Shubenacadie, ON – July 20, 2019 – Mopar Pro Superbike championship leader Ben Young inched drastically closer to his first ever National title on Saturday, winning in race one at Atlantic Motorsport Park at round four of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship, presented by Pro Cycle, LS2 Helmets, and Liqui Moly.
Young started from pole position but quickly went backwards on lap one, as Trevor Daley grabbed the holeshot ahead of Jordan Szoke with Young running in third. The Collingwood, ON rider was able to move up into second by lap two, and seemed poised to overtake Daley as the pack headed onto the front straightaway on lap three.
Instead, Daley lost grip exiting the final corner, causing Young and Szoke to slow up slightly. Desperately trying to avoid disaster, Szoke hammered on the brakes, clipping the rear wheel of Young’s Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMWS1000RR and sending both riders into the grass.
Young was able to continue, staying upright and returning to the track in 10th position, but Szoke’s race – and potential championship hopes – ended in heartbreaking fashion as the four-time defending champion was unable to move his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja machine.
With Daley now well out front aboard his Parts Canada Suzuki GSX-R1000R, it appeared as though the race was all but finished only a handful of laps in, but by the midway point the Mississauga, ON native had begun to come under pressure from Samuel Trepanier.
After nearly winning a year ago aboard his Blysk Racing BMW, the St. Isidore, QC native managed to take the lead once more with just eight laps to go, stretching a gap to Daley with his first career Pro victory in sight.
However, Young had managed to work his way back into a podium spot with six laps to go, and was continuing to set fast laps as he eventually overtook Daley. With just a lap to go and Young now charging onto the tail-end of Trepanier, the two rivals went to battle in the final three corners.
Young first made his pass in turn nine, but ran wide and allowed Trepanier back into the lead, only to once again stun his BMW counterpart in the final corner as he completed the miraculous comeback to score his third victory of the season.
“I honestly didn’t think I’d be up here [on the podium], even when I started to catch them I thought there was no way,” Young said. “When we collided and I ran off track, I looked back to see if Jordan was okay, and then I just knew I had to pick up as many points as I could for the championship, so I started to push again. It was crazy, I don’t know how we did it to be honest, but it should make for a phenomenal race tomorrow.”
The wild result extends Young’s championship lead to 69 points entering Sunday, as the BMW rider will have a mathematical chance to clinch the title as soon as race two on Sunday, though he would almost certainly need another DNF from Szoke.
It was a heartbreaking finish for Trepanier, who once again came painstakingly close to his first career victory only to fall up short on the final lap. Still, the fan-favourite was able to score his best result of the season and best since AMP a year ago, as he now sits within striking distance of Szoke for second in the championship.
“It was a really good race and a great battle at the end. It’s unfortunate for Jordan, but I’m glad we didn’t get caught up in it because I was just behind the pack,” said Trepanier. I knew I could catch Trevor, and I made a good pass on him, but I didn’t expect Ben to battle back. Either way, it was a really fun time out there.”
Daley managed to round out the podium for the third consecutive race, but it was the closest the former Amateur champion has come to scoring his first Pro Superbike victory as he continues to make progress aboard his factory Suzuki machine.
“I’ve had a lot of success on the Suzuki in the past, but it’s still a new bike and we still have a lot of progress to make, so to pick up three straight podiums is amazing,” Daley said. “Everything actually felt really good considering the heat and how long the race was, so hopefully we can move up a few spots on the podium tomorrow.”
It was also a solid ride for Tomas Casas, who tied his career-high result in the Superbike category as he finished fourth aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 after a terrific battle with veteran Jeff Williams. The 20-year old out of Peterborough, ON led Williams and his G. Williams Paving BMW for virtually the entire race, though just a single bike length separated Casas from the Inverary, ON rider at the finish.
The top rookie of the day was once again 17-year-old phenom Nicolas Meunier, as the Verdun, QC youngster tied his own career-best finish in eighth aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja and will now take a 20-point lead in the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year battle.
Casas also continued his red-hot stretch in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, winning another instant classic over rival Will Hornblower for his third consecutive victory as he continues to claw his way back into the championship.
The two-time defending champion got a mediocre start from pole position, following Hornblower down into turn one as Sebastien Tremblay grabbed the holeshot. It didn’t take long for the Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 youngster to move back into second, however, as Hornblower made a crucial mistake in turn two that allowed Casas by.
