The 2019 CSBK season provided some of the most exciting racing action in recent memory. While the season may be over, the team at CSBK has made it possible to relive all the moments of the 2019 season on their csbk.ca website and YouTube channel. Here is the final Pro Superbike race. Enjoy!
Monday, 19 August 2019 08:28 Published in Multimedia
Bowmanville, ON – August 11, 2019 – For the second consecutive season, Kenny Riedmann will exit the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship with a victory in the final race, winning a thrilling Mopar Pro Superbike battle after a photo-finish result at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10RR rider showed his determination early on after crashing out on Saturday, grabbing the holeshot and leading in the early stages with a nine-rider group following close behind. His lead wouldn’t last long, as race one winner Samuel Trepanier later took over the top spot and entered the final lap poised to win his second consecutive race.
Despite stretching that lead slightly, Trepanier came under pressure in the final corner and ran in too deep, colliding with Riedmann on the front straight before a drag race to the finish line between the two and fellow rival Jordan Szoke.
With official timing showing just 0.031 seconds separating the top three, CSBK officials decided to confirm the results with video replay, which showed Riedmann just narrowly defeating Trepanier for his second career Pro Superbike win.
Official protests were filed by two competitors following the controversial finish, though the protest was rejected with the results finalized post-race. These results are still subject to appeal, which would be determined in conjunction with the Motorcycle Confederation of Canada tribunal.
As for Riedmann, the Belfountain, ON rider will end his season ninth in the championship despite making just his second appearance of the year, as he became the fourth different winner of the 2019 campaign – the most in one season since 2013.
“It feels good to be up here. It’s always fun to come back and battle with these guys up front, and Kawasaki was a huge help in putting this together for us,” Riedmann said. “That was definitely one of the more aggressive races I’ve been a part of, and it got a little sketchy at the end, but it’s always nice to put on a good show for all the fans that come out to support us.”
It was double the disappointment for Trepanier on Sunday, who not only missed out on the victory by a hair length but was also penalized five championship points for failing to have the proper series stickers on his bike. Nevertheless, it was a solid weekend for the Blysk Racing BMW S1000RR rider, who will end his year just 20 points behind Szoke for second in the overall standings.
“It’s awesome to see a good race for all the fans. I actually had a really ugly start and thought I might have to settle for seventh or something, but I was able to work my way up and move to the front one by one,” Trepanier said. “I just didn’t have the same pace as yesterday, and I ran a bit wide onto the front straight which really killed my drive, but the BMW was working amazing all weekend and I’m super happy with the results.”
The all-out war at the front of the pack was so close that even Szoke was under the impression he had won, though the 13-time National champion ultimately settled for third aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki in what was a merciful end to a tough season for the 41-year old veteran.
“They came together and hit on the front straight, and I actually thought I had it. It was a flashback to when I beat Claudio Corti and Kenny a few years back, but I guess I didn’t get it this time,” Szoke said. “The whole Kawasaki program has been great this year, I’ve just cost them with some of my own mistakes, but that’s racing and you don’t win them all. The good part is, it always feel sweeter to get it back the next year.”
Szoke can take solace in knowing he at least beat rival Ben Young, who failed to reach the podium for the first time this season after wrapping up his first National championship on Saturday. The champion entering 2020 was feeling the effects of a Saturday morning crash, but was still able to score a top-five finish aboard his Liqui Moly/Barrie Trim BMW.
Rounding out the top five in his brief return to the CSBK series was fan-favourite Alex Welsh, who debuted the 2020 BMW S1000RR machine this weekend with successful results, as the BMW program looks to build upon its success with Young and Trepanier entering 2020.
It was also an inspiring end to the season for rising star Tomas Casas, who faded towards the end to finish sixth but ran inside the top-three early on, even making passes on Szoke and Trepanier, among others. The Parts Canada Yamaha rider will end his first year aboard a Superbike machine in fourth in the overall standings, as he will enter 2020 poised to join the championship fight alongside his older counterparts.
The Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year award officially went to 17-year old phenom Nicolas Meunier, who will end the year tenth overall aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki sport bike after finishing 15th out of 34 entries on Sunday.
Will Hornblower wrapped up his first ever National championship in thrilling fashion on Sunday, finishing in third after a dramatic three-way battle with rivals Casas and Sebastien Tremblay that went start-to-finish with a number of lead changes in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.
The final lead change would ultimately go to Tremblay, who completed the doubleheader sweep aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki, though Hornblower understandably dominated the attention after bringing home the title aboard his Bickle Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
Though his third-place result was actually his worst finish of the year, finishing top-two in every other race, Hornblower was the only rider in any of the five National classes to finish on the podium in every single contest.
“I’m blown away, it’s just so amazing…I’m speechless,” said an emotional Hornblower. “I wanted to bring it home at the top of the podium, but I had to look at the bigger picture. I knew these guys wanted it badly, so I just had to ride my own pace like I have all year, and now I’m walking out of here with a championship.”
Tremblay’s win put an end to what was a difficult season for the Mirabel, QC veteran, who was able to salvage third in the overall standings despite a pair of controversial crashes early in the season.
“It was a really great race. The pace was faster than yesterday right from the start, so I had to work hard to save the tire,” Tremblay said. “My Kawasaki was just perfect all weekend, so it’s unfortunate to not be battling for the title, but it’s nice to end the season running really well.”
As for Casas, the 20-year old fan-favourite was unable to capture a third consecutive championship in the Sport Bike category, but was happy to come away with a strong finish after an equally frustrating start to the year.
“What a fun race! My Parts Canada Yamaha was working really well as always, but I just couldn’t get a drive on Sebastien at the end,” Casas said. “Unfortunately, my mistake in round one cost a real shot at the championship, but Will was so consistent all season and he deserves this. Now I just have to make up for it on the Superbike.”
Hornblower wasn’t the only Yamaha champion of the season, however, as 16-year old Ben LeClair followed in his older brother’s footsteps to claim the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike championship just a year after Jake won the inaugural title.
The bLU cRU Yamaha teenager settled for fourth in the midst of a seven-rider battle for the win, earning himself a new Yamaha YZF-R6 sport bike to ride as an amateur in 2020 courtesy of bLU cRU, as rival Avery Hart secured the race win aboard his WRBF Yamaha machine.
“I wanted to push for a podium, but everyone was so close at the end, I decided to just get in my own space and bring it home,” said LeClair. “This is what we dreamed of since last season, so it feels really awesome. I’m looking forward to hopefully doing the same as an amateur next year.”
