Grand Bend, ON – June 9, 2019 – The Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship continued to produce stellar racing on Sunday, just as Ben Young continued his success at the forefront of the series, winning in round two at the Grand Bend Motorplex to extend his points lead in the Mopar Pro Superbike feature class.
After losing last year’s race at Grand Bend to rival Jordan Szoke after a daring pass in the final corner, it seemed like the situation would repeat itself on the final lap on Sunday. After running into lapped traffic, Szoke had appeared to snatch the victory from Young yet again, only for the Collingwood, ON rider to emerge first out of the final corner aboard his Van Dolder’s Home Team/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR.
“It was such a great race. I had Jordan right there behind me the whole way, so I knew it was going to come down to that final corner yet again,” said Young. “The BMW was dialed in, and the Dunlop tires worked great right to the end, so it was on me to just work really hard and try to hold him off. It’s another great opportunity for the championship, so we’re all looking to keep the ball rolling and get on with round three.”
The win makes a perfect 112 points for Young through two races, having finished first in every session so far this season, as four-time defending champion Szoke now finds himself trailing by 29 points entering round three at Autodrome Ste. Eustache.
However, the Lynden, ON veteran remains confident despite the unfamiliar territory, as Szoke and the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja team head to arguably their best track on the calendar.
“I thought I had him at the end, and I was planning something the whole way, but I just went in a little too deep and he was able to duck underneath me,” explained Szoke. “It’s a tough break, but we made some steps and we’re scoring points. This was one of Ben’s strongest tracks, but now we go to maybe my best track from the last few years in Ste. Eustache, so we’ll keep plugging along and the wins will come.”
The win marks four-consecutive losses for Szoke in the feature class dating back to last year, the longest such streak since Brett McCormick’s championship season all the way back in 2011.
Joining the two front-runners on the podium was Fast Company/OneSpeed Suzuki GSX-R1000 rider Trevor Daley, as the Mississauga, ON native scored his best result since round three in 2015.
Daley has ground to make up in the championship after crashing and finishing 13th in round one, but was able to bounce back on Sunday after running at the front for a number of laps, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
“We’ve been riding really well all weekend, setting a lot of strong, consistent laps, and I had the pace early on to hang with them,” Daley said. “The Suzuki held up great, but unfortunately the tires got a little greasy towards the end which forced me to slow up a bit. But it’s been a while since I was up here [on the podium] so I can’t complain.”
Equally as impressive was local youngster Stephen Nickerson claiming his best career finish in fourth place, as the Hamilton, ON rider placed his DeWildt Honda Powerhouse CBR1000RR inside the front group early on and never looked back.
Rounding out the top five and surviving a late charge of his own was Beaconsfield, QC veteran Michael Leon, who was able to rebound from a round one crash aboard his Royal Distributing BMW despite a late effort from Peterborough, ON youngster Tomas Casas and his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1, who finished sixth.
The top rookie of the day was Breslau, ON youngster Dylan Bauer, who featured prominently in the Sport Bike category but was able to finish a respectable tenth place in the Superbike class aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6.
As for the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, it was a dramatic finish that saw Mirabel, QC rider Sebastien Tremblay win his first race of the season in unusual circumstances, having been involved in a collision with Bauer that caused a red flag stoppage and an early end to the race.
Tremblay is provisionally listed as the race winner aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, with Bauer finishing second for his best career Pro finish, though results are subject to change from CSBK officials in the coming days.
“It’s great to be up here celebrating the win, even though you never really like to win like this,” said an injured Tremblay. “It gets us back in the championship which is huge, so you can’t really complain with the result, despite it ending in a tough way.”
Rounding out the podium was two-time defending class champion Casas, who crashed out in round one but bounced back with a strong finish aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 machine.
“We managed to get some points, maybe not in the way we wanted to, but either way it helps the championship,” said Casas. “The bike felt pretty good, and the pace was definitely there, so hopefully we can keep things going at Ste. Eustache.”
Race one winner and points leader Will Hornblower just missed out on a return to the podium at his home track, but the Sarnia, ON native was still able to piece together a strong finish aboard his Yamaha and keep the title hopes intact.
The fourth race of the season in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class was perhaps the most spread out, with championship leader Avery Hart extending his points hold with another dominant victory.
The Princeville, NS rider once again left his opponents early and went into cruise control, expanding his lead to 40 points aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3.
