Shannonville, ON – May 19, 2019 – The 2019 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship got off to a much different start than years past on Sunday, with a pair of dramatic Pro races leading to some first-time championship leaders after round one at Shannonville Motorsport Park.
Ben Young completed the weekend sweep in the Mopar Pro Superbike feature class, as the Collingwood, ON rider led every session of round one before leading all 22 laps of the final race aboard his Scot-Build/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR.
Despite his run at the top of the leaderboard, Young was under siege for the entirety of the race, holding off a pair of familiar foes in Kenny Riedmann and four-time defending champion Jordan Szoke.
“It feels really great. We had a great start, but I knew they were behind me the whole way, so I really had to push,” said Young. “It’s nice to see BMW continuing their run of wins here this season, and I’m just honoured to be a part of that, so we’re all looking forward to round two in a few weeks at Grand Bend.”
“I think it’s one of my better tracks, so to go in there with a points advantage over Jordan and Kenny is just a dream come true so far,” he continued.
It was another brilliant ride for Belfountain, ON’s Riedmann, who has now managed to edge his long-time rival in Szoke in back-to-back races after winning the season finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, his lone career victory aboard the Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
“Jordan’s a 13-time champion, so obviously keeping him behind me was never going to be easy, but I was really trying to find a weak spot on Ben to make a pass and just couldn’t find one,” Riedmann said. “He put in a really fast lap at the end that I just couldn’t match, so I’m really glad to be here on the podium and fighting with these guys. It was a lot of fun.”
Szoke will now leave round one without the series lead for the first time in seven seasons, a race he also finished third in, though it was a spirited ride for the Lynden, ON veteran in his debut with the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki team.
After a massive crash on Saturday morning, Szoke battled through a number of injuries to keep himself within the title fight early on.
“It was a real push to get the bikes together, and I was having a tough time fighting through the pain, so I knew I had to play it smart,” said Szoke. “It was a tough weekend, but the new team is a great fit. It’s not about every race, it’s about the championship, and we’ll be right back up there in round two.”
Taking a career-best result in fourth place was Peterborough, ON youngster Tomas Casas, who was racing aboard a Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike for the first time in his career this weekend, with St. Isidore, QC’s Samuel Trepanier also battling through injury to round out the top five aboard his Blysk Racing BMW.
The top rookie in the Pro Superbike class was Maple, ON’s Ivan Babic, who finished eighth aboard his BMW as he takes an early lead in the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year battle.
It wasn’t as good of a result for Casas in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, however, as a last-lap crash led to the first career Pro victory for Sarnia, ON’s Will Hornblower.
A frequent podium finisher, Hornblower finally managed to overcome a string of bad luck performances to win at SMP aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6.
“It’s really felt like a long time coming,” Hornblower said. “The past six years I’ve come so close, but to finally do it is just unbelievable. I can’t thank everyone enough.”
After running in third for much of the race, Hornblower had the front seat to a crash involving Casas and Mirabel, QC’s Sebastien Tremblay, with Tremblay leading the race at the time aboard his DB Moto Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.
“Tomas was faster in turn three so he tried to make the pass there, but Sebastien held the line and there was just nothing they could do,” Hornblower explained. “I just kept telling myself ‘you can’t screw this up,’ so I’m not glad they crashed but I’m just really glad I held onto it.”
Casas, the two-time defending champion in the Sport Bike category, will now enter round two at the Grand Bend Motorplex with just four points to Hornblower’s 52.
Also benefitting from the incident was Hamilton, ON’s David MacKay, who ran majority of the race in fourth before finishing in second place aboard his Mack Attack Racing Kawasaki. Rounding out the podium, meanwhile, was Lasalle, QC’s Samuel Desmarais, who had his best career finish aboard his Playground Poker Club Kawasaki.
The TSN Motorcycle Experience Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike class also continued its thrilling action from Saturday, as Princeville, NS’s Avery Hart claimed his second career victory aboard a WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3.
