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
Toronto, ON – July 19, 2019 – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will be sponsoring the trackside Start Lights and Countdown Clock for the final two rounds of the 2019 Mopar CSBK Canadian National motorcycle road racing Championships, this weekend at Atlantic Motorsport Park, Nova Scotia and August 9-11 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is the oldest and largest Electrical Workers union in the world, founded November 28, 1891 in St. Louis Missouri. The first IBEW Local union in Canada was chartered in 1899 in Ottawa, Ontario. The IBEW represents over 775,000 members in North America and just under 70,000 here in Canada.
IBEW Canada is a diverse union that represents workers in Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Utilities, Construction, Maintenance, Motor Shops, Sign Shops, CATV, Radio and Television Broadcasting, Railroads, Shipyards, Pulp and Paper Mills, Mining, Tree Trimming, Health Care, and Government employees.
Atlantic Motorsport Park opened in 1974 and this year host their 21st consecutive National Superbike event around the 11-turn, 2.56-kilometer-long venue that features the back straight’s challenging “Roller Coaster” section. Reigning Canadian National Superbike Champ Jordan Szoke has won the past seven straight Feature races on the east coast and is looking to move up from his current second place in the overall points standings aboard his Mopar Express Lane and Blackfoot Direct-backed Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja race bike.
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, originally know as Mosport Park, opened in 1962 and has hosted the very top levels of World Competition on two and four wheels. The ten-turn venue is 3.9 kilometers in length and has a hilly layout famous for high speed challenges. Current Mopar CSBK Championship points leader Ben Young of Collingwood, ON, won his first career Superbike round for the Scot-Built and Barrie Trim-supported BMW S1000RR at C.T.M.P. last season.
“The IBEW has been a proud part of the Canadian labor movement for over 100 years,” explains Tom Reid, International Vice President, First District, Canada. “We have built our union on our commitment to organize and represent workers; our membership and longevity is proof of that commitment.
“Our members work, build, volunteer and play in communities all across Canada and we are proud of what they do,” continued motorcycle enthusiast Reid. “It’s not just Power Lines that keep the lights on, it’s not just Cables that keep the Communications flowing, it is people, hard-working people, our Sisters and Brothers in the IBEW.
“We enjoyed working with the entire National team at the Shannonville Motorsport Park opener in May and loved the racing action. The CSBK Start Lights and Countdown Clock are a great fit for the IBEW.”
The CSBK tour uses a large digital Countdown Clock, easily visible from the track and pits, keeping competitors appraised of the timing for each on-track session for the five classes of National competition. The Start Lights are a portable, F-1 style set of markers that count down to the start of each race – when all the lights go out, the race is underway.
CSBK will celebrate the 40th anniversary of street bike-based Superbike competition in Canada in 2020.
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Friday, 19 July 2019 10:19 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
Toronto, ON – July 7, 2019 – The final event of the 2019 Mopar CSBK National motorcycle series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will host the “Ride With A Champion” Revs 4 Rett fundraiser on Saturday, August 10.
The event will feature a ride-in to the races at the famous Grand Prix circuit at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), as well as offer several special activities associated with the event and the charity.
Revs 4 Rett is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and their families impacted by Rett Syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder. Currently, there is no known cure. Activities associated with Revs 4 Rett include advocacy, education, awareness efforts, and fundraising to support the search for a cure.
The Revs 4 Rett team raffled a Suzuki motorcycle during last winter’s motorcycle show season in Canada with the support of the factory Suzuki Superbike racing program of top National Pro Trevor Daley. Funds raised from the raffle provided support to the Ontario Rett Syndrome Association and Rettland Foundation.
The “Ride with a Champion” event at CTMP begins with a Saturday sign-up and a Continental Breakfast at Blackstock Motorsports at 3580 Byers Road in Blackstock, not far from the race venue. From there, “Ride With A Champion” participants take a scenic motorcycle ride on their equipment to CTMP.