“It was a perfect weekend, we scored the most total points we could get, so obviously it’s been a lot of fun,” Hart said. “It was my first time ever at this track and I won both races, so hopefully I can keep some of that magic going in round three.”
Finishing at the front of the battle for second was Strathroy, ON teenager Trevor Dion, who claimed his best ever National finish aboard his Kawasaki Ninja 400, with Alex Berthiaume and his Yamaha machine completing the podium out of Laval, QC.
Express Lane Amateur Superbike points leader Dave Natale stuck with the theme of extending his lead, winning again in round two aboard his Aprilia RSV4RR out of Markham, ON to take a commanding 33-point lead in the early going.
Meanwhile, reigning Lightweight champion Jake LeClair scored his first win since graduating to bigger machinery, as the Blackstock, ON teenager stormed to a comfortable win aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 to pull himself within one point of championship leader Christian Allard, who finished fourth aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja out of Chambly, QC.
The second Classic Superbike Racing contest of the year also ran with success on Sunday, as Whitby, ON native Mike MacNeil won a tight contest aboard his 1980’s Freddie Spencer era Honda CB750 machine.
Full results from round two’s racing, as well as information regarding round three at the Autodrome Ste. Eustache on June 21-23, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Sunday, 09 June 2019 20:43 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Grand Bend, ON – June 8, 2019 – The second round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship continued to ramp up its excitement on Saturday, with both Pro classes coming down to the wire in qualifying at the Grand Bend Motorplex.
Mopar Pro Superbike points leader Ben Young continued his perfect streak of ten consecutive sessions atop the charts, albeit by the closest margins yet, putting in his best lap of the Top Ten Superpole as the flag waved to jump into pole position as time expired.
The Collingwood, ON native remained in the pit lane with under two minutes remaining and rival Jordan Szoke sitting in first place, but managed to begin his final flying lap with just two seconds to spare before placing his Van Dolder’s Home Team/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR at the top of the leaderboard.
His time of 1:03.045 not only pushed him 0.223 seconds clear of Szoke, but gave Young the new outright lap record, ironically displacing Szoke’s record from 2017.
“The plan was to leave it to the last second before we went back out, but it was definitely a little close there at the end,” Young laughed. “The BMW was phenomenal, so we just threw a new rear Dunlop tire on and pushed really hard for one lap. But everything was working really great, and I know we have the pace to stay at the front tomorrow, so things should be fun.”
As for Szoke, the four-time defending champion will lose yet another session to his biggest rival, but the Lynden, ON veteran did manage to show his best pace of the weekend aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
The 13-time National title-winner will look to end Young’s unbeaten streak on Sunday, as he continues to find himself in an unfamiliar position early in the 2019 campaign.
“It’s frustrating, but the bike felt really good, and everything was a little more comfortable today," said Szoke. "There’s always some changes to be made, so hopefully we make the right ones and come out stronger in the race tomorrow.”
Rounding out the front row for Sunday’s race will be Beaconsfield, QC veteran Michael Leon, who will be chasing his first ever podium in the Pro Superbike class after crashing out in round one aboard his Royal Distributing BMW.
Trevor Daley continued his bounce-back weekend as the Mississauga, ON native also looks to recover from a disappointing round one, qualifying in fourth aboard his OneSpeed/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 after running second-fastest in both practice sessions on Friday.
Centering the second row and rounding out the top five will be Samuel Trepanier, who is still recovering from a massive crash to start the year but was able to post his personal best times at the Grand Bend Motorplex aboard his Blysk Racing BMW.
“My arm is still in quite a bit of pain, and it’s tough flipping the bike over to the left, even though there’s only a couple left turns here,” said the St. Isidore, QC native. “Luckily the bike feels great, and we’re still riding pretty well, so hopefully we can go a little faster in the race tomorrow.”
The top rookie from Saturday’s 24-rider field was Georgetown, Guyana’s Elliott Vieira, who completed the Top Ten Superpole in tenth place aboard his Aventura Gold Yamaha YZF-R6, though he has yet to score points in the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year fight.
The Superbike class wasn’t the only group to come down to the wire, however, as local youngster Dylan Bauer scored his first career pole position in the Pro ranks in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.
Riding out of nearby Breslau, ON, Bauer posted a time of 1:04.351 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6, moving from third on the grid up to the top spot to displace Sebastien Tremblay with just moments remaining.