After finishing second to Blackstock, ON teenager Ben LeClair in race one on Saturday, Hart was able to get his revenge over his Yamaha counterpart in race two.
“It was well worth the drive up here,” joked Hart. “That first corner really set the tone for the race, and it got really close out there but I was able to hold him off at the end and it was a lot of fun.”
Winning the season opener of the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike category was Markham, ON’s Dave Natale, who narrowly held off the Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja of Guillaume Fortin (Blainville, QC) aboard his Aprilia RSV4 RR.
As for the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, it was St. Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC’s Christian Allard dominating a shortened race aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, with Oakville, ON’s Jared Walker finishing second aboard a similar machine.
Walker was also the winner of round one’s Parts Canada Hard Charger award, improving upon his qualifying time by nearly 1.2 seconds in Sunday’s race.
Full results from Sunday’s racing at Shannonville Motorsport Park can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca, as well as information regarding round two at the Grand Bend Motorplex on June 7-9.
Sunday, 19 May 2019 17:30 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Shannonville, ON – May 17, 2019 – The 2019 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship officially got underway at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Friday, and it was Ben Young pacing the Mopar Pro Superbike field ahead of reigning champion Jordan Szoke.
Young, riding a Scot-Build Barrie BMW S1000RR out of Collingwood, ON, led the morning practice session with a time of 1:06.302 before improving upon his own pace in the afternoon, sitting atop the final leaderboard with a mark of 1:05.678.
Despite posting the fastest time in both sessions, Young dealt with a mechanical issue in the afternoon that he is hoping to fix ahead of Saturday’s qualifying. Still, last year’s championship runner-up is staying optimistic after the first day of the new season.
“There’s a lot of traffic out there, and we had some shifter problems which didn’t help at the start, but the BMW is working great as always,” said Young. “If we can just figure that out and keep pushing hard, I think we’ll be hitting it out of the ballpark tomorrow.”
As for Szoke, the four-time defending title holder out of Lynden, ON followed Young closely in both sessions, posting times of 1:06.546 in the morning and 1:05.890 in the afternoon aboard his new Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.
“We’re really happy with everything so far,” Szoke said. “Obviously Ben and Kenny [Riedmann] have picked up right where they left off, but we’re more focused on getting a good race set-up and coming out strong tomorrow.”
Riedmann, like Young, won his first career Mopar Pro Superbike race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, but the Belfountain, ON rider and his Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki were displaced in both sessions by Blysk BMW rider Samuel Trepanier.
The St. Isidore, QC native posted times of 1:06.645 in the morning and 1:06.012 in the afternoon, just slightly ahead of Riedmann and his times of 1:07.202 and 1:06.328.
“We tried some things this afternoon, but the morning set-up felt a lot better,” said Riedmann, despite going nearly a second quicker in the second practice session. “It just felt like the rear was getting ahead of the front, so I think we’re going to change things back for tomorrow, but other than that it felt good to be back out there.”
Szoke wasn’t the only defending Pro champion to be unseated on day one, however, as Peterborough, ON youngster Tomas Casas ran second-fastest aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6 in what was a tough-luck day for the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.
After the morning session fell victim to a wet track and cold weather, the afternoon session was shortened by a red flag incident, with Mirabel, QC’s Sebastien Tremblay leading that practice aboard his DB Moto Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja with a time of 1:07.527.
Casas, meanwhile, was a distant second place with a time of 1:09.267, as he and the rest of the field will look to chase after Tremblay in qualifying on Saturday.
“It was hard because we didn’t get any laps in this morning and then the second session ended early, but overall it wasn’t too bad,” said Casas. “The bike felt great and I think things will be a lot better with some track time tomorrow.”
The second-ever season of the TSN Motorcycle Experience Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike championship also got off to an exciting start, with Blackstock, ON’s Ben LeClair leading the morning practice and Strathroy, ON’s Trevor Dion pacing the afternoon session.
