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 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
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
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
Shubenacadie, ON – July 20, 2019 – Mopar Pro Superbike championship leader Ben Young inched drastically closer to his first ever National title on Saturday, winning in race one at Atlantic Motorsport Park at round four of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship, presented by Pro Cycle, LS2 Helmets, and Liqui Moly.
Young started from pole position but quickly went backwards on lap one, as Trevor Daley grabbed the holeshot ahead of Jordan Szoke with Young running in third. The Collingwood, ON rider was able to move up into second by lap two, and seemed poised to overtake Daley as the pack headed onto the front straightaway on lap three.
Instead, Daley lost grip exiting the final corner, causing Young and Szoke to slow up slightly. Desperately trying to avoid disaster, Szoke hammered on the brakes, clipping the rear wheel of Young’s Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMWS1000RR and sending both riders into the grass.
Young was able to continue, staying upright and returning to the track in 10th position, but Szoke’s race – and potential championship hopes – ended in heartbreaking fashion as the four-time defending champion was unable to move his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja machine.
With Daley now well out front aboard his Parts Canada Suzuki GSX-R1000R, it appeared as though the race was all but finished only a handful of laps in, but by the midway point the Mississauga, ON native had begun to come under pressure from Samuel Trepanier.
After nearly winning a year ago aboard his Blysk Racing BMW, the St. Isidore, QC native managed to take the lead once more with just eight laps to go, stretching a gap to Daley with his first career Pro victory in sight.
However, Young had managed to work his way back into a podium spot with six laps to go, and was continuing to set fast laps as he eventually overtook Daley. With just a lap to go and Young now charging onto the tail-end of Trepanier, the two rivals went to battle in the final three corners.
Young first made his pass in turn nine, but ran wide and allowed Trepanier back into the lead, only to once again stun his BMW counterpart in the final corner as he completed the miraculous comeback to score his third victory of the season.
“I honestly didn’t think I’d be up here [on the podium], even when I started to catch them I thought there was no way,” Young said. “When we collided and I ran off track, I looked back to see if Jordan was okay, and then I just knew I had to pick up as many points as I could for the championship, so I started to push again. It was crazy, I don’t know how we did it to be honest, but it should make for a phenomenal race tomorrow.”
The wild result extends Young’s championship lead to 69 points entering Sunday, as the BMW rider will have a mathematical chance to clinch the title as soon as race two on Sunday, though he would almost certainly need another DNF from Szoke.
It was a heartbreaking finish for Trepanier, who once again came painstakingly close to his first career victory only to fall up short on the final lap. Still, the fan-favourite was able to score his best result of the season and best since AMP a year ago, as he now sits within striking distance of Szoke for second in the championship.
“It was a really good race and a great battle at the end. It’s unfortunate for Jordan, but I’m glad we didn’t get caught up in it because I was just behind the pack,” said Trepanier. I knew I could catch Trevor, and I made a good pass on him, but I didn’t expect Ben to battle back. Either way, it was a really fun time out there.”
Daley managed to round out the podium for the third consecutive race, but it was the closest the former Amateur champion has come to scoring his first Pro Superbike victory as he continues to make progress aboard his factory Suzuki machine.
“I’ve had a lot of success on the Suzuki in the past, but it’s still a new bike and we still have a lot of progress to make, so to pick up three straight podiums is amazing,” Daley said. “Everything actually felt really good considering the heat and how long the race was, so hopefully we can move up a few spots on the podium tomorrow.”
It was also a solid ride for Tomas Casas, who tied his career-high result in the Superbike category as he finished fourth aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 after a terrific battle with veteran Jeff Williams. The 20-year old out of Peterborough, ON led Williams and his G. Williams Paving BMW for virtually the entire race, though just a single bike length separated Casas from the Inverary, ON rider at the finish.
The top rookie of the day was once again 17-year-old phenom Nicolas Meunier, as the Verdun, QC youngster tied his own career-best finish in eighth aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja and will now take a 20-point lead in the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year battle.
Casas also continued his red-hot stretch in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, winning another instant classic over rival Will Hornblower for his third consecutive victory as he continues to claw his way back into the championship.
The two-time defending champion got a mediocre start from pole position, following Hornblower down into turn one as Sebastien Tremblay grabbed the holeshot. It didn’t take long for the Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 youngster to move back into second, however, as Hornblower made a crucial mistake in turn two that allowed Casas by.