At noon, participants take part in a parade lap around the famed 4 kilometer-long, ten turn “old Mosport” layout, the track that hosted the Canadian Motorcycle Grand Prix in 1967 and the first Canadian Superbike race in 1978.
Among the famous Canadian ex-racers hosting the ride are George Morin, Canada’s first National Superbike Champion for Kawasaki in 1980 and Clive Ng-A-Kien, a top Grand Prix, Production and Superbike racer for Yamaha in the late 1970s and 1980s. Morin has already been inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame, and Ng-A-Kien will join the Hall during this fall’s Induction ceremony near the Toronto Airport on November 2.
“Ride With A Champion” participants will receive tickets to both days of racing for the National Championships, Saturday August 10 and Sunday August 11, along with VIP paddock parking. Attendees will have a gourmet hot lunch on Saturday, with the use of an indoor viewing area, along with Door Prizes and a Silent Auction.
Monday, 15 July 2019 18:56 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Calabogie, ON – June 30, 2019 – Former points leader Avery Hart climbed back into the championship hunt with a dominant victory in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class, winning race two of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship’s bonus round at Calabogie Motorsports Park on Sunday.
After a three-race skid that saw the Princeville, NS native go from a 40-point lead to a 48-point deficit, a motivated Hart left little to the imagination on Sunday, grabbing an early lead aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3 and storming his way to a near 15-second victory.
“I just checked out early and kept my head down, and I knew I couldn’t let off because I had to win this one,” said Hart. “My team has been super supportive while I’ve been struggling, and they stood by me and helped me get back where I should be, and that’s at the front of the grid.”
While Hart was able to move back into second place in the overall standings and trim his deficit to 38 points, his gains were limited by another strong performance from championship leader Ben LeClair, who finished second aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha.
The Blackstock, ON teenager nearly cost himself at the end, however, as he slowed his pace dramatically on the final lap to secure the second-place result, only to come under intense pressure from Keegan Gaudet in the final few corners.
“I rolled out of it a little too early and Keegan kind of scared me at the end,” LeClair laughed. “Luckily I held onto it, which is good for the championship considering Avery won, but next time I’ll try to finish a little stronger.”
LeClair ultimately held on by just under a half-second, but Gaudet nearly made it a WRBF Yamaha one-two finish as the Ellerslie, PEI teenager made a desperate lunge at the finish line to round out the podium.
“Oh man, one more lap and I would have caught Benny, maybe even a couple more corners,” Gaudet said. “It’s great to see Avery back on the podium with me though, and hopefully we can continue getting both of the bikes up here in the future.”
The double-podium result for Gaudet was enough to move him to third in the championship standings, as the youngster now sits 39-points back of teammate Hart for the second spot and 77 points behind LeClair for the overall lead.
Things will be much more in Hart and Gaudet’s favour when the series returns next month, however, as the two will head to their home track of Atlantic Motorsport Park for round four of the National series, a circuit that is notoriously kind to local riders.
Finishing just outside the podium in fourth place was Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductee and female racing legend Toni Sharpless, who achieved her best result since coming out of retirement to join the Lightweight class in 2018.
The Newmarket, ON native was typically cheerful following the impressive outing aboard her Yamaha machine, as she congratulated her younger counterparts after a terrific late-race battle.
“That was the most fun I’ve had racing in years! That was such a blast,” Sharpless said. “I was catching Keegan too, but I just wanted to focus on keeping everyone behind me. That last lap was probably one of the best battles I’ve had in a while.”
Rounding out the top five from Sunday’s race was Bowmanville, ON teenager Matthew Simpson, who initially ran as high as third but faded as the race went on aboard his Evans Racing Honda CBR500.
Despite the disappointing result for Simpson, it was enough to promote the youngster to fourth in the championship standings, as former points runner-up Alex Berthiaume out of Laval, QC crashed out aboard his Yamaha Laval machine, promoting the trio of Hart, Gaudet, and Simpson ahead of him.
