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Young holds off Szoke for thrilling win at Grand Bend Motorplex

Grand Bend, ON – June 9, 2019 – The Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship continued to produce stellar racing on Sunday, just as Ben Young continued his success at the forefront of the series, winning in round two at the Grand Bend Motorplex to extend his points lead in the Mopar Pro Superbike feature class.

After losing last year’s race at Grand Bend to rival Jordan Szoke after a daring pass in the final corner, it seemed like the situation would repeat itself on the final lap on Sunday. After running into lapped traffic, Szoke had appeared to snatch the victory from Young yet again, only for the Collingwood, ON rider to emerge first out of the final corner aboard his Van Dolder’s Home Team/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR.

“It was such a great race. I had Jordan right there behind me the whole way, so I knew it was going to come down to that final corner yet again,” said Young. “The BMW was dialed in, and the Dunlop tires worked great right to the end, so it was on me to just work really hard and try to hold him off. It’s another great opportunity for the championship, so we’re all looking to keep the ball rolling and get on with round three.”

The win makes a perfect 112 points for Young through two races, having finished first in every session so far this season, as four-time defending champion Szoke now finds himself trailing by 29 points entering round three at Autodrome Ste. Eustache.

However, the Lynden, ON veteran remains confident despite the unfamiliar territory, as Szoke and the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja team head to arguably their best track on the calendar.

“I thought I had him at the end, and I was planning something the whole way, but I just went in a little too deep and he was able to duck underneath me,” explained Szoke. “It’s a tough break, but we made some steps and we’re scoring points. This was one of Ben’s strongest tracks, but now we go to maybe my best track from the last few years in Ste. Eustache, so we’ll keep plugging along and the wins will come.”

The win marks four-consecutive losses for Szoke in the feature class dating back to last year, the longest such streak since Brett McCormick’s championship season all the way back in 2011.

Joining the two front-runners on the podium was Fast Company/OneSpeed Suzuki GSX-R1000 rider Trevor Daley, as the Mississauga, ON native scored his best result since round three in 2015.

Daley has ground to make up in the championship after crashing and finishing 13th in round one, but was able to bounce back on Sunday after running at the front for a number of laps, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

“We’ve been riding really well all weekend, setting a lot of strong, consistent laps, and I had the pace early on to hang with them,” Daley said. “The Suzuki held up great, but unfortunately the tires got a little greasy towards the end which forced me to slow up a bit. But it’s been a while since I was up here [on the podium] so I can’t complain.”

Equally as impressive was local youngster Stephen Nickerson claiming his best career finish in fourth place, as the Hamilton, ON rider placed his DeWildt Honda Powerhouse CBR1000RR inside the front group early on and never looked back.

Rounding out the top five and surviving a late charge of his own was Beaconsfield, QC veteran Michael Leon, who was able to rebound from a round one crash aboard his Royal Distributing BMW despite a late effort from Peterborough, ON youngster Tomas Casas and his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1, who finished sixth.

The top rookie of the day was Breslau, ON youngster Dylan Bauer, who featured prominently in the Sport Bike category but was able to finish a respectable tenth place in the Superbike class aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6.

As for the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, it was a dramatic finish that saw Mirabel, QC rider Sebastien Tremblay win his first race of the season in unusual circumstances, having been involved in a collision with Bauer that caused a red flag stoppage and an early end to the race.

Tremblay is provisionally listed as the race winner aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, with Bauer finishing second for his best career Pro finish, though results are subject to change from CSBK officials in the coming days.

“It’s great to be up here celebrating the win, even though you never really like to win like this,” said an injured Tremblay. “It gets us back in the championship which is huge, so you can’t really complain with the result, despite it ending in a tough way.”

Rounding out the podium was two-time defending class champion Casas, who crashed out in round one but bounced back with a strong finish aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 machine.

“We managed to get some points, maybe not in the way we wanted to, but either way it helps the championship,” said Casas. “The bike felt pretty good, and the pace was definitely there, so hopefully we can keep things going at Ste. Eustache.”

