Exactly forty years ago – May 3, 1981 – marked a significant day in the history of motorcycle competition in Canada. This is the anniversary of the first event staged at Shannonville Motorsport Park by the new sanctioning body RACE, or Roadracing Association Canada East, as the group was then known.
Monday, 03 May 2021 10:41 Published in Colin Fraser
The points battles are heating up and at the penultimate round of the RACE SuperSeries, riders fought to attain the best possible position for the final round slated for Sept. 21-23. Some of the classes will see a changing of the old guard as several riders set their sights toward the season ending battles.
Monday, 06 August 2018 17:43 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Next year’s Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship series will include a new class for small displacement production street machines, Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike. This National series will be aimed at Amateur racers, aged 15 and above, aboard lightly modified OEM models, motorcycles and equipment approved by the CSBK Series.
The new category will use rules based on existing CSBK standards utilizing minimum weights and maximum power outputs, as measured on the official series Dynojet Dyno. The new class will also use an Approved Equipment List, limiting competitors to racing parts permitted by the CSBK Series. All competitors will compete with spec Dunlop tires, as do all competitors on the Mopar CSBK tour.
The purpose of this structure is to limit costs and modifications, and place the National Series emphasis on rider talent and development. Various specific cycle parts, including engine control units, front suspension kits and rear shocks, will be mandated through the Approved Equipment List (AEL).
Details of the AEL will be released this fall, following discussions with suppliers.
The bikes expected to make up the grid for the new Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike category include the KTM 390 singles, Honda 250 and 300 CBR singles, Honda’s 500 twin, Yamaha’s 300cc R3 twin, and the Kawasaki Ninja 250 and 300 models. This category is established in some regions of Canada and the U.S.A., including Mopar Express Lane Lightweight at the RACE SuperSeries, as well as a similar division started in Europe in support of the World Superbike Championship this year.
“We are really encouraged by the interest shown in these smaller machines,” explained Fred Benjamin, Technical Director of CSBK. “We anticipate some teething issues with the new class, and some small adjustments might be required in the technical guidelines, but we think this category will produce some exciting racing and help develop the next generation of Canadian road racing talent.”
The new category’s structure will be based on the existing Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec Championship, as introduced at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in 2015. This category, for near-stock twin-cylinder Kawasaki street machines, has run with ten races per season over the past two years.
The Kawasaki will serve as the “index” bike for the class, establishing the relative parameters for the new rules prior to the start of the first season of Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike in 2018.
East coast ace Brandon Pemberton took the inaugural Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec National Title in 2016, and a new Champ will be crowned in the final events of the Kawasaki National Championship at C.T.M.P. on August 20.
Currently, the class limits for the Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec series include a minimum weight of 340 pounds measured with all remaining fluids immediately post race, and a maximum output of 38 horsepower as measure on the Dynojet Dyno at each venue post race. Officials anticipate some tweaking of the Technical Guidelines will be required during the early events with the new National category.
Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:15 Published in News
Shannonville, ON (May 30, 2017)- Tomas Casas, still flying high from his trip to Italy to cosy up to his hero Valentino Rossi, settled down to do the business of winning his first Pro national race.
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 15:10 Published in Rider and Team Releases
(April 2, 2017)- A highly determined ride from Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) at the Pirelli Aragón Round on Sunday saw the Welshman get his first win of 2017, with Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) also on the podium.
Sunday, 02 April 2017 13:07 Published in Reports, Results & Points
In addition to several updated models for the 2017, BMW Motorrad unveiled three brand-new bikes at EICMA in Milan, Italy on Thursday, October 10: The G310GS, HP4 Race and R nineT Urban G/S.
Thursday, 10 November 2016 16:41 Published in Industry News
@shannonville •Shannonville, ON (August 8, 2016)- Royal Distributing sponsored Michael Leon earned a hard fought win at Shannonville Motorsport Park this weekend in the penultimate round of the R.A.C.E. SuperSeries in the Pro Superbike class.
Monday, 08 August 2016 11:17 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Shannonville, ON (july 2, 2016)- The weather was perfect for this weekend's Canada Weekend and the celebratory mood translated to some excellent racing on Shannonville Motorsports Park's short Nelson Circuit.
Monday, 04 July 2016 18:52 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Yamaha’s very popular FZ-07 model has seen great success since its release to Canadian markets in 2015. The top-selling 689 cc parallel twin is a “versatile naked roadster (that) offers deep engine torque and a comfortable riding position in a lightweight, easy to handle sports chassis. It’s the perfect machine for both new and experienced riders alike who are looking for outstanding value.”
However, there are some in the motorcycle industry who believe the FZ-07 is capable of much more, and that it can also succeed as a competitive racetrack tool. Out to prove just that, VOS MOTORS, Yamaha’s five-star dealership in Concord, Ontario, has initiated a project, teamed with Yamaha Motor Canada and Acme Motorsports’ expert race bike builder/pro road racer, Craig Atkinson.
A 2016 Yamaha FZ-07 is now being prepared for competition at popular Ontario road racing events (RACE Superseries and SOAR). When completed, Atkinson will be riding the bike in several racing categories, including BOTT (Twins), Open Sprint, Masters, and several Supersport categories.
Craig Atkinson, Acme Motorsports: “It’s our overall goal to demonstrate that, aside from being a great street motorcycle, the FZ-07 is also extremely capable of competing at the racetrack, especially in the Twins classes. Owners of this bike can very easily enjoy high performance riding with minimal mechanical work, on a very affordable budget. I’m very excited about the program and I must thank VOS Motors and Yamaha Motor Canada for including me in this great opportunity!”
Matt Filion, Yamaha Motor Canada: “It’s great that passionate racers see the potential of the FZ-07 for more than its initial usage. The engine is the perfect platform for a middle weight race machine and with some minor chassis modifications you can have an inexpensive race bike. Yamaha is proud to be part of this project.”
A general information packet is available for anyone interested in learning more about how to take an FZ-07 to the track.
Follow the build process and updates at www.instagram.com/acmeracer4
Friday, 17 June 2016 10:29 Published in Industry News