The class will now get a three-week layoff before returning to AMP on July 19-21, where they will reunite with the rest of the CSBK classes in round four of the National calendar.
Full results from the weekend’s races at Calabogie Motorsports Park, as well as information regarding round four, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Monday, 01 July 2019 17:45 Published in Reports, Results & Points
St-Eustache, QC – June 23, 2019 – Four-time defending Mopar Pro Superbike champion Jordan Szoke may have won a number of races at Autodrome St-Eustache, but none were likely as meaningful as his victory on Sunday in the third round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.
Entering with a 28-point deficit to Ben Young, the 13-time National champion needed a victory to keep his rival in sight and did just that, outlasting Young on brakes on the penultimate lap to win a thrilling contest that possibly featured more passing than the two prior races combined.
The Lynden, ON veteran was visibly emotional after the victory, as not only did it earn him the title of being the last ever CSBK winner at St-Eustache, but it was also his first win since returning to the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja team.
“It took longer than expected, if I’m going to be honest, but that’s racing, and it just makes it feel even better,” said Szoke. “Round one was tough for us, but round two felt a lot better and this weekend it all started to go right for us. I wanted to be up front on the last lap, so it worked out in my favour and I got a good run to hold on for the win and we’re going to keep fighting for this thing right to the very end.”
As for Young, the Collingwood, ON rider will still leave La Belle Province with an 18-point lead in hand, but with Szoke now squarely in his rear view as he attempts to secure his first ever Pro championship aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR.
“That was a lot of fun. Obviously it’s a little disappointing, but we tried really hard to pull it out at the end and win the last one here at St-Eustache,” said Young. “The BMW was working great as it always does, but Jordan is just so good around here, so it worked out well for everyone and we’re looking forward to the rest of the year.”
The duo will now prepare for a pivotal trip to Atlantic Motorsport Park next month, a circuit Szoke has won the last seven contests at, with three races completed and four left go in the 2019 campaign.
Completing the podium for the second consecutive race was Mississauga, ON native Trevor Daley, who continues to impress aboard his Parts Canada/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000R as he climbs to third in the standings through three rounds.
“The launch control has been working so well on the Suzuki that I got a little ahead of myself on the start, but I knew if I got a good run down into turn one I would be able to hang with these guys for a bit,” Daley said. “I knew they were faster than me so I ended up just riding consistent at my own pace, and I just wanted to bring it home to pick up some meaningful points for the championship.”
If not for a tough start, Daley could have come under a lot more pressure from fourth-place finisher Samuel Trepanier, as the St. Isidore, QC native mounted a late charge aboard his Blysk Racing BMW but was unable to close the gap in the final stages.
Rounding out the top five for the second time this season was Peterborough, ON youngster Tomas Casas, who continues to put together one of the best two-class seasons in recent memory in his first year aboard the Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1.
The top rookie of round three was Vincent Levillian out of Montreal, QC, who climbed to third in the season-long Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year award fight aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.
It was a dominant effort from two-time defending champion Casas in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, as the 20-year old phenom pulled back within the title hunt with a four-second victory over points leader Will Hornblower.
Both the Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 of Casas and the privateer Yamaha of Hornblower got off to less-than-ideal starts, but it took the reigning champ just a handful of turns to snag the lead and begin to pace the field.
“The plan was to get a good start, and I was able to get out front on the first lap so I wanted to pull ahead, but I couldn’t shake these guys so I knew I had to put my head down and ride really hard,” said Casas. “The Parts Canada Yamaha was just amazing, and the Dunlop tires were working really well too, so it was important to pick up the win and keep fighting for the championship.”
The Sarnia, ON native of Hornblower needed a few laps to work his way up from fourth, and by then it was too late to catch Casas as the race was all but settled only a few laps in.
