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Willie Vass joins Ben Young for 2016 CSBK campaign

Collingwood, ON CANADA – May 26, 2016 - Scottish-born Pro motorcycle road racer Ben Young is thrilled to announce famed tuner Willie Vass will work alongside chief mechanic Scott Cartier for his 2016 MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) title chase.
 
Vass, owner of Vass Performance Cycle, is considered to be the unsung tuner extraordinaire of Alberta. He has previously worked with notable riders such as Canadian Chris Peris when he raced with Team Iron Horse BMW/ESP in the AMA, Erik Buell Racing’s Aaron Yates, and CSBK fans will recognize Vass and his extraordinary talents from the years he worked with Alex Welsh. 

“This is going to be an exciting season for Canadian Superbike fans. I look forward to helping Ben maximize his BMW S1000RR and seeing him battle for podium finishes and the championship,” said Vass.
 
Vass, along with Cartier, will utilize MotoSPEC chassis software for tuning Young’s BMW Motorrad S1000RR’s suspension and chassis geometry.  MotoSPEC has been developed in Canada, and allows tuners to accurately and quickly evaluate chassis setup options.  It is used in paddocks around the world, including MotoGP, World Superbike, British Superbike and MotoAmerica, and has contributed to numerous championships.  When not working and assisting various teams internationally in WSB and BSB, MotoSPEC developer Jeff Laidman will join Cartier and Vass trackside at upcoming Canadian Superbike Championship races this season.

"I am so glad to see Ben return to race in Canada, and looking forward to working with him, Willie and Scott.  I am sure he will be fighting at the front and be a strong addition to the Canadian Superbike field.  It is nice to see the series attracting more top riders," said MotoSPEC’s  Jeff Laidman.

A rider with tremendous international experience, including the Scottish Nationals, US 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 in America, scoring solid results in both. Young spent the 2015 season racing in the US with the RoadRace Factory team in the MotoAmerica Supersport championship.  Young earned his first MotoAmerica podium at Road America along with several top 5 finishes. Last season, he also achieved two podium finishes at home in Canada during a one-off race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“I’m really excited to work with the vastly experienced Willie Vass and to collaborate with Jeff Laidman in addition to Scott Cartier this season. I feel with the K-Tech Suspension and the BMW S1000RR chassis will be a solid package and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve this weekend at the opening round at Shannonville,” said Young.

Young’s partners for his 2016 CSBK season include BMW Motorrad Canada, Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scot-build Developments, AXO Racing, Arai Helmets, Hindle Exhaust, KarmaComa Studio, Woodcraft, Human 2.0, Core Power high protein milkshakes, Epic Racewear, Vortex Racing and K&N Filters.
 
The 22-year-old pilot of the #86 BMW S1000RR 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.
 
Opening round of the Canadian National MOPAR Superbike Championship series gets underway at Shannonville Motorsport Park May 27-29, 2016. Full events details are available at www.CSBK.ca
 
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.BenYoungRacing.com, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter and Instagram: @benyoung_86.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 16:09 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Ben Young to contest full CSBK season on a BMW S1000RR!

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


Young and Human 2.0 Partner to Build a Better Ben‏

@bcyoung86 • @human20 • Collingwood, ON CANADA – November 13, 2015 - Scottish-born Pro motorcycle road racer Ben Young from Collingwood, ON is proud to announce a partnership Human 2.0, a movement-based wellness and fitness facility located in Ottawa.

Friday, 13 November 2015 14:51 Published in News


Canadian Roadracers Young, Garvie, Daley & Casas Enter Lupus GP Kart Race as Team Human 2.0‏

@LupusGP • Stouffville, Ontario, Canada –  September 28, 2015 – Although the motorcycle road racing season in Canada and the US has concluded for 2015, road racers Ben Young, Kris Garvie, Trevor Daley and Tomas Casas will be strapping on their helmets once more as “Team Human 2.0” to compete in the 8th Annual Lupus GP kart race fundraiser in support of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children Pediatric Lupus Clinic.

Monday, 28 September 2015 20:35 Published in News


Jersey Jinx Continues to Haunt Young At Final MotoAmerica Round‏

@benyoung_86 • COLLINGWOOD, Ont. –  September 17, 2015 – Scottish Canadian RoadRace Factory rider Ben Young had high hopes to finally shake the Jersey jinx that’s haunted him during his previous visits to New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP).  The final weekend of action of the MotoAmerica/AMA Supersport Championship presented a variety of challenges for Young as he battled downpours and an elusive set up throughout the weekend.

Friday, 18 September 2015 08:18 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Double Sportbike Podium for Young at CSBK 2015 Finale

@benyoung_86 • @cdnsuperbike • BOWMANVILLE, ON – (August 17, 2015) – In only his second visit to the legendary Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Thornbury, ON’s Ben Young battled hard to bring home a third and a second place finish aboard his #86 Hindle Exhaust Yamaha YZF-R6 in spectacular fashion.

Monday, 17 August 2015 19:45 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Young to Race in CSBK at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

@cdnsuperbike • @CTMPOfficial  @Benyoung_86  Thornbury, ON (August 7, 2015) – Canadian MotoAmerica Supersport rider Ben Young is thrilled to announce that he will race at rounds 6 & 7 of the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship Doubleheader in the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sportbike class at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 15th - 16th, 2015

Friday, 07 August 2015 20:00 Published in News


Young Earns First MotoAmerica Supersport Podium

@RoadRaceFactory • @bcyoung86 • ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN - JUNE 1, 2015 – Scottish Canadian Roadrace Factory rider Ben Young not only achieved his first ever MotoAmerica Supersport podium this past weekend at Road America with a third place finish, he got to share the podium with some very special people.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:19 Published in Reports, Results & Points


A Pair of 7th Place Finishes for Young at VIRginia International Raceway‏

@RoadRaceFactory • @bcyoung86 • ALTON, VA  -  MAY 19, 2015 –  Thornbury Ontario resident Ben Young piloted his #86 RoadRace Factory prepared Yamaha YZFR6 to two top 10 finishes in Supersport this past weekend at VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, VA at round three of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Motorcycle Road Racing Championship.

