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Szoke claims 61st career victory at St-Eustache

Race day at round 3 of the 2017 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship ended as most had expected, with Jordan Szoke (Lynden, ON) winning the 22-lap Feature Race in convincing fashion at Autodrome St-Eustache.

Sunday, 25 June 2017 18:24 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Szoke starts title defense with win at CSBK Shannonville opener

Jordan Szoke of Lynden, ON started his National motorcycle road racing title defense in powerful fashion at Shannonville Motorsport Park (Shannonville, ON) on Sunday with an aggressive victory at the CSBK Superbike Challenge presented by the Trenton MFRC.

Monday, 29 May 2017 09:49 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Szoke completes perfect season, wins 11th Superbike crown

@CTMPOfficial • @cdnsuperbike • BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (August 21, 2016) – For the second year in a row, and the third time in his career, Jordan Szoke completed a perfect season in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.

A day after wrapping up his 11th career title and second in a row the 37-year-old from Lynden, Ont. scored his seventh win from seven races this season in the back-end of the traditional season-ending doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday.

Monday, 22 August 2016 09:50 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Canada to field 2016 Trial des Nations team

While it had originally given up the idea of fielding a team for the 2016 Trial des Nations event, which will take place in Isola 2000, France on September 10th and 11th, the tide has turned and CMA is very happy to announce the appointments of the following riders.

• Michel Fortin-Belanger, Notre-Dame du Portage, QC - current CMA #1 Plate holder
• Jonathan English, Foxboro, ON
• Felix Fortin-Belanger, Notre-Dame du Portage, QC

The CMA sends its congratulations to the appointed riders and would like to send a big thank you to:
Paul-Yvan Belanger, Notre-Dame du Portage, QC - minder for Michel and Felix
Brian Wojnarowski, Pontypool, ON - minder for Jonathan

Team Manager Jon Hendriks remarks, 'It is important for the top riders to participate in this kind of international event, not only to represent Canada but to encourage those who are passionate about the sport to come together and develop the skills and attitudes necessary to make a positive contribution at the community level. I am really looking forward to working together with the CMA and the TdN team members in the weeks leading up to the competition."

-- From the CMA

Friday, 08 July 2016 10:10 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Szoke, Riedmann, Lawrence amongst St-Eustache winners

ST-EUSTACHE, QC – Jordan Szoke completed a sweep of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader at Autodrome St-Eustache with victory in Sunday’s 22-lap race aboard his Express Lane / Motovan / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR.

Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:36 Published in Reports, Results & Points


CSBK season kicks off this weekend in Shannonville!

TORONTO, Ont. – From CSBK.com - The path to an 11th national Superbike crown promises to be a daunting one for Jordan Szoke as the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship motorcycle road racing series opens with the Superbike Challenge 2016 at Shannonville Motorsport Park this weekend.

The 37-year-old resident of Lynden, Ont. will face one of the deepest Superbike fields assembled in several years as he tries to maintain his mastery over the Canadian series. Last year the Express Lane/Motovan BMW S1000RR rider put together the second perfect season of his career in claiming the Mopar CSBK crown. Included in that winning run was a milestone 50th career Canadian Superbike national triumph.

In addition to having won the last seven Mopar CSBK races, Szoke has also triumphed in the two most recent national rounds to be held on Shannonville’s 2.45km (1.53-mile) 11-turn ‘Pro’ layout.

This season marks the return of Mopar CSBK action to TSN, with support from Dalton Timmis Insurance. Dalton Timmis Insurance presents Mopar CSBK on TSN will consist of half-hour programs from each of the seven national rounds, beginning in June. Dalton Timmis Insurance will also be a co-sponsor of the online coverage of the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.

Dalton Timmis Insurance is also sponsoring the Pro Superbike Qualifying Award, in which the top five qualifiers at each Mopar CSBK round will share in a $2,000 purse and a year-end top qualifier will be crowned.