After taking the lead from Tremblay on lap five, Casas began to pull away, stretching out a full-second gap before Hornblower ultimately moved back into second aboard his Bluestreak Racing Yamaha and began to hunt down the reigning champ.
The two nearly traded places a handful of times over the final few laps, but a last-corner attempt from Hornblower wasn’t quite enough to edge the victory, as Casas defeated his Sarnia, ON counterpart by just 0.092 seconds at the line in a finish reminiscent of Young and Trepanier.
“That was so close at the end, I knew they were right behind me the whole way and I even saw Will pull up beside me a couple times at the end,” Casas said. “I didn’t get a bad start and I was able to capitalize on Will’s mistake coming out of turn two, and from there the Dunlop tires held up really well and I was able to hang onto it.”
It was another disappointing break for Hornblower, who has seen his championship lead continue to fade away to just 19 points entering race two on Sunday, though the round one winner remained positive through the extreme temperatures.
“It’s insanely hot out there, I don’t know how Tommy held up so well for 18 laps,” Hornblower said, as a humidity warning in the area had temperatures feeling as high as 39 degrees. “I got a really good start but lost it right away in turn two, and Tomas ran a really good race to the end. The Dunlop’s were incredible, and the tires still look amazing which is just outlandish in this heat.”
Not far behind the front-running duo was Tremblay, who fell off the pace in the middle stages as he continues to recover from a broken collarbone, but returned at the end to finish just a quarter-second behind Hornblower aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.
“I gave it one hundred per cent, but I started to show my injury a bit towards the end,” the Mirabel, QC native said. “I couldn’t brake as deep or as hard as these guys, and the heat didn’t help because it’s a lot of work around here, but hopefully tomorrow things will feel a bit better.”
The three-rider battle nearly looked to be a four-rider pack at one point after a terrific start from Samuel Desmarais, though the Playground Poker Club Kawasaki rider lost steam towards the end of the race. Despite the fatigue, the Lasalle, QC native was still able to hold onto fourth as he continues to build upon his strong sophomore campaign.
The reigning Rookie of the Year was joined inside the top five by the current top Rookie, as Meunier tied his career-best Pro finish in fifth aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki.
The third National race day of the day came and went with far less excitement, as Avery Hart cruised to his fifth victory of the season in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class at his home circuit.
The Princeville, NS native got a good start from second on the grid and led start to finish, winning by just under four seconds aboard his WRBF Yamaha YZF-R3 ahead of championship rival Ben LeClair.
LeClair managed to limit the damage as much as possible aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha, as the Blackstock, ON teenager held off a strong charge from Strathroy, ON youngster Trevor Dion and his Fast Track Performance Kawasaki Ninja 400 as he maintains a 29-point lead entering Sunday.
With just one race on the weekend schedule, the Amateur classes entered their qualifying sessions on Saturday afternoon as usual, with Jake LeClair grabbing pole position in both categories aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6.
The Blackstock, ON teenager and older LeClair brother paced the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class with a time of 1:11.345, before improving upon that time in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class to post a fast-lap of 1:11.303.
Full results from Saturday’s racing and qualifying sessions can be found at the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Saturday, 20 July 2019 19:21 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Shubenacadie, ON – July 19, 2019 – Mopar Pro Superbike championship leader Ben Young scored perhaps his most important qualifying result of the season on Friday, storming his way to pole position for round four of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park, presented by Pro Cycle, LS2 Helmets, and Liqui Moly.
Young entered the first doubleheader weekend of the year with an 18-point lead over rival Jordan Szoke with four races to go, and was able to extend that lead by one point by scoring pole position on Friday aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR.
More important than the one extra point, however, is that the Collingwood, ON native will start Saturday’s race from the front of the grid, as AMP is notorious for being a tight circuit with a premium on passing at the front.
Young knows that grabbing an early lead will be crucial to his efforts this weekend, something the points leader has become no stranger to this season.
“I’ve led pretty early in every race, so hopefully tomorrow will be no different. It’s so hard to pass here, so it would be nice to dictate the pace a little bit,” Young said. “Obviously the championship is going to come down to the wire, but we’re in a good spot and hopefully that continues this weekend.”
Though Friday’s qualifying was the biggest gap between the two rivals all season – still just 0.338 seconds – Szoke has proven throughout his career that he is capable of closing the gap in the blink of an eye, even winning a race after crashing at AMP early in his career.