“It was a bit of a bummer to not be fighting up front. I had to work really hard to move up the field, and by the time I got there Tommy was gone,” Hornblower said. “I tried to catch him but it just wasn’t going to happen, so I settled in and brought home some points which is always a plus.”
Joining the duo on the podium was fan-favourite Sebastien Tremblay out of nearby Mirabel, QC, who battled through a broken collarbone to finish third aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja at his home circuit.
Despite the intense rivalry between Casas and Tremblay, the former took a moment to commend his counterpart, applauding his iron-man like performance as he battled through the injury to join them on the podium.
Tremblay emphasised his struggles on the podium, as he scored the best finish of his difficult campaign to get himself back into the points fight.
“The start was really hard, but it got a little easier as the race went on and the pain went down,” said Tremblay. “I was able to catch the guys ahead of me and get up to third, which should help us get back into the points a little bit.”
The TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike championship got turned on its head on Sunday, as local favourite Alex Berthiaume completed the weekend sweep but it was second-place finisher Ben LeClair taking over the points lead.
Berthiaume, riding a Yamaha Laval YZF-R3 out of Laval, QC, quickly took over the race lead from former points leader Avery Hart, who had been having a nightmare weekend aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha out of Princeville, NS.
However, it wasn’t long after Berthiaume moved into the lead that Hart suffered a heartbreaking mechanical failure, ending his race and inspiring the Blackstock, ON teenager of LeClair aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha.
LeClair, who lost out on second place to Keegan Gaudet after a last-lap pass on Saturday, returned the favour with almost an identical pass on the WRBF Yamaha youngster out of Ellerslie, PEI to secure a ten-point lead in the championship.
“That last lap was really touch and go, but I knew I had to try something if the opening was there,” said LeClair. “I didn’t really expect to leave here with a championship lead. It sucks for Avery, but it should make for really great racing in Calabogie next weekend.”
The Lightweight class will head to Calabogie Motorsport Park next weekend for a special round alongside the VRRA, where Hart will look to reclaim his championship lead before returning home to the East Coast for round four.
It was also a championship-changing result in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class, as Guillaume Fortin took over the points lead with a victory at his home track aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
While the Blainville, QC native already held a race lead for much of the contest, his gap got bigger when former points leader Dave Natale was involved in a turn two collision, though the Markham, ON native was able to pick up his Aprilia RSV4RR and finish 16th.
It was the opposite outcome in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, as championship leader Christian Allard extended his gap with a dominant win over Jake LeClair at his home track.
The Chambly, QC native added to his team’s successful weekend aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, winning by over nine seconds, while the Blackstock, ON native of LeClair will settle for a 12-point deficit aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6.
The Lightweight class will now head to Calabogie Motorsport Park in a matter of days for their special bonus round, before joining the rest of the CSBK tour for round four at Atlantic Motorsport Park just outside of Halifax, NS next month.
Full results from the weekend’s action, as well as information regarding future rounds of the 2019 season, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:28 Published in Reports, Results & Points
St-Eustache, QC – June 22, 2019 – Four-time defending Mopar Pro Superbike champion Jordan Szoke will start from pole position on Sunday, securing the fastest time of the day on Saturday as he will start from the front of the grid for the final Canadian Superbike Championship race at Autodrome St-Eustache.
The 13-time National champion took longer than expected to score his first pole position after returning to the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja program this offseason, but all it took was a trip to La Belle Province for the Lynden, ON veteran to get things back on track.
After pacing the initial qualifying session with a time of 46.383, Szoke made no mistake in the Top Ten SuperPole session, setting a fast lap of 45.524 to place himself 0.144 seconds clear of rival Ben Young.
Despite scoring a crucial pole position – and doing so with a faster time than his pole pace from a year ago – Szoke had been strugging with rear tire grip for much of the weekend, before finally finding a balance in the final SuperPole session.
