Trevor Daley will join the Mopar CSBK for the first time in 2017 aboard a Kawasaki for the series finale Double Header at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 18-20. 2012 Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike National Champion Daley has acquired the Kawasaki ZX-10R originally built for the Macau street race for Canadian Dan Kruger, and then was used in competition during 2016 by Ross Millson and Doug Lawrence.
This summer, Daley has been training with 2011 Mopar CSB Pro Superbike National Champion Brett McCormick, riding together in the dirt. McCormick, currently a University student in Engineering in Saskatchewan, is in Toronto for the summer on a job placement.
McCormick has tested several times at various venues aboard Millson’s Ninja, and encouraged Daley to go with the proven Kawasaki.
Daley now has the bike at his OneSpeed Shop in Mississauga, and is prepared for his first-ever Kawasaki outing at C.T.M.P. Helping at the track will be Daley’s tuner from 2015-2016, Dave Weaver of Florida, owner of the Full Spectrum race shop and a member of the M4 Team in the MotoAmerica Series.
Daley has had a chequered career at Mosport, as typified by the 2014 National double header weekend. On Friday Daley went to hospital with a badly injured hand after a huge crash in “the chute” during Qualifying for Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike. Two days later, Daley made it onto the Superbike podium on his well-travelled back-up Suzuki GSX-R1000.
“I’ve been talking to people in the series, keeping up with things, watch all the live timing,” started Daley of his [pending C.Y.M.P. competition plans.
“From what I gather, everyone is close, except for Jordan (reigning Champ and points leader Szoke) when he puts his head down, more so than previous. But Mosport is much more of an equalizer than the other tracks in the series, because of slip-streaming and whatnot. This has always been a place for me to muster up some good results.
“The last couple of seasons haven’t been the smoothest for me,” explained Daley of his recent CSBK campaigns. “We’ve persevered for good results, but it’s been a struggle, hurting my hands, things coming together late or maybe not at all.
“That’s why I didn’t commit to a program for 2017, I wanted to get to a place where I really wanted to race, get back to the Nationals again. Mosport (C.T.M.P.) is the place where I feel most comfortable, I’ve been fast there in the past – we were fourth on Saturday last year, running in the 1:20s, even with issues.”
Daley was fifth overall in the Mopar Pro Superbike Championship in 2016 aboard a Yamaha, and earned the same position in 2015 with Suzuki equipment.
Daley’s first outing with the Ninja will be in a week’s time at a Test Day on Thursday, August 10 at C.T.M.P. with Rider’s Choice, right before the VRRA 50th Anniversary Grand Prix event.
“This bike has all the right stuff,” continued Daley of the Kawasaki recently owned and prepared by veteran Pro and industry insider Ross Millson. “I think this will be one of the most completely-prepared bikes I have ever raced.
“Last year, we struggled with power, but still were competitive, and I think this bike makes all the right numbers, it will have a fresh, built engine, and it should have good speed. I have been hanging out with Brett, going dirt bike riding, and he likes the Kawasaki.
“I’ve been riding lots of motocross, and I think I’m fit and prepared – I’m really excited about this opportunity. I haven’t felt this good in a few years, I’m healthy and in a good place.”
Backing for the Daley program at C.T.M.P. will come from OneSpeed, Shoei, Rockstar, Motovan, Liqui Moly, 5 gloves and TCX boots.