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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


Honda Canada unveils 2016 Red Rider contingency program

March 17 - Honda Canada today announced the details of its 2016 Red Rider Rewards Program, a contingency program for professional and amateur Canadian racers.

Thursday, 17 March 2016 14:58 Published in Industry News


Bodhi Edie returns to Mopar CSBK‏

@BodhiEdie151 •@cdnsuperbike •TORONTO, Ont. (March 15, 2016) – Popular Pro racer Bodhi Edie will return to the Canadian National Pro Superbike scene in 2016, supported by Trip-Dub Racing, Z1 Tuning and Yamaha Motor Canada.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 09:37 Published in News


Superbike champ Szoke partners up with Motovan again in 2016

Boucherville, QC , March 13 2016 – Canadian distributor Motovan was pleased to announce the confirmation of an agreement that will keep Jordan Szoke as part of the Motovan family for the next two years.

Jordan will be defending his title once again this year and it promises to be an exciting season, said a report on www.motovan.com. “Following the announcement of our ties with the CSBK as a series supporter with our partner Liqui Moly that is exclusively distributed by Motovan alongside other partners, we felt strongly that Jordan shares our values of longevity in excellence in power sports,” says David Bond, Motovan marketing project leader. In addition, Jordan will be geared up by quality gear company Olympia, who has seen an opportunity to display their craftsmanship and quality work in the racing industry. Olympia is the most recognized provider of jackets and pants in the motorcycle touring and adventure segments and is looking to expand their offering.

Szoke will be one of the most influential leaders of the new Motovan BLACK RIDER sponsorship program.  More details will be revealed in a later communication about the details of this exclusive program.

Monday, 14 March 2016 13:45 Published in Industry News


Motovan and Liqui Moly Join Mopar Canadian Superbike Series

For immediate Release | Friday, March 11, 2016 | Motovan Corporation, a Canadian distributor, exporter and manufacturer of motorcycle, motocross, ATV and snowmobile parts and accessories, will become a major partner in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship in 2016. Motovan has agreed to a two-year deal with the CSBK tour, becoming the official powersports partner of the national championship road racing series for the next two seasons. Mopar CSBK recently announced that the series’ feature races will be shown on TSN, The Sports Network, in 2016.

“This is a great opportunity for the CSBK Series and Motovan,” explained Motovan’s Marketing Project Leader David Bond. “We are motivated by new products and initiatives at Motovan, and we look forward to this kind of approach in our support of the Mopar CSBK Series. We’re defiantly focused on growth.”

Motovan will support a number of important new programs within the CSBK series, including a $30,000 retail fund aimed at supporting series products through contests, at-track giveaways and similar programs, associated and activated through social media, web and venue engagements.

One of the central elements of Motovan’s involvement will include Liqui Moly, the famed German company that focuses on oils, lubricants and additives. Liqui Moly Motorbike is exclusively distributed in Canada by Motovan. Liqui Moly becomes the title sponsor for the Pro Sport Bike class, allowing new focus on the middleweight DOT street-bike-based racing division.

Founded in Germany over 50 years ago, Liqui Moly is one of Europe’s leading brands of lubricants as well as fuel and oil additives.

For 2016, Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike will get next day, flag-to-flag web video broadcast for all six events. As well, the year end points fund payout for the top finishers on the Pro Sport Bike tour will double to $13,000 thanks to the support of Motovan and Liqui Moly.

Kenny Riedmann will wear the No. 1 plate on his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike in 2016, having earned the class crown aboard Triumph equipment the past two CSBK seasons.

Other products distributed by Motovan Corporation that will be utilized in the 2016 Mopar CSBK Series includes Drift cameras, a mainstay of the series’ video and television coverage. Other featured Motovan products include Ogio gear bags, Rockwell watches and Olympia clothing. Further releases will cover these programs.

“We’re all really excited to have Motovan on board,” said Colin Fraser, President of series owners Professional Motorsports Productions. “There are lots of good programs in the pipeline, and Motovan shares our goal: to continue to improve and develop the national championships.”

The 2016 Mopar CSBK National Series tour opens at fan-friendly Shannonville Motorsport Park, east of Belleville, ON, May 27-29.

Friday, 11 March 2016 17:39 Published in Industry News


Superbike Champ Jordan Szoke Visits the Toronto Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo

10-time Canadian Superbike national champion Jordan Szoke will be attending the Toronto Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo this Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 at the International Centre in Toronto, ON. You will be able to find Szoke’s 2016 Mopar Express Lane BMW Motorrad S1000RR superbike on display all weekend in the Mopar Exhibitor Booth.