Race one winner and points leader Will Hornblower just missed out on a return to the podium at his home track, but the Sarnia, ON native was still able to piece together a strong finish aboard his Yamaha and keep the title hopes intact.

The fourth race of the season in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class was perhaps the most spread out, with championship leader Avery Hart extending his points hold with another dominant victory.

The Princeville, NS rider once again left his opponents early and went into cruise control, expanding his lead to 40 points aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3.

“It was a perfect weekend, we scored the most total points we could get, so obviously it’s been a lot of fun,” Hart said. “It was my first time ever at this track and I won both races, so hopefully I can keep some of that magic going in round three.”

Finishing at the front of the battle for second was Strathroy, ON teenager Trevor Dion, who claimed his best ever National finish aboard his Kawasaki Ninja 400, with Alex Berthiaume and his Yamaha machine completing the podium out of Laval, QC.

Express Lane Amateur Superbike points leader Dave Natale stuck with the theme of extending his lead, winning again in round two aboard his Aprilia RSV4RR out of Markham, ON to take a commanding 33-point lead in the early going.

Meanwhile, reigning Lightweight champion Jake LeClair scored his first win since graduating to bigger machinery, as the Blackstock, ON teenager stormed to a comfortable win aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 to pull himself within one point of championship leader Christian Allard, who finished fourth aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja out of Chambly, QC.

The second Classic Superbike Racing contest of the year also ran with success on Sunday, as Whitby, ON native Mike MacNeil won a tight contest aboard his 1980’s Freddie Spencer era Honda CB750 machine.

Full results from round two’s racing, as well as information regarding round three at the Autodrome Ste. Eustache on June 21-23, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.

Sunday, 09 June 2019 20:43 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Young snatches pole position from Szoke at Grand Bend Motorplex

Grand Bend, ON – June 8, 2019 – The second round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship continued to ramp up its excitement on Saturday, with both Pro classes coming down to the wire in qualifying at the Grand Bend Motorplex.

Mopar Pro Superbike points leader Ben Young continued his perfect streak of ten consecutive sessions atop the charts, albeit by the closest margins yet, putting in his best lap of the Top Ten Superpole as the flag waved to jump into pole position as time expired.

The Collingwood, ON native remained in the pit lane with under two minutes remaining and rival Jordan Szoke sitting in first place, but managed to begin his final flying lap with just two seconds to spare before placing his Van Dolder’s Home Team/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR at the top of the leaderboard.

His time of 1:03.045 not only pushed him 0.223 seconds clear of Szoke, but gave Young the new outright lap record, ironically displacing Szoke’s record from 2017.

“The plan was to leave it to the last second before we went back out, but it was definitely a little close there at the end,” Young laughed. “The BMW was phenomenal, so we just threw a new rear Dunlop tire on and pushed really hard for one lap. But everything was working really great, and I know we have the pace to stay at the front tomorrow, so things should be fun.”

As for Szoke, the four-time defending champion will lose yet another session to his biggest rival, but the Lynden, ON veteran did manage to show his best pace of the weekend aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.

The 13-time National title-winner will look to end Young’s unbeaten streak on Sunday, as he continues to find himself in an unfamiliar position early in the 2019 campaign.

“It’s frustrating, but the bike felt really good, and everything was a little more comfortable today," said Szoke. "There’s always some changes to be made, so hopefully we make the right ones and come out stronger in the race tomorrow.”

Rounding out the front row for Sunday’s race will be Beaconsfield, QC veteran Michael Leon, who will be chasing his first ever podium in the Pro Superbike class after crashing out in round one aboard his Royal Distributing BMW.

Trevor Daley continued his bounce-back weekend as the Mississauga, ON native also looks to recover from a disappointing round one, qualifying in fourth aboard his OneSpeed/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 after running second-fastest in both practice sessions on Friday.

Centering the second row and rounding out the top five will be Samuel Trepanier, who is still recovering from a massive crash to start the year but was able to post his personal best times at the Grand Bend Motorplex aboard his Blysk Racing BMW.

“My arm is still in quite a bit of pain, and it’s tough flipping the bike over to the left, even though there’s only a couple left turns here,” said the St. Isidore, QC native. “Luckily the bike feels great, and we’re still riding pretty well, so hopefully we can go a little faster in the race tomorrow.”