“We had been having some problems with it, but everyone’s kind of dealing with the same thing to an extent,” said Szoke. “It was hard just to get fast laps in the first place because of all the traffic, but we’re pretty happy with how things are looking for tomorrow. Everything’s working really well now.”
As for Young, it will be an uphill battle for the Collingwood, ON native on Sunday, as the championship leader has looked a step behind Szoke for much of the weekend aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR.
“There’s a lot of traffic out there, it made it really hard to find clean track and get consistent laps in,” Young said. “But the pace is pretty good, so if we can get a good start tomorrow we should be able to stay right up there fighting for another win.”
Joining Szoke and Young on the front row will be round two podium finisher Trevor Daley, who continues to come to grips with his OneSpeed/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000R machine. The Mississauga, ON native struggled in round one after an early crash, but has looked like a dark horse to win his first ever Pro Superbike race since.
Leading off the front row will be St. Isidore, QC native Samuel Trepanier, who finished third in St-Eustache a year ago and will look to do the same, or better, in Sunday’s race aboard his Blysk Racing BMW.
Rounding out the top five behind Trepanier will be Inverary, ON veteran Jeff Williams, who has also begun to round into form aboard his Williams Paving BMW and will aim to finish in the top-five for the first time all year come race day.
The top rookie in Saturday’s qualifying was Maple, ON’s Ivan Babic, who will need a strong finish on Sunday aboard his Champion Cycle BMW after missing round two due to injury.
Headlining the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class on Sunday will be two-time defending champion Tomas Casas, as the Peterborough, ON youngster continues to get his season back on track after a tough start aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6.
Casas just narrowly edged current championship leader and Yamaha counterpart Will Hornblower, beating the Sarnia, ON native to pole position by just 0.056 seconds after posting a time of 46.969.
“Tommy made some changes and his pace really picked up, but we’re both really close so I’m not super worried,” said Hornblower. “If I can hang with him off the start I think I got a real shot, but realistically if we can podium it will be nice for the championship.”
Joining the two on the front row will be David MacKay and his Mack Attack Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, as the Hamilton, ON rider looks to build upon his current second place standing in the points with a strong start on Sunday.
Notably rounding out the top five will be Turcotte Performance Kawasaki teammates Vincent Levillian and Sebastien Tremblay, albeit under different circumstances. The Montreal, QC rookie of Levillian will celebrate his best qualifying finish as a Pro, while Mirabel, QC’s Tremblay continues to battle through a broken collarbone suffered in a round two crash.
The first race of the weekend was won by local veteran Alex Berthiaume, as the Laval, QC rider took a crucial victory aboard his Yamaha YZF-R3 in the first of two races for the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class.
“I got a good enough start, and I knew I was at a mismatch because I’m a bit older and a bit bigger than these guys,” Berthiaume laughed. “But I was able to settle in and get the win, which is huge for the championship, and hopefully we can do it again tomorrow.”
Joining Berthiaume on the podium were Yamaha teenagers Keegan Gaudet and Ben LeClair, as the Ellerslie, PEI native of Gaudet was able to make a thrilling last-lap pass on his Blackstock, ON counterpart to secure second-place.
“I’ve been looking forward to just staying at the front this weekend,” said Gaudet, who crashed out in race two of round two. “I had an opening at the end there, and I knew I had to make a move. Benny was all over me, but thankfully I held onto it.”
Notably finishing just off the podium was championship leader and Gaudet’s WRBF Yamaha teammate, Avery Hart, as the Princeville, NS native was forced to miss the morning’s qualifying and thus stormed his way from last on the grid to finish in fourth.
Pacing the field in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class for the first time all weekend was Quebec City, QC’s Samuel Guerin, who made a late charge in qualifying to edge a big group of riders aboard his Aprilia RSV4RR, as the top six are all separated by just 0.396 seconds.
It was a less surprising result in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, as hometown favourite Christian Allard out of Chambly, QC continued his dominant weekend by scoring pole position aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja by over a half-second.