The Mirabel, QC native will now start from second aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, with championship leader Will Hornblower rounding out the front row.
Hornblower crashed early in the session but was still able to put in a fast lap prior to the incident aboard his Yamaha machine, as the hometown favourite out of Sarnia, ON will look to stretch his points lead with a win on Sunday.
“I was just praying I put in a good enough time to be at least near the first few rows,” Hornblower said. “The last couple minutes were definitely nerve-wracking, but it’s still a front row start which is awesome, all things considered.”
Two-time defending champion Tomas Casas will kick off the second row aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha, as the Peterborough, ON youngster battled through a number of mechanical issues after crashing out in round one.
Notably, the top six riders in the class were all separated by just over a half-second in qualifying, with the top five all posting better times than the pole position mark from a year ago.
The first National race of the weekend also provided some excitement on Saturday, with Avery Hart extending his points lead atop the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class with a dominating victory.
The Princeville, NS native got off to an early lead and never looked back, storming his way to a four-second win aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3.
“The gameplan was to pull away right off the start, so you can’t really complain with how that worked out,” Hart said. “The tire got a little greasy towards the end, but everything felt great and held up enough for me to get the win.”
Winning the battle for second was Hart’s east coast teammate, Keegan Gaudet, who held off a late charge from fellow teenager Ben LeClair to claim the second spot on the podium, with LeClair breaking his older brother’s lap record in the class on the final lap of the race aboard his Fast Company Yamaha out of Blackstock, ON.
The final two CSBK qualifying sessions of the day also failed to disappoint, with Jordan Royds claiming pole position in the Express Lane Amateur Superbike class and Jake LeClair, older brother of Ben, leading the charge in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike category.
Royds, riding a Yamaha YZF-R1 out of Ancaster, ON, will be looking to make up for a disappointing performance at his home track in round one, while LeClair – last year’s Lightweight champion – is aiming for his best career finish in his first year aboard the bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 machine.
Race one of the Goderich Toyota Classic Superbike Racing series also kicked off on Saturday, with Scott McVicker coming away victorious aboard his vintage 1980’s era 1025cc Honda CB750 machine out of Oakville, ON.
Full results from Saturday’s racing and qualifying, as well as the schedule for Sunday’s races, can be found at the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Saturday, 08 June 2019 23:04 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Grand Bend, ON – June 7, 2019 – Mopar Pro Superbike championship leader Ben Young continued his hot start to the 2019 season on Friday, pacing the field at round two of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Grand Bend Motorplex.
After winning the opening round in stunning fashion, the Collingwood, ON native picked up right where he left off, ending the morning practice atop the leaderboards with a time of 1:04.280 aboard his Barrie Trim/Van Dolder’s Home Team Scot-Build BMW S1000RR.
The rest of the field seemed to be catching Young in the afternoon practice as the track warmed, but not before “Braveheart” improved upon his own pace to post a blistering time of 1:03.432 – just 0.232 seconds off the lap record and nearly a full second faster than any other rider.
His chart-topping times from Friday extended Young’s streak to eight-consecutive sessions atop the leaderboards in 2019, as last year’s championship runner-up has looked virtually unbeatable in the early going.
While Young will look to continue his momentum into Saturday’s qualifying, he’ll have to do so with an unfamiliar foe behind him, as Trevor Daley placed his Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 second-fastest in both sessions.
After struggling to 13th in the season opener, in large part due to a crash on lap one, Daley will attempt to get his year back on track with a strong qualifying performance on Saturday and a potential shot at his first career Pro Superbike victory on Sunday.
It will also be a crucial day of qualifying for four-time defending champion Jordan Szoke, who failed to win the season opener for the first time in seven years and remains behind the pace in round two.
The Lynden, ON veteran is still within striking distance of Young, however, running third-fastest in both practice sessions aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja with a best time of 1:04.587.
The fourth-fastest time of the day came from Blysk Racing BMW’s Samuel Trepanier, as the St. Isidore, QC native was the last rider to break into the 1:04 second mark, squeezing out a time of 1:04.989 in the afternoon practice.
Notably rounding out the top five, however, was Sarnia, ON’s Will Hornblower, who posted a time of 1:05.057 aboard his lesser-powered Yamaha YZF-R6 sport bike.
Despite the strong performance, all eyes will be on Hornblower in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, where he and his Yamaha machine enter his home circuit with a surprising championship lead.
