.
June 8th 2016
The dates of the FIM Asia Supermoto Championships have finally been announced and at least Lewis has raced at one of the venues before. Newcastle, NSW sees the championship kick off in Australia which is hosting a round for the first time. Lewis finished on the podium here last year and if all goes well he plans to do the same again this time.
Kenny Motorworks, Watson Demolition and Eric Loo are all trying to get the logistics arranged to ensure Lewis will be competing in all four rounds on one of his 2014 TMs.
April 12th 2016
Italian company Just1 helmets have confirmed their support for Lewis and his 2016 campaign. Thanks to Alex in the USA a deal was finalised which will see Lewis exclusively wearing the super light weight race helmets during the French, Asian and any additional international races he competes in this season. Lewis said "I really pleased to be associated with such a top brand as Just1. These helmets are so light and comfortable which really helps in a long hot race, I can't wait to see the latest designs and I'm happy to be part of the Just1 'Factory' support scheme."
December 31st 2015
After several successful seasons with CRT Supermoto, the 2016 season has seen Lewis take on a fresh challenge. This year he is racing S1 spec TM450SMX race bikes (still under) the team CRT umbrella set up by Dad, Dave Cornish with support from RAW Motorsport and Kenny Motorworks.
This coming season, Lewis and CRT (Cornish Racing Team) will be working in conjunction with French distributor RAW Motorsports to challenge for the ultra tough French Supermoto Championship S1 Prestige title and Malaysian based Kenny Motorworks to fight for the FIM Asia championships. Discussions with several sponsors following Lewis' successful ride in the Supermoto of Nations and his fantastic victories in Asia has resulted in this change of direction for the 2016 season.of S1 spec TMs being made available Lewis and CRT has retained his support from previous product sponsors as well as signing up with several new supporters for 2016.
CRT Supermoto together with Motodroms based in Riga will see Lewis and his Latvian team mate Edgars Ivushkans, Kev Townsend and Craig Gray compete in the Baltic Supermoto Championships. All these riders will competing at home and abroad throughout the season aboard the stunning Italian built TMs.
December 30th 2015
Following on from the SM of Nations which clashed with the British Championship round seven at Three Sisters, Lewis had dropped to third in the standings, both his nearest rivals has elected not to race at Jesolo and both scored valuable British championship points in his absence.
This still left the 450 Elite title open with the final meeting at Cadwell Park to be the decider. Although a prestigious BSB venue, this circuit has no off-road section which makes it much easier for riders outside the top five to try and make a mark and so it’s much closer racing than a traditional technical supermoto track.
Lewis put his mark down early with a blistering pole position in qualifying and was leading both the first races only to be pipped on the line by a mere 100th of a second. There wasn't much the team could do to get more speed out of the stock TM450 motor and it was always going to be a battle to stay ahead of the 500cc bikes on such a wide open track. However in the final race of the season with Lewis showed his skills late in the race by pushing past the two rivals in front to take a well-earned win. Despite this result it didn't alter the championship standings and Lewis finished a few points behind the runner up in third place.
With most riders finished for the 2015 season, Lewis headed off to the Far East to compete in the final rounds of the FIM Asia Championships in Penang. Kenny and Justin from Kenny Motorworks had built up and prepared a new KTM450-SXF for Lewis to race on the makeshift city centre circuit laid out in a huge shopping mall complex. 1000s of fans lined the track as the riders lined up for practice and qualifying. Recently crowned British champion Chris Hodgson had also made the trip east to race against the Thai favourite Trakern and local hero Gaban plus a grid full of pro-riders. Lewis' CRT team mate Edgars Ivushkans had managed to get a late entry aboard a Kenny Motorworks 570 Husaberg but the tight and twisty circuit looked certain to favour smaller lighter bikes.
Day one and the racing went pretty much all Lewis' way with the only challenge coming from Trakern early on. Lew took his Kenny Motorworks bike to the top step of the podium with a mature and measured ride in the oppressive heat of the city centre race.
Day two and Lewis was suffering from heat exhaustion and was struggling to find his form as Trakern took the race one win. With all to play for in the final race the two rivals left the pack in their wake as they battled around the tight turns, Lewis took a chance and made a move on the inside which saw the pair collide.
Unluckily for Trakern he fell and then couldn't make up the lost time to Lewis who had backed off the pace to ensure a safe ride to the chequered flag. Celebrating with a burn out in front of the fans it was a well-earned reward in tough conditions. Lewis shook hands with runner up Trakern and Kenny Motorworks team mate Gaban who took third on the podium.