Among the challengers ranged against Szoke this season will be 25-year-old Kenny Riedmann. The Belfountain, Ont. racer finished runner-up to Szoke in last year’s championship standings with three second-place finishes to his credit. For the coming season Riedmann will be aboard the latest Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja with backing from Sturgess Cycle, Liqui Moly and Speed and Strength.

Last year’s top Quebec-based performer Sebastien Tremblay of Mirabel returns with the Laval Moto / MotoNation Kawasaki ZX-10R after finishing fourth in the 2015 series while Mississauga, Ont.’s Trevor Daley will be looking to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish with the OneSpeed/Rockstar/Motovan Yamaha YZF-R1M.

A pair of former race winners returns to the national tour this season. Thirty-three-year-old Kevin Lacombe of Granby, Que. will ride a Yamaha YZF-R1 with backing from Motosport St-Cesaire, Motovan and Kutvec Amerika. Also riding an R1 will be 20-year-old Bodhi Edie of Warman, Sask., with support coming from Trip-Dub Racing, Z1 CycleTech and Parts Canada.

Collingwood, Ont.’s Ben Young, 22, will make his national Superbike debut riding a BMW of Toronto / Tim Horton’s BMW Motorrad-supported BMW S1000RR and last year’s Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike champion Derrick Whyte of Oshawa, Ont. steps up to the Pro ranks aboard a Snow City Cycle / Lucas Oils / Z1 Cycle Tech Kawasaki ZX-10R.

This season SMP celebrates its 40th anniversary of racing competition. The first motorcycle event was held on Thanksgiving Weekend, 1976.

In addition to his Pro Superbike program, Riedmann will be bidding for a third straight crown in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Championship. This year Riedmann will go for the title on a Kawasaki ZX-6R after claiming the 2014 and 2015 crowns for Triumph.

The Triumph challenge will be led by two-time national Superbike champion Michael Taylor of Toronto, who makes his return to racing aboard a GP Bikes / Goderich Toyota / Mr. Metal-backed Triumph Daytona 675S.

Also expected to feature in the Pro Sport Bike class will be former co-Sunoco Fuels / BCR Pro Rookie of the Year Tomas Casas. The 18-year-old from Peterborough, Ont. will ride a Peterborough Cycle Salvage / Parts Canada / BCR-backed Yamaha YZF-R6.

Action at Shannonville also features the opening rounds of the Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike class and Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike category.

This weekend’s racing also includes the resumption of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec Series. Eric Quintin of Notre Dame de l’Ile Perrot, Que. won the season opener, also at Shannonville, on May 14.

Competition begins on Friday with practice for all five national classes, plus the second round of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 series. Qualifying, including the Dalton Timmis Insurance Pro Superbike Top 10 Qualifier, goes on Saturday, along with another round for the Kawasaki Ninja 300 competitors.

Feature races in all classes will be held Sunday.

Tickets are available through the track website (www.shannonville.com) or through csbk.ca. Weekend passes can be purchased for $30 online or $40 at the gate. 

Recent Shannonville Motorsport Park Superbike National Wins

2014 – Jordan Szoke (BMW S1000RR)

2013 – Jordan Szoke (BMW S1000RR)

2012 – Andrew Nelson (BMW S1000RR)

2011 – Brett McCormick / Brett McCormick (BMW S1000RR)

2009 – Brett McCormick (Suzuki GSX-R1000)

Shannonville Motorsport Park Fast Facts

…BMW enjoys a streak of five straight wins at Shannonville Motorsport Park. Aboard the venerable S1000RR, Jordan Szoke won the two most recent SMP Mopar Pro CSBK races in 2013 and 2014. Andrew Nelson was victorious in 2012 and Brett McCormick swept a doubleheader in 2011.

…Besides Szoke, Granby, Que.’s Kevin Lacombe is the only other former Shanonnville Canadian Pro Superbike winner entered for this weekend’s Mopar Pro CSBK event. Lacombe claimed his first career win in the 2002 season finale and was also victorious in 2006.