While his time in Superbike practice would have been the fastest of the day in the Sport Bike class, the actual front-runner in both sessions was Laval, QC’s Sebastien Tremblay, who posted a best time of 1:05.433 aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.
Tremblay will also look to rebound in round two after an unfortunate collision late in the season opener cost him a shot at a victory, courtesy of rival and two-time reigning champion Tomas Casas.
Casas, meanwhile, will look to get things back on track aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha, as the Peterborough, ON native trailed Tremblay by a minuscule 0.016 seconds in the afternoon session after switching to a new engine for round two.
Another championship leader who got off to a hot start on Friday was Princeville, NS’s Avery Hart, who enters with just a two-point lead in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class.
The WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3 rider paced the field with a best time of 1:12.416, over a full second faster than championship rival Ben LeClair, as the Blackstock, ON teenager struggled to fifth on the leaderboards aboard his Fast Company Yamaha.
After arguably the most exciting race of round one, the Express Lane Amateur Superbike class continued its narrow pace into round two, as Jordan Royds set the fastest time of the day by just 0.074 seconds aboard his Yamaha YZF-R1.
The Ancaster, ON rider just barely edged the Aprilia RSV4RR of Dave Natale, who won the opening race out of Markham, ON.
Ben won’t be the only LeClair brother looking for a victory on the weekend, however, as last year’s Lightweight champion, Jake LeClair, finds himself just 0.128 seconds behind points leader Christian Allard in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike category.
Allard, riding a Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja out of Chambly, QC, paced the field with a time of 1:07.591, with LeClair next in line aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6.
Full results from Friday’s practice sessions, as well as the weekend schedule, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Saturday, 08 June 2019 12:28 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Toronto, ON – June 4, 2019 – For the first time in nearly a decade, the second round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship will feature a different points leader in the Mopar Pro Superbike class, as Ben Young will head to the Grand Bend Motorplex as the man to beat this weekend, June 7-9.
Young captured just his second career victory in round one aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR, as the Collingwood, ON rider looks to make up for past mistakes at arguably his strongest track on the calendar.
It was a year ago in Grand Bend that Young nearly won his first ever Pro Superbike race, leading on the final lap before making a critical error in the penultimate corner that resulted in a win for four-time defending champion Jordan Szoke.
Now with two wins under his belt, Young will look to extend his points lead over Szoke, with the Lynden, ON veteran finding himself in an unfamiliar position as he chases his 14th National championship aboard a Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
Not only does Szoke fail to hold a championship lead for the first time in seven years, but he finds himself third in the standings after settling for the final podium spot in the season opener behind Belfountain, ON’s Kenny Riedmann.
Sporting a Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki, Riedmann has yet to confirm his plans for the full season but is expected to compete in round two at Grand Bend, where he finished third two seasons ago.
One of the biggest surprises from round one was the immediate impact of Tomas Casas aboard his new Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1 machine, as the Peterborough, ON youngster finished fourth in his first ever race on a Superbike and will look to claim his first podium in the feature class this weekend.
Another dark horse to watch will be St. Isidore, QC’s Samuel Trepanier, who typically opposes tight circuits such as Grand Bend but is always a threat to challenge for a podium – or possibly score his first career Pro victory - aboard his Blysk Racing BMW.
A rider who typically favours tighter tracks, however, is Verdun, QC teenager Nicolas Meunier, who could be in line for a breakout performance aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja as he chases the 2019 Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year award.
While Young will head to arguably his best track with a points lead in the Superbike class, Will Hornblower will find himself in almost the same scenario in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.
After years of tough-luck results, Hornblower finally took the top step of the podium in round one aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6, and the Sarnia, ON native will look for a repeat performance at his home circuit.
Hornblower won’t be the only hometown rider coming off a strong performance, however, as Hamilton, ON’s David MacKay finished second aboard his Mack Attack Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja and could be in line for his first career Pro victory after he was leading for a portion of last years contest.
MacKay was injured in a scary incident at a regional race earlier this month but is fully committed to racing at Grand Bend, albeit at less than 100 per cent as he tries to keep himself in the championship fight early on.
Notably absent from the top of the standings are two-time reigning champion Casas and his biggest rival in Mirabel, QC’s Sebastien Tremblay. A late-race crash in round one left Casas with zero points and the DB Moto Kawasaki of Tremblay with a 12th place finish, but both will look to rebound with a victory in round two.
