A brief collection of front-runner images from CSBK round 2 at Grand Bend Motorplex, June 9-11.
Monday, 12 June 2017 17:08
Bodhi Edie (Warman, SK) became the man to finally break Jordan Szoke's undefeated streak in Pro Superbike when he nabbed the win during round 2 of the five-round Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Grand Bend Motorplex (Grand Bend, ON). Series veteran Frank Trombino (Etobicoke, ON) made his return to the National Series a triumphant one with the win in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike support round.
Sunday, 11 June 2017 19:42
Jordan Szoke of Lynden, ON started his National motorcycle road racing title defense in powerful fashion at Shannonville Motorsport Park (Shannonville, ON) on Sunday with an aggressive victory at the CSBK Superbike Challenge presented by the Trenton MFRC.
Monday, 29 May 2017 09:49
Pro Superbike action from the CSBK Superbike Challenge at Shannonville Motorsport Park, Saturday, May 27 2017.
Sunday, 28 May 2017 09:40
SHANNONVILLE, ON (May 27, 2017) – The grid for Sunday's Pro Superbike feature at the Mopar CSBK Superbike Challenge presented by the Trenton MFRC has been set after a blazing Saturday qualifying session at Shannonville Motorsport Park that concluded with six riders less than half a second apart on the timing sheets.
Defending class champion Jordan Szoke came out on top after an ultra-competitive Dalton Timmis Insurance Pro Superbike Top Ten SuperPole session, setting the top time with a 1:04.121 on his Mopar Express Lane/Motovan BMW S1000RR.
Fellow BMW racer Matt McBride came back from a disastrous engine failure in Friday practice to take the second spot just 0.129 seconds behind Szoke, with Kawasaki rider Kenny Riedmann finishing third thanks to a 1:04.333. Ben Young (BMW) will take the fourth and final spot on the front row for tomorrow's 22-lap Pro Superbike feature, while Andrew Nelson (Suzuki) and Bodhi Edie (Yamaha) rounded out the six riders in the 1:04-second range during a furious SuperPole session.
For Szoke, it was a good way to start his quest for a 12th Canadian Superbike championship after limited track time leading up to Saturday's qualifying session.
"We weren't worried, but we were a little curious about how things would go," Szoke admitted after securing yet another pole position, the accompanying top-qualifier cheque and a Rockwell watch. "The track's a little bit sketchy - there's a little bit of water going into Allen's Corner - but it was a good day for us. Under the circumstances and given the track conditions, that was a really good lap time and it was really competitive all through the top ten."
Although some ways off the 1:03.795 track Superbike record set by Brett McCormick on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in 2009, Szoke's pole-earning lap was nearly three-tenths quicker than his top qualifying lap from last year's Shannonville round.
"It's a great way to start our defense," admitted Szoke. "We're going into this year with a lot of confidence, but it's going to be a tough race tomorrow, that's for sure."
McBride, who put a new bullet in his Riders Choice BMW S1000RR last night, seemed ecstatic with his second-place finish after a frustrating Friday. "Yesterday wasn't the day we planned for," admitted the Mississauga, ON native. "We got half a lap in, and then we had a lot of work ahead of us. Luckily I've got really good friends and family here, and everyone worked so hard. We're just happy to be out here.
"We always want to be ahead of Jordan, but that's a tough task. We're happy to be up here, and tomorrow's what counts, so we're going to put our heads down and try to last this year."
Riedmann made significant progress during Saturday's practice and qualifying sessions to establish himself in third at the conclusion of the SuperPole session on his new 2017 ZX-10RR.
"I've got an awesome Kawasaki motorcycle underneath me, and the times are super close at the front," said Riedmann, who finished runner-up to Szoke at last year's Shannonville opener. "It's going to be a really exciting race."
The surprise of the weekend in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike has been the quick performance of Kris Garvie, who earned his first-ever CSBK Pro pole position with a 1:06.967 on his Kawasaki ZX-6R.
"It feels amazing," admitted Garvie, who was returning to the national tour after more than a year away. "The bike does what I need it to, and I do what she needs me to, and we're able to work as one.
"Everything feels good, I'm just having fun. I'm shocked that things are coming along as well as they are."
Almost as surprising as Garvie's hot pace was that of rookie Pro Chris Brent, who will start in the second spot on the first row thanks to a 1:07.168 on his Honda CBR600RR. The front row for tomorrow's Pro Sport Bike race will also include Tomas Casas (1:07.195) and Louie Raffa (1:07.730).
In Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike, Ernest Bernhard of Ste-Brigide, QC will start his Yamaha R1 on tomorrow's pole after a 1:08.284 top qualifying effort. In Shoei Helmets Amateur Sport Bike, fellow Quebec racer Jean-Francois Aubin earned top position on his Suzuki GSX-R600 with a 1:09.537.