Hart held onto the thrilling victory by just a pair of bike lengths over WRBF Yamaha teammate Keegan Gaudet, who will end his year fourth in the overall standings behind fellow teenager Matthew Simpson, who also finished third on Sunday aboard his Evans Racing Honda.
LeClair will ultimately defeat Hart by 20 points, with the hope being that both riders continue their rivalry on bigger machinery next season.
Guillaume Fortin held off a late-season charge from teammate Christian Allard to win the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike championship, finishing third aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki while Allard took second on his Turcotte Performance BMW behind race winner Samuel Guerin.
Guerin and Allard enjoyed a thrilling battle from start to finish, but the former was able to play spoiler in the closing stages aboard his Aprilia RSV4RR, as Fortin will hold on to claim the title by just eleven points over his teammate.
Allard was able to make up for the disappointment in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike category, however, finishing second aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki to claim the title ahead of rival and reigning Lightweight champion Jake LeClair.
LeClair entered Sunday needing to put some distance between himself and Allard, but once again was upstaged by a dominant effort from race winner Jared Walker and his Kawasaki machine, with Allard finishing second to top the overall standings by 18 points over his 18-year old counterpart.
Chris Dopke will exit the 2019 season as the recipient of the Parts Canada Hard Charger Award, winning a tie-breaker decision over Andy Chilton as both riders scored eight points apiece. The Honda rider showed the largest improvement in lap time from qualifying to the race over the course of the year, earning the second edition of the award which was introduced in 2018.
Full results from the weekend as well as the entire 2019 campaign can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca, while results for the still-unofficial Pro Superbike category will be updated in the coming days.
Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:20 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Bowmanville, ON – August 10, 2019 – The Canada Cup changed hands for the first time in four seasons on Saturday, as Ben Young officially clinched the 2019 Mopar Pro Superbike crown with a third-place finish in race one of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship season finale weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, presented by BMW Motorrad.
Young entered Saturday’s action with a commanding 59-point lead atop the feature class standings, but his dominant season was almost put in jeopardy by an early morning crash in qualifying.
Despite the incident, his team was able to repair his Liqui Moly/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR enough for his pole position to become official, his fourth pole of the year in five rounds, which stretched the Collingwood, ON native’s lead to 62 points.
With just 52 points up for grabs in Sunday’s race, Saturday afternoon represented the opportunity for Young to clinch his first ever CSBK crown, but the 26-year old was forced to deal with perhaps his most exciting task yet as the entire top ten of the 34-entry grid was separated by just over a second with a handful of laps to go.
Among the front-runners of that group were Young’s two biggest rivals, Jordan Szoke and Samuel Trepanier, who were looking to settle some history of their own at the front of the pack alongside former race-winner Kenny Riedmann. Szoke, the four-time defending champion, needed to put some distance between himself and Young to have a shot entering Sunday, with his number one plate on the line for just the second time since 2011.
Ultimately, a last-lap push was not enough to displace Trepanier, who finally scored his first career Pro victory after years of heartbreak, while Young made a late push of his own to finish third behind Szoke – ending his day with a 57-point lead and his first ever National championship in hand.
“The feeling is just incredible, I can barely put it into words to be honest,” an emotional Young said. “We started on the harder tire, and it was tough at first and I thought maybe we’d have to wait until tomorrow, but the tire started to heat up towards the end and I was able to catch that group again.”
“Once I saw Jordan’s number-one plate, I knew I wanted to take it away from him and get my own,” he continued. “I’m really blessed to have so much support, both from BMW and the team, but from all the fans as well. I owe this title to them.”
Unfortunately for Trepanier, the fan-favourite’s breakthrough moment was overshadowed by Young’s championship victory, but the St. Isidore, QC native embraced the moment nonetheless after a terrific performance aboard his Blysk Racing/Gulf BMW.
“It was here a couple years ago that I almost won my first race, so I knew I had to do everything I could to make up for it here today, and it just feels phenomenal,” Trepanier said. “Jordan actually made a push on me at the end, and I knew I had to get the drive to hold onto it, and I was just so happy to beat him to the line. My team works so hard, so I need to dedicate this first win – first of many I hope – to them.”
The pair of emotional victories were met by emotional defeat at the podium for Szoke, who entered Saturday in unfamiliar territory and will leave race one in an even more uncomfortable position.
The Lynden, ON veteran tried to keep things in perspective as he prepares for the final year of a two-year contract with Kawasaki, but the frustration was evident after failing to secure his record 14th National crown in his first year aboard the Mopar Express Lane ZX-10RR machine.
“After switching back to Kawasaki this year, it’s been tough. Not because of the bike – it’s been great – but it’s been an adjustment, and I’ve made a few mistakes that I usually never make,” Szoke said. “Ben hasn’t placed a foot wrong all year, even after that crash this morning, so I knew the focus was going to be on next year. Obviously, hat’s off to him and Sam, and they’ve earned every bit of this.”
Just missing out on the final podium spot behind Young was 20-year old rising star Tomas Casas, who entered fresh off his first ever Pro Superbike podium and nearly scored his second in a row aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1, while his teammate Trevor Daley rounded out the top five aboard his Parts Canada Suzuki GSX-R1000R despite starting from eleventh.
Notably missing from the top of the results was Riedmann, who was all over Trepanier in the early stages and even led a handful of laps in his return to the series after only appearing in the season opener. Unfortunately, the Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki rider came out on the losing side of an incident involving Szoke and a lapped rider, as his attempt at a comeback victory ended early for the Belfountain, ON native.
The Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class drew closer to a new champion of its own on Saturday, as points leader Will Hornblower extended his grip atop the standings with a second-place finish aboard his Bickle Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
The Sarnia, ON native entered with a 33-point lead over two-time defending champion Casas, and was able to stretch that lead to 38, but his damage was limited by a thrilling victory from Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R rider Sebastien Tremblay.
The Mirabel, QC native led virtually start-to-finish despite constant pressure from Casas and Hornblower, as he looks to cap off a frustrating season to at least secure third place in the standings behind his Yamaha counterparts.
“It was a bit of a weird race, because the wind was really strong on the back straightaway, but I was able to make up for it in the last few corners, and so I tried to use that to my advantage” Tremblay said. “We built this bike in basically nine or ten days, so it’s really cool to be up here so quickly, but hopefully we can do it again tomorrow and end the season strong.”
With a maximum of only 52 points remaining, Hornblower will need only to finish 12th or higher on Sunday to secure his first ever National title, but his result on Saturday hardly came with ease after edging Casas by just 0.002 seconds at the finish line. Despite the thrilling finish, it continued the 24-year old’s improbable run of finishing top-two in every race this season, something no other rider has done in any class.