Possibly the most exciting series to watch will be the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class, where Princeville, NS’s Avery Hart leads the championship by just two points aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3.
With every round serving as a doubleheader for the development class, Hart will have two opportunities to extend his lead over Blackstock, ON teenager Ben LeClair, who traded wins with Hart in round one aboard his Yamaha machine.
The Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class could also be a wide-open battle at the front, with Markham, ON’s Dave Natale winning the season opener aboard his Aprilia RSV4 RR by under a half-second over Blainville, QC’s Guillaume Fortin and his Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
As for the older LeClair brother, Jake will aim to score his first career Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike victory in round two aboard a bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6. Last year’s Lightweight class winner struggled in round one, losing out to St. Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC’s Christian Allard and his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, but could be better suited for the Grand Bend circuit as he continues to adapt to the bigger machine.
Information regarding round two at the Grand Bend Motorplex, including the weekend schedule, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Tuesday, 04 June 2019 11:40 Published in Reports, Results & Points
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13-time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke with wife and fellow competitor, Amy Szoke.
Runners Up Ben Young, Samuel Trepanier and Trevor Daley
Canadian Sportbike Champion Tomas Casas
Runner Up Mitch Card
Plus, the following great competitors competing in the Canadian CSBK and SOAR Series:
Kenny Riedmann, Samuel Desmarais, Mack Attack Racing’s David, Glenn and Shannon Mackay, Nicolas “Nico” Meunier, Guillaume Fortin, Slightly Stoopid’s Drew Morrisey and Sunny Park, Team Tenacious Mike Heggarty, Vincent Levillain and Connor Campbell.
Former AMA Champion and 2019 Daytona 200 competitor – Jason DiSalvo
NHRA’s Top Fuel Racing’s – Shark Racing’s Rickey House
ASRA Super Stock, Team Challenge and F-4 National Champion Lloyd Bayley
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Thursday, 30 May 2019 16:21 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Shannonville, ON – May 19, 2019 – The 2019 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship got off to a much different start than years past on Sunday, with a pair of dramatic Pro races leading to some first-time championship leaders after round one at Shannonville Motorsport Park.
Ben Young completed the weekend sweep in the Mopar Pro Superbike feature class, as the Collingwood, ON rider led every session of round one before leading all 22 laps of the final race aboard his Scot-Build/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR.
Despite his run at the top of the leaderboard, Young was under siege for the entirety of the race, holding off a pair of familiar foes in Kenny Riedmann and four-time defending champion Jordan Szoke.
“It feels really great. We had a great start, but I knew they were behind me the whole way, so I really had to push,” said Young. “It’s nice to see BMW continuing their run of wins here this season, and I’m just honoured to be a part of that, so we’re all looking forward to round two in a few weeks at Grand Bend.”
“I think it’s one of my better tracks, so to go in there with a points advantage over Jordan and Kenny is just a dream come true so far,” he continued.
It was another brilliant ride for Belfountain, ON’s Riedmann, who has now managed to edge his long-time rival in Szoke in back-to-back races after winning the season finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, his lone career victory aboard the Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
“Jordan’s a 13-time champion, so obviously keeping him behind me was never going to be easy, but I was really trying to find a weak spot on Ben to make a pass and just couldn’t find one,” Riedmann said. “He put in a really fast lap at the end that I just couldn’t match, so I’m really glad to be here on the podium and fighting with these guys. It was a lot of fun.”
Szoke will now leave round one without the series lead for the first time in seven seasons, a race he also finished third in, though it was a spirited ride for the Lynden, ON veteran in his debut with the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki team.
After a massive crash on Saturday morning, Szoke battled through a number of injuries to keep himself within the title fight early on.
“It was a real push to get the bikes together, and I was having a tough time fighting through the pain, so I knew I had to play it smart,” said Szoke. “It was a tough weekend, but the new team is a great fit. It’s not about every race, it’s about the championship, and we’ll be right back up there in round two.”
Taking a career-best result in fourth place was Peterborough, ON youngster Tomas Casas, who was racing aboard a Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike for the first time in his career this weekend, with St. Isidore, QC’s Samuel Trepanier also battling through injury to round out the top five aboard his Blysk Racing BMW.
The top rookie in the Pro Superbike class was Maple, ON’s Ivan Babic, who finished eighth aboard his BMW as he takes an early lead in the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year battle.