The first Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series round of the year went to Jared Walker (Oakville, ON), who claimed the top spot on the podium by finishing nearly 15 seconds ahead of second-place Johann Plancque (St-Jerome, QC), who narrowly edged out third-place teenager Xavier Paradis of Shannon, QC.
Sunday's action at Shannonville starts with morning practice for all classes, followed by national rounds starting at 1:00 pm. For full qualifying results and a schedule of Sunday's events, visit www.csbk.ca.
Sunday, 28 May 2017 09:07
Kawasaki has given the Versys-X 300 somewhat of an identity crisis. The all-new 2017 model is positioned as a street bike, and is listed as such on Kawasaki’s Canadian website. But then there are the dirt-leaning dual sport looks, and the marketing imagery of the bike being ridden in the dirt and splashing through mud. You’d be forgiven for being as perplexed as I was about who exactly this motorcycle is intended for.
Friday, 12 May 2017 13:36
Join Flat Track Canada and Inside Motorcycles as we celebrate the start of the 2017 Flat Track Canada national racing season on Saturday, May 13 at Barangas on the Beach on the shores of Lake Ontario in Hamilton, ON!
Come and hang out for a few hours beachside! See new 2017 motorcycles and race bikes on display, mingle with racers and fellow enthusiasts, check out our video and photo displays, and take in the waterfront view as we stir up some excitement for 2017's nine-race national championship series.
WHEN: SATURDAY, MAY 13, 6-10 PM
LOCATION: BARANGAS ON THE BEACH
380 Van Wagners Beach Rd, Hamilton (map below)
FREE ENTRY AND FREE PARKING!*
DESIGNATED PRIORITY MOTORCYCLE PARKING!
EXCELLENT FOOD AND BEVERAGES AVAILABLE!
VENDORS, NEW MODELS, RACE BIKES, PHOTO AND VIDEO DISPLAYS!
*Paid parking across from venue - refundable with food or drink purchase. Free parking located in nearby municipal lots north and south of venue. Free bike parking available on site.
Grab some friends and ride into Hamilton. Priority parking for motorcycles is available at the venue!
LEARN ABOUT FLAT TRACK
Find out about races in your area, sign up for a race school, check out the race bikes or just learn more about one of North America's fastest-rising motorsports!
HARLEY-DAVIDSON JUMPSTART PROGRAM
Harley-Davidson Canada will bring its Jumpstart program, which allows anyone to twist the throttle and run through the gears on a stationary Harley-Davidson Street 750!
HAVE A BITE
Barangas has a reputation for good food to go with the atmosphere. Come hungry!
Snag a free copy of the latest issue, plus the first 100 people to drop by the booth and say "Flat Track Canada rocks!" will receive a FREE, no-strings-attached, 6-month subscription to Inside Motorcycles!
EVENT FACEBOOK PAGE
Stay updated on happenings and info by visiting the Facebook event page here! https://www.facebook.com/events/120997798452487/
About Flat Track Canada: The mission of Flat Track Canada is to promote and build awareness of flat track motorcycle racing in Canada and rebuild the former glory of the sport; to captivate an audience in such a way that they become true, dedicated race fans. In 2017 the organization will run a nine-race national Canadian championship series and also sanction provincial series in five provinces. Visit www.flattrackcanada.com for more info.
About Inside Motorcycles: Published 10 times per year, Inside Motorcycles is a Canadian motorcycle magazine based in Toronto, ON. Since 1998, Inside Motorcycles has been bringing readers across the country a Canadian perspective on motorcycling. Coverage includes new models tests, Canadian racing, touring, adventure riding, vintage motorcycles, spotlights and lifestyle pieces. Inside Motorcycles celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. For more information, visit www.insidemotorcycles.com.
Friday, 05 May 2017 14:56
For the international launch of its fresh, youthful 2017 Rebel 300 and 500 models, Honda chose the oceanfront neighbourhood of Venice Beach, California. The vibrant location, what with its trendy restaurants, cafés and free-spirited community, served as the perfect backdrop for the exciting new Rebel series.
Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:06
Last week I had the good fortune of checking a few things off my life's to-do list in a very short period of time. I went to Daytona Beach during Bike Week, visited the legendary Daytona International Speedway for the first time, watched an AMA national flat track race (the season-opening Daytona TT), met a Daytona 200 winner ('72 victor Don Emde) and got to ride the all-new and highly anticipated 2017 Triumph Bonneville Bobber.
Oh, and I also got to test the revised Street Scrambler and the dangerously awesome 2018 Street Triple RS. Not a bad set of accomplishments for 48 hours in Florida!
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 17:02
Harley-Davidson chose Montreal, QC as the host city for the first public viewing of the just-announced 2017 Street Rod. We brought you the report on the bike already - visit the link below to check that out - but we sent one of our fave photographers, Paolo Pedicelli, to New City Gas in MTL to take in the scene. Enjoy the photos!
Monday, 20 March 2017 16:16