“That was a close race from start to finish, especially between us three, and I knew it was going to come down to the wire but I didn’t think it would be that close,” Hornblower laughed. “Tomas kept getting me in the last corner, but I was able to get the drive out and edge him to the line, so we just need to work on fixing that tomorrow and hopefully we can wrap this thing up.”
As for Casas, it’s another tough break for the Parts Canada Yamaha youngster, who had fought back in his quest to win a third straight title but has since seen that mid-season surge slip away as Hornblower inches closer to taking his crown.
“Oh man, what a crazy finish! I thought for sure I had him at the line, but I ran it in a little too wide and he must have got the drive on me,” Casas said. “The track was really hot from the start so the pace was good, but I just couldn’t make a move stick on Will at the end, which is a little disappointing for the championship but a lot can still happen.”
Hornblower may not be responsible for Yamaha’s only championship this season, however, as 16-year old Ben LeClair extended his points lead in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class with a dominant victory aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R3.
“I was looking at the qualifying times and I knew I had the pace to win it, so I just tried to check out early and ride my own race,” LeClair said. “I put in a lot of consistent laps, and I was able to stretch a gap and ride it out to the line, so hopefully we can do the same thing tomorrow to win the championship.”
The youngster was able to grab an early lead and cruise virtually untouched to the finish line, extending his hold atop the standings to 38 points after a disappointing fourth-place result from rival Avery Hart aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha.
LeClair will also have the chance to make history on Sunday with his older brother, Jake, after the 18-year old sensation earned a strong second-place finish aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, though he was unable to come out on top of a thrilling battle with fellow teenager Jared Walker.
Making just his second appearance of the year, Walker was able to win from pole position aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, limiting the damage done by LeClair as he hunts down championship leader Christian Allard, who holds a 13-point lead after finishing third aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki.
It was also a first career National victory for Quebec City, QC youngster Samuel Guerin, who dominated in just his second appearance of the season aboard his Aprilia RSV4RR in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike category.
The battle to watch was won by Allard, however, who finished second in his first weekend aboard a BMW S1000RR machine, just narrowly defeating points leader and Turcotte Performance teammate Guillaume Fortin. As a result, Fortin will take a 16-point hold over Allard into Sunday, with the Kawasaki ZX-10R rider looking to fend off his surging teammate and score his first National title.
Full results from Saturday’s action, including the schedule for Sunday’s final day of racing in 2019, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Saturday, 10 August 2019 20:18 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Bowmanville, ON – August 9, 2019 – Fans of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship will be forced to wait longer than expected for qualifying results from the two Pro classes, as rain temporarily halted Friday’s action in the season finale Doubleheader Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, presented by BMW Motorrad.
With rain closing in during the Mopar Pro Superbike qualifying session, riders in the feature class were forced to wait past the original start time for the subsequent Top Ten SuperPole session. The track had dried out in time for the field to settle the qualifying order before another patch of rain halted things once again, resulting in an early end to the day with qualifying yet to be completed.
CSBK officials will announce their formal qualifying plans at roughly 7:30 am ET on Saturday, with the two options being either a SuperPole restart on Saturday morning, or the original qualifying results from Friday being made official.
Qualifying was also pushed back for the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, which will be subject to a similar announcement on Saturday.
Should the original qualifying results from Friday stand as official, it would be championship leader Ben Young starting from pole position after leading the session with a time of 1:22.405 aboard his Liqui Moly/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR.
The Collingwood, ON native enters Saturday with a chance to clinch his first ever CSBK title regardless of the qualifying results, as he carries a commanding 59-point lead into the weekend over rival Jordan Szoke.
“We’re in a really good position, but things are far from over, and Jordan’s not going to make it easy on us,” Young said. “We just got to keep doing what we’ve done all year – I think we’ve been first in all but two or three sessions – so if we can keep that going tomorrow, regardless of how things play out, it should go well for us.”
Second-fastest on the day was Young’s veteran teammate, Jeff Williams, who could potentially tie his best qualifying result of the season after falling just 0.147 seconds behind Young aboard his Williams Paving BMW.
The Inverary, ON native and former race-winner is the oldest Superbike rider in the field at 47, but will look to cap off his resurgent campaign alongside his younger counterpart in the weekend doubleheader.
“It feels good to be at the front here, running alongside Ben and all the kids,” Williams joked. “I would have loved to get a shot at pole, but the weather got a little wild at the end and keeping everyone safe is the main thing, so we’ll at least get to save some energy tonight and try to push a little harder tomorrow.”
While Young and Williams will be among the list of names hoping that Friday’s results are made official, Szoke will be perhaps the biggest name hoping for another shot on Saturday, as the four-time defending champion struggled to eighth aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja.
The Lynden, ON veteran was visibly frustrated at the end of the day with his shot at a fifth consecutive title and 14th overall on the line, but tried to keep things in perspective earlier in the afternoon as he enters CTMP in unfamiliar territory.
“Realistically, it’s going to be tough for us to come back, but anything can happen and crazier things have happened, so we just got to keep pushing,” Szoke said. “If we can end the year strong and add a couple wins, maybe things go our way, but if not at least it’s a good start for next year.”
Rounding out an all-BMW top-three was Blysk Racing’s Samuel Trepanier, who posted a time of 1:22.998 as he looks to make up for his heartbreaking trip to the East Coast in round four, when the St. Isidore, QC native lost out on his first career win by just a few feet to Young.
It was also a disappointing end to the day for the front-runners in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, who got in very limited track time after both weather and track conditions disrupted their day. The morning practice session was cut short due to concerns about debris on the track, but once the circuit was deemed safe, the weather began to throw a wrench into the scheduled qualifying session.
As a result, majority of the class competitors were unable to produce a relevant time, including championship leader Will Hornblower, who’s best times were produced in the Superbike category aboard his Bickle Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
“It’s been a weird day, mostly because the track wasn’t great until the weather hit, so it’s really about trying to get a good feel for things before we can put in those fast laps,” the Sarnia, ON native said. “There’s not a lot of issues to work through in terms of the bike, so hopefully things get better so we can push the pace this weekend.”
It was an equally unusual day for his rival, Tomas Casas, who was unable to post a strong time aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha machine. The two-time defending champion out of Peterborough, ON was still able to run solidly in his limited time aboard his YZF-R1 superbike, but was unable to gain any ground aboard his YZF-R6 machine as he looks to erase a 34-point deficit to Hornblower.
The lone two classes to successfully complete the scheduled qualifying on Friday were the Amateur ranks, with Samuel Guerin and Jared Walker claiming pole position in the respective categories.
