Race day at round 3 of the 2017 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship ended as most had expected, with Jordan Szoke (Lynden, ON) winning the 22-lap Feature Race in convincing fashion at Autodrome St-Eustache.
Sunday, 25 June 2017 18:24 Published in Reports, Results & Points
ST-EUSTACHE, QC (June 23, 2017) – Jordan Szoke topped the practice sheets in Pro Superbike action during round 3 of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Autodrome St-Eustache in Deux Montages, north of Montreal, on Friday afternoon. After a wet morning, the track dried as official action in all classes got underway.
Szoke (Lynden, ON) lapped his Mopar Express Lane/Motovan BMW S1000RR around the 1.93-km Quebec track in 0:45.488 seconds, less than a tenth off his top practice time from last year despite a still-drying track, and more than a second quicker than the next-fastest racer.
"We knew we had a good dry setup," said Szoke, the current track record holder at 0:44.812 seconds. "We felt good yesterday (during the MotoNation track day), and we went even faster today, doing a bunch of 0:45-second laps, which is really good since the track had a couple of damp spots and felt a little green. Considering the track conditions, the times we did were really good."
Szoke is currently riding a six-race Pro Feature race National winning streak at this venue on the Mopar CSBK tour.
Ben Young (Collingwood, ON) finished practice in second overall despite lingering pain from a crash at Grand Bend in round 2 of the National Series 12 days earlier. "We took a gamble not going out for practice this morning since we were making some changes to the bike, but we took care of some glitches for this afternoon," said Young, who posted a 0:46.671 on his Scot-Build Developments BMW.
"Physically I'm beat up a bit (after Grand Bend); I've got an issue with my right shoulder, but we should be good for the race,” Young continued. “I'm not too worried about it. When it comes down to it, I'll just have to grit through it and push a little bit harder for the 22 laps."
Third place on the charts was claimed by Kenny Riedmann, who posted a quick 0:46.791 out of the gate before crashing his Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10RR while passing a slower rider. "I was out in the first rain session, and I was fastest, which was good considering I'm not a good rain rider," acknowledged the Belfountain, ON rider.
"I feel good. I'm bummed that I crashed, because we're a bit behind on bike setup right now, but I got some good laps in yesterday and now I've got a good rain setup, so who knows what might happen." The Feature race program on Sunday at St-Eustache is likely to be affected by rain.
Rounding out the top five in Pro Superbike practice were Andrew Nelson (Ottawa, ON) on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 and returning local Sebastian Tremblay (Laval, QC) on a Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Earlier in the afternoon, Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike practice concluded with Frank Trombino (Etobicoke, ON) setting the fastest lap in the middleweight sport bike division with a 0:49.428 on his ProStar/White Gold Financial Services Honda CBR600RR. Yamaha R6-mounted racers Mitch Card (Ripley, ON) and Eric Richard (Sainte-Basile, QC) finished the day second and third.
"We're trying to go fast on the 600 because we're thinking of using it for the Superbike race," admitted Trombino, acknowledging the advantages of a smaller bike on the tight St-Eustache track. "My bike feels really good, and we've raced here for 15 years, so we know the track in the rain and the dry. That makes a big difference."
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike practice was led by Ernest Bernhard (Ste-Brigide, QC) on a Yamaha R1, while Montreal's Vincent Levillain topped Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike on an R6. Amy Szoke (Lynden, ON) set the quickest time in Friday's Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series practice.
Saturday action at St-Eustache kicks off with practice and qualifying starting at 10 a.m. in all classes. Mopar Pro Superbike qualifying, including the Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole session, starts at 3:40 p.m. For more information, visit www.csbk.ca.
Friday, 23 June 2017 22:47 Published in Reports, Results & Points
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 Published in Feature Stories
Inside Motorcycles photographer Paolo Pedicelli snapped some fantastic photos of all the hottest action at the Salon Moto de Montréal, aka The Motorcycle Shows - Montreal, held February 26-28. Enjoy!
