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 Published in Reports, Results & Points
11-time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke will be attending the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo on Saturday, March 11th at the International Centre near Pearson International Airport in Toronto, ON. Additionally, you will be able to find Szoke’s 2016 Mopar Express Lane BMW Motorrad Superbike on display all weekend in the Mopar exhibitor booth.
Szoke, the winningest racer in Canadian Superbike history and a 2016 inductee into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, will be on hand to greet fans and enthusiasts alongside other Mopar racers and vehicles.
Mar 10-12, 2017
6900 Airport Road
Show Times: Friday: 10am - 9 pm / Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm / Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Visit www.motoramashow.com for more information.
Friday, 03 March 2017 10:08 Published in Industry News
Inside Motorcycles vintage race contributor Dave Minnett (Rockwood, ON), a regular competitor with the Vintage Road Racing Association (VRRA), stepped into the world of modern machinery when he competed as a guest media rider in the Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series doubleheader during the season-ending Canadian Superbike Championship double round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on the weekend of August 19-21.
After missing the Friday morning practice session, Minnett stepped in for the second session and slowly improved his lap times down to a best 1:47.07, sixth-best in the session. The other media reps in attendance were JP Schroeder, riding for CMG Online, and Jacob Black of Autotrader.ca. These two outlets had quite a good-natured online spitting match building up to the race weekend (thanks to CMG editor Mark Richardson), but after day one, Schroeder was the fastest of the journalists at 1:45.74, almost a second and a half ahead of Minnett. Black, whose pride far outmatches his motorcycle race experience, qualified 11th.
While the guest riders were on track to spread the word about the affordable Ninja 300 spec class to the public, there was a class full of real racers taking priority at the legendary track formerly known as Mosport. On that note, Windsor, NS teenager Brandon Pemberton was the fastest in practice with a 1:43.31.
Green machines head off after the lights drop in Saturday's race. IM rider Minnett qualified fifth.
Minnett improved to a 1:46.4 in Saturday morning's lone qualifying session, quickest of the journalists and good enough for fifth overall on the grid. Pemberton improved his time to a 1:43.04 but was outpaced by fellow teen Jared Walker (Oakville, ON), who set a new track record at 1:42.30. Eric Quintin (Ile Perot, QC) took third at 1:44.01.
During Saturday's official race (the first of two scheduled for the weekend), Minnett got a mediocre start but managed to remain in the top five for the majority of the race. He and Dartmouth, NS rider Patrick Pelletier lost ground to the top three of Walker, Pemberton and Quintin early on, but used the draft to make time back up on Quintin, and by the closing laps had caught up to the Quebec rider. After a smart pass in turn 8, Minnett held Quintin off by 0.090 seconds to earn third place, having run a best lap of 1:43.92, his best lap of the weekend. Walker reset his own track record to 1:42.16 and took the win four seconds ahead of Pemberton.
He may have crossed the line more than 20 seconds after winner Walker, but third place was as good as a victory for the humble but focused Minnett.
"Coming in, I said I would be happy with a top ten," said Minnett after the race. "Of course that was an outright lie, because even second place is only first loser, and we all want the top spot. The reality is that I had no idea what the competition was and whether or not I could make it to the top 5. Let's just say it was a very nice surprise to get there."
CMG Online's JP Schroeder finished in sixth, while Black finished tenth. Due to his "guest" status Minnett wasn't given the third place trophy, which went to Quintin.
Minnett stalks Eric Quintin and Patrick Pelletier exiting turn 3. He would eventually surpass both riders to take third place on Saturday.
On Sunday Minnett backed up his third-place finish the day before with a solid fifth while Walker, Pemberton and Quintin took the three podium spots, respectively. The race was red-flagged on lap seven when Autotrader.ca's Black lost control coming out of turn 10 and blasted into some hay bales at a high rate of speed. Black received a few bruises and cuts from the crash but was seen walking around trackside shortly after. CMG's Schroeder wound up sixth, giving Minnett a sweep of the media portion of the Ninja 300 Race Series doubleheader.
