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Young, Szoke preparing for pivotal round three at Autodrome St-Eustache this weekend

Toronto, ON – June 18, 2019 – The Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship will be heading to historic Autodrome St-Eustache for the final time this weekend, June 21-23, with a potential season-changing battle in store in the Mopar Pro Superbike class.

Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR rider Ben Young currently leads the championship by 29 points over his rival Jordan Szoke, as the Collingwood, ON native has finished every session of the season on top of the leaderboard.

Young has looked a step ahead of the competition in his breakout season, as the first-time championship leader has the maximum number of possible points through two rounds with five races to go.

However, Szoke made things as interesting as they’ve been all year in the late stages of round two’s race, narrowly losing out on the victory aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.

The Lynden, ON veteran will look to keep that momentum going at arguably his best track, as the three-time defending champion has won seven-consecutive races at the circuit and 10 of the last 12 races in the province of Quebec.

Szoke briefly battled with Young in St-Eustache a year ago before storming to a six-second victory, but all indications are that the two will combine for a much more thrilling contest in Sunday’s race.

The biggest question mark may be who will join the duo on the podium, with a handful of names proving themselves certainly capable so far this season.

The man to earn that honour in round two was OneSpeed/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 rider Trevor Daley, who rebounded from a tough opening round to claim his first podium since 2015. The Mississauga, ON native sits in a tie for sixth in the overall standings, a spot that hardly indicates his front-running ability.

Another name that has taken many by surprise so far this year is Peterborough, ON youngster Tomas Casas, who enters round three in a tie for third in the standings in his first year aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1. The reigning Sport Bike champion has yet to podium in the feature class, but finished fourth in round one and has typically excelled in La Belle Province.

Another fan-favourite to watch will be Verdun, QC teenager Nicolas Meunier, who currently leads the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year standings aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja. The tighter, narrower Autodrome is perhaps the track that is kindest to the lesser-powered sport bike, as the hometown youngster could be in line for his first career top-five finish.

Both Casas and Meunier will be at the forefront of multiple classes, however, with the two in line for what will certainly be a dramatic weekend in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike category.

Casas got his two-time title defence back on track with a victory in round two, albeit after a protest determined the result, and will aim to win his third-consecutive race in St-Eustache and inch closer to the front of the standings aboard his YZF-R6 machine.

It will be a pivotal weekend for championship leader Will Hornblower, who carries a 17-point grasp on the series lead but has not raced at the Quebec circuit since 2015, when he finished seventh. The Sarnia, ON native may be in need of a top-five finish to retain his points lead, as the Yamaha rider is now under fire from Casas and company.

It’s expected that the Quebec round will not feature one of it’s most notable faces, as Sebastien Tremblay is recovering from a broken collarbone suffered in round two of the Sport Bike class. The Mirabel, QC native was widely considered a championship leader aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki, but has had a season to forget with crashes in both of the first two rounds.

The biggest runaway class so far will feature a welcome dose of adversity in round three, as Avery Hart’s stranglehold on the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class will be put to the test in races five and six.

The Princeville, NS rider has looked dominant in his first full National campaign aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3, leading the title fight by 41 points, but will face a tough challenge in hometown veteran Alex Berthiaume.

The Laval, QC native won the first of two races in St-Eustache a year ago, and has perhaps the best knowledge of the circuit aboard his Yamaha machine. Berthiaume sits fifth in the overall standings after a crash in round one, but rebounded with his first podium of the year in race two at round two.

The two Amateur categories will also feature a number of intriguing battles, with a large Quebec-based contingent set to make their gains at their home facility.

That may be most true in the Express Lane Amateur Superbike class, where current points runner-up Guillaume Fortin enters St-Eustache as the reigning race winner at the track after a thrilling victory last season. The Blainville, QC rider has been a step behind Markham, ON’s Dave Natale this season, but will look to finally even the field against the Aprilia RSV4RR rider aboard his Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.