Guerin, making just his second appearance in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class out of Quebec City, QC, was able to outlast the conditions aboard his Aprilia RSV4RR and score his second pole of the year.
Meanwhile, the Oakville, ON native of Walker – also making his second appearance of the year aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja – was able to capitalize on changing conditions to secure his first ever National pole, though the attention will likely fall on third-place qualifier Jake LeClair out of Blackstock, ON.
While LeClair’s qualifying result will not jump off the page, the bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 youngster will have a chance at erasing his 20-point deficit to championship leader Christian Allard on Saturday, after the Chambly, QC native suffered a mechanical issue aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki and was unable to qualify.
In addition to the pending qualifying announcements regarding the two Pro classes, the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class will qualify on Saturday morning as originally scheduled.
The weekend schedule, though subject to change, can be found on the official series’ website at www.csbk.ca.
Friday, 09 August 2019 18:27 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Toronto, ON – August 6, 2019 – For the first time in his Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship career, Ben Young will have a chance to clinch the Mopar Pro Superbike title entering Saturday’s opening race of the season finale Doubleheader Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, presented by BMW Motorrad this weekend, August 9-11.
Young will reach CTMP with a shot at putting the exclamation mark on his terrific 2019 campaign, exiting round four with a commanding 59-point lead over rival Jordan Szoke and just 108 total points remaining, meaning the Collingwood, ON native needs only to finish respectably in both races to bring home the Canada Cup.
It likely won’t be a weekend of simply cruising around for Young, however, as the Scot-Build/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR rider will be returning to the scene of his first career victory from a year ago and will look to celebrate his potential championship win from the top step of the podium.
While the odds are stacked against his biggest rival in Szoke, the four-time defending champion is the last rider in the field to count out, as five of his last six titles have been clinched at CTMP.
The Lynden, ON veteran also holds the record with 13 National championships for a reason, and even if he can’t storm back to take his fifth-consecutive trophy this weekend, he will at least be a sure bet to challenge for victories in both races aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja. Famed engine builder Scott Miller of Fast Company will join the Szoke program to ensure maximum performance rushing up the long Mario Andretti-named back straight at C.T.M.P.
Though the two front-running stars of the feature class will deservedly grab most of the attention, they will hardly be the lone challengers in what is shaping up to be the most talented grid in years, including a pair of former race winners set to make their much-anticipated returns.
Arguably the biggest fan-favourite of the weekend may be hometown star Alex Welsh, who is returning to the series after a near four-year hiatus following his semi-retirement in 2015. The nearby Uxbridge, ON native has two career wins under his belt, something that places him in exclusive company during the “Szoke era,” with both wins coming in thrilling fashion at CTMP.
Welsh will be making his return aboard a brand-new machine, however, as he will be the first to race the 2020 version of the BMW S1000RR in North America, the same bike that Young and company will have access to next season.
The most recent race-winner not named Szoke or Young will also be returning to the CSBK grid, as Kenny Riedmann will make his second appearance of the season and first at CTMP since scoring his first career victory one year ago.
The Belfountain, ON rider has stayed committed to running a partial program in 2019, finishing second to Young in the season opener before sitting out the next three rounds aboard his Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki.
Despite the four riders in front of them with race-winning experience already, it may also be the long-overdue breakout weekend for a pair of riders who came painfully close to their first career victories in round four at Atlantic Motorsport Park.
That heartbreak was especially true for Samuel Trepanier, who has come up just inches short of his first win on numerous occasions, including in an epic battle with Szoke at CTMP in 2017. The St. Isidore, QC native has had an up-and-down 2019 campaign aboard his Blysk Racing BMW, but remains just 32-points behind Szoke for second overall and could secure the result with his debut victory this weekend.
Another veteran rider who is looking to break a trend is Mississauga, ON’s Trevor Daley, who has also endured an inconsistent season in his first year aboard the Parts Canada Suzuki GSX-R1000R machine. Daley’s run of three consecutive podiums was derailed by tough finishes in rounds one and race two of round four, but he can erase that disappointment with a victory at his home track at CTMP.
The race within the race to watch will be the fight for the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year award, as 17-year old phenom Nicolas Meunier enters with a ten-point gap lead in the standings aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R.
The Verdun, QC native has come under late pressure from Ottawa, ON’s Vivian Matthews, who will have the horsepower advantage aboard his Windmill Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1 as he looks to erase that deficit and win the award this weekend.
Young won’t be the only Pro rider on the verge of his first career title, however, as Will Hornblower enters the finale with a 34-point lead over fellow youngster Tomas Casas in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.
Hornblower, one of the unluckiest riders in the field over the last few seasons, has seen his fortune change in 2019 after scoring his two first career Pro victories and finishing second in every other race aboard his Bickle Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
The Sarnia, ON native is hardly out of the woods yet, however, as Casas is coming off a pair of wins at CTMP in 2018 and will look to do the same in order to claim his third-consecutive Sport Bike title aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha.
The 20-year old defending champion out of Peterborough, ON has been plagued by inconsistency in his fifth year as a Pro, crashing out in round one and settling for third in race two of round four to fall behind Hornblower in the overall standings.
The youngster at least holds a comfortable gap to David MacKay in third, who will look to come out on top of a thrilling battle with just 27 points separating the next three riders. The Hamilton, ON native struggled in round four as his title hopes slipped away, but can still secure his best result as a Pro with a strong weekend aboard his Mack Attack Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R.
One of the more exciting finishes may be in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class, with just 14 points separating championship leader Ben LeClair from his rival Avery Hart.
LeClair, the younger brother of reigning class champion Jake, has followed in his sibling’s footsteps in 2019, scoring a victory in round one and finishing on the podium in all but one of the nine races since aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R3.
The Blackstock, ON teenager may need to put his consistency aside and push for his second and third wins of the season if he looks to secure the title at his home track, as a surging Hart has trimmed the deficit drastically aboard his WRBF Yamaha.
The Princeville, NS native is coming off three-consecutive victories and has taken the top step of the podium six times already this season, but his inconsistency has cost him a shot at a runaway title, making for a thrilling finish at CTMP.
Both Amateur classes will also be set for an exciting finale, headlined by Guillaume Fortin and his 25-point lead over his teammate Christian Allard in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike category.
Fortin has finished inside the top-four in every race this season aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja, something only the Blainville, QC native has managed to do, but a round four victory from Allard aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R machine was enough to move the Chambly, QC native within striking distance of the title.
The elder LeClair will also have a shot at a trophy this weekend, although he will find himself in the opposite position from his brother in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, trailing Allard by an even 20 points aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 as his Quebec counterpart attempts to secure both Amateur championships in 2019.
