Boxshop Speedway the hidden Gem of Supermoto. Though some of you may say that this is quite a bold statement to be made about just a little track in Parsonsfield, Maine; this track is more than meets the eye. I would even go as far as to state that Boxshop has certainly proven itself to be one of the "bigger" tracks in Supermoto.
With the help of New England Moto's & Mini's or NEMM (the overseeing club), Boxshop Speedway opened to mini supermotos in 2009. In the beginning, they solely raced mini's, but in 2010 that all changed as NEMM hosted its first SMX open championship. That championship was won by #58, Casey Kozlowski, from Lyndell, Pennsylvania, and since that first year stepping stone, NEMM has been able to transition into a full-fledged race club. In 2011, Boxshop began grabbing riders from around New England, despite not having facilities completed. To this day, racers keep showing up, and the Supermoto industry is taking notice.
The Speedway provides the opportunity for racers to get off the beaten path and come test their true talent. The open class is becoming more and more competitive as the local SMX riders are chasing the likes of AMA Supermoto racers like Shane Narbonne on the track. Narbonne is an impressive competitor in the field, making his AMA Supermoto debut in Las Vegas last year, where he took the final spot on the podium after a hard fought battle from the middle of the grid. The organization and track owner, Aaron Phinney, also seems to bleed Supermoto. Phinney is another racer who is making his rookie campaign with AMA Supermoto notable as he sits 5th in points in the lites class championship. He is the top importer for MVDusa, owns one of only a couple Supermoto only track in the United States, holds a pro license with the AMA and KNMV (The Dutch Motorcycle Association), and he will do whatever it takes for the sport; expecting nothing in return. Maybe Boxshop Speedway is just an extension of his passion, or maybe it’s not the track that makes Boxshop Speedway so special, but the owner who truly loves the sport.
With racers like these in toe, Boxshop Speedway and NEMM offer the most bar banging 250 class on the East Coast. At the AMA level; the 250 and open classes are competitive (to say the least). Going to a NEMM event, you get the chance to gauge yourself against a few AMA guys. For the size of the Supermoto market in New England, this little speedway is sending some stiff competition out West to challenge the “all year round riders” lucky enough to get decent racing weather throughout the entire year.
In 2015, there are talks of a few more guys coming out of NEMM to challenge the top AMA guys. Boxshop Speedway gives the NEMM racers a place to train, race and help one another develop. Shane and Aaron put on great schools that give you some one-on-one training, and help to make the step to the AMA level.
Aside from the racing and competition portion, Boxshop Speedway has also played muse to Aaron Phinney’s previously mentioned company, MVDusa. This company is a concept derivative of racers at Boxshop who were searching for different options for their Supermoto gear. Klutch Industries, the title sponsor for AMA supermoto events, also developed from this small market via current owner and operator, SMX250 NEMM racer, Jeremy Degrassee. In respect to their small market starts, Klutch Industries chose to hold their MVD open house event at Boxshop Speedway. Here, they had all of their products on display and even some available for demonstration. Klutch offers a nice variety of products from Forma and EVS to 100% and Motomaster (just to name a few).
To be honest, this article was not meant to be all about Boxshop Speedway. It’s about the racers who have the passion to do whatever it takes to help the sport thrive and grow. We can all hope that DMG leaving AMA road racing is going to change the Supermoto market, but reality is; it probably won’t. Boxshop Speedway is just a small heartbeat that Supermoto requires to continue to grow. If kart tracks start cutting Supermoto out, and large title sponsors never surface at the national level, we will all realize just how special a Supermoto-only track and organization, like Boxshop Speedway and NEMM, truly are. Nothing is more real than folks like Aaron’s passion for Supermoto. It is expressed in his track, organization, and universal dedication to the sport, and this is the kind of drive we need. So, next time you suit up and throw a leg over a Supermoto bike, think about what it took you to get there. Keep those thoughts close to you, because if we as racers lose our passion; the whole industry will surely diminish. It is up to us to keep this unbelievable industry alive.
Article by- Robert Wiggins
Top Photo- Ryan Sweeney
All Other Photos - http://andrealbertphotography.smugmug.com/