It wasn’t as good of a result for Casas in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, however, as a last-lap crash led to the first career Pro victory for Sarnia, ON’s Will Hornblower.
A frequent podium finisher, Hornblower finally managed to overcome a string of bad luck performances to win at SMP aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6.
“It’s really felt like a long time coming,” Hornblower said. “The past six years I’ve come so close, but to finally do it is just unbelievable. I can’t thank everyone enough.”
After running in third for much of the race, Hornblower had the front seat to a crash involving Casas and Mirabel, QC’s Sebastien Tremblay, with Tremblay leading the race at the time aboard his DB Moto Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.
“Tomas was faster in turn three so he tried to make the pass there, but Sebastien held the line and there was just nothing they could do,” Hornblower explained. “I just kept telling myself ‘you can’t screw this up,’ so I’m not glad they crashed but I’m just really glad I held onto it.”
Casas, the two-time defending champion in the Sport Bike category, will now enter round two at the Grand Bend Motorplex with just four points to Hornblower’s 52.
Also benefitting from the incident was Hamilton, ON’s David MacKay, who ran majority of the race in fourth before finishing in second place aboard his Mack Attack Racing Kawasaki. Rounding out the podium, meanwhile, was Lasalle, QC’s Samuel Desmarais, who had his best career finish aboard his Playground Poker Club Kawasaki.
The TSN Motorcycle Experience Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike class also continued its thrilling action from Saturday, as Princeville, NS’s Avery Hart claimed his second career victory aboard a WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3.
After finishing second to Blackstock, ON teenager Ben LeClair in race one on Saturday, Hart was able to get his revenge over his Yamaha counterpart in race two.
“It was well worth the drive up here,” joked Hart. “That first corner really set the tone for the race, and it got really close out there but I was able to hold him off at the end and it was a lot of fun.”
Winning the season opener of the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike category was Markham, ON’s Dave Natale, who narrowly held off the Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja of Guillaume Fortin (Blainville, QC) aboard his Aprilia RSV4 RR.
As for the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, it was St. Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC’s Christian Allard dominating a shortened race aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, with Oakville, ON’s Jared Walker finishing second aboard a similar machine.
Walker was also the winner of round one’s Parts Canada Hard Charger award, improving upon his qualifying time by nearly 1.2 seconds in Sunday’s race.
Full results from Sunday’s racing at Shannonville Motorsport Park can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca, as well as information regarding round two at the Grand Bend Motorplex on June 7-9.
Sunday, 19 May 2019 17:30 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Shannonville, ON – May 17, 2019 – The 2019 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship officially got underway at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Friday, and it was Ben Young pacing the Mopar Pro Superbike field ahead of reigning champion Jordan Szoke.
Young, riding a Scot-Build Barrie BMW S1000RR out of Collingwood, ON, led the morning practice session with a time of 1:06.302 before improving upon his own pace in the afternoon, sitting atop the final leaderboard with a mark of 1:05.678.
Despite posting the fastest time in both sessions, Young dealt with a mechanical issue in the afternoon that he is hoping to fix ahead of Saturday’s qualifying. Still, last year’s championship runner-up is staying optimistic after the first day of the new season.
“There’s a lot of traffic out there, and we had some shifter problems which didn’t help at the start, but the BMW is working great as always,” said Young. “If we can just figure that out and keep pushing hard, I think we’ll be hitting it out of the ballpark tomorrow.”
As for Szoke, the four-time defending title holder out of Lynden, ON followed Young closely in both sessions, posting times of 1:06.546 in the morning and 1:05.890 in the afternoon aboard his new Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
“We’re really happy with everything so far,” Szoke said. “Obviously Ben and Kenny [Riedmann] have picked up right where they left off, but we’re more focused on getting a good race set-up and coming out strong tomorrow.”
Riedmann, like Young, won his first career Mopar Pro Superbike race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, but the Belfountain, ON rider and his Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki were displaced in both sessions by Blysk BMW rider Samuel Trepanier.
The St. Isidore, QC native posted times of 1:06.645 in the morning and 1:06.012 in the afternoon, just slightly ahead of Riedmann and his times of 1:07.202 and 1:06.328.
“We tried some things this afternoon, but the morning set-up felt a lot better,” said Riedmann, despite going nearly a second quicker in the second practice session. “It just felt like the rear was getting ahead of the front, so I think we’re going to change things back for tomorrow, but other than that it felt good to be back out there.”