The top rookie from Saturday’s 24-rider field was Georgetown, Guyana’s Elliott Vieira, who completed the Top Ten Superpole in tenth place aboard his Aventura Gold Yamaha YZF-R6, though he has yet to score points in the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year fight.

The Superbike class wasn’t the only group to come down to the wire, however, as local youngster Dylan Bauer scored his first career pole position in the Pro ranks in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.

Riding out of nearby Breslau, ON, Bauer posted a time of 1:04.351 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6, moving from third on the grid up to the top spot to displace Sebastien Tremblay with just moments remaining.

The Mirabel, QC native will now start from second aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, with championship leader Will Hornblower rounding out the front row.

Hornblower crashed early in the session but was still able to put in a fast lap prior to the incident aboard his Yamaha machine, as the hometown favourite out of Sarnia, ON will look to stretch his points lead with a win on Sunday.

“I was just praying I put in a good enough time to be at least near the first few rows,” Hornblower said. “The last couple minutes were definitely nerve-wracking, but it’s still a front row start which is awesome, all things considered.”

Two-time defending champion Tomas Casas will kick off the second row aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha, as the Peterborough, ON youngster battled through a number of mechanical issues after crashing out in round one.

Notably, the top six riders in the class were all separated by just over a half-second in qualifying, with the top five all posting better times than the pole position mark from a year ago.

The first National race of the weekend also provided some excitement on Saturday, with Avery Hart extending his points lead atop the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class with a dominating victory.

The Princeville, NS native got off to an early lead and never looked back, storming his way to a four-second win aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3.

“The gameplan was to pull away right off the start, so you can’t really complain with how that worked out,” Hart said. “The tire got a little greasy towards the end, but everything felt great and held up enough for me to get the win.”

Winning the battle for second was Hart’s east coast teammate, Keegan Gaudet, who held off a late charge from fellow teenager Ben LeClair to claim the second spot on the podium, with LeClair breaking his older brother’s lap record in the class on the final lap of the race aboard his Fast Company Yamaha out of Blackstock, ON.

The final two CSBK qualifying sessions of the day also failed to disappoint, with Jordan Royds claiming pole position in the Express Lane Amateur Superbike class and Jake LeClair, older brother of Ben, leading the charge in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike category.

Royds, riding a Yamaha YZF-R1 out of Ancaster, ON, will be looking to make up for a disappointing performance at his home track in round one, while LeClair – last year’s Lightweight champion – is aiming for his best career finish in his first year aboard the bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 machine.

Race one of the Goderich Toyota Classic Superbike Racing series also kicked off on Saturday, with Scott McVicker coming away victorious aboard his vintage 1980’s era 1025cc Honda CB750 machine out of Oakville, ON.

Full results from Saturday’s racing and qualifying, as well as the schedule for Sunday’s races, can be found at the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.

Saturday, 08 June 2019 23:04 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Young paces the field in Friday practice from Grand Bend Motorplex

Grand Bend, ON – June 7, 2019 – Mopar Pro Superbike championship leader Ben Young continued his hot start to the 2019 season on Friday, pacing the field at round two of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Grand Bend Motorplex.

After winning the opening round in stunning fashion, the Collingwood, ON native picked up right where he left off, ending the morning practice atop the leaderboards with a time of 1:04.280 aboard his Barrie Trim/Van Dolder’s Home Team Scot-Build BMW S1000RR.

The rest of the field seemed to be catching Young in the afternoon practice as the track warmed, but not before “Braveheart” improved upon his own pace to post a blistering time of 1:03.432 – just 0.232 seconds off the lap record and nearly a full second faster than any other rider.

His chart-topping times from Friday extended Young’s streak to eight-consecutive sessions atop the leaderboards in 2019, as last year’s championship runner-up has looked virtually unbeatable in the early going.

While Young will look to continue his momentum into Saturday’s qualifying, he’ll have to do so with an unfamiliar foe behind him, as Trevor Daley placed his Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 second-fastest in both sessions.