Minnett, a veteran of the track but mostly on vintage machinery, was impressed by the track capabilities of the Kawasaki Ninja 300. "It's quite impressive, really. Once the suspension was set for my weight (thanks John Sharrard), it handled quite well. There was still room for further development though, as I felt it wouldn't turn in as quick as I liked. But the Dunlop tires are surprisingly good and I never felt I was outriding them. After a couple of brisk warm-up laps to get some heat into them, they were always confidence-inspiring. The engine is surprisingly good for it's size and pulls very smoothly all the way to redline. The power shift feature is so convenient, especially when you want to maintain streamlining in the tucked position - no gear shift wrangling required!"
As far as commenting on the series itself, Minnett was even more impressed than he expected at the fun and competitiveness of the Kawasaki-only spec class. "Wow, what an awesome little machine and series to go with it!" said a smiling Minnett post-race. "This is a relatively low cost way to go racing. A set of tires will last two weekends, maybe more... the fuel is cheap, and because it's a spec class, the fun factor is just as high as on something far more expensive to maintain. Because it has modest power, the only way to decrease lap times is to stay off the brakes and stay on the throttle. I'm sure that a weekend on the baby Ninja has improved my cornering skills - just because there is no other way to make it go faster.
"Who knew 38 hp could be this much fun!"
Minnett was impressed by the track capabilities of the Ninja 300 and the fun competition the spec class offers.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series continues in 2017 in conjunction with the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship national tour. For full results and final points standings, visit www.csbk.ca. For more on the Ninja 300 Race Series, visit www.kawasakiracing.ca
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 17:20 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Tim McGill was one of the shooters on the scene for Inside Motorcycles at the 2016 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on August 20-21. Check out a sampling of his fine work in this gallery!
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:55 Published in Reports, Results & Points
SHANNONVILLE, Ont. (May 29, 2016) – Defending Mopar Canadian Superbike champion Jordan Szoke picked up where he had left off at the end of the 2015 season, winning the opening round of the 2016 campaign at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Sunday.
Monday, 30 May 2016 09:30 Published in Reports, Results & Points
TORONTO, Ont. – From CSBK.com - The path to an 11th national Superbike crown promises to be a daunting one for Jordan Szoke as the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship motorcycle road racing series opens with the Superbike Challenge 2016 at Shannonville Motorsport Park this weekend.
The 37-year-old resident of Lynden, Ont. will face one of the deepest Superbike fields assembled in several years as he tries to maintain his mastery over the Canadian series. Last year the Express Lane/Motovan BMW S1000RR rider put together the second perfect season of his career in claiming the Mopar CSBK crown. Included in that winning run was a milestone 50th career Canadian Superbike national triumph.
In addition to having won the last seven Mopar CSBK races, Szoke has also triumphed in the two most recent national rounds to be held on Shannonville’s 2.45km (1.53-mile) 11-turn ‘Pro’ layout.
This season marks the return of Mopar CSBK action to TSN, with support from Dalton Timmis Insurance. Dalton Timmis Insurance presents Mopar CSBK on TSN will consist of half-hour programs from each of the seven national rounds, beginning in June. Dalton Timmis Insurance will also be a co-sponsor of the online coverage of the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.
Dalton Timmis Insurance is also sponsoring the Pro Superbike Qualifying Award, in which the top five qualifiers at each Mopar CSBK round will share in a $2,000 purse and a year-end top qualifier will be crowned.
Among the challengers ranged against Szoke this season will be 25-year-old Kenny Riedmann. The Belfountain, Ont. racer finished runner-up to Szoke in last year’s championship standings with three second-place finishes to his credit. For the coming season Riedmann will be aboard the latest Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja with backing from Sturgess Cycle, Liqui Moly and Speed and Strength.
Last year’s top Quebec-based performer Sebastien Tremblay of Mirabel returns with the Laval Moto / MotoNation Kawasaki ZX-10R after finishing fourth in the 2015 series while Mississauga, Ont.’s Trevor Daley will be looking to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish with the OneSpeed/Rockstar/Motovan Yamaha YZF-R1M.