After taking the lead from Tremblay on lap five, Casas began to pull away, stretching out a full-second gap before Hornblower ultimately moved back into second aboard his Bluestreak Racing Yamaha and began to hunt down the reigning champ.
The two nearly traded places a handful of times over the final few laps, but a last-corner attempt from Hornblower wasn’t quite enough to edge the victory, as Casas defeated his Sarnia, ON counterpart by just 0.092 seconds at the line in a finish reminiscent of Young and Trepanier.
“That was so close at the end, I knew they were right behind me the whole way and I even saw Will pull up beside me a couple times at the end,” Casas said. “I didn’t get a bad start and I was able to capitalize on Will’s mistake coming out of turn two, and from there the Dunlop tires held up really well and I was able to hang onto it.”
It was another disappointing break for Hornblower, who has seen his championship lead continue to fade away to just 19 points entering race two on Sunday, though the round one winner remained positive through the extreme temperatures.
“It’s insanely hot out there, I don’t know how Tommy held up so well for 18 laps,” Hornblower said, as a humidity warning in the area had temperatures feeling as high as 39 degrees. “I got a really good start but lost it right away in turn two, and Tomas ran a really good race to the end. The Dunlop’s were incredible, and the tires still look amazing which is just outlandish in this heat.”
Not far behind the front-running duo was Tremblay, who fell off the pace in the middle stages as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone, but returned at the end to finish just a quarter-second behind Hornblower aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.
“I gave it one hundred per cent, but I started to show my injury a bit towards the end,” the Mirabel, QC native said. “I couldn’t brake as deep or as hard as these guys, and the heat didn’t help because it’s a lot of work around here, but hopefully tomorrow things will feel a bit better.”
The three-rider battle nearly looked to be a four-rider pack at one point after a terrific start from Samuel Desmarais, though the Playground Poker Club Kawasaki rider lost steam towards the end of the race. Despite the fatigue, the Lasalle, QC native was still able to hold onto fourth as he continues to build upon his strong sophomore campaign.
The reigning Rookie of the Year was joined inside the top five by the current top Rookie, as Meunier tied his career-best Pro finish in fifth aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki.
The third National race day of the day came and went with far less excitement, as Avery Hart cruised to his fifth victory of the season in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class at his home circuit.
The Princeville, NS native got a good start from second on the grid and led start to finish, winning by just under four seconds aboard his WRBF Yamaha YZF-R3 ahead of championship rival Ben LeClair.
LeClair managed to limit the damage as much as possible aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha, as the Blackstock, ON teenager held off a strong charge from Strathroy, ON youngster Trevor Dion and his Fast Track Performance Kawasaki Ninja 400 as he maintains a 29-point lead entering Sunday.
With just one race on the weekend schedule, the Amateur classes entered their qualifying sessions on Saturday afternoon as usual, with Jake LeClair grabbing pole position in both categories aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6.
The Blackstock, ON teenager and older LeClair brother paced the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class with a time of 1:11.345, before improving upon that time in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class to post a fast-lap of 1:11.303.
Full results from Saturday’s racing and qualifying sessions can be found at the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Saturday, 20 July 2019 19:21 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Shubenacadie, ON – July 19, 2019 – Mopar Pro Superbike championship leader Ben Young scored perhaps his most important qualifying result of the season on Friday, storming his way to pole position for round four of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park, presented by Pro Cycle, LS2 Helmets, and Liqui Moly.
Young entered the first doubleheader weekend of the year with an 18-point lead over rival Jordan Szoke with four races to go, and was able to extend that lead by one point by scoring pole position on Friday aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR.
More important than the one extra point, however, is that the Collingwood, ON native will start Saturday’s race from the front of the grid, as AMP is notorious for being a tight circuit with a premium on passing at the front.
Young knows that grabbing an early lead will be crucial to his efforts this weekend, something the points leader has become no stranger to this season.
“I’ve led pretty early in every race, so hopefully tomorrow will be no different. It’s so hard to pass here, so it would be nice to dictate the pace a little bit,” Young said. “Obviously the championship is going to come down to the wire, but we’re in a good spot and hopefully that continues this weekend.”
Though Friday’s qualifying was the biggest gap between the two rivals all season – still just 0.338 seconds – Szoke has proven throughout his career that he is capable of closing the gap in the blink of an eye, even winning a race after crashing at AMP early in his career.