After struggling to 13th in the season opener, in large part due to a crash on lap one, Daley will attempt to get his year back on track with a strong qualifying performance on Saturday and a potential shot at his first career Pro Superbike victory on Sunday.

It will also be a crucial day of qualifying for four-time defending champion Jordan Szoke, who failed to win the season opener for the first time in seven years and remains behind the pace in round two.

The Lynden, ON veteran is still within striking distance of Young, however, running third-fastest in both practice sessions aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja with a best time of 1:04.587.

The fourth-fastest time of the day came from Blysk Racing BMW’s Samuel Trepanier, as the St. Isidore, QC native was the last rider to break into the 1:04 second mark, squeezing out a time of 1:04.989 in the afternoon practice.

Notably rounding out the top five, however, was Sarnia, ON’s Will Hornblower, who posted a time of 1:05.057 aboard his lesser-powered Yamaha YZF-R6 sport bike.

Despite the strong performance, all eyes will be on Hornblower in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, where he and his Yamaha machine enter his home circuit with a surprising championship lead.

While his time in Superbike practice would have been the fastest of the day in the Sport Bike class, the actual front-runner in both sessions was Laval, QC’s Sebastien Tremblay, who posted a best time of 1:05.433 aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.

Tremblay will also look to rebound in round two after an unfortunate collision late in the season opener cost him a shot at a victory, courtesy of rival and two-time reigning champion Tomas Casas.

Casas, meanwhile, will look to get things back on track aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha, as the Peterborough, ON native trailed Tremblay by a minuscule 0.016 seconds in the afternoon session after switching to a new engine for round two.

Another championship leader who got off to a hot start on Friday was Princeville, NS’s Avery Hart, who enters with just a two-point lead in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class.

The WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3 rider paced the field with a best time of 1:12.416, over a full second faster than championship rival Ben LeClair, as the Blackstock, ON teenager struggled to fifth on the leaderboards aboard his Fast Company Yamaha.

After arguably the most exciting race of round one, the Express Lane Amateur Superbike class continued its narrow pace into round two, as Jordan Royds set the fastest time of the day by just 0.074 seconds aboard his Yamaha YZF-R1.

The Ancaster, ON rider just barely edged the Aprilia RSV4RR of Dave Natale, who won the opening race out of Markham, ON.

Ben won’t be the only LeClair brother looking for a victory on the weekend, however, as last year’s Lightweight champion, Jake LeClair, finds himself just 0.128 seconds behind points leader Christian Allard in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike category.

Allard, riding a Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja out of Chambly, QC, paced the field with a time of 1:07.591, with LeClair next in line aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6.

Full results from Friday’s practice sessions, as well as the weekend schedule, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.

Saturday, 08 June 2019 12:28 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Young looking to extend points lead as series shifts to Grand Bend Motorplex

Toronto, ON – June 4, 2019 – For the first time in nearly a decade, the second round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship will feature a different points leader in the Mopar Pro Superbike class, as Ben Young will head to the Grand Bend Motorplex as the man to beat this weekend, June 7-9.

Young captured just his second career victory in round one aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR, as the Collingwood, ON rider looks to make up for past mistakes at arguably his strongest track on the calendar.

It was a year ago in Grand Bend that Young nearly won his first ever Pro Superbike race, leading on the final lap before making a critical error in the penultimate corner that resulted in a win for four-time defending champion Jordan Szoke.

Now with two wins under his belt, Young will look to extend his points lead over Szoke, with the Lynden, ON veteran finding himself in an unfamiliar position as he chases his 14th National championship aboard a Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.

Not only does Szoke fail to hold a championship lead for the first time in seven years, but he finds himself third in the standings after settling for the final podium spot in the season opener behind Belfountain, ON’s Kenny Riedmann.

Sporting a Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki, Riedmann has yet to confirm his plans for the full season but is expected to compete in round two at Grand Bend, where he finished third two seasons ago.

One of the biggest surprises from round one was the immediate impact of Tomas Casas aboard his new Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1 machine, as the Peterborough, ON youngster finished fourth in his first ever race on a Superbike and will look to claim his first podium in the feature class this weekend.

