Now fully recovered from injuries sustained in a motocross training accident in April, Jodi did a few laps on his Honda CBR600RR and CBR1000RR in rainy conditions on Friday to confirm that both he and the bikes were ready for action; the remainder of the weekend saw sunny and warm conditions with no more rain.
Calabogie Motorsports Park has not been on the Mopar CSBK series schedule for several years, but Jodi was quickly up to speed on Saturday as he has previous experience at the track. Unfortunately, he took a fall on the CBR600RR in morning practice when the track was still damp but was able to return to the pits and on his backup bike posted the fastest time for the session. In the Mopar Superbike class, conditions had improved and the team worked on the setup of the new CBR1000RR SP model. In qualifying, the Pro Sport Bike session was red-flagged early but Jodi qualified on pole with a gap of more than one second to his nearest rival. In Superbike, Jodi also qualified on pole with a time close to the lap record.
Jodi dominated Hindle Pro Sport Bike action, leading from the second lap and winning with a 2.6-second lead in the 10-lap event. In Superbike, Jodi led the pack from pole position, but was overtaken midway through the first lap. After briefly retaking the lead at the halfway point but not able to make a pass stick, Jodi tried again for the lead on the last lap, again briefly passing leader Jordan Szoke. Contact was made, but both riders remained upright and continued to the flag with Szoke in first and Jodi just .255 seconds behind in second.
With points awarded for qualifying and laps led, Jodi now leads the Pro Sport Bike standings with 56 points and sits second in Superbike points with 46 points. Action resumes at Autodrome St-Eustache for the second round of the series on June 26-28.
Watch the Pro Sport Bike race here: https://youtu.be/CwvGyspNOfY
Watch the Pro Superbike race here: https://youtu.be/HPBwWfLstm0
Jodi Christie: "I had a lot of nerves heading into the first round because I really didn't know how I would feel after such a long break with my injury. I had been training as much as possible, but without being able to push my body in ways I usually did pre-season. Overall I am extremely happy with how the weekend went, and I proved that we have the pace to win races in both classes. I can't thank my whole Honda Canada/Accelerated Technologies team enough, with all of the hard work from the team members and sponsors we have put together a really strong team for this year. I am really looking forward to St-Eustache, a track I do well on and where I know I will be able to compete for wins. Over the next two weeks I will continue to train hard for the summer months ahead."
John Sharrard - Crew Chief, Accelerated Technologies: "It was a great culmination to a month of insane work at the shop. We had parts arrive from the US, Japan, China and the Netherlands all with only two weeks to go. Our incredible sponsors and partners came together to help have all the bikes ready. We started them for the first time the week before the race and they all worked amazing. Jodi did us proud and captured two pole positions on Saturday after practice was rained out on Friday, which after his motocross injury was a truly incredible feat. We struggled to find edge grip on the Superbike all weekend, but Andrew Trevitt, myself and the rest of the team gave him a great bike to take to the line on Sunday to try for the Superbike win. My thanks to the team (Jodi, Roz, Olivia, Wes, Michael, Andrew and Peter) for working so hard all weekend, and a huge thank you to our sponsors. Without each and every one, we couldn’t have had such a weekend."
About Jodi Christie Racing
Jodi Christie Racing competes in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship with support from Honda Canada, Accelerated Technologies, Cameron Cycle, Hindle Exhaust, Bazzaz, Dunlop, Pro 6 Cycle, AiM Sports Data Acquisition, DID Chains, Orient Express, Blue Streak Racing, Motion Pro, Elka Suspension, Motovan, Motul Oil, Zero Gravity, Drift, NGK, Sunstar, Joe Rocket Leathers, Shoei Helmets, Mikey Moto, Bickle Racing, Woodcraft Technologies, Armour Bodies, GBRacing, Vortex, TCX Boots, Ride Rich, K-Tech, Wes Lake, Andrew & Peter Trevitt, and Gary & Roslyn Christie. Follow the team on Facebook (JodiChristieRacing) or Twitter and Instagram (@JCRacing20). For more information about the Canadian Superbike Series and to watch the races online, visit www.csbk.ca.