So with a fantastic end of the season for Lewis, thoughts of the 2016 season weren't too far away and several offers were already in the mix. Speaking to International riders at the Supermoto of Nations, Lewis is as keen as ever to prove his worth against the very best racers in the world. With Team France once again taking the Nations trophy it didn't take too long before an offer to race for a French privateer team was on the cards. Following several months of regular communications Lewis has decided to up-sticks and will race for RAW Motorsport in the French S1 Prestige championship. It’s a tough decision for the 23-year old but as he has very little to prove in the UK he wants to push himself against the very best racers and with the help from his new team it is sure to be a fantastic opportunity to get noticed in an extremely well-publicised, high-profile championship.
October 13th 2015
Team GB 2015 Supermoto of Nations
The 2015 Supermoto of Nations is regarded as the Olympics of this spectacular sport, this year it was held at Pista Azzura near Venice, Italy. Team Great Britain consisted of British championship leader Lewis Cornish. Scottish racer Scott Murray and third placed in the British championship Jay Smith, both of these riders making their debut for their country whilst Cornish was pulling on a Team GB bib for the 5th time. A last minute addition of a Team GB U-21s saw siblings Kayla and Tom Barrington joined by the most experienced junior, Davey Todd. The Pista Azzura circuit was proving to have very little grip as the riders all struggled for traction during practice and timed practice for the qualifying race. In the first qualifying race Lewis put his bike in respectable 7th position with Kayla 19th for the U-21s. Scott had a disaster in his qualifying race as he pitted to tighten his loose bars but he struggled on to cross the line in 18th whilst Davey despite a fall finished 3 places in front for the U-21s. The final qualifying race had Jay cross the line in 12th spot following several incidents and Tom took 16th for the U-21s which unfortunately meant that Team GB Juniors didn't qualify for the finals.
With Team GB down to just the Snr team making the cut and qualifying for the Supermoto of Nations finals, Race one had Lewis and Scott line up and both had been looking good in the warm up so the signs were good. Both riders made good starts but a rider went down in front of Lewis and took him down. He rejoined the race in 32nd position. Meanwhile Scott was battling it out in a 4 bike fight with positions swapping at regular intervals. Meanwhile Lewis was making an amazing charge through the pack and as he took rider after rider it seemed the only question was just how far he could move up. As he came up behind Scott, his team mate waved him by. With the laps counting down and being urged on by the team, Lewis moved through and took an impressive 10th place at the flag. Scott recovered from a fall to back up Lewis with a solid ride to 25th. This gave Team GB a respectable 8th overall on the leader board.
Race two and Scott had little time to recover before he was out on the grid once more with Jay as his team mate this time out. Jay had an amazing start and was inside the top 6 early on. Despite loosing a few positions he pressed hard but a fall saw him drop down the leader board. With Scott getting to grips with the track his lap times fell but a small mistake in the off-road lost him time. Team GB supporters were in a vocal mood as they cheered on the riders to a 21st and 25th finish for Jay and Scott respectively.
It was still a possibility that with a good third final race from Jay and Lewis that Team GB could still beat the 9th place overall finishing position scored at last years event. Both riders had strong starts off the line but once again Lewis hit the ground hard in turn one after another rider crashed in front of him. Jay kept clear of the carnage and set about making up as many places as possible. Rejoining the race in last place again, Lewis began his 2nd charge up through the field. Jay was pushing hard and moving forward up the leader board when his bike high sided, luckily no real damage but Jay lost several places. As if luck couldn't get any worse for Team GB another rider fell in front of Lewis and took him off the track whilst in 12th position. As the laps wound down it was clear that it wasn't going to be Team GB's day and despite heroic efforts Lewis managed 17th and Jay 22nd at the flag.
Congratulations to Team France who retained the SMoN World title followed by Italy and an impressive result from the Czech Republic in third place overall.
Despite the disappointing final overall result of 13th Team GB had managed to organise a Supermoto of Nations effort in less than 3 weeks so well done to all involved, sponsors, mechanics, drivers, grid girls and manager Dave Cornish plus of course Lewis Cornish, Scott Murray and Jay Smith for the senior team and Kayla & Tom Barrington plus Davey Todd for the U-21s. Next year will hopefully have lady luck on Team GB's side and we know the results aren't a true indication of where the team deserve to be.
Team GB 2015 would like to thank:
Micris Systems, NORAsport, MvD, Go & Fun, Buff
LR Designs, Rip and Roll, Charge, Nameplate Services, Sports Events Live
and everyone involved.