Another dark horse to watch will be St. Isidore, QC’s Samuel Trepanier, who typically opposes tight circuits such as Grand Bend but is always a threat to challenge for a podium – or possibly score his first career Pro victory - aboard his Blysk Racing BMW.

A rider who typically favours tighter tracks, however, is Verdun, QC teenager Nicolas Meunier, who could be in line for a breakout performance aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja as he chases the 2019 Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year award.

While Young will head to arguably his best track with a points lead in the Superbike class, Will Hornblower will find himself in almost the same scenario in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.

After years of tough-luck results, Hornblower finally took the top step of the podium in round one aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6, and the Sarnia, ON native will look for a repeat performance at his home circuit.

Hornblower won’t be the only hometown rider coming off a strong performance, however, as Hamilton, ON’s David MacKay finished second aboard his Mack Attack Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja and could be in line for his first career Pro victory after he was leading for a portion of last years contest.

MacKay was injured in a scary incident at a regional race earlier this month but is fully committed to racing at Grand Bend, albeit at less than 100 per cent as he tries to keep himself in the championship fight early on.

Notably absent from the top of the standings are two-time reigning champion Casas and his biggest rival in Mirabel, QC’s Sebastien Tremblay. A late-race crash in round one left Casas with zero points and the DB Moto Kawasaki of Tremblay with a 12th place finish, but both will look to rebound with a victory in round two.

Possibly the most exciting series to watch will be the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class, where Princeville, NS’s Avery Hart leads the championship by just two points aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3.

With every round serving as a doubleheader for the development class, Hart will have two opportunities to extend his lead over Blackstock, ON teenager Ben LeClair, who traded wins with Hart in round one aboard his Yamaha machine.

The Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class could also be a wide-open battle at the front, with Markham, ON’s Dave Natale winning the season opener aboard his Aprilia RSV4 RR by under a half-second over Blainville, QC’s Guillaume Fortin and his Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.

As for the older LeClair brother, Jake will aim to score his first career Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike victory in round two aboard a bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6. Last year’s Lightweight class winner struggled in round one, losing out to St. Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC’s Christian Allard and his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, but could be better suited for the Grand Bend circuit as he continues to adapt to the bigger machine.

Information regarding round two at the Grand Bend Motorplex, including the weekend schedule, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.

Tuesday, 04 June 2019 11:40 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Qualifying set for Sunday morning after rain halts Grand Bend action

Grand Bend, ON – June 9, 2018 – The Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship is headed for a full day of racing on Sunday at the Grand Bend Motorplex, after rain delayed most of round two action on Saturday.

Saturday, 09 June 2018 18:23 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Szoke and Casas searching for first wins at Grand Bend

Toronto, ON – June 5, 2018 – Three-time defending champion Jordan Szoke will be looking to add another name to the list of tracks he has won at, as the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship heads to the Grand Bend Motorplex for round two this weekend, June 8-10.

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 20:40 Published in Reports, Results & Points


CSBK Round 2 - Hindle Riders Report

Port Perry, Ontario (June 16, 2017) - The second round of the 2017 Canadian Superbike Series(CSBK) took place this past weekend (June 9-11) at Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ontario.

Monday, 19 June 2017 15:06 Published in Reports, Results & Points


CSBK Round 2 Report: Stacey Nesbitt

Grand Bend, ON (June 19, 2017)- The second round of the 2017 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship was held on June 9-11 at Grand Bend Motorplex, ON.

Monday, 19 June 2017 14:59 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Shaw-O’Leary Recovering from Grand Bend Crash

(June 4, 2017)- Jacob Shaw-O’Leary is back at home in Falmouth, NS, after his crash in the first lap of the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike race at Grand Bend Motorplex on Sunday, June 11.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:09 Published in News


Edie Z1 Team Report for Grand Bend Motorplex

(June 14, 2017)- Team manager Paul Bastarache, rider Bodhi Edie and the Z1 Racing crew came to CSBK round 2 at Grand Bend Motorplex with clear goals and were not disappointed.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:04 Published in Rider and Team Releases


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