…Over the past 10 years that SMP has hosted the opening round of the Canadian Superbike series, the race winner has gone on to take the title six times. The most recent racer to do so was Szoke in 2013. He also used victory in the Shannonville opener as springboard to a title in 2000 and 2006. Others to pull of the feat were Steve Crevier in 2001 and 2003, and Francis Martin in 2005.

Friday, 27 May 2016 10:21 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Willie Vass joins Ben Young for 2016 CSBK campaign

Collingwood, ON CANADA – May 26, 2016 - Scottish-born Pro motorcycle road racer Ben Young is thrilled to announce famed tuner Willie Vass will work alongside chief mechanic Scott Cartier for his 2016 MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) title chase.
 
Vass, owner of Vass Performance Cycle, is considered to be the unsung tuner extraordinaire of Alberta. He has previously worked with notable riders such as Canadian Chris Peris when he raced with Team Iron Horse BMW/ESP in the AMA, Erik Buell Racing’s Aaron Yates, and CSBK fans will recognize Vass and his extraordinary talents from the years he worked with Alex Welsh. 

“This is going to be an exciting season for Canadian Superbike fans. I look forward to helping Ben maximize his BMW S1000RR and seeing him battle for podium finishes and the championship,” said Vass.
 
Vass, along with Cartier, will utilize MotoSPEC chassis software for tuning Young’s BMW Motorrad S1000RR’s suspension and chassis geometry.  MotoSPEC has been developed in Canada, and allows tuners to accurately and quickly evaluate chassis setup options.  It is used in paddocks around the world, including MotoGP, World Superbike, British Superbike and MotoAmerica, and has contributed to numerous championships.  When not working and assisting various teams internationally in WSB and BSB, MotoSPEC developer Jeff Laidman will join Cartier and Vass trackside at upcoming Canadian Superbike Championship races this season.

"I am so glad to see Ben return to race in Canada, and looking forward to working with him, Willie and Scott.  I am sure he will be fighting at the front and be a strong addition to the Canadian Superbike field.  It is nice to see the series attracting more top riders," said MotoSPEC’s  Jeff Laidman.

A rider with tremendous international experience, including the Scottish Nationals, US 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 in America, scoring solid results in both. Young spent the 2015 season racing in the US with the RoadRace Factory team in the MotoAmerica Supersport championship.  Young earned his first MotoAmerica podium at Road America along with several top 5 finishes. Last season, he also achieved two podium finishes at home in Canada during a one-off race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“I’m really excited to work with the vastly experienced Willie Vass and to collaborate with Jeff Laidman in addition to Scott Cartier this season. I feel with the K-Tech Suspension and the BMW S1000RR chassis will be a solid package and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve this weekend at the opening round at Shannonville,” said Young.

Young’s partners for his 2016 CSBK season include BMW Motorrad Canada, Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scot-build Developments, AXO Racing, Arai Helmets, Hindle Exhaust, KarmaComa Studio, Woodcraft, Human 2.0, Core Power high protein milkshakes, Epic Racewear, Vortex Racing and K&N Filters.
 
The 22-year-old pilot of the #86 BMW S1000RR 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.
 
Opening round of the Canadian National MOPAR Superbike Championship series gets underway at Shannonville Motorsport Park May 27-29, 2016. Full events details are available at www.CSBK.ca
 
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.BenYoungRacing.com, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter and Instagram: @benyoung_86.

Thursday, 26 May 2016 16:09 Published in Reports, Results & Points


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


First Canadian appearance! Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L!

The Canadian motorcycle media was brought to downtown Toronto on December 16 for a first glimpse at the 2016 Honda Africa Twin CRF1000L, one of the most anticipated new motorcycles of the coming season.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 14:44 Published in Industry News


December 2015 issue of Inside Motorcycles ON SALE NOW!

The cover of our December 2015 issue (Vol. 18, Issue 08) is highlighted by the new and exciting 2016 Ducati Monster 1200 R. Does this first Monster with Ducati's 'R' race designation stand up to the honour? Nothing like a track test to find out! Read our impressions of Ducati's latest Monster in the December issue of Inside Motorcycles.

Monday, 23 November 2015 14:47 Published in Current Issue


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