LeClair, the younger brother of last year’s Lightweight champion Jake, posted a 1:17.594 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R3, while Dion bested him with a time of 1:17.061 in the afternoon aboard his Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Second-place in both sessions was last year’s runner-up Alex Berthiaume, as the Yamaha-mounted Laval, QC rider was less than three-tenths of a second off the pace in both practices.
The newly sponsored Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class was led both times by Ancaster, ON’s Jordan Royds, who’s best time of the day was a 1:10.065 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R1.
As for the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, it was Jake LeClair leading a sparse group of riders in the morning session aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 with a time of 1:14.678, while St. Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC’s Christian Allard bested a more crowded afternoon practice with a time of 1:10.263 aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.
Full results from Friday’s action and the weekend schedule for round one at SMP can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Friday, 17 May 2019 17:15 Published in Reports, Results & Points
The 2019 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship gets underway on May 17 at Shannonville Motorsport Park.
The official program, produced for the CSBK by Inside Motorcycles, provides an in-depth season preview, track details, schedule information and more. Click here to view a complimentary digital copy of the program.
See you at the races!
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 15:11 Published in News
Toronto, ON – April 2, 2019 – The newly-formed Classic Superbike Racing group will host their first-ever event at round two of the 2019 Mopar CSBK Superbike Nationals at Grand Bend Motorplex, June 7-9. The just-launched CSBR series, “dedicated to the preservation and racing of classic superbikes,” is focused on first-generation machinery from the late-1970s and early 1980s.
CSBR have races scheduled for on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Grand Bend’s CSBK National. The series will use the 11-turn, 2.2 km long “technical layout” of the popular multi-use venue on Ontario’s “west coast,” just minutes from the southern shores of Lake Huron.
Support for the inaugural CSBR event will come from local, sister auto dealers Goderich Toyota and Goderich Honda. Trophies and prize monies will be awarded to the top three finishers, and a special award will be offered for the “most accurately preserved and raced Classic Superbike.”
Overall, the CSBR rules structure is aimed at street-based machinery produced between 1978 and 1983, with categories for middleweight, 750cc and the featured open class: 900cc to 1100cc. Specific details are available on their web site, classicsuperbikeracing.com.
If the debut event at Grand Bend with Mopar CSBK is a success, the Classic Superbikes have a commitment to take part in the big National series finale weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 9-11.
The Classic Superbike Racing group is headed by Marketing Director Dean Ruston and Technical Director Ben Gartner, both veteran members of the Canadian road racing community. Former Pro National racer Stuart Nodell will serve as the Classic Superbike Racing Series Co-Ordinator at each round.
“We believe that this is the right time for a specific series geared towards these classic superbikes,” explains Ruston. “There is lots of interest in these machines, as recent events in California at Sears Point and Philip Island in Australia illustrate.
“We have the 40th anniversary of Superbikes as the main National class in Canada coming up in 2020, so this is the right time to showcase the bikes that were the first step to our modern era of racing. Fans love these machines, and we have a group of dedicated competitors who love to race them.”
Long-time early-era Superbike supporter and ProStar Motorsports owner Gartner sees the CSBR series “as the right idea whose time has come. There are some great bikes out there, and more in development – we can find the parts, and support the class with expertise.”
The main National group for all Vintage competition in Canada, the Vintage Road Racing Association, are hosting a four round 2019 series for every class of classic machine, starting with May 31 to June 2 at Shannonville Motorsport Park, near Belleville, ON.
The CSBK modern bike National tour’s new Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike division is a guest class at the second VRRA Event of 2019 at Calabogie Motorsport Park, ON, south west of Ottawa, June 28-30.