Szoke wasn’t the only defending Pro champion to be unseated on day one, however, as Peterborough, ON youngster Tomas Casas ran second-fastest aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 in what was a tough-luck day for the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.
After the morning session fell victim to a wet track and cold weather, the afternoon session was shortened by a red flag incident, with Mirabel, QC’s Sebastien Tremblay leading that practice aboard his DB Moto Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja with a time of 1:07.527.
Casas, meanwhile, was a distant second place with a time of 1:09.267, as he and the rest of the field will look to chase after Tremblay in qualifying on Saturday.
“It was hard because we didn’t get any laps in this morning and then the second session ended early, but overall it wasn’t too bad,” said Casas. “The bike felt great and I think things will be a lot better with some track time tomorrow.”
The second-ever season of the TSN Motorcycle Experience Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike championship also got off to an exciting start, with Blackstock, ON’s Ben LeClair leading the morning practice and Strathroy, ON’s Trevor Dion pacing the afternoon session.
LeClair, the younger brother of last year’s Lightweight champion Jake, posted a 1:17.594 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R3, while Dion bested him with a time of 1:17.061 in the afternoon aboard his Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Second-place in both sessions was last year’s runner-up Alex Berthiaume, as the Yamaha-mounted Laval, QC rider was less than three-tenths of a second off the pace in both practices.
The newly sponsored Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class was led both times by Ancaster, ON’s Jordan Royds, who’s best time of the day was a 1:10.065 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R1.
As for the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, it was Jake LeClair leading a sparse group of riders in the morning session aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 with a time of 1:14.678, while St. Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC’s Christian Allard bested a more crowded afternoon practice with a time of 1:10.263 aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.
Full results from Friday’s action and the weekend schedule for round one at SMP can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Friday, 17 May 2019 17:15 Published in Reports, Results & Points
The final MotoAmerica Motul Superbike race of the season at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama was a thriller, with yesterday’s victor Toni Elias coming through the pack once again to take his 9th victory of the season for Yoshimura-Suzuki. After a troubled campaign, the result moved outgoing Champ Elias up to second in the final standings.
After a big crash on Saturday, newly crowned MotoAmerica Champion Cameron Beaubier earned a close second for Monster Yamaha, just .3 of a second behind the victor. Also in the battle was early leader Josh Herrin on his Attack Yamaha, three seconds further back at the finish to take third overall.
Meanwhile Ben Young, second overall in the 2018 Mopar CSBK Canadian National Championships, had a strong run with his Scot Build/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR, earning tenth after a good dice with the similar machine of Geoff May. The two fought right to the finish of the 21 lap race, Young just .4 of a second back from May at the line.
“I knew that today, we should be there (at the front),” explained victor Elias post-race. “I had the pace, and we were strong enough with the soft tire option. I was thinking to open up a gap, but it was incredible lap times with all of us late in the race. It was an incredible push; we were all over the limit.”
Beabier’s second spot was his 16th Podium of 2018 and a real reversal of fortune after his big fall in Saturday’s round. “Yesterday was the biggest off I ‘ve had in a couple of years, but I wasn’t too sore, but my confidence was a little down,” admitted the new number one plate holder. “I knew Toni would push the pace, the track was still a little sketchy and damp in a few places, so it was tough.”
Top privateer Herrin earned his 12th podium of the season after an incredible, up-and-down season. At Barber, he suffered a back injury during a massage on Saturday, but was feeling much better on Sunday. “I’m really happy to finish the year on the podium with a bike that isn’t smashed up,” smiled former Champ Herrin. “We ended up beating two of the factory bikes in the Championship, so I’m so happy with my team, happy to put us up here.”
Young was cheered with a strong effort to complete his 2018 tour, explaining that “I fell like we did a good job overall. We had a much better overall pace today, we made the bike easier to ride, and I really wanted to get a top ten. It’s hard to compare this race to a CSBK round, since I’m not chasing anything, but I think we adapted to the different tires and requirements well.”
