Castrol Raceway in Edmonton is a new venue for the CSBK series, and after attending a local EMRA (Edmonton Motorcycle Roadracing Association) regional event the weekend before the CSBK doubleheader, Jodi was up to speed quickly on both the Honda CBR600RR and CBR1000RR SP in Thursday's opening practice sessions. However, a crash in the afternoon damaged the team's No. 1 CBR1000RR SP enough that it could not be used for the remainder of the weekend, forcing Jodi onto his backup bike for the Superbike class. In Friday's qualifying sessions, Jodi posted a lap on his Honda CBR600RR almost a full second quicker than his nearest competitor to qualify on pole for the Pro Sport Bike class. In Superbike, Jodi qualified in second to title rival Jordan Szoke.
In Saturday's Pro Sport Bike race, Jodi was fourth off the line while Kenny Riedmann jumped out to an early lead. On the softer of the two Dunlop spec tires available, Riedmann was able to pull out a gap of several seconds, but Jodi - on the harder tire - made an incredible late-race charge to challenge for the lead on the final lap. After passing Riedmann just a few corners from the finish, Jodi crashed in the last corner before the checkered flag. The two riders had pulled out enough of a gap on the field that he was able to remount and finish in third position, for his first podium of the weekend.
Jodi led the first few laps of the Mopar Pro Superbike race before Jordan Szoke made a pass for the lead. Again, Jodi had chosen the harder of the two tire choices while Szoke was on the softer and pulled out a gap of several seconds. Unfortunately Jodi could not close the gap in the later stages as he did in the Sport Bike race, and finished in second position. The team worked diligently on Saturday night to find a setup for the Honda CBR1000RR SP that would work with the softer tire and were confident of a better result on Sunday.
Sunday's Pro Sport Bike race began just as it did on Saturday, with Riedmann making an early break on the softer tire while Jodi stuck with the harder tire. But this time Jodi was unable to close in on Riedmann as he did on Saturday, eventually finishing in second position. Jodi retains the Hindle Pro Sport Bike championship points lead, although the margin has shrunk to just two points with three races remaining in the series.
In Sunday's Superbike race, Jodi led the first few laps before crashing unhurt, losing the front end under braking for turn 3. Jodi remains in second in the point standings, 77 behind leader Szoke; a win is worth 50 points.
The Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship moves on to Atlantic Motorsport park in Shubenacadie, NS for round 5 of the series on August 2.
Hindle Pro Sport Bike race 3: https://youtu.be/dxQnlV-_AFM
Mopar Pro Superbike race 3: https://youtu.be/KVBHjryVsEQ
Mopar Pro Superbike race 4: https://youtu.be/9r-SEPR6Idk
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.