Andy Chilton will also enter the weekend in line to score the second-ever Parts Canada Hard Charger award, leading fellow Honda CBR600RR rider Chris Dopke by two points entering the final event.
The weekend schedule for the final round of the 2019 season can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 13:16 Published in News
Event Name: Superbike Doubleheader Presented by BMW Motorrad
Dates: Friday, August 9th to Sunday, August 11th
Venue: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, ON
GPS co-ordinates are 44.055472, 78.678482
The 2019 Superbike Doubleheader presented by BMW Motorrad features Canada’s top motorcycle riders competing for the national Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship- the leading road racing superbike championship in the country. Racing in other national classes will include Pro Sport Bike, Amateur Bike, Amateur Superbike, and the Lightweight Sport Bike.
BMW Motorrad and Harley Davidson Canada welcome fans to experience the ultimate superbike race weekend with their Demo Rides. Visit their booths in the CTMP Marketplace to find out more.
The Jordan Szoke Extreme Show is an adrenaline-filled freestyle motocross event showcasing riders who perform jumps over a stretch of up to 75-feet!
Grab your popcorn and spend an evening under the stars watching motorcycle- themed films at the Harley Davidson Outdoor Movie Night Presented by the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival.
Friday, August 9th: 9:00 am - 4:10 pm
Saturday, August 10th: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, August 11th: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Advanced Discount Tickets – Available until August 7th
Weekend Super Tickets $50
General Camping (tent or pop-up trailer) $40
RV`s (or hard-bodied trailers) $60
At The Gate - After August 7th
Weekend Super Tickets $60
General Camping (tent or pop-up trailer) $50
RV`s (or hard-bodied trailers) $70
(see website for details and at-gate pricing)
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The Event At-A-Glance:
The Superbike Doubleheader Presented by BMW Motorrad returns to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park featuring the top motorcycle riders in Canada competing for the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.
Other national classes racing will include Pro Sport Bike, Amateur Bike, Amateur Sport Bike, and the Lightweight Sport Bike. Fans can also enjoy access to the team paddock areas and have the opportunity to meet and speak with the drivers during their Autograph Sessions.
Off-track, fans can watch the Jordan Szoke Extreme Show and the Harley Davidson Outdoor Movie Night Presented by the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival. A great selection of race souvenirs, merchandise, and more is located at the CTMP Merchandise Trailer in the Marketplace.
Camping At CTMP:
Experience world-class auto racing while enjoying the great outdoors and evenings sitting at your campfire gazing up at the stars. You’ll find all that and much more when you camp with us at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The park’s camping facilities can accommodate everything from tents and pop-up trailers to RV's. With the wide variety of locations available throughout the grounds, there is bound to be one to suit just about every taste – from a trackside spot, to open fields, to well-treed backwoods locations.
Camping rates vary from event to event. General Camping passes are good for tents and pop-up trailers, while RV Camping passes cover motorhomes and hard-bodied trailers.
Thursday, 01 August 2019 16:31 Published in News
July 25, 2019 - Tomas Casas and the Parts Canada Yamaha team made good use of their trip to the East Coast this weekend, scoring a career-best weekend in the Pro Superbike class at round four of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.
Heading to Atlantic Motorsport Park for the first time aboard a YZF-R1 superbike, Casas was faced with a daunting challenge at a circuit that is known for being incredibly physically demanding on any machine, let alone a 1000cc feature bike.
The only rider in the two Pro classes to compete in all four races of the doubleheader weekend, Casas’ battle was made even worse as the Peterborough, ON youngster was forced to battle the elements, with extreme heat warnings on Saturday warning of temperatures as high as 40°C and a Maritime storm on Sunday bringing heavy rain.
Despite the cards stacked against Casas and the Yamaha team, the 20-year old got off to a productive start in both classes, qualifying in pole position for the Pro Sport Bike class and a respectable eighth in the Superbike category on Friday.
The two-time defending Sport Bike champion actually managed to post a better time aboard his 600cc machine, as he faced an adjustment period aboard the bigger superbike at arguably Canada’s toughest track.
That all began to change once the racing rolled around, however, as Casas managed to overcome his exhaustion to win a thrilling battle for fourth with veteran Jeff Williams in Saturday’s race one of the feature Pro Superbike class. The result was his fourth consecutive top-six finish to open the season, making him and championship leader Ben Young the only riders to accomplish such consistency.
As the weather took a turn for the worst on Sunday, Casas decided to up the tempo slightly in the changing conditions, once again capitalizing on opportunities to put himself into a top-three spot on the track for the first time in his career. It seemed as though a hard-charging Samuel Trepanier may end up catching Casas on the final lap, but the youngster was able to give it one last push in the closing moments, securing his first ever podium finish in the Superbike class.
As a result, Casas became the youngest podium finisher since Bodhi Edie’s miraculous victory in 2013, and the first Yamaha rider to podium since Edie in 2017.
“After a tough Sport Bike race where I found myself dehydrated and feeling like I was going to pass out, the rain really came into play for this one,” Casas said. “I really enjoy riding in the rain, and I’m extremely happy to have put my Yamaha R1 on the podium for my first time. Hopefully there will be more to come.”
The strong weekend moves Casas just five points behind Trepanier in the battle for third in the overall standings, and firmly into a top-five spot with a 25-point gap to sixth entering his home track at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
It was another strong weekend for Casas in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike category as well, however one that will still have the two-time defending champion entering a tricky spot heading to the season-finale doubleheader at CTMP.
Arriving in Nova Scotia with a 30-point deficit championship leader Will Hornblower, Casas needed to put some distance between himself and his Yamaha counterpart in order to trim the gap through four rounds.
After getting off to a good start with pole position, Casas continued that early success with a thrilling victory on Saturday. Unfortunately for the former Pro Rookie of the Year, Hornblower was close behind in both instances, qualifying in second before making a desperate last-lap attempt on Casas to just narrowly finish second again. Despite his rival limiting the damage, Casas was still able to cut the gap to 19 points entering race two on Sunday.
Things were different from the get-go in the second part of the doubleheader, however, as a determined Hornblower got a terrific start and never looked back, storming his way to a commanding victory. Even worse for Casas, a surging Sebastien Tremblay was able to capitalize on the youngster’s exhaustion, overtaking him for second place and forcing Casas to third.
“Sunday’s race was not what I had hoped for, but I was glad to at least put it on the podium,” Casas said. “Doing both classes on a doubleheader weekend, especially at a track like Shubie, it really took a toll on me, but now I look forward to bringing this home at CTMP.”