As for the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike category, it will be a chance for Chambly, QC’s Christian Allard to extend his points lead at the same track he won at a year ago. Allard currently holds just a one-point lead over last year’s Lightweight champion Jake LeClair, but the Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja rider will have the benefit of track experience over his younger bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 counterpart out of Blackstock, ON.

Fans and riders are encouraged to attend what will be the final CSBK event at the Autodrome St-Eustache, before the 54-year old facility is shut down for good at the end of the 2019 season.

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

Tuesday, 18 June 2019 16:18 Published in Reports, Results & Points


MCC announces Pro Sport Bike appeal verdict; Casas named round two Sport Bike winner

Toronto, ON – June 12, 2019 – The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) announced on Tuesday that the provisional results of round two’s Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike race will be overturned, with Tomas Casas now awarded the victory last Sunday from Grand Bend Motorplex.

The original ruling by Canadian Superbike Championship officials saw race leader Sebastien Tremblay awarded the win and pole-sitter Dylan Bauer finish second, despite the two being involved in a collision resulting in a red flag stoppage.

A formal, written, on-time protest was then submitted minutes after the second National race by Pro Sport Bike class front runners David McKay, Tomas Casas and Will Hornblower. This trio opposed the at-track decision, leading to the MCC and its appeal committee deciding the fate of Sunday’s race and its impact on the championship.

In a release sent to CSBK officials, their decision was announced as follows:

“After careful consideration the MCC Tribunal decided to uphold the protest and overrule the at track decision. The two riders involved in the race stopping incident (competitors who fell) positions will be placed respectively at the end of the results and all other competitors will move ahead two positions.”

The ruling will mean that Tremblay and Bauer will now be officially scored as the 15th and 16th place finishers, respectively.

“The decision was not black and white,” the release continues. “We do not believe that Dylan Bauer’s actions were intentional, but we did feel that he was the ultimate cause of the red flag. We felt that Sebastien Tremblay was the unfortunate victim however his crash did contribute to the red flag and subsequent end of the race. Based on the rules as written, the two riders (Dylan Bauer & Sebastien Tremblay) were deemed to have caused the race stopping incident and as stated in F(7) will be placed at the back of their respective lap.”

The final decision will now carry significant implications for the Sport Bike championship, with points leader Will Hornblower and current runner-up David MacKay ultimately joining the podium for the second time in as many races.

The original results would have meant an eleven-point lead for Hornblower over Tremblay; Hornblower will now instead lead MacKay by 17 points, with Tremblay sitting tied with Bauer for tenth in the championship.

Two-time defending class champion Casas will also draw back into the title hunt, as the win brings him to sixth in the overall point standings and within 14 points of the top three, as opposed to an original 29-point deficit for the Parts Canada Yamaha rider.

However, the results all but signal the end for Tremblay and his 2019 Sport Bike hopes, as the injured Turcotte Performance Kawasaki rider now finds himself 61 points behind the series lead with five races remaining.

Though nothing is confirmed, a team member had indicated that Tremblay may not finish the year in the Sport Bike category, instead electing to focus on the Mopar Pro Superbike class when again healthy.

The final revised results will shortly be found on the series official website at www.csbk.ca, as well as the updated class standings.

Thursday, 13 June 2019 12:41 Published in News


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


2019 VRRA Summer Classic - June 28 to 30

VRRA, CSBK and Westex Coatings Inc. are joining forces for an exciting long weekend of vintage and modern racing at Calabogie Motorsports Park. 

June 28-30 will bring a strong field of competitors to a challenging track. Bikes have been built and rebuilt over the winter, and the sidecar classes are growing, providing a friendly atmosphere in the pits and an intense rivalry on the track for maximum spectator enjoyment.

As an added bonus for this event only, the CSBK Lightweight Nationals will join in the fun.

Take a stroll through the pits to see machinery and riders that should have retired decades ago, but are still tearing up the track.

Visit the VRRA website for more information.

Thursday, 06 June 2019 18:26 Published in News


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


DP Brakes Signs an Impressive Number Road Racers in 2019

BUFFALO, NY- - DP Brakes, the leader in sintered braking technology, has announced the signing of many of the top Pro and Amateur road racers in North America.