Friday, 22 May 2015 12:28 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Beaubier doubles in Superbike, Canadians represent well at MotoAmerica Road Atlanta

Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha's Cameron Beaubier had a perfect day in imperfect conditions at Road Atlanta, the Californian having it all his way in the Honda Superbike Challenge of Road Atlanta on a day when his main rivals in the championship faltered.

Beaubier topped his teammate Josh Hayes by 4.699 seconds in the first of two wet races on a day of horrible weather in Georgia. Then he and the rest of the racers had to endure a lengthy wait as the MotoAmerica and Road Atlanta crews were forced to wait out a storm before getting the flooded track race-ready again for what turned out to be a race time of close to 5 p.m.

In race two it was Beaubier again taking victory as he watched both of the men considered to be his fiercest competition for this year's title - Hayes and Yoshimura Suzuki's Roger Hayden (with his second race fall of the day) - crash out of the race. With those two out, it left Beaubier to move past fast starter Jake Lewis, on the second Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000, to take victory by 3.789 seconds. Lewis ended up second, pairing that with his first-race third, and giving the 19-year-old Kentuckian the first two podiums of his Superbike career in just his third and fourth Superbike races.

With Lewis finishing third behind the two factory Yamahas in race one, fourth went to Yamaha Blumaz's Bernat Martinez with the Spaniard bettering his fourth in race one by one spot to earn the first AMA Superbike podium of his career in race two.

The Superstock 1000 class was run with the Superbikes as is the norm and those races wins were split between Yamalube/Westby Racing's Joshua Day and RoadRace Factory's Jake Gagne, both armed with Yamaha YZF-R1s. Day won race one in his return to U.S. road racing and Gagne, who crashed in race one, bounced back for the win in the second race. Day's afternoon was a mirror image of Gagne's as he crashed out of race two after winning race one.

Tyler O'Hara ended up second in both races on the Tyler O'Hara Racing Yamaha R1 with Taylor Knapp riding the FourFour Motorsports R1 to third in both races. Canada's Marcel Irnie finished 10th in race one and ninth in race two out of 14 gridded riders on the only BMW S1000RR in the field.

The second Supersport race of the weekend featured the exact same podium as Saturday's race, but in a different order. Yamalube/Graves Yamaha's Garrett Gerloff dominated today's race to become the third different Supersport winner in the three-race old season. Gerloff beat Saturday's winner Josh Herrin by 8.630 seconds. Gerloff's teammate JD Beach finished third for the second straight day on his Yamaha R6.

There was a strong Canadian presence in Supersport with Ben Young, current Canadian Pro Sport Bike champ Kenny Riedmann and rising teenage star Mitch Card all in attendance. Canadian-born US rider Javelin Broderick was also in the field. Young fared best, finishing eighth in race one and seventh in race two, a strong follow-up to his fourth place finish a week earlier in the rain in Texas. In race one Riedmann finished 11th, Broderick 13th and Card 14th. In race two Broderick took 10th, Riedmann was 13th and Card had a DNS.

Wheels In Motion/Meen Motorsports' Joe Roberts won the Superstock 600 race for the second day in a row in Sunday afternoon's final event, topping Kyle Wyman Racing's Travis Wyman by 2.4 seconds. Wyatt Farris was third after finishing fourth in yesterday's race.

SUPERBIKE RACE 1 1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 3. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 4. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 5. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki)

SUPERBIKE RACE 2 1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 2. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 3. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 4. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 5. Stefano Mesa (Honda) 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki)

SUPERSTOCK 1000 RACE 1 1. Joshua Day (Yamaha) 2. Tyler O'Hara (Yamaha) 3. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha) 4. Mark Heckles (Yamaha) 5. Devon McDonough (Aprilia) 6. Brad Burns (Suzuki) 7. Shane Narbonne (Yamaha) 8. Dustin Dominguez (Aprilia) 9. Barrett Long (Ducati) 10. Marcel Irnie (Yamaha)

SUPERSTOCK 1000 RACE 2 1. Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 2. Tyler O'Hara (Yamaha) 3. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha) 4. Mark Heckles (Yamaha) 5. Dustin Dominguez (Aprilia) 6. Shane Narbonne (Yamaha) 7. Brad Burns (Suzuki) 8. Devon McDonough (Aprilia) 9. Marcel Irnie (BMW)

SUPERSPORT RACE 2 1. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) 2. Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 3. JD Beach (Yamaha) 4. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha) 5. David Anthony (Suzuki) 6. Cameron Petersen (Yamaha) 7. Ben Young (Yamaha) 8. Kyle Wyman (Yamaha) 9. Hayden Gillim (MV Agusta) 10. Javelin Broderick (Kawasaki)

SUPERSTOCK 600 RACE 2 1. Joe Roberts (Yamaha) 2. Travis Wyman (Yamaha) 3. Wyatt Farris (Yamaha) 4. Richie Escalante (Yamaha) 5. Andy DiBrino (Yamaha) 6. Nick McFadden (Suzuki) 7. Ryan Jones (Honda) 8. Bryce Prince (Yamaha) 9. Michael Gilbert (Yamaha) 10. Gavin Elstad (Yamaha)

-- From MotoAmerica, with notes from Inside Motorcycles

Monday, 20 April 2015 11:42 Published in Reports, Results & Points


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