August 3rd 2015
That New Bike Feeling
Thanks to Motodroms, the Latvian TM importer based in Riga, Lewis recently took delivery of a new standard spec TM450-SMX, but with one important addition; the bike came fitted with the TM 'Factory' supermoto upgraded frame. With little time to spare, Lewis ran in the bike and set the controls and suspension to his liking and entered the Latvian and Baltic Supermoto Championships at two separate venues over the weekend.
Saturday saw Lewis qualify on pole at the incredible Madona circuit and backed that up with a pair of stunning races to take victory on the new bike's first outing. Sunday saw the teams and riders move to the tough, fast and demanding Riga 333 circuit where Lewis proved his previous day's performance wasn't a fluke as he once again dominated the races with another pole and another pair of race wins. This completed a successful race weekend in the Baltic Championships for Lewis, his new bike and his CRT team mates.
On the podium Lewis said "I'd like to thank Dzinters and Edgars at Motodroms for all they have done for me this weekend and getting the new TM450 built up and set up for me. It's a dream debut for the new bike and considering its just about standard without a slipper clutch or any tuning work I'm looking forward racing it at home once we have had it in our workshops and got the best from it."
CRT are hoping that the new TM450-SMX will be back in time and ready for Lewis at the next round of the British Championships at Teesside this coming weekend.
July 1st 2015
With the 2015 season well under way, Lewis has been competing in the British S1 450 Elite, FIM Asia and the Australian Supermoto Championships. In fact, recently he has raced every weekend traveling from Scotland, Malaysia, Australia and Rednal on the Welsh borders which obviously required plenty of traveling.
Check out the latest press release to see how he got on both at home and overseas. Meanwhile his CRT team mates have been in action in the Latvian and Baltic championships, with the highlight being Craig getting on the podium on his return to action following injury.
It seems like Lewis will be competing in all the 2015 FIM Asia Championship Rounds with support from Kenny Motorworks in Malaysia. Next stop is Bangkok, Thailand in July followed by Singapore.
March 13th 2015
Lewis and his CRT team mates, Edgars Ivushkans, Craig Gray and Kev Townsend made their annual pilgrimage to Motorland Aragon in Spain for ideal testing and shakedown training ahead of the start of the 2015 season. Unfortunately the latest addition to CRT Supermoto, 2014 National Champion Mikey Parsons couldn't make the trip and will be running in his TMUK refurbished motor at the non-championship Three Sisters 'warm-up' event in a few weeks time.
Lewis took little time to get dialled into the superb S1 and International standard karting circuits and thanks to Peter Clifford tweaking the refurbished FTR suspension units he was soon breaking his own personal Aragon lap times around the tarmac jumps and rhythm sections. Needless to say Lewis shared his knowledge with his team mates and all the CRT teamsters were quickly up to speed. A top Moto 2 racer also TM450 mounted was a good benchmark for Lewis on the flowing tarmac only karting circuit and despite being on old worn out rubber it was clear that Lewis had the speed over his new found practice partner.
The team shared set up tips and loaned the Moto 2 guy a front wheel with a new Michelin slick which was appreciated in typical Italian fashion by breaking out a bottle of finest sparkling wine during the lunch break. Venhill had supplied a new Frando radial, remote master cylinder to try out and whilst Lewis said it had the power of the expensive Brembo WSB spec set up he preferred the feel of the original Brembos. Kev's two-stroke SMX300 on the other hand with a more budget stock brake was greatly improved when the Frando cylinder was fitted. Over the four days Lewis tried all manner of suspension and tyre settings to try and find the advantage and finally came away from Aragon with a large data base of what works well on the hand built Italian bikes. Digitally recording the action both on and off the track was official CRT photographer Ryan Atkins making his first trip with the team. Ryan's handiwork will be used extensively for press releases, social media and website upgrades throughout the season.
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February 15th 2015
CRT's preparation and plans almost completed
It been a pretty hectic time for all of the CRT teamsters preparing for the start of the 2015 season. Mike at TMUK has worked his magic on all three of Lewis' engines and refreshed them in readiness for the team's pre-season testing at Motorland Aragon, Spain. Mike reckons he's never seen such clean engine internals as these and that's thanks to running on long term sponsors Motul 300V lubes combined with using race fuel in the blueprinted engines.