The 13-time National champion out of Lynden, ON has been starting from scratch this weekend in his first trip out East since returning to the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja team, but has shown steady improvement throughout each session which could culminate in his second consecutive victory on Saturday.
“The gap really isn’t that big with this track, because you can lose time so easily, but Ben has been flying pretty much everywhere so the opportunities are going to be rare,” Szoke said. “I’ve had to be really cautious with the throttle in some spots, but it’s getting a little more comfortable each time and I think we’re really close.”
Joining the two on the front row for the second consecutive weekend will be Parts Canada Suzuki GSX-R1000R rider Trevor Daley, who has now run inside the top-four in every points-scoring session since his disastrous round one.
The Mississauga, ON native enjoyed his most consistent season ever in 2018 and has continued that path into round four of the 2019 campaign, leading some to believe the former Amateur champion could score his long-overdue first career Pro Superbike victory this weekend.
“Everything has been working really great the last few rounds, and we’re just getting more and more comfortable every time out. The Suzuki is phenomenal, it’s just all about getting the right bike setup around here,” Daley said. “If we get a good start we might be able to hang with Jordan and Ben, so hopefully things go to plan tomorrow and it should be a good race.”
Daley managed to secure the final front row spot by just 0.054 seconds over Samuel Trepanier, who will kick off the second row aboard his Blysk Racing/Gulf BMW. The St. Isidore, QC native has had a slow recovery from his crash in round one, but it was just a year ago at AMP that Trepanier nearly defeated Szoke to win his first career Pro race, and a good start could be enough for the fan-favourite to finally do so this weekend.
Centering the middle row and rounding out the top five from Saturday’s qualifying is Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike championship leader Will Hornblower, who posted a spectacular 1:09.229 aboard his Sarnia Cycle Salvage Yamaha YZF-R6, the only sport bike machine to qualify inside the top five all season.
Hornblower has typically chosen to focus on the Sport Bike category and elect not to participate in Superbike racing, but a career-best finish in the feature class could be on the table for the Sarnia, ON native should he choose to participate this weekend.
Nicolas Meunier was once again the top rookie of the qualifying session, as the Verdun, QC native will start from 14th on the grid aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja. The 16-year old phenom currently leads the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year battle by 17 points over Ottawa, ON’s Vivian Matthews, who qualified 18th aboard his Windmill Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1.
Tomas Casas continued his recent surge in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, scoring pole position aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 with a time of 1:09.282 – just 0.072 seconds clear of Hornblower.
The two-time defending champion out of Peterborough, ON will look to score his third consecutive victory on Saturday, as his resurgence from a round one crash has trimmed the deficit to 29 points with four races remaining.
“We got a lot of momentum going right now, everything’s been working really well since round one and we haven’t had a lot of issues,” said Casas. “The biggest thing has just been changing back and forth to the R1, but I feel super comfortable on the 600 so we’re pretty confident heading into the weekend.”
As for Hornblower, the points leader will be under pressure to defeat Casas at least once over the final four races if he hopes to win his first Pro championship, as he has been forced to learn quickly in his first trip to AMP since 2015.
“Everything feels pretty good, except for the fact that you’re basically in one big tank-slapper for pretty much the entire lap,” he joked. “The gap is really close, so if I can hang with Tommy off the start I think I can learn a few things off him, and hopefully just keep it close for the championship.”
Joining the duo on the front row for Saturday’s race will be fellow rival Sebastien Tremblay out of Mirabel, QC, who is also looking to keep his momentum going as he recovers from an injury suffered in round two.
The Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja rider placed himself squarely in third with a time of 1:09.642, as he will need to gain some ground on the front-running pair as he looks for a repeat of his race two victory from a year ago.
Kicking off the second row behind Tremblay will be Lasalle, QC youngster Samuel Desmarais, who continues to impress in his second Pro season aboard his Playground Poker Club Kawasaki and has typically outperformed his qualifying results.
Notably missing from the qualifying results was local favourite Jacob Shaw-O’Leary, as the 19-year old out of Falmouth, NS will be forced to start from the back of the grid in his return to the National series.
O’Leary was forced to spend the qualifying session making a number of changes to his RMP Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 and therefore wasn’t able to record a lap, though he did run inside the top five in the morning practice session.
The TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class will enter Saturday with a massive question mark facing the grid, as a pair of big crashes on Thursday have hampered the WRBF Yamaha YZF-R3 team.
Princeville, NS native Avery Hart was able to overcome his misfortune and record the fastest time of the day at his home circuit, but by just under a half-second over championship leader Ben LeClair.
LeClair may have an easier path to retaining that points lead aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha, as the Blackstock, ON teenager faced little pressure from Hart’s hometown teammate, Keegan Gaudet, as the 16-year old struggled to rebound from his massive crash on Thursday.
A pair of Nova Scotia riders were also at the forefront of the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike practice, as Ketch Harbour’s Chad Whitehead (Honda CBR600R) and Hatchet Lake’s Scott Alexander (Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja) led the timesheets.
Whitehead was also the man to beat in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, only this time with pressure from reigning Lightweight champion Jake LeClair, as the Blackstock, ON teenager placed his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 in second.
Full results from Friday’s qualifying and practice sessions, as well as the schedule for Saturday’s first half of the doubleheader weekend, can be found at the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Friday, 19 July 2019 19:04 Published in Reports, Results & Points
St-Eustache, QC – June 21, 2019 – His streak of early dominance may have come to an end on Friday, but Ben Young was still the fastest man on track as round three of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship kicked off at Autodrome St-Eustache.
The Collingwood, ON native entered the final race ever at the historic Quebec circuit with his name atop every leaderboard so far this season, having finished first in all 12 sessions aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR to take a 29-point lead in the Mopar Pro Superbike feature class.
However, that streak was ultimately snapped in the morning practice when rival Jordan Szoke topped the charts with a time of 46.825, as the Lynden, ON veteran and three-time reigning champion enters a crucial weekend aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
Young would ultimately settle for third in that session, with Blysk Racing BMW’s Samuel Trepanier running second-fastest out of St. Isidore, QC, but Young managed to make his absence from the top a short-lived one after posting a time of 46.102 in the afternoon practice to set the fastest overall lap of the day.
The margin to Szoke was miniscule, however, with the 13-time National champion falling just 0.078 seconds short of the current points leader. Szoke was struggling with a lack of grip on the rear tire in the second practice, an issue the Kawasaki team will look to get sorted out before Saturday’s qualifying.
Both he and Young will have their eye on Sunday’s race, as the duo not only enter perhaps the most pivotal round of the season, but will also look to win the last ever Pro Superbike race at the Autodrome before it closes this fall.
The third-fastest time of the day overall belonged to Trevor Daley and his OneSpeed/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000R machine, as the Mississauga, ON native looks to build upon his podium finish from round two and secure another top-three result in La Belle Province.
Trepanier would ultimately finish with the fourth-fastest time of the day, while Inverary, ON veteran Jeff Williams rounded out the top five aboard his BMW machine.
The top rookie of the day was Montreal, QC’s Vincent Levillian, who placed tenth in the morning practice aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja with a time of 49.017.
Both sessions of the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class were paced by championship leader Will Hornblower, as the Sarnia, ON native posted a best time of 47.639 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6.
The round one winner was a comfortable 0.736 seconds clear of second place, but just 0.234 seconds separated the next five riders, with two-time defending champion Tomas Casas leading that group aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha out of Peterborough, ON.
Despite an all-Ontario top-three, the class is set to feature a strong contingent of hometown talent, with nine of the next ten riders hailing from Quebec.
Another hometown rider also paced the field in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class, as Alex Berthiaume finished with a time of 54.310 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R3 out of Laval, QC.
A race winner in St-Eustache last season, Berthiaume finished just 0.018 seconds clear of championship leader Avery Hart, as the Princeville, NS rider continues to impress in his first full National tour aboard his WRBF Racing Yamaha.
Leading the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike grid on Friday was another Laval, QC native in Pascal Bastien, who finished with a time of 48.041 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R1. He was notably just 0.119 seconds clear of Blainville, QC’s Guillaume Fortin, who just narrowly defeated Bastien in a thrilling race a year ago and will look to do the same again aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
As for the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike ranks, it was championship leader Christian Allard leading the field aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, as the Chambly, QC native looks to extend his one-point lead in the series at his home track this weekend.
Full results from Friday’s practice sessions, including the schedule for the weekend’s action, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Friday, 21 June 2019 17:01 Published in Reports, Results & Points
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
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
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