A pair of former race winners returns to the national tour this season. Thirty-three-year-old Kevin Lacombe of Granby, Que. will ride a Yamaha YZF-R1 with backing from Motosport St-Cesaire, Motovan and Kutvec Amerika. Also riding an R1 will be 20-year-old Bodhi Edie of Warman, Sask., with support coming from Trip-Dub Racing, Z1 CycleTech and Parts Canada.
Collingwood, Ont.’s Ben Young, 22, will make his national Superbike debut riding a BMW of Toronto / Tim Horton’s BMW Motorrad-supported BMW S1000RR and last year’s Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike champion Derrick Whyte of Oshawa, Ont. steps up to the Pro ranks aboard a Snow City Cycle / Lucas Oils / Z1 Cycle Tech Kawasaki ZX-10R.
This season SMP celebrates its 40th anniversary of racing competition. The first motorcycle event was held on Thanksgiving Weekend, 1976.
In addition to his Pro Superbike program, Riedmann will be bidding for a third straight crown in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Championship. This year Riedmann will go for the title on a Kawasaki ZX-6R after claiming the 2014 and 2015 crowns for Triumph.
The Triumph challenge will be led by two-time national Superbike champion Michael Taylor of Toronto, who makes his return to racing aboard a GP Bikes / Goderich Toyota / Mr. Metal-backed Triumph Daytona 675S.
Also expected to feature in the Pro Sport Bike class will be former co-Sunoco Fuels / BCR Pro Rookie of the Year Tomas Casas. The 18-year-old from Peterborough, Ont. will ride a Peterborough Cycle Salvage / Parts Canada / BCR-backed Yamaha YZF-R6.
Action at Shannonville also features the opening rounds of the Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike class and Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike category.
This weekend’s racing also includes the resumption of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec Series. Eric Quintin of Notre Dame de l’Ile Perrot, Que. won the season opener, also at Shannonville, on May 14.
Competition begins on Friday with practice for all five national classes, plus the second round of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 series. Qualifying, including the Dalton Timmis Insurance Pro Superbike Top 10 Qualifier, goes on Saturday, along with another round for the Kawasaki Ninja 300 competitors.
Feature races in all classes will be held Sunday.
Tickets are available through the track website (www.shannonville.com) or through csbk.ca. Weekend passes can be purchased for $30 online or $40 at the gate.
Recent Shannonville Motorsport Park Superbike National Wins
2014 – Jordan Szoke (BMW S1000RR)
2013 – Jordan Szoke (BMW S1000RR)
2012 – Andrew Nelson (BMW S1000RR)
2011 – Brett McCormick / Brett McCormick (BMW S1000RR)
2009 – Brett McCormick (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
Shannonville Motorsport Park Fast Facts
…BMW enjoys a streak of five straight wins at Shannonville Motorsport Park. Aboard the venerable S1000RR, Jordan Szoke won the two most recent SMP Mopar Pro CSBK races in 2013 and 2014. Andrew Nelson was victorious in 2012 and Brett McCormick swept a doubleheader in 2011.
…Besides Szoke, Granby, Que.’s Kevin Lacombe is the only other former Shanonnville Canadian Pro Superbike winner entered for this weekend’s Mopar Pro CSBK event. Lacombe claimed his first career win in the 2002 season finale and was also victorious in 2006.
…Over the past 10 years that SMP has hosted the opening round of the Canadian Superbike series, the race winner has gone on to take the title six times. The most recent racer to do so was Szoke in 2013. He also used victory in the Shannonville opener as springboard to a title in 2000 and 2006. Others to pull of the feat were Steve Crevier in 2001 and 2003, and Francis Martin in 2005.
Friday, 27 May 2016 10:21 Published in Reports, Results & Points
The 2016 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship Official Series Program is available now for viewing for free!
Thursday, 26 May 2016 15:34 Published in Industry News
10-time Mopar Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke will be attending the Motorcycle Spring Show on Saturday, April 9th at the International Centre in Toronto, ON. Szoke will be signing autographs at the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship booth for fans and show visitors.