The 13-time National champion out of Lynden, ON has been starting from scratch this weekend in his first trip out East since returning to the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja team, but has shown steady improvement throughout each session which could culminate in his second consecutive victory on Saturday.
“The gap really isn’t that big with this track, because you can lose time so easily, but Ben has been flying pretty much everywhere so the opportunities are going to be rare,” Szoke said. “I’ve had to be really cautious with the throttle in some spots, but it’s getting a little more comfortable each time and I think we’re really close.”
Joining the two on the front row for the second consecutive weekend will be Parts Canada Suzuki GSX-R1000R rider Trevor Daley, who has now run inside the top-four in every points-scoring session since his disastrous round one.
The Mississauga, ON native enjoyed his most consistent season ever in 2018 and has continued that path into round four of the 2019 campaign, leading some to believe the former Amateur champion could score his long-overdue first career Pro Superbike victory this weekend.
“Everything has been working really great the last few rounds, and we’re just getting more and more comfortable every time out. The Suzuki is phenomenal, it’s just all about getting the right bike setup around here,” Daley said. “If we get a good start we might be able to hang with Jordan and Ben, so hopefully things go to plan tomorrow and it should be a good race.”
Daley managed to secure the final front row spot by just 0.054 seconds over Samuel Trepanier, who will kick off the second row aboard his Blysk Racing/Gulf BMW. The St. Isidore, QC native has had a slow recovery from his crash in round one, but it was just a year ago at AMP that Trepanier nearly defeated Szoke to win his first career Pro race, and a good start could be enough for the fan-favourite to finally do so this weekend.
Centering the middle row and rounding out the top five from Saturday’s qualifying is Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike championship leader Will Hornblower, who posted a spectacular 1:09.229 aboard his Sarnia Cycle Salvage Yamaha YZF-R6, the only sport bike machine to qualify inside the top five all season.
Hornblower has typically chosen to focus on the Sport Bike category and elect not to participate in Superbike racing, but a career-best finish in the feature class could be on the table for the Sarnia, ON native should he choose to participate this weekend.
Nicolas Meunier was once again the top rookie of the qualifying session, as the Verdun, QC native will start from 14th on the grid aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja. The 16-year old phenom currently leads the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year battle by 17 points over Ottawa, ON’s Vivian Matthews, who qualified 18th aboard his Windmill Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1.
Tomas Casas continued his recent surge in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, scoring pole position aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 with a time of 1:09.282 – just 0.072 seconds clear of Hornblower.
The two-time defending champion out of Peterborough, ON will look to score his third consecutive victory on Saturday, as his resurgence from a round one crash has trimmed the deficit to 29 points with four races remaining.
“We got a lot of momentum going right now, everything’s been working really well since round one and we haven’t had a lot of issues,” said Casas. “The biggest thing has just been changing back and forth to the R1, but I feel super comfortable on the 600 so we’re pretty confident heading into the weekend.”
As for Hornblower, the points leader will be under pressure to defeat Casas at least once over the final four races if he hopes to win his first Pro championship, as he has been forced to learn quickly in his first trip to AMP since 2015.
“Everything feels pretty good, except for the fact that you’re basically in one big tank-slapper for pretty much the entire lap,” he joked. “The gap is really close, so if I can hang with Tommy off the start I think I can learn a few things off him, and hopefully just keep it close for the championship.”
Joining the duo on the front row for Saturday’s race will be fellow rival Sebastien Tremblay out of Mirabel, QC, who is also looking to keep his momentum going as he recovers from an injury suffered in round two.
The Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja rider placed himself squarely in third with a time of 1:09.642, as he will need to gain some ground on the front-running pair as he looks for a repeat of his race two victory from a year ago.
Kicking off the second row behind Tremblay will be Lasalle, QC youngster Samuel Desmarais, who continues to impress in his second Pro season aboard his Playground Poker Club Kawasaki and has typically outperformed his qualifying results.
Notably missing from the qualifying results was local favourite Jacob Shaw-O’Leary, as the 19-year old out of Falmouth, NS will be forced to start from the back of the grid in his return to the National series.
O’Leary was forced to spend the qualifying session making a number of changes to his RMP Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 and therefore wasn’t able to record a lap, though he did run inside the top five in the morning practice session.
The TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class will enter Saturday with a massive question mark facing the grid, as a pair of big crashes on Thursday have hampered the WRBF Yamaha YZF-R3 team.
Princeville, NS native Avery Hart was able to overcome his misfortune and record the fastest time of the day at his home circuit, but by just under a half-second over championship leader Ben LeClair.
LeClair may have an easier path to retaining that points lead aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha, as the Blackstock, ON teenager faced little pressure from Hart’s hometown teammate, Keegan Gaudet, as the 16-year old struggled to rebound from his massive crash on Thursday.
A pair of Nova Scotia riders were also at the forefront of the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike practice, as Ketch Harbour’s Chad Whitehead (Honda CBR600R) and Hatchet Lake’s Scott Alexander (Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja) led the timesheets.
Whitehead was also the man to beat in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, only this time with pressure from reigning Lightweight champion Jake LeClair, as the Blackstock, ON teenager placed his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 in second.
Full results from Friday’s qualifying and practice sessions, as well as the schedule for Saturday’s first half of the doubleheader weekend, can be found at the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Friday, 19 July 2019 19:04 Published in Reports, Results & Points
BMW MOTORRAD ANNOUNCED AS THE PRESENTING SPONSOR OF CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK’S SUPERBIKE DOUBLEHEADER
BOWMANVILLE, ON (July 18, 2019) - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) has announced a new partnership with BMW Motorrad Canada that will see the premium motorcycle brand become presenting sponsor of the Superbike Doubleheader race weekend at the legendary road course for the next two years.
The Superbike Doubleheader presented by BMW Motorrad features Canada’s top motorcycle riders competing in back-to-back points races August 9-11 for the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. Titles will be decided during the Superbikes' premier stop of the season, and racing in other national classes will include Pro Sport Bike, Amateur Superbike, Amateur Sport Bike, and the Lightweight Sport Bike.
“It’s great to welcome BMW Motorrad back to CTMP as a major partner on Canada’s biggest motorcycle road racing weekend,” said CTMP President and General Manager, Myles Brandt. “They share our vision for growing this event beyond motorsport fans and making it one of the highlights of the year for anyone interested in the motorcycle lifestyle.”
BMW Motorrad Mopar Pro Superbike rider Ben Young of Collingwood, ON, who currently leads the series and had his best CTMP performance ever in 2018 with a win and a second-place finish, will come into the season finale looking to clinch his first Pro Superbike title. BMW Motorrad riders have won seven of the past eight Canadian Superbike championships.
“We at BMW Motorrad Canada are very pleased to extend our partnership with Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the next two years by becoming the presenting sponsor of the Superbike Doubleheader Weekend,” said Chris Duff, Manager, Motorrad Marketing for BMW Motorrad Canada. “The final round of the Canadian Superbike Championship always provides the best racing action of the season and attracts a large fan base we aim to get our motorcycles in front of. Our S 1000 RR has dominated the podium for the past decade and with a new model set to release, the Superbike Doubleheader presented by BMW Motorrad is the perfect fit for us to showcase the next generation of the BMW S 1000 RR.”
In addition to the on-track racing action, the Superbike Doubleheader presented by BMW Motorrad includes stunt shows, a movie night, demo rides and the kid-friendly CTMP Marketplace. Children 16 and under are admitted free to the event when accompanied by a paying adult. Weekend camping passes are available for tents, pop-up trailers and RV's.
About BMW Group Canada
BMW Group Canada, based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs and protection products on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 50 BMW automobile retail centres, 22 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 30 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.
About Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Since 1961, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has been the leading racing and automotive performance facility in Canada, hosting series’ ranging from international sports cars to NASCAR on the renowned 3.957-kilometre Grand Prix track. The state-of-the-art facility provides an engaging space suitable for any event; whether you’re here for the on-track racing action or a personal celebration, CTMP offers the flexibility and capacity to accommodate any event.
Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:05 Published in Reports, Results & Points
FIM Endurance World Championship: Success for BMW teams at Oschersleben.
The 8-hour race at Oschersleben (GER) was the penultimate round of the 2018/19 season in the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC). The long-distance race was held as part of “German Speedweek”. The Fany Gastro BMW Motorrad by MERCURY RACING squad was the best-placed BMW team in fifth place overall. The #21 BMW S 1000 RR was ridden by Karel Hanika (CZE), Ondřej Ježek (CZE) and Ladislav Chmelik (CZE).