Full results from Saturday’s qualifying, including information for Sunday’s final day of racing at Autodrome St-Eustache, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Saturday, 22 June 2019 21:52 Published in Reports, Results & Points
St-Eustache, QC – June 21, 2019 – His streak of early dominance may have come to an end on Friday, but Ben Young was still the fastest man on track as round three of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship kicked off at Autodrome St-Eustache.
The Collingwood, ON native entered the final race ever at the historic Quebec circuit with his name atop every leaderboard so far this season, having finished first in all 12 sessions aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR to take a 29-point lead in the Mopar Pro Superbike feature class.
However, that streak was ultimately snapped in the morning practice when rival Jordan Szoke topped the charts with a time of 46.825, as the Lynden, ON veteran and three-time reigning champion enters a crucial weekend aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
Young would ultimately settle for third in that session, with Blysk Racing BMW’s Samuel Trepanier running second-fastest out of St. Isidore, QC, but Young managed to make his absence from the top a short-lived one after posting a time of 46.102 in the afternoon practice to set the fastest overall lap of the day.
The margin to Szoke was miniscule, however, with the 13-time National champion falling just 0.078 seconds short of the current points leader. Szoke was struggling with a lack of grip on the rear tire in the second practice, an issue the Kawasaki team will look to get sorted out before Saturday’s qualifying.
Both he and Young will have their eye on Sunday’s race, as the duo not only enter perhaps the most pivotal round of the season, but will also look to win the last ever Pro Superbike race at the Autodrome before it closes this fall.
The third-fastest time of the day overall belonged to Trevor Daley and his OneSpeed/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000R machine, as the Mississauga, ON native looks to build upon his podium finish from round two and secure another top-three result in La Belle Province.
Trepanier would ultimately finish with the fourth-fastest time of the day, while Inverary, ON veteran Jeff Williams rounded out the top five aboard his BMW machine.
The top rookie of the day was Montreal, QC’s Vincent Levillian, who placed tenth in the morning practice aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja with a time of 49.017.
Both sessions of the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class were paced by championship leader Will Hornblower, as the Sarnia, ON native posted a best time of 47.639 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6.
The round one winner was a comfortable 0.736 seconds clear of second place, but just 0.234 seconds separated the next five riders, with two-time defending champion Tomas Casas leading that group aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha out of Peterborough, ON.
Despite an all-Ontario top-three, the class is set to feature a strong contingent of hometown talent, with nine of the next ten riders hailing from Quebec.
Another hometown rider also paced the field in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class, as Alex Berthiaume finished with a time of 54.310 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R3 out of Laval, QC.
A race winner in St-Eustache last season, Berthiaume finished just 0.018 seconds clear of championship leader Avery Hart, as the Princeville, NS rider continues to impress in his first full National tour aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha.
Leading the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike grid on Friday was another Laval, QC native in Pascal Bastien, who finished with a time of 48.041 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R1. He was notably just 0.119 seconds clear of Blainville, QC’s Guillaume Fortin, who just narrowly defeated Bastien in a thrilling race a year ago and will look to do the same again aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
As for the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike ranks, it was championship leader Christian Allard leading the field aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, as the Chambly, QC native looks to extend his one-point lead in the series at his home track this weekend.
Full results from Friday’s practice sessions, including the schedule for the weekend’s action, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Friday, 21 June 2019 17:01 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Toronto, ON – June 18, 2019 – The Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship will be heading to historic Autodrome St-Eustache for the final time this weekend, June 21-23, with a potential season-changing battle in store in the Mopar Pro Superbike class.
Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR rider Ben Young currently leads the championship by 29 points over his rival Jordan Szoke, as the Collingwood, ON native has finished every session of the season on top of the leaderboard.
Young has looked a step ahead of the competition in his breakout season, as the first-time championship leader has the maximum number of possible points through two rounds with five races to go.