Event Information:
Mar 11, 12 and 13 - 2016
International Centre
6900 Airport Road
Mississauga, ON
 
For more information about the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports expo and to buy tickets, visit http://www.motoramashow.com/


Show Times
Friday: 10am - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

Monday, 07 March 2016 11:21 Published in Industry News


Mopar CSBK Returns to Shannonville Motorsport Park‏

@cdnsuperbike •TORONTO, Ont. (January 18, 2016) – The Mopar CSBK motorcycle road racing tour will return to favourite venue Shannonville Motorsport Park for the opening National of 2016 on May 27, 28 and 29.

Monday, 18 January 2016 21:36 Published in News


Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship Announces 2016 Schedule

@cdnsuperbike •(January 18, 2016)- Canadian Superbike Championship series organizers Professional Motorsports Productions of Toronto have released the 2016 CSBK series schedule, a six-race affair that may also include an additional event.

Monday, 18 January 2016 15:31 Published in News


Szoke Starts Strong in New Jersey

Newly crowned Mopar CSBK overall National motorcycle roadracing Champion Jordan Szoke made his debut at New Jersey Motorsport Park today, in opening practice for the deciding event in the 2015 MotoAmerica Series.  Aboard his regular Express Lane/Joe Rocket/BMW Motorrad S1000RR, but sporting the number 110 on a red background rather than his typical number 1 or 101, Szoke was 15th quickest in Practice two for the featured Superbike/Superstock 1000cc division, improving on his 18th best set in his morning debut around the “Thunderbolt” layout with a 12 turn, 2.25 mile long layout.

Szoke’s effort put him 9th best in the 19 rider strong Superstock class-within-a-class, the category closest to rules with the Canadian National tour.  27 riders set times during the hour long second session.

“Fifteenth isn’t my goal, but around two seconds off the top factory Superbike isn’t too bad,” smiled Szoke after practice in New Jersey, his first U.S. appearance since 2010.   Szoke lapped at 1:23.56, while quickest overall belonged to the works Monster Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike of series points leader Cameron Beaubier, with a lap at 1:21 flat.  Beaubier’s team-mate and title rival Josh Hayes, the current Champ, was second quickest with a lap at 1:21.69.

“You really notice the difference that $ 60,000 worth of electronics can provide,” continued Szoke about one of the advantages that the top U.S. machines enjoy against the more heavily restricted bikes used in CSBK north of the border, such as Szoke’s BMW.  “Through the esses the top guys just pin it and the bikes just do not move around, it’s just such a big, noticeable difference.”

“Early on I was by myself learning the track, went over a bump, got spit right off the bike, my whole leg was draggin’, but somehow I managed to hang on!  But overall the BMW feels really food, and I’m having fun out there with my bike.”

“So far, this track is really physically demanding.  I did a bunch of consistent laps, 26 on one tire, more than the race, so I feel like we already know a lot about what the race will require.  My set-up allows me to ride the bike consistently, and I just have to work on my lap times.”

“Still, it’s only Friday, and I’ve never been here, so I have to set realistic goals.  I was a little sluggish in the morning, but the afternoon session was solid.  My goal is to be the first BMW, and we will see how it goes tomorrow, where we can go from there.”

Szoke is scheduled to take part in two SuperPole sessions on Saturday, at 2:10 and 2:35 in the afternoon, to establish the grid for Sunday’s pair of 25 lap races.

In the opening session of SuperSport qualifying, Joe Roberts set the pace (1:22.16) aboard his Wheels in Motion Yamaha YZF-R6, while Canadian young gun Ben Young was 12th quickest with a 1:24.7 on his RoadRace Factory Yamaha.

Bazzaz Superstock 600 Qualifying was headed by Bryce Prince on the Tuned Racing Yamaha at 1:24.54.  In her second career start in the U.S., recently crowned co-BCR Rookie Pro of the Year in CSBK, Stacey Nesbitt, placed 34th aboard the Satoni Racing Honda CBR600RR.   

Friday, 11 September 2015 19:00 Published in News


Trevitt's blog: In the Draft

Thanks to the popularity of NASCAR, most people are familiar with drafting and how it works. Obviously it plays a big part in stock car racing, but it's also important in motorcycle racing - especially at tracks with long, fast straights.

Friday, 21 August 2015 15:17 Published in Andrew Trevitt


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