With the up-and-down weekend, Hornblower will extend his lead to 34 points entering CTMP, but all hope is far from lost after Casas cruised to a pair of dominant victories at the same track just a year ago.
Tomas and the team would like to thank all his sponsors for their hard work, including Yamaha Motor Canada, Parts Canada, Yamaha bLU cRU, Pro 6 Cycle & Dunlop Tires, Hindle Exhaust, Brooklin Cycle Racing, GBRacing, J.J. Stewart Motors Ltd., Flexiglass, Bickle Racing, Bluestreak Racing, DP Brakes, Human 2.0, EHR Sports, Vortex, Peterborough Cycle Salvage, Trackdayhub.com, and all other personnel and fans for their love and support.
Thursday, 25 July 2019 18:21 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Shubenacadie, ON – July 21, 2019 – Four-time defending Mopar Pro Superbike champion Jordan Szoke rebounded from a tough Saturday to record his second win of the season on Sunday, holding off rival Ben Young in changing conditions at round four of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park, presented by Pro Cycle, LS2 Helmets, and Liqui Moly.
After a severe storm delayed the start of the feature race, the grid finally got going in wet conditions, with Young grabbing the holeshot and pacing the field through the opening laps. The Collingwood, ON native appeared set to extend his championship lead as he began to pull away, but it wasn’t long before Szoke had managed to work his way up from fourth on the grid and settled into second place.
With the track drying and the rain tires beginning to wear, Szoke managed to make his move on lap nine, taking the race lead from Young just a day after crashing out of race one. The Lynden, ON veteran briefly came under pressure from Young once more, but ultimately managed to stretch his lead and secure a much-needed victory aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
“I didn’t get the best of starts, but I typically do pretty well in wet races, so I was able to work my way to Ben just as the track started to dry out a bit and the tires really came together,” Szoke said. “It’s going to be an uphill battle, because Ben would really have to make some big mistakes to throw this one away, but anything can happen and this is a good start so now all we can do is look forward to CTMP.”
It was a smart ride for Young, who looked close to battling Szoke for the weekend sweep before ultimately settling for second place aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR, leaving the East Coast with a 59-point lead over his rival.
“I actually didn’t think we were going to get to race because the weather was so bad. Then when it did start, I was able to get the holeshot which is normally pretty great, but it’s actually hard to lead sometimes in the wet,” Young said. “I sat with Jordan for a few laps and thought maybe I could pull it off, but I didn’t want to push too hard and once we ran into lapped traffic I decided to just bring home as many points as possible and play the long game heading into CTMP.”
Stealing the spotlight of Sunday’s race was the youngster who joined the two front-runners on the podium, as Tomas Casas scored the best result of his Pro Superbike career with a historic third-place finish aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1.
The 20-year old out of Peterborough, ON became the youngest podium finisher since Bodhie Edie in 2013, and the first Yamaha to finish inside the top-three since Edie’s third-place finish at CTMP in 2017.
“It’s hard to even put anything into words, because it just feels so awesome to be up here with these guys that I basically grew up watching,” Casas said. “I got an okay start, but I was able to pick off a few guys as the race went on, and I honestly think the rain did me a favour because I was able to relax a little and just ride a smart race.”
The result moves the youngster back into fourth in the overall standings and just five points behind Samuel Trepanier, who nearly caught Casas on the final lap as the St. Isidore, QC native mounted a late comeback aboard his Blysk Racing BMW.
Rounding out the top five for the second time this weekend was Inverary, ON veteran Jeff Williams, as the former Superbike race winner climbs to sixth in the standings after a strong round four aboard his G. Williams Paving BMW.
The top rookie of race two was Ottawa, ON native Vivian Mathews, as the Windmill Motorsports Yamaha rider capitalized on the changing conditions to record a career-best finish of ninth.
As a result, Mathews will pull within just ten points of top rookie Nicolas Meunier in the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year fight, after the Verdun, QC youngster elected not to participate aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.
Will Hornblower extended his points lead in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, leading from start to finish for his second victory of the season and first since the season opener.
After costing himself with a cautious approach on Saturday, the Sarnia, ON native said he was planning to be more aggressive in race two, and made good on that promise after getting a brilliant start aboard his Bluestreak Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
“That aggressive strategy seemed to work I guess,” Hornblower joked after the race. “Yesterday was really frustrating, because if you try to follow here then you just tire yourself out. I knew I needed a good start, and I got a really great one, so from there I just tried to lay it down early and pull away.”
Hornblower also benefited from a strong performance behind him, as Sebastien Tremblay was able to put himself between the points leader and Casas to score his best finish of the season.
The Mirabel, QC native continues to recover from a broken collarbone suffered in round two but showed no signs of pain on Sunday, surpassing Casas at the midway point and settling into a comfortable second-place finish aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.
“I didn’t really get a good start, so I tried to hang with them in third for the first half and then plan something after that,” Tremblay said. “But then Tomas began to lose his pace a bit, and I didn’t want to let Will get away, but he didn’t make any mistakes so I was forced to settle for second. It’s not the result we wanted, but we’re happy.”
It was a tough race for Casas, who was feeling the effects of the extreme heat as he battled through his third of four races of the weekend. It even looked like the two-time defending champion would be forced to miss the podium, as he came under fire from Samuel Desmarais in the late stages before the Lasalle, QC native crashed out.
While the youngster was able to hang on to secure his fourth consecutive podium aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6, the result see’s his deficit grow to 34 points entering the season-finale doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
“The pace was fast, and it was really, really hot, and after a while I just hit a wall,” the visibly exhausted Casas said. “This weekend’s taking a lot out of me, and Will was so consistent. I hope Sam’s okay, he was all over me, so it’s good to at least get the podium out of it.”
Desmarais would wind up 13th aboard his Playground Poker Club Kawasaki as a result of having caused a red flag, promoting Meunier to the best result of his Pro career in fourth. The 17-year old moved comfortably into sixth in the season standings as a result, as he continues to enjoy perhaps the most productive rookie campaign for a teenager since Casas in 2015.
Hornblower wasn’t the only Yamaha rider to win in convincing fashion on Sunday, however, as hometown favourite Avery Hart took another commanding victory in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class.
The Princeville, NS native jumped out to an early start and never looked back, winning by over five seconds aboard his WRBF Yamaha YZF-R3. As a result, Hart trims his points deficit to just 14 points behind Ben LeClair, and didn’t hold back when mentioning his recent hot streak in comparison to LeClair.