However, Szoke made things as interesting as they’ve been all year in the late stages of round two’s race, narrowly losing out on the victory aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
The Lynden, ON veteran will look to keep that momentum going at arguably his best track, as the three-time defending champion has won seven-consecutive races at the circuit and 10 of the last 12 races in the province of Quebec.
Szoke briefly battled with Young in St-Eustache a year ago before storming to a six-second victory, but all indications are that the two will combine for a much more thrilling contest in Sunday’s race.
The biggest question mark may be who will join the duo on the podium, with a handful of names proving themselves certainly capable so far this season.
The man to earn that honour in round two was OneSpeed/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 rider Trevor Daley, who rebounded from a tough opening round to claim his first podium since 2015. The Mississauga, ON native sits in a tie for sixth in the overall standings, a spot that hardly indicates his front-running ability.
Another name that has taken many by surprise so far this year is Peterborough, ON youngster Tomas Casas, who enters round three in a tie for third in the standings in his first year aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1. The reigning Sport Bike champion has yet to podium in the feature class, but finished fourth in round one and has typically excelled in La Belle Province.
Another fan-favourite to watch will be Verdun, QC teenager Nicolas Meunier, who currently leads the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year standings aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja. The tighter, narrower Autodrome is perhaps the track that is kindest to the lesser-powered sport bike, as the hometown youngster could be in line for his first career top-five finish.
Both Casas and Meunier will be at the forefront of multiple classes, however, with the two in line for what will certainly be a dramatic weekend in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike category.
Casas got his two-time title defence back on track with a victory in round two, albeit after a protest determined the result, and will aim to win his third-consecutive race in St-Eustache and inch closer to the front of the standings aboard his YZF-R6 machine.
It will be a pivotal weekend for championship leader Will Hornblower, who carries a 17-point grasp on the series lead but has not raced at the Quebec circuit since 2015, when he finished seventh. The Sarnia, ON native may be in need of a top-five finish to retain his points lead, as the Yamaha rider is now under fire from Casas and company.
It’s expected that the Quebec round will not feature one of it’s most notable faces, as Sebastien Tremblay is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered in round two of the Sport Bike class. The Mirabel, QC native was widely considered a championship leader aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki, but has had a season to forget with crashes in both of the first two rounds.
The biggest runaway class so far will feature a welcome dose of adversity in round three, as Avery Hart’s stranglehold on the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class will be put to the test in races five and six.
The Princeville, NS rider has looked dominant in his first full National campaign aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3, leading the title fight by 41 points, but will face a tough challenge in hometown veteran Alex Berthiaume.
The Laval, QC native won the first of two races in St-Eustache a year ago, and has perhaps the best knowledge of the circuit aboard his Yamaha machine. Berthiaume sits fifth in the overall standings after a crash in round one, but rebounded with his first podium of the year in race two at round two.
The two Amateur categories will also feature a number of intriguing battles, with a large Quebec-based contingent set to make their gains at their home facility.
That may be most true in the Express Lane Amateur Superbike class, where current points runner-up Guillaume Fortin enters St-Eustache as the reigning race winner at the track after a thrilling victory last season. The Blainville, QC rider has been a step behind Markham, ON’s Dave Natale this season, but will look to finally even the field against the Aprilia RSV4RR rider aboard his Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
As for the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike category, it will be a chance for Chambly, QC’s Christian Allard to extend his points lead at the same track he won at a year ago. Allard currently holds just a one-point lead over last year’s Lightweight champion Jake LeClair, but the Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja rider will have the benefit of track experience over his younger bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 counterpart out of Blackstock, ON.
Fans and riders are encouraged to attend what will be the final CSBK event at the Autodrome St-Eustache, before the 54-year old facility is shut down for good at the end of the 2019 season.
Information regarding round three, including the weekend schedule, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Tuesday, 18 June 2019 16:18 Published in Reports, Results & Points