Tuesday, 02 April 2019 14:54 Published in News
Toronto, ON – February 21, 2019 – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will be the title sponsor for the opening round of the 2019 Mopar CSBK Canadian National motorcycle road racing championships, May 17-19, at Shannonville Motorsport Park’s Pro layout.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is the oldest and largest Electrical Workers union in the world, founded November 28, 1891 in St. Louis Missouri. The first IBEW Local union in Canada was chartered in 1899 in Ottawa, Ontario. The IBEW represents over 775,000 members in North America and just under 70,000 here in Canada.
IBEW Canada is a diverse union that represents workers in Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Utilities, Construction, Maintenance, Motor Shops, Sign Shops, CATV, Radio and Television Broadcasting, Railroads, Shipyards, Pulp and Paper Mills, Mining, Tree Trimming, Health Care, and Government employees.
Shannonville Motorsport Park, initially Nelson International Raceway, opened with a motorcycle race on Thanksgiving weekend, 1976. The second-ever National Superbike race in Canada was held at Shannonville in September, 1980. S.M.P. has hosted more Superbike Nationals than any other circuit. The multi-purpose venue is located 15 kms east of Belleville, ON, in the Bay of Quinte tourist region.
“The IBEW has been a proud part of the Canadian labour movement for over 100 years,” explains Tom Reid, International Vice President, First District, Canada. “We have built our union on our commitment to organize and represent workers; our membership and longevity is proof of that commitment.
“Our members work, build, volunteer and play in communities all across Canada and we are proud of what they do,” continued motorcycle enthusiast Reid. “It’s not just power lines that keep the lights on, it’s not just cables that keep the communications flowing, it is people, hard-working people, our Sisters and Brothers in the IBEW.”
Jordan Szoke of Lynden, ON, will carry the number one plate into competition at the IBEW Shannonville National opener, making his debut with the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja after seven successful seasons with BMW. Szoke has been Canadian Superbike Champ 13 times, and has won the opening event of the tour the last seven years in a row.
Collingwood, ON based Ben Young, second overall in 2018, will now lead the BMW Motorrad effort with the Scot-Build S1000RR; other front-running BMW entries are expected from Michael Leon, Samuel Trepanier and Jammin’ Jeff Williams.
Two time and reigning Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike middleweight class National Champ “T.V. Tommy” Casas from Peterborough, ON will join the feature class with 1000cc R1 backed by Yamaha Canada. One of the major moves of the off-season sees Trevor Daley of Mississauga, ON, fourth overall last season, lead the Parts Canada-backed Suzuki Canada entry, with bikes built by Fast Company.
The official National season kicks off with a Pro6 Test Day at Shannonville on Thursday, May 16, hosted by the National series spec tire Dunlop supplier. Practice takes place Friday, with Qualifying Saturday and the opening National events for five classes of races on Sunday, May 19.
To learn more please visit www.ibewcanada.ca , or follow them on Twitter or Facebook.
Thursday, 21 February 2019 18:29 Published in News
Jordan Szoke, the winningest racer in National Canadian Superbike History signs a two year deal to run his Mopar Express Lane backed super bike team with brand new equipment for the next two seasons. Szoke will defend his Mopar Canadian Superbike National Title with the redesigned 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R backed by Blackfoot Motosports.
Thursday, 13 December 2018 10:29 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Toronto, December 8, 2018 - With much excitement we announce Trevor Daley will be campaigning the 2019 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) aboard a Suzuki Canada GSX-R1000RR prepared by Scott Miller’s Fast Company. After a fantastic 2018 season, Daley is ecstatic to be back aboard a Suzuki. On December 7, 2018, Daley finalized a partnership with Suzuki Canada’s Bill Porter and Paul Shantz to see the Mississauga, Ontario, rider aboard the benchmark GSX-R1000RR for the upcoming season.
The Suzuki GSX-R has carried Daley to his best career results, and as he threw a leg over the new model while at Suzuki Canada’s new state-of-the-art facility in Barrie, Ontario, he couldn’t help but notice the esthetic refinements and anticipate the performance upgrades the new