Quebec’s Alex Dumas clinched the Liqui Moly Junior Cup title two weeks ago at a sodden New Jersey, but in ultra warm conditions he dominated the final 2018 LTWT race for KTM at Barber. Unlike Saturday’s race, Sunday round had only single bike incidents, and thus no red flags. Dumas sprinted into a lead he would never loose from Pole position, Kawasaki mounted Damien Jigalov earning second after a wild battle with several future stars, including third placed Cory Ventura. Yamaha-mounted Ventura, along with Dumas a KTM Cup front runner last year, was second on Saturday. Dumas won an impressive ten races aboard his orange single on his way to dominating the Championship, winding up with 295 points compared to the 221 total of runner-up Ventura. Early season pace setter Ashton Yates wound up fourth overall for Kawasaki.
The rain-delayed SuperSport race turned out to be a barn burner, with Saturday victor Hayden Gillim repeating aboard the Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. Gillim lead early, the was caught by newly crowned class Champ J.D. Beach on the sole factory Yamaha entry. On the last lap, Gillim brushed Beach as they headed for the final set of corners, then Gillim hung on to win by about a wheel.
Valentin Debise earned third on the M4 Ecstar Suzuki, getting the best of another good fight with fourth placed Bryce Prince on his Kyle Wyman Racing Yamaha. Braden Ortt of Alberta couldn’t overcome a bad start with his Tuned Racing YZF-R6, and wound up seventh overall.
Sunday, 23 September 2018 18:50 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Outgoing MotoAmerica Superbike Champ Toni Elias scored an impressive victory for Yoshimura-Suzuki in the penultimate race of the Motul Superbike National Championship at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama. The popular Spanish former Moto2 World Champ made up for a poor qualifying effort by battling to the front and eventually pulling away to win the 21 lap Feature race in the MotoAmerica Series.
Early leader Josh Herrin was a distant second on his privateer Attach-Yamaha YZF-R1, and admitted to easing his pace late in a very hot and humid day in the south. Also in the fight for first was pole sitter Cameron Beaubier, but he crashed his Monster-Yamaha in turn seven, mid-race.
The fight for third was a good one, with South African ace Mathew Scholtz, a victor in the rain here a year ago, staying mostly in front of crowd favorite Roger Hayden. Yoshimura-Suzuki’s Hayden is retiring at the end of this weekend, and was briefly third late in the race. But Hayden ran wide and Scholtz made a re-pass to score third on his Yamalube Yamaha.
Hayden settle for fourth, and a good race long battle for fifth was resolved with Ecstar/M4 Suzuki’s Jake Lewis earning the spot ahead of sixth best Danny Eslick on his BMW. Second works Yamaha racer Garrett Gerloff earned seventh, Genuine Broaster Chicken-backed Honda team-mates Bobby Fong and Cameron Petersen battling to take eight and ninth.
Mopar CSBK National Championship runner-up Ben Young had a good race, but gradually faded from the pack in front to net 13th overall with his Scot built BMW S1000RR. Post-race, Young explained that he was struggling with the front end, but the team had some ideas to deal with the issue, and were looking forward to tomorrow’s final 2018 North American National road race event.
In the SuperSport class for middleweight machinery, Hayden Gillim scored a break-through dry race victory for privateer Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha, holding off the charge of new class Champ J.D. Beach aboard the works Monster Yamaha. French star Valentin Debise was a close third on a M4 Ecstar Suzuki.
Alberta’s Braeden Ortt had another strong effort aboard the Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6, moving up over several restarts to claim a strong fourth overall at the finish.
In the Liqui Moly Junior Cup portion of the MotoAmerica Championship of Alabama, newly crowned debut class Champ Alex Dumas of Quebec earned another solid victory. KTM Orange Brigade racer Dumas lead the whole way for his ninth win of the season, gradually pulling away from Cory Ventura’s MP13 Yamaha YZF-R3. Ventura holds second in the standing’s with only Sunday’s race left to run in the Championship. Renzo Ferreira was third on the Quarterly Racing Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Suzuki SV650 mounted Darrell Ricks won a close Twins Cup final, holding off Robert McLendon’s Yamaha and third placed Curtis Murray on another Suzuki.
British Columbia’s Darren James was in the thick of the fight for podium honors until he experienced mechanical issues with just under a lap to go in the Twins Final. James, who had a strong Twins debut earlier this season at Sears Point, California, and has raced the class on the roads in the U.K., was riding a brand new Yamaha twin built by Randy Palmer’s RP MotoArts.
Tomorrow’s schedule includes a full program of events to conclude the 2018 MotoAmerica National Championship tour.
Saturday, 22 September 2018 20:04 Published in Reports, Results & Points