Our impressive racer lineup is as follows:
13-time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke with wife and fellow competitor, Amy Szoke.
Runners Up Ben Young, Samuel Trepanier and Trevor Daley

Canadian Sportbike Champion Tomas Casas
Runner Up Mitch Card

Plus, the following great competitors competing in the Canadian CSBK and SOAR Series:
Kenny Riedmann, Samuel Desmarais, Mack Attack Racing’s David, Glenn and Shannon Mackay, Nicolas “Nico” Meunier, Guillaume Fortin, Slightly Stoopid’s Drew Morrisey and Sunny Park, Team Tenacious Mike Heggarty, Vincent Levillain and Connor Campbell.

Plus:
Former AMA Champion and 2019 Daytona 200 competitor – Jason DiSalvo
NHRA’s Top Fuel Racing’s – Shark Racing’s Rickey House
ASRA Super Stock, Team Challenge and F-4 National Champion Lloyd Bayley
Long Time DP Sponsored Road Racer and XSBA Long Distance Stoppie Record Holder, Ryan Cramer
WERA Superbike Expert Tyler King

“Riders will be racing with our New High Performance RDP X-Race Titanium brake pads. Results so far prove that we have a compound available to be competitive with all other brands and even show an upgrade over those. The superb initial response, incredible feel and fade free performance puts us at the top of the charts,” stated Larry Mills, President of DP Brakes and Clutches North America.

Mills added, “Not only will they experience all those features, but also receive the DP Brakes long reputation of no brake dust and quiet performance.”

Mills concluded, “We are truly honored to be part of their program for 2019 and wish them tremendous success. Their constant feedback will enable DP Brakes to be on the leading edge of sintered metal brake pad technology and further our growth in the Road Race and Sportbike market”.

RDP X-Race Titanium Brake pads are available exclusively through Parts Unlimited, Parts Canada.

For more information on the complete line-up of DP Brakes brake pads, shoes and clutch kits, contact DP Brakes North American Headquarters at 4401 Walden Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086, (716) 681-8806, or visit them on the web at www.dp-brakes.com.

 

Thursday, 30 May 2019 16:21 Published in Rider and Team Releases


CSBK - Round 1 2019

Round 1 of the 2019 Mopar CSBK season took place May 17-19 at Ontario's Shannonville Motorsport Park. Here, courtesy of CSBK and Professional Motorsports Productions, is the video of the Mopar Pro Superbike race. Be sure to visit www.csbk.ca for more details including race recaps and point standings for all classes. 

Friday, 24 May 2019 18:08 Published in Multimedia


Trevor Daley - 2019 CSBK Round 1 Recap

“When you’re going through hell, keep going.”
Winston Churchill

The Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 backed by Parts Canada team had an opening Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship weekend that left rider Trevor Daley and tuner Scott Miller profoundly disappointed and, by equal measure, profoundly thankful. A freak accident in Saturday morning practice saw Jordan Szoke’s machine tumble over the trackside wall and rip through the Daley/Miller pit, the spinning motorcycle just missing team members by inches. It could have been catastrophic. Mercifully, it wasn’t, and, miraculously, no-one was injured—at least physically.

The incident, however, cast a pall over the weekend, and a tip-over at the hairpin while running with the lead group in Sunday’s final made the weekend one to forget. But in the never-say-die spirit of Sir Winston, the team rallied around the damaged machine, got it back on track, and at the checkered flag important championship points were gained.

Keep going. Indeed.

Full marks to Ben Young for his win and a special thank-you to the fans who filled the grandstand to near capacity for their support and well-wishes. We can’t wait to see everyone at Grand Bend to—belatedly—kick our season into high gear.

Trevor Daley @Onespeedinc

Suzuki Canada @Suzukicanada

Fast Company @fastcompanyracing

CSBK Championship @cdnsuperbike

Tuesday, 21 May 2019 13:22 Published in Rider and Team Releases


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