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Flat Track Canada race report - Round 6, Wheatley Thunderfest

One day after dealing with blazing heat and some great racing, the Flat Track Canada travelling road show was at it once again. Sunday saw the group head to Wheatley to race at the short track on the Erie Ramblers club grounds. Long regarded as one of the most unique and coolest tracks around, the Wheatley track is always fun and Sunday certainly didn't disappoint.

After some of them riding 750's the night before, the Experts went to smaller displacement machines for the short track. Although the bikes were smaller the thrills were huge as once again the best riders in Canada put on a great show for the fans. Making a rare appearance on his beautiful 450 framer it was Doug Lawrence, making up for the night before, who came away with the win in Open Expert. Early leader in the race was Chris Evans but unfortunately for Evans he slid out in corner two shortly after Lawrence got by him. Local ace Nick Wenzler had a strong ride through the pack to finish second while new points leader Tyler Seguin took home third. A surprising non-factor in the final was reigning number one Don Taylor who had looked like a man on a mission in his heat race bouncing off the wall on the back straight while going for the win.



Rookie Expert Dave Pouliot surprised perhaps everybody except himself in taking the win in Expert DTX. While the others behind him were sliding and bobbing, Pouliot looked smooth and fast on his way to his first Expert victory. Taylor was a factor in this race as he grabbed second while Wenzler was once again in the mix and was able to grab third. Congratulations Dave!

 

Intermediate once again belonged to Brodie Buchan as he grabbed both wins to go four for four on the weekend. Track knowledge, skill, and great starts went a long way for Buchan and he just couldn't be caught. Braden Vallee and Cody Marentette swapped positions from the night before with Vallee grabbing second in both races after having to make up ground from some harrowing starts.

 

 

The Novice class was dominated for the second day in a row by the trio of Dustin Brown, Trent Pickle and Luke Rahm. Finishing order was the same in both races as Pickle found himself sandwiched between Brown and Rahm on his home track. 

 

Boyd Deadman proved to be the master of the light on Sunday grabbing the holeshot in both 85 Youth and Novice 250 action. While unable to hold the lead until the end in both races, Deadman did have a couple of great rides to finish second to Hunter Bauer with Jimmy McCullough rounding out the top three.

 

VET action saw Steve Ball, winner from the night before, take a hard tumble in turn three after making contact with Rob Churchill. With Ball out of commission, Churchill was able to grab the checkers ahead of Dan Doreen and Windsor firefighter Paul Renaud.

 

A special thanks to all the Erie Ramblers and Flat Track Canada crew for putting on such a great weekend in such extreme temperatures. Bravo !

Other Classes Wheatley Top Three

Youth 65: Adrian St. Amand, Brandon Keys, Spencer Whittam

Youth 50 Chain: Adrian St. Amand, Spencer Whittam, Easton Ventoso

Photos Courtesy of David Dudley.

 

Flat Track Canada would like to thank Parts Canada, Deeley Harley Davidson, Honda Canada, Suzuki Canada, Kawasaki Canada, Diesel Equipment Limited, Dunlop Tires, Klotz Canada, Inside Motorcycles, Grand River Powersports, Sturgess Cycle, Town Moto, and JD Graphics.

   

For Results and Standings please visit  

  

http://www.flattrackcanada.com/2015-standings/   

 

Monday, 27 July 2015 14:00 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Flat Track Canada race report - Round 5, Leamington Thunderfest

With record temperatures and a record number of entries, the beautiful half mile in Leamington once again played host to the first round of Thunderfest. As the mercury in the thermometer hit the mid thirties, it proved to be a sign of things to come as action on the track heated up as well.

Open Expert action saw a mix of bikes take the grid but on this night the Harley Davidson XR 750 seemed to be the bike of choice. Making his first appearance of the season was defending number one plate holder Don Taylor and he was back with a vengeance as he opened up an early lead after taking the green. As the laps counted down, Doug Lawrence was making steady progress on Taylor as his Harley seemed to like the brushed off track as well. As the leader took the white flag, Lawrence put on one final charge but most likely needed one more lap as he fell just short at the line to Taylor. Tyler Seguin rounded out the podium in third finishing ahead of New Yorker Ryan Wells.

Earlier in the evening Seguin had perhaps put on the ride of the night in the Dash for Cash. Using all of his talent and even more of the track, Seguin held off the larger displacement bikes to take the lion's share of the cash in the exciting four lap sprint.

In Expert DTX action it was hometown boy Nick Wenzler crossing the line first surprising a few of our heat race winners. Wenzler was the sole Canadian representative in the top three as Parker Norris and Ryan Wells took the final two spots on the podium. A red flag early in the race caused by Devin Pfeiffer going through the fence in turn one was extremely unfortunate not only for Pfeiffer but for Kyle Vanconant as well. Vanconant had grabbed the holeshot in the first try at completing the race and was doing a superb job holding off everyone at the front of the pack before the red. Vanconant was still able to put in a solid ride after the restart and ended up fifth.