The Motorcycle Spring Show runs April 9-10. Show times are Saturday 9-9 and Sunday 10-5. For more information visit www.motorcyclespringshow.com.
Apr 9 - 10 2016
6900 Airport Road
Thursday, 31 March 2016 10:00 Published in Industry News
Collingwood, ON, CANADA – March 17, 2016 - Scottish-born Pro motorcycle road racer Ben Young is thrilled to confirm that he will be contesting the full 2016 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) piloting a BMW Motorrad Canada S1000RR Superbike.
2016 marks a very special milestone for the global BMW brand as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. The centenary year got underway on March 7, 2016 and over the coming months the company, with its brands and services, will look ahead to the next 100 years.
Not only will this be Young’s first venture into the premier Superbike class, but this will also be his first-ever season on a BMW and his first full season racing on Canadian soil since he won the PRO GP125 R.A.C.E Championship in 2010. A rider with tremendous international experience, including the Scottish Nationals, U.S. Red Bull Rookies Cup tryouts, British Superbike, and a Grand Prix wildcard, Young’s racing career has been extensive for any rider of his age. In 2014, he split his time between racing British Superstock in the UK and AMA Daytona SportBike (now MotoAmerica Supersport) in America, scoring solid results in both.
The resident of Collingwood, Ontario spent this past season racing in the US with the powerful RoadRace Factory team in the MotoAmerica Supersport championship where he earned his first MotoAmerica podium at Road America along with several top five finishes. In 2015, he also achieved two podium finishes at home in Canada during a one-off race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Much like BMW’s heritage, Young has always set his sights firmly on the future and has been a consistent force poised to take on new challenges and emerge stronger for them.
“BMW Motorrad Canada is proud to partner with Ben Young in 2016," said Chris Duff, Manager, Motorrad Marketing. "We’ve closely followed his racing career in British Superstock and in MotoAmerica Supersport. Not only have his results been impressive, (but) we know his professionalism on and off the track will represent the BMW brand well. We are delighted that his first venture into the premier Superbike class in Canada will be aboard the BMW S1000RR. We look forward to an exciting and successful season.”
This season also marks the fifth consecutive year the 22-year-old will be sporting the iconic Canadian Tim Hortons’ brand through franchisee Gilles Bolduc, a former Canadian road racer himself. This time Young will be waving the Tim’s flag in Canada after taking the brand abroad to the UK and across the US. Also returning are long-time partners, custom home builder and renovation specialists Scot-build Developments Inc, while AXO Racing will have Young protected with their premium race suits, gloves and boots.
After a brief respite the proud Canuck with the Scottish lilt will once again don an Arai Helmet for maximum safety and comfort as well as welcoming back K&N Filters, Hindle Exhaust, Woodcraft and Vortex Racing.
New partners for 2016 include; Epic Racewear, who will keep the crew looking and feeling Epic with custom crew shirts and KarmaComa Studio who will document Ben’s first season racing on Canadian soil and will delve further into the history and future of the iconic BMW brand on its 100th anniversary through a multi-part YouTube series.
Young recently picked up his BMW S1000RRs at BMW Toronto which was documented by KarmaComa Studio in this video: https://youtu.be/hsJkkF7BDTQ
Scott Cartier, designer and technician at Hindle Exhaust Systems, will be Young’s Chief Mechanic for the 2016 CSBK season.
“I’m stoked to start my new journey in the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship," said Young. "The BMW S1000RR’s stock power is unbelievable and it’s the epitome of a superbike. I can’t wait to work with Scott Cartier on preparing the bikes for the 2016 season and testing as soon as we can.”
Young is also a proud "Laps for Muscular Dystrophy" (Laps4MD) rider who’s pledged to donate $1 for every lap he leads this season. These donations go to Muscular Dystrophy Canada to help make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Canadians affected by a neuromuscular disorder.
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter and Instgram: @benyoung_86.
Thursday, 17 March 2016 15:29 Published in Industry News