Oschersleben was the final race in the Superstock class, the FIM Endurance World Cup. The GERT56 by GS YUASA team, with Stefan Kerschbaumer (AUT), Lucy Glöckner (GER) and Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NED), was in the thick of the title race right down to the final round. At the end of a remarkably close championship, the team finished runner-up in the overall classification – level on points with the winners (45 points each). The team’s #56 RR finished 13th overall and seventh in the Superstock class in the 8-hour Oschersleben race.
International German Championship: Mikhalchik wins at Oschersleben.
The International German Championship (IDM) also featured on the bill at “German Speedweek” at Oschersleben (GER), where it held its second event of the season. It was another successful weekend for the BMW S 1000 RR riders in the IDM. In Friday’s qualifying session, Julian Puffe (GER / alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW) secured pole position ahead of his team-mate Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) in second place. The two races were held on Saturday. Mikhalchik set the fastest lap of race one en route to his second win of the season on the new RR. Puffe joined him on the podium in third place. Dutchman Pepijn Bijsterbosch came home fifth. Race two yielded more podium results for the BMW racers. Mikhalchik finished runner-up, again setting the fastest lap of the race. Bijsterbosch was third, followed by Puffe in fourth place. Jan Mohr (AUT) also finished in the top ten in both races, with a ninth and an eighth place to his name. Marc Neumann (GER) was tenth in race two.
Canadian Superbike Championship: Win number two of the season for Ben Young.
Ben Young (CAN) continues his winning run in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK). After taking victory at the opening round at Shannonville (CAN), the BMW racer also won race two of the season at Grand Bend (CAN). Young started from pole position and, after some thrilling battles for the lead, emerged victorious to take his second win of the season. “It was a fantastic race,” said Young. “I knew that Jordan Szoke was right on my heels the whole time and that the last corner would be crucial again. The BMW S 1000 RR was perfect, so it was just down to me to do my best to keep him behind me. We now want to continue where we left off today at the third race of the season.” Young has been the top rider in every session of the season so far. Michael Leon (CAN) came home fifth, Samuel Trepanier (CAN / Blysk Racing) was seventh and Jeff Williams (CAN) eighth.
Monday, 10 June 2019 15:20 Published in Rider and Team Releases
The May/June 2019 issue of Inside Motorcycles features a review of the all-new 2020 BMW S 1000 RR by none other than 2011 CSBK Superbike Champion and former World Superbike competitor Brett McCormick.
Thursday, 04 April 2019 12:04 Published in Current Issue
At the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW, the world’s largest show for customised motorcycles, the hippest customisers from all over the world come to the East Westfalian town of Bad Salzuflen to celebrate the world of customised motorcycles from 30 November to 2 December 2018. More than 300 firms will present over 1,000 custom bikes on an area covering 28,000 square metres in four halls – with BMW Motorrad right in the middle. For the sixth time already, BMW Motorrad is highlighting the customising potential of its models in cooperation with selected customiser garages.
Stylish BMW Motorrad custom bikes.
With a total of 15 models, the entire customising range will be on show at the stand of BMW Motorrad extending over an area of approx. 180 sqm – from the individually customised series production bike, moderate custom builds to true custom bike treasures requiring a great deal of craft skills. Striking examples are the “SoulFuel Bikes”, spectacular conversions by renowned customisers based on the current R nineT such as the Giggerl by Blechmann, theIron Racer Mark 2 by KSpeed as well as the SMW 61-B by Sosa Metal Works.
The Maximator based on the BMW R 1200 C is another highlight. The custom bike was built with meticulous manual care by the BMW Motorrad development engineer Ulf Musekamp, who was involved among other things in the realisation of the BMW R nineT family. His Maximator took 5th place among 100 bikes in the “Custombike Magazine” readers’ choice.
Exclusive: BMW Motorrad Spezial.
The “BMW Motorrad Spezial” range shows how much customising is already possible ex works. The high-grade customising parts highlight the great degree to which customers can already customise their BMW bike ex works with special equipment, original accessories and the BMW Motorrad Spezial range.
All this and a great deal more awaits visitors from 30 November to 2 December 2018 at the CUSTOMBIKE SHOW in the Bad Salzuflen trade fair centre. Opening hours are: Friday from 12 am – 8 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:26 Published in Industry News