Intermediate action once again turned into the Brodie Buchan show as he grabbed convincing wins in both Open and DTX action. The script was the same in both races as Buchan grabbed the early lead and stretched it out while everyone else in the field tried to play catch up. Cody Marentette and Braden Vallee took second and third respectively in both races, but both riders came up a little short in trying to run with Buchan.

Novice action saw perhaps the best race of the day and easily one of the best of the year. The DTX race was one for the ages as Trent Pickle and Dustin Brown were virtually side by side for the final four laps of the race. Pickle did everything he could to hold the bottom line while Brown blasted around the deep stuff at the top of the track. As the final few laps counted down the two riders would be separated by fifty feet of track in the corners only to meet up beside each other on the straights. As they excited turn four on the final lap, Pickle made the low line work as he held off Brown by inches at the line as Pickle's hometown crowd roared its approval. Rounding out the top three was another hometown boy as motocrosser Luke Rahm had a great ride to take third.

 

VET action saw Steve "RA RA" Ball take his first ever win at Leamington as he took the victory over Leamington's own Wayne Young and Rob Churchill.

Youth 85 action saw Hunter Bauer take the win over Jimmy McCullough and Brandon Newman but the big news in this class was the number of entries. Nineteen riders were signed up for this class which meant when the green lights flashed for the final there were a few riders watching instead of racing. Great stuff seeing this many riders in the the youth classes !

The day was a special one as the riders and spectators on hand paid tribute to the late Jesse Phibbs. A rising star on the flat track scene, Phibbs passed away in 2010 after a very unfortunate incident at the Indy Mile. Saturday saw most of the riders on hand do a lap of honour in Jesse's memory followed by Brodie Buchan turning some laps on Jesse's Rotax. Eyes in the crowd were moist as the we all remembered the fine young man that will forever be linked to Thunderfest.




Other Results from Leamington

Novice Open: Dustin Brown, Trent Pickle, Luke Rahm

Vintage: Kevin Lambert, Mark Fairfull, Brad Kitto

Youth 65: Brandon Keys, Jacob Peacock, Maguire Scott

Youth 50 Chain: Spencer Whittam, Olivia Farkas, Easton Ventoso

Youth 50 Shaft: Alyssa Armstrong, Hannah Musson, Emily Biekx

Novice 250: Brandon Newman, Hunter Bauer, Boyd Deadman

 Photos by Chris Rahm 

 

Flat Track Canada would like to thank Parts Canada, Deeley Harley Davidson, Honda Canada, Suzuki Canada, Kawasaki Canada, Diesel Equipment Limited, Dunlop Tires, Klotz Canada, Inside Motorcycles, Grand River Powersports, Sturgess Cycle, Town Moto, and JD Graphics.

For Results and Standings please visit  

http://www.flattrackcanada.com/2015-standings/   

Monday, 27 July 2015 13:54 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Photo report: CSBK Edmonton photos by Patrick Lambie

Photos from the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, AB. All photos by Patrick Lambie.

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Defending CSBK Superbike champ Jodi Christie had a couple of crashes in Edmonton but still managed to get on three podiums over the weekend. Photo by Patrick Lambie

 

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Local top Superbike racer Justin Knapik performed well and was fastest among the western contingent in Edmonton. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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Suzuki pilot Trevor Daley had a solid weekend, finishing fifth in Pro Superbike race 1 and third in race 2. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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Amateur Superbike racer Stephane Chimot speeds around the Castrol track on his Honda CBR1000RR. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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Trevor Daley's new paint scheme on his OneSpeed/Parts Canada/Suzuki-backed GSX-R1000 is a real looker. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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The front grid in Pro Sport Bike. (Left to right) Jodi Christie, Kenny Riedmann, Tomas Casas and Louie Raffa. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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Defending Pro Sport Bike champ Kenny Riedmann in 'the tuck' on his Triumph Daytona 675R. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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Jodi Christie. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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With four wins in four tries so far this year, Jordan Szoke is poised to turn that 101 into a 1 by year's end. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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Szoke set a new track record, qualified on the pole and won both Superbike features in Edmonton. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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Daley, Knapik and the rest of the Pro Superbike gang. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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Vancouver's Spiro Benias came to Edmonton to compete on his Suzuki GSX-R600 in Pro Sport Bike. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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Riedmann had a great outing in Edmonton with four podiums: two wins in Hindle Pro Sport Bike and a second and third in the Superbike mains. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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Hometowner Ian Wall strugged to a pair of DNFs at Castrol Raceway. Photo by Patrick Lambie

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Szoke talks with Inside Motorcycles columnist and CSBK announcer Frank Wood on the podium. Photo by Patrick Lambie

Friday, 17 July 2015 15:27 Published in Reports, Results & Points


VRRA Vintage Festival Recap

This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be a part of the VRRA Vintage Festival held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) outside of Bowmanville, ON. The weather really could not have been better, with comfortable temperatures, plenty of sunshine and no rain! Vintage bikes were everywhere and the action was great.

Friday, 30 August 2013 15:32 Published in Reports, Results & Points


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