“This championship is a perfect example of not starting something you can’t finish,” he said. “It’s going to be really close at CTMP, but winning at your home track is amazing, and this helps us out a lot, so I’m looking forward to winning that championship in a couple weeks.”
The comments had an even bigger impact considering LeClair’s third-place finish, as the Blackstock, ON teenager came out on the losing side of a terrific battle with fellow youngster Matthew Simpson. The Bowmanville, ON native managed to secure his best career finish in second place, as he returned to the podium for the first time since round one aboard his Evans Racing Honda CBR500.
As for LeClair, the younger brother of last year’s champion will return home in the midst of a brutal late-season slide, as he has not won since the very first race of the season aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha machine.
Christian Allard propelled his way to a dominant victory in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike race, winning by over 13 seconds in wet conditions aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja sport bike.
Allard was the lone front-row rider who elected to start after a second burst of rain, and the Chambly, QC native used the extra asphalt to his advantage, cruising to his first Superbike victory of the year to climb to second in the overall standings.
Allard also continued to stretch his lead in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, as he scored his second victory in a row and second of the day in dominant fashion over Jake LeClair.
The Turcotte Performance Kawasaki rider was able to grab the holeshot from third on the grid and never looked back, cruising to a comfortable win over LeClair and his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 machine as he takes an even 20-point lead into the season finale doubleheader at CTMP.
Allard wasn’t the only “winner” in the race on Sunday, however, as Sarah-Michelle Cotton was named the round four recipient of the Parts Canada Hard Charger Award. The Mont-St-Gregoire, QC rider was able to improve her time by over four seconds from qualifying to the race aboard her Kawasaki, the biggest improvement of the season.
The series will return to action for the final time in 2019 at the BMW Motorrad Doubleheader Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 9-11.
Full results from the weekend’s action can be found at the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Monday, 22 July 2019 09:45 Published in Reports, Results & Points
St-Eustache, QC – June 23, 2019 – Four-time defending Mopar Pro Superbike champion Jordan Szoke may have won a number of races at Autodrome St-Eustache, but none were likely as meaningful as his victory on Sunday in the third round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.
Entering with a 28-point deficit to Ben Young, the 13-time National champion needed a victory to keep his rival in sight and did just that, outlasting Young on brakes on the penultimate lap to win a thrilling contest that possibly featured more passing than the two prior races combined.
The Lynden, ON veteran was visibly emotional after the victory, as not only did it earn him the title of being the last ever CSBK winner at St-Eustache, but it was also his first win since returning to the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja team.
“It took longer than expected, if I’m going to be honest, but that’s racing, and it just makes it feel even better,” said Szoke. “Round one was tough for us, but round two felt a lot better and this weekend it all started to go right for us. I wanted to be up front on the last lap, so it worked out in my favour and I got a good run to hold on for the win and we’re going to keep fighting for this thing right to the very end.”
As for Young, the Collingwood, ON rider will still leave La Belle Province with an 18-point lead in hand, but with Szoke now squarely in his rear view as he attempts to secure his first ever Pro championship aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR.
“That was a lot of fun. Obviously it’s a little disappointing, but we tried really hard to pull it out at the end and win the last one here at St-Eustache,” said Young. “The BMW was working great as it always does, but Jordan is just so good around here, so it worked out well for everyone and we’re looking forward to the rest of the year.”
The duo will now prepare for a pivotal trip to Atlantic Motorsport Park next month, a circuit Szoke has won the last seven contests at, with three races completed and four left go in the 2019 campaign.
Completing the podium for the second consecutive race was Mississauga, ON native Trevor Daley, who continues to impress aboard his Parts Canada/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000R as he climbs to third in the standings through three rounds.
“The launch control has been working so well on the Suzuki that I got a little ahead of myself on the start, but I knew if I got a good run down into turn one I would be able to hang with these guys for a bit,” Daley said. “I knew they were faster than me so I ended up just riding consistent at my own pace, and I just wanted to bring it home to pick up some meaningful points for the championship.”
If not for a tough start, Daley could have come under a lot more pressure from fourth-place finisher Samuel Trepanier, as the St. Isidore, QC native mounted a late charge aboard his Blysk Racing BMW but was unable to close the gap in the final stages.
Rounding out the top five for the second time this season was Peterborough, ON youngster Tomas Casas, who continues to put together one of the best two-class seasons in recent memory in his first year aboard the Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1.
The top rookie of round three was Vincent Levillian out of Montreal, QC, who climbed to third in the season-long Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year award fight aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.
It was a dominant effort from two-time defending champion Casas in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, as the 20-year old phenom pulled back within the title hunt with a four-second victory over points leader Will Hornblower.
Both the Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 of Casas and the privateer Yamaha of Hornblower got off to less-than-ideal starts, but it took the reigning champ just a handful of turns to snag the lead and begin to pace the field.
“The plan was to get a good start, and I was able to get out front on the first lap so I wanted to pull ahead, but I couldn’t shake these guys so I knew I had to put my head down and ride really hard,” said Casas. “The Parts Canada Yamaha was just amazing, and the Dunlop tires were working really well too, so it was important to pick up the win and keep fighting for the championship.”
The Sarnia, ON native of Hornblower needed a few laps to work his way up from fourth, and by then it was too late to catch Casas as the race was all but settled only a few laps in.
“It was a bit of a bummer to not be fighting up front. I had to work really hard to move up the field, and by the time I got there Tommy was gone,” Hornblower said. “I tried to catch him but it just wasn’t going to happen, so I settled in and brought home some points which is always a plus.”
Joining the duo on the podium was fan-favourite Sebastien Tremblay out of nearby Mirabel, QC, who battled through a broken collarbone to finish third aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja at his home circuit.
Despite the intense rivalry between Casas and Tremblay, the former took a moment to commend his counterpart, applauding his iron-man like performance as he battled through the injury to join them on the podium.
Tremblay emphasised his struggles on the podium, as he scored the best finish of his difficult campaign to get himself back into the points fight.
“The start was really hard, but it got a little easier as the race went on and the pain went down,” said Tremblay. “I was able to catch the guys ahead of me and get up to third, which should help us get back into the points a little bit.”
The TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike championship got turned on its head on Sunday, as local favourite Alex Berthiaume completed the weekend sweep but it was second-place finisher Ben LeClair taking over the points lead.
Berthiaume, riding a Yamaha Laval YZF-R3 out of Laval, QC, quickly took over the race lead from former points leader Avery Hart, who had been having a nightmare weekend aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha out of Princeville, NS.
However, it wasn’t long after Berthiaume moved into the lead that Hart suffered a heartbreaking mechanical failure, ending his race and inspiring the Blackstock, ON teenager of LeClair aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha.