Monday, 29 February 2016 12:49 Published in News
This is the time of year supermoto clubs in Canada bid farewell to 2015 and start planning for 2016. We reflect on some of the best times of the season and those standout moments. Supermoto is about the people and not just the cool bikes/quads.
Friday, 09 October 2015 16:05 Published in Supermoto blog with Keith Fowler
Riders such as Dani Pedrosa of MotoGP started their career racing supermoto, and continue to tune their skills riding supermoto in the off-season. High-profile riders such as Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi help validate the reality that skills developed in supermoto are directly related to flat track and road racing success; however, this is not enough to help promote a club like Supermoto Ontario, of which I am the president. In fact, many sport bike riders probably had no idea they could improve their performance by riding supermoto.
You may be hearing about supermoto in Ontario now because there is a club, Supermoto Ontario, promoting the sport we love. Supermoto Ontario is a non-profit club that is helping to promote supermoto racing in Eastern Canada. Other organizations such as Flat Track Canada, RACE, SCORRA, OFTR and SOAR can appreciate the time commitment to get your organization known publicly. Success is based on enthusiasts being involved and reaching out to others for assistance.
Supporters like the North American International Motorcycle Show, Inside Motorcycles and sponsors make it happen. We have been fortunate enough to have sponsors approaching us to team up for successful alliances. EconoPrint, Shannonville Motorsport Park, Toronto Motorsports Park, Mission Cycle, NineOneNine Graphics, Mallette/McLennan Insurance, Lang’s Off-Road and Warp 9 wheels have been behind us, making it possible to have track events. Alliances begin with common ground.
Supermoto Québec and Supermoto Ontario work very close with one another, almost like one club. Relationships are incredibly important for any organization to survive. We have recently seen RACE and SOAR combine their resources to ensure optimal success. I can see this trend happening in other motorsports organizations as well. Quad riders were looking for more thrill on pavement and are now included in our series. This is a classic example of motorsports combining for the benefit of both parties.
70 percent pavement and 30 percent dirt has proved to be a formula to even out lap times for riders of varying backgrounds. The motocross guys kill it on the small jumps, the flat track riders smoke most on the long, flat, sweeping dirt corners, and road racers have a knack for going incredibly fast with confidence around the high-speed paved corners. The unique part of Supermoto is the many motorsport disciplines are all combined into one element, including the fun part of backing it a corner.
Supermoto Ontario has 10 events scheduled for the 2015 season including non-competitive lapping days/evenings and a three-race provincial championship (in addition to the six Canadian National events).
Supermoto is easy to get into; bikes are reasonably priced, MX bikes can be converted, flat track bikes only require adding a front brake, race slicks cost half as much as sport bike race tires and can last numerous events (up to the entire season for a novice rider)… so what is stopping you?
You have heard more about Supermoto because it improves rider skill, confidence, and there is a great bunch promoting it.
- By Keith Fowler, Supermoto Ontario President
Thursday, 23 April 2015 17:11 Published in Supermoto blog with Keith Fowler
In spite of a terrible weather forecast, the faithful racers of the Vintage Road Racing Association headed to Autodrome St-Eustache for the final round of the season on September 7-8. Fortunately, Mother Nature (or the racing gods) chose to bless them with incredible temperatures to finish off a turbulent but successful 2013 campaign.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 15:27 Published in Reports, Results & Points
This 7th and 8th of September, The Vintage Road Racing Association will host its final round of the season at Autodrome St-Eustache, 30 minutes outside of Montreal. No less than thirteen class championships are at stake, with eight of those classes hotly contested with less than five points between race leaders.
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 13:05 Published in News
Former Honda CBR125, Suzuki SV650 Cup and Amateur Supersport national champion Raphael Archambault will make his 2013 debut at the final round of the Mopar CSBK season in Mont-Tremblant Aug 23rd-25th. After nearly a year away, Raphael has been studying and training to come back stronger than ever.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 11:05 Published in News