Plenty of packages have been steadily arriving at the CRT workshops and the bikes have undergone well deserved makeovers. Local suspension specialists FTR have once again offered their generous support and the freshly overhauled race forks and shocks are now back where they belong, on the bikes and ready for testing. Lewis' radiators were looking a little used and abused following a tough 2014 season and GMX Radiators not only repaired and strengthened the originals but Dave has also fabricated a stunning set of over-sized GMX rads in readiness for those long hot races in Europe. Another British sponsor's products have also made their way onto the CRT bikes, Venhill Engineering have renewed their product sponsorship and the company's superb stainless steel, teflon lined, custom control cables, hydraulic brake/clutch hoses all ensure a perfect link between rider and machine. Venhill have also supplied Frando brake master cylinders for the team to test in a view to equipping all the CRT bikes with the race quality controls.
Steadily the plan is coming together and Lew's latest team mate Mikey Parsons has also had TMUK overhaul his motor. Craig has both of his engines stripped and overhauled by Latvian sponsor Motodroms and Big Ed will also be doing the same shortly, whilst two-stroke Kev has ordered another new bike.
Lewis and CRT are planning to race in three Championships this year, the British, Latvian and Baltic, so it's going to be a very busy time with plenty of air-miles.
The riders will be leaving a TM450-SMX, spare wheels and riding kit etc in Latvia to save on the massive transport costs and also the huge amount of time require to drive the 1600 Km from the UK to the Baltic states. Motodroms will be taking care of maintenance and logistics for the CRT bikes from their Riga base and the riders will be just a budget flight away from some of the very best supermoto tracks in the world.
Lewis will still be competing for the British Elite title as will Mikey but the others will be competing in as many UK rounds as possible with their priorities in the Baltic States. Some sponsorship deals are yet to be confirmed but all this will hopefully be in place before the Aragon testing and LR Designs once again will be supplying Lewis with their top class custom bike graphics, race shirts and seat covers to make sure the best looking bikes in the paddock look even better.
Since Lewis and Edgars returned from the race at the IMF in Malaysia it's been a case of preparing for the new season. Over the winter months All the CRT riders have been having regular MX training but Edgars has recently gone one better and been ice racing in Finland to keep his competitive edge honed. So with the season drawing ever nearer it's all coming together nicely for CRT.
January 11th 2015
With the seasonal holiday period over and plans for 2015 well underway CRT Supermoto team manager Dave Cornish has reached an agreement with 21 year old Mikey Parsons to join the team. Mikey from Walsall took the National Championship by storm in his first full year of racing to clinch the title aboard an ex-Lewis Cornish CRT TM450-SMX at Cadwell Park.
Dave explained "I first saw Mikey at Rednal in 2012 and was impressed with his style, speed and determination in his supermoto race debut. He'd ridden his road legal Husky to the track and made the top ten, I knew then that with more bike time and some instruction all he would need is a decent bike to get some results.
2014 showed what he can do and despite him having a machinery disadvantage in the National class and still being a race novice he showed what he could do. When he crashed his Husky and damaged it badly at the penultimate round, Lewis offered him his spare TM450-SMX and despite starting from the back row he finished the day by taking the race win. He loved the bike so much that he bought it for the final round at Cadwell Park where he showed his pace as he cruised to the overall win and a well deserved championship title.
We're all pleased to see him in the CRT camp and I'm convinced that with help from myself and Lewis he will soon be knocking on the door of a top ten Elite with greater things to come as he gets the feel of the awesome TMs performance" So a warm welcome to CRT to the BMX star who is sure to be upsetting some of the Elite regulars at Three Sisters for round one in early April.
December 27th 2014
Lewis and his CRT teammate Edgars Ivushkans packed both of their TM450-SMX race bikes into a single bike transportation crate to air-freight them to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the IMF Supermoto event. Despite the strict limitations on space and weight the bikes arrived safe and sound unfortunately Lewis didn't as he fractured his ankle, training 2 days before the flights. As Dave and Edgars built up and tested the bikes Lew consoled himself by relaxing by the pool and undergoing acupuncture, herbal treatment and extensive physio in a desperate attempt to be fit for the races.
The scratch built track was in the shadows of the impressive Bukit Jalil national stadium and the CRT boys helped make track modifications to help present supermoto in the most spectacular way to the general public.
On the Thursday Lewis pulled on an oversized race boot on his injured foot and put in a few steady laps. It looked as though he might just be able to make the grid for race day but the next day he caught his foot under his bike coming off the dirt section and that was the end of his race before it had started. So Edgars was the only rider representing CRT and it was all going well on day one until a crazy move by a local racer took them both down and Ed's race was run as he suffered a DnF.
In the event this was enough to keep him out of a medal position by a single point. However a CRT bike did sit on the top step of the podium with Chris Hodgson aboard. Chris' motor let go as he crossed the line in first place and thanks to Lewis' generosity and sportsmanship, his arch rival made the grid aboard Lew's TM450. The pace, drivability, handing and reliability of the borrowed TM450 allowed Chris to take the runner up spot and the overall win.