LeClair, who lost out on second place to Keegan Gaudet after a last-lap pass on Saturday, returned the favour with almost an identical pass on the WRBF Yamaha youngster out of Ellerslie, PEI to secure a ten-point lead in the championship.
“That last lap was really touch and go, but I knew I had to try something if the opening was there,” said LeClair. “I didn’t really expect to leave here with a championship lead. It sucks for Avery, but it should make for really great racing in Calabogie next weekend.”
The Lightweight class will head to Calabogie Motorsport Park next weekend for a special round alongside the VRRA, where Hart will look to reclaim his championship lead before returning home to the East Coast for round four.
It was also a championship-changing result in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class, as Guillaume Fortin took over the points lead with a victory at his home track aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
While the Blainville, QC native already held a race lead for much of the contest, his gap got bigger when former points leader Dave Natale was involved in a turn two collision, though the Markham, ON native was able to pick up his Aprilia RSV4RR and finish 16th.
It was the opposite outcome in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, as championship leader Christian Allard extended his gap with a dominant win over Jake LeClair at his home track.
The Chambly, QC native added to his team’s successful weekend aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, winning by over nine seconds, while the Blackstock, ON native of LeClair will settle for a 12-point deficit aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6.
The Lightweight class will now head to Calabogie Motorsport Park in a matter of days for their special bonus round, before joining the rest of the CSBK tour for round four at Atlantic Motorsport Park just outside of Halifax, NS next month.
Full results from the weekend’s action, as well as information regarding future rounds of the 2019 season, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:28 Published in Reports, Results & Points
St-Eustache, QC – June 22, 2019 – Four-time defending Mopar Pro Superbike champion Jordan Szoke will start from pole position on Sunday, securing the fastest time of the day on Saturday as he will start from the front of the grid for the final Canadian Superbike Championship race at Autodrome St-Eustache.
The 13-time National champion took longer than expected to score his first pole position after returning to the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja program this offseason, but all it took was a trip to La Belle Province for the Lynden, ON veteran to get things back on track.
After pacing the initial qualifying session with a time of 46.383, Szoke made no mistake in the Top Ten SuperPole session, setting a fast lap of 45.524 to place himself 0.144 seconds clear of rival Ben Young.
Despite scoring a crucial pole position – and doing so with a faster time than his pole pace from a year ago – Szoke had been strugging with rear tire grip for much of the weekend, before finally finding a balance in the final SuperPole session.
“We had been having some problems with it, but everyone’s kind of dealing with the same thing to an extent,” said Szoke. “It was hard just to get fast laps in the first place because of all the traffic, but we’re pretty happy with how things are looking for tomorrow. Everything’s working really well now.”
As for Young, it will be an uphill battle for the Collingwood, ON native on Sunday, as the championship leader has looked a step behind Szoke for much of the weekend aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR.
“There’s a lot of traffic out there, it made it really hard to find clean track and get consistent laps in,” Young said. “But the pace is pretty good, so if we can get a good start tomorrow we should be able to stay right up there fighting for another win.”
Joining Szoke and Young on the front row will be round two podium finisher Trevor Daley, who continues to come to grips with his OneSpeed/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000R machine. The Mississauga, ON native struggled in round one after an early crash, but has looked like a dark horse to win his first ever Pro Superbike race since.
Leading off the front row will be St. Isidore, QC native Samuel Trepanier, who finished third in St-Eustache a year ago and will look to do the same, or better, in Sunday’s race aboard his Blysk Racing BMW.
Rounding out the top five behind Trepanier will be Inverary, ON veteran Jeff Williams, who has also begun to round into form aboard his Williams Paving BMW and will aim to finish in the top-five for the first time all year come race day.
The top rookie in Saturday’s qualifying was Maple, ON’s Ivan Babic, who will need a strong finish on Sunday aboard his Champion Cycle BMW after missing round two due to injury.
Headlining the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class on Sunday will be two-time defending champion Tomas Casas, as the Peterborough, ON youngster continues to get his season back on track after a tough start aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6.
Casas just narrowly edged current championship leader and Yamaha counterpart Will Hornblower, beating the Sarnia, ON native to pole position by just 0.056 seconds after posting a time of 46.969.
“Tommy made some changes and his pace really picked up, but we’re both really close so I’m not super worried,” said Hornblower. “If I can hang with him off the start I think I got a real shot, but realistically if we can podium it will be nice for the championship.”
Joining the two on the front row will be David MacKay and his Mack Attack Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, as the Hamilton, ON rider looks to build upon his current second place standing in the points with a strong start on Sunday.
Notably rounding out the top five will be Turcotte Performance Kawasaki teammates Vincent Levillian and Sebastien Tremblay, albeit under different circumstances. The Montreal, QC rookie of Levillian will celebrate his best qualifying finish as a Pro, while Mirabel, QC’s Tremblay continues to battle through a broken collarbone suffered in a round two crash.
The first race of the weekend was won by local veteran Alex Berthiaume, as the Laval, QC rider took a crucial victory aboard his Yamaha YZF-R3 in the first of two races for the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class.
“I got a good enough start, and I knew I was at a mismatch because I’m a bit older and a bit bigger than these guys,” Berthiaume laughed. “But I was able to settle in and get the win, which is huge for the championship, and hopefully we can do it again tomorrow.”
Joining Berthiaume on the podium were Yamaha teenagers Keegan Gaudet and Ben LeClair, as the Ellerslie, PEI native of Gaudet was able to make a thrilling last-lap pass on his Blackstock, ON counterpart to secure second-place.
“I’ve been looking forward to just staying at the front this weekend,” said Gaudet, who crashed out in race two of round two. “I had an opening at the end there, and I knew I had to make a move. Benny was all over me, but thankfully I held onto it.”
Notably finishing just off the podium was championship leader and Gaudet’s WRBF Yamaha teammate, Avery Hart, as the Princeville, NS native was forced to miss the morning’s qualifying and thus stormed his way from last on the grid to finish in fourth.
Pacing the field in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class for the first time all weekend was Quebec City, QC’s Samuel Guerin, who made a late charge in qualifying to edge a big group of riders aboard his Aprilia RSV4RR, as the top six are all separated by just 0.396 seconds.
It was a less surprising result in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, as hometown favourite Christian Allard out of Chambly, QC continued his dominant weekend by scoring pole position aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja by over a half-second.
Full results from Saturday’s qualifying, including information for Sunday’s final day of racing at Autodrome St-Eustache, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Saturday, 22 June 2019 21:52 Published in Reports, Results & Points