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.
It was the first time for the series to race at the venue. The CSBK team did a good job adapting to the facilities and overall it worked well.
"I have never been to this track before," said Stacey Nesbitt. "It is a little narrow and bumpy, but that is the same for everyone. I enjoyed it."
The weekend got off to a bumpy start - literally. Exiting the track at the end of the fast runway back straight, Stacey was able to scrub off enough speed, resulting in a low-speed crash. She was able to ride back to the pits and the crew had the BLKRDR by Motovan/FTR CBR600RR repaired, re-teched and ready to go for the next session.
The weather was hot and sunny for most of the weekend. Stacey qualified 11th for the Liqui Moly
Pro Sport Bike class; ninth to 13th was covered by 0.3 seconds. Obviously Stacey wanted to be further up the grid, but she was improving lap times in each session. She qualified 20th in Mopar
Sunday was race day. Stacey got a good start in the Pro Sport Bike race and moved into the top ten. The race was red-flagged on lap 2 due to a crash out of the fast last turn.
"Jacob (Shaw-O’Leary) went down pretty hard in front of us. Fortunately he was relatively okay," said Stacey.
In the restart Stacey again moved into the top ten and was gaining on the riders in front of her. She was forced to retire before mid-distance with a mechanical issue.
"I was very disappointed to DNF, as I think a top six was possible today."
Stacey got a good start in the Mopar
Pro Superbikefeature and had a good battle with one of the local SOAR racers. She retired form the race after half distance. She did improve her lap times again in both races.
"Racing the 600 against Superbikes is a difficult, but I value the track time and always try to learn something from them every time."
Statoni Racing would like to thank Motovan Inc (BLKRDR program) and sponsors. Thanks to Jon Cornwell for improving the bike setup throughout the weekend. Thanks also to Frank Trombino for his help on and off the track (congratulations Frank on winning the Liqui Moly
Pro Sport BikeSport race).
The next round is closer to home at Autodrome St-Eustache, QC, June 23-25.
Thanks to: Pat Milligan, Jon Cornwell, Chris Brent, Mike Raniowski, Wes Lake, Matt Vantilborg, Jon Dimeglio, the Stacey Nesbitt Supporters Club, Mum & Dad
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