The CRT boys packed the bikes away and enjoyed their last day in Malaysia as the guest of Kenny Lee who showed them the delights of the mountains, jungle and waterfalls of the amazing countryside surrounding KL. We'd like to thank Colin Rob and all those that made the team so welcome and we hope to return next year to take the title.
Lewis Cornish's 2014 Season
Reigning British Supermoto Masters Champion
Reigning Southern Supermoto Champion
Chosen to represent Team Great Britain (4th time selected for team) at the Supermoto of Nations, Cremona, Italy
Latvian Supermoto Championship, Riga, Overall race winner
Baltic Supermoto Championship, Madona, Overall race winner
Current standings with final round still to be decided
2014 British Supermoto Championship 450, Elite third place
2014 British Supermoto Championship Open, Elite 4th place
2014 9 x podium positions with 5 on the top step (overall winner)
Remaining International event
Malaysia IMF Supermoto, Kuala Lumpa, December 19-21st
Plans for 2015 depend on budget and sponsorship requirements but the following is in the offering.
British Championship Elite 450 and Open classes
Supermoto of Nations (if selected)
plus any additional International races
2014, On Track with Cornish Racing Team
With the 2014 Supermoto season about to kick off Lewis and his new CRT team mates will be taking in an extensive preseason testing programme at several circuits in Spain. Pumpteq sponsor Ian Gray and Lewis set off early to drive down to Aragon with the team bikes and by the time the rest of the team have arrived they are sure to have plenty of testing completed.
PRG's Bryan Rankin together with the latest CRT recruit, reigning Champion Andy McLeish will be joined by Latvian racer Edgars Ivuskans and team manager Dave Cornish to complete several weeks of testing and training aboard the TMUK 450 racebikes. With a well supported team, CRT will be looking to make a winning start to the 2014 season and with the two 'Young Gun' Champions of Cornish and McLeish getting dialled into their new top spec TM machines the new team are sure to be a force to be reckoned with this season.
CRT team mates Lewis Cornish and Andy Mcleish will be racing their 'Factory' spec TM450s in British and Australian championships, plus as many European events as time allows. They will be joined by Ian Gray aboard a unique Pikes Peak course record breaking alloy framed TM660 Fi which he's determined to get to grips with and Bryan Rankin together with Latvian SM of Nations rider Edgars Ivuskans also mounted aboard TM450 machines. Team manager Dave Cornish will be coordinating everything concerned with CRT and ensuring that the bikes, riders and logistics are all ready for the start of an exciting season.
Ian Gray explained "I've always wanted to be involved with a serious effort on the British Championship titles and with Lewis and now Andy as CRT's top riders I'm confident that the results will come. I saw Lewis overcome a whole series of problems at the Aussie championships last year and despite all of the technical problems he simply rode around the issues on a bike he'd never sat on before on a track he's never seen before to finish on the podium. Now he has the best bikes available with plenty of preseason training I'm sure he will be a serious title contender. Andy will be learning new tracks this year and also on a new bike but he'll have the best possible start to the season following the Spanish tests. I'm sure once he's got the hang of the British tracks and climate he'll also be on the podium. As for myself, I'm going to be learning off these guys and raising my game and I hope that I'll also be putting in some good results and hopefully not far behind them"
The team building Spanish trip will give all the riders the very best chances to get to know their new machines and also get to know each other. CRT maybe a new set up but with the level of skill and expertise in the close knit team, together with some amazing sponsors and top notch equipment the riders will be serious contenders wherever they will be competing during 2014.
Lewis would like to thank all his dedicated sponsors including all those at team DCR /NPS for their help and support in achieving the following goals in 2013.
Thank you all,
2013 British Supermoto Masters Champion
2013 Southern Supermoto Champion
2013 British Supermoto Championship 450, Elite third place (5 podiums)
2013 British Supermoto Championship Open, Elite third place (5 podiums)
2013 Australian Supermoto Championship, third place
Chosen to represent Team Great Britain at the Supermoto of Nations, Bulgaria, top British points scorer
Czech Supermoto Grand Prix, 12th place on Fast Wheels 'Works' Aprilia
Latvian Supermoto Championship, Riga, Overall race winner
Baltic Supermoto Championship, Madona, Overall race winner
Bike World, Motors TV, 8 minute programme section with Lewis as main feature
BSC 2013, Motors TV, featured on every programme as top racer and TV pundit
S1 World Supermoto Championship, Eurosport, featured at Czech GP and Supermoto of Nations