Aboard the Riders Choice / Dainese BMW S1000RR, McBride turned a lap at one minute, 21.960 seconds (173.807km/h) around the 3.9km (2.459-mile) 10-turn CTMP track during the Magneti Marelli SuperPole session to claim his first pole position of the season and earn four points toward the Pro Superbike championship.
“It’s been a long week. We had some electrical gremlins with the motor and we’ve had to make our ‘B’ bike our ‘A’ bike,” said McBride, whose only other national appearance this season was at the Shannonville Motorsport Park season opener, where he qualified third but dropped out of the race.
“We were hitting the rev limiter in a couple of spots so we’re going to drop a tooth on the gearing but the bike is working really great. I think we’ve got something this weekend and it’s about time I put this bike on top of the box.”
Electrical problems of his own limited Christie’s effort during SuperPole, but the Keene, Ont. racer was close behind on his Honda Canada / Accelerated Technologies Honda CBR1000RR with a lap at 1:22.099 to qualify second and pick up three points. That gives Christie 148 points, 10 behind series leader Szoke with a maximum of 52 points available in each of this weekend’s two feature races.
“I really only got in one hot lap but it’s our first time with this bike and these things can happen,” Christie said. “We’ll try to fix the problem tonight and in the worst case we have another bike available.”
Nine-time and defending national Superbike champion Szoke has been sidelined for the weekend after suffering a serious injury to his right thumb while competing in an Observed Trials event last weekend. The Brantford, Ont. rider has been at the top of the point standings from the start of the season on the Mopar Express Lane Parts Canada BMW S1000RR.
“Despite the situation with Jordan I can only focus on myself and do my own thing,” Christie added. “Right now my game plan is to put my head down and keep a good pace in the races.”
In his first Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship appearance of the season, Marcel Irnie of Kelowna, B.C. qualified third fastest with a time of 1:23.587 on the MobiBuff / Irnie Racing / World’s Best Motorcycles BMW S1000RR.
“My goal for the weekend was to be on the podium and this is a good start to it all,” said Irnie, who last raced at CTMP in 2012. “We need to increase the front compression because the suspension’s bottoming out in a couple of places, but considering we haven’t had a lot of practice time things are going well.”
The front row for this weekend’s races is completed by Frank Trombino of Kleinburg, Ont. on the Royal Plumbing Aprilia RSV4.
“We’re probably down about 30 horsepower and 30 lbs. overweight, so we’re going to see if some taller gearing will help,” said Trombino, who won Superbike nationals at CTMP in 2000 and 2001. “In the race staying in the draft will be important, so if I can get a good start and stay with the top guys we might be OK.”
CTMP specialist Chris Murray-Audain of Scarborough, Ont. qualified fifth fastest with a time of 1:24.938 on his BMW S1000RR. He will be joined on the second row by Hamilton’s Ross Millson, who recorded a fastest lap of 1:25.252 on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 during the Magneti Marelli SuperPole session, and Caledon, Ont.’s Kristopher Garvie, who set a time of 1:25.566 riding the Honda Canada / Fast Company Honda CBR1000RR.
The third row of the grid consists of Longueuil, Que.’s Sebastien Tremblay (MotoNation / Laval Moto / CrossFitLaval.com Kawasaki ZX-10R), Kenny Riedmann of Belfountain, Ont. (Castrol Triumph 675), Marco Sousa of Schomberg, Ont. (Z1 Cycletech BMW S1000RR) and St-Lazare, Que. Racer Franklyn Dominguez (OCM Motor Sports / egopay.com Kawasaki ZX-10R).
Sousa was the quickest of the Sunoco / Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year contenders. He comes into the race 10 points behind Rookie leader Will Hornblower of Sarnia, Ont., who will start this weekend’s races 14th on the Blue Streak Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
Mississauga, Ont.’s Trevor Daley, who comes into the weekend third in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship standings with 102 points, missed qualifying after a crash earlier in the afternoon. The ProStar MotorSports / One Speed Honda CBR1000RR rider was taken to hospital with a suspected concussion and hand injuries, and is a doubtful starter for the remainder of the weekend.
Feature races in all five national classes will run Saturday and Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The official Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship website, www.csbk.ca, will have full race video coverage of both of this weekend’s Mopar Pro Superbike races, as well as Sunday’s Hindle Pro Sport Bike feature and the deciding round of the Honda CBR250R National Race Series.
1.Matt McBride, Etobicoke, Ont., BMW S1000RR, 1:21.960 (173.807km/h)
2. Jodi Christie, Keene, Ont., Honda CBR1000RR, 1 :22.099
3. Marcel Irnie, Kelowna, B.C., BMW S1000RR, 1 :23.587
4. Frank Trombino, Kleinburg, Ont., Aprilia RSV4, 1:24.542
5. Chris Murray-Audain, Scarborough, Ont., BMW S1000RR, 1:24.938
6. Ross Millson, Hamilton, Ont., Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:25.252
7. Kristopher Garvie, Caledon, Ont., Honda CBR1000RR, 1 :25.566
8. Sebastien Tremblay, Longueuil, Que., Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1 :25.632
9. Kenny Riedmann, Belfountain, Ont., Triumph 675, 1:25.944
10. Marco Sousa, Schomberg, Ont., BMW S1000RR, 1:26.053
11. Franklyn Dominguez, St-Lazare, Que., Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1 :26.683
12. Stephan Houle, Gatineau, Que., Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:26.938
13. Raphael Archambault, Terrebonne, Que., Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:27.063
14. Will Hornblower, Sarnia, Ont., Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:27.379
15. Darren James, North Vancouver, B.C., Buell 1125, 1:28.253
16. Louie Raffa, Ste-Marthe, Que., Honda CBR600RR, 1 :28.471
17. Philippe Masse, St-Hyacinthe, Que., Kawasaki ZX-6R, 1 :29.273
18. Caleb Noiles, Upper Cloverdale, N.B., Honda CBR600RR, 1:32.111
19. Ron Munroe, Beaver Bank, N.S., Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:42.506
20. Elie Daccache, Newcastle, Ont., Yamaha YZF-R6, No Time
21. Mitch Card, Ripley, Ont., Honda CBR600RR, No Time
22. Trevor Daley, Mississauga, Ont., Honda CBR1000RR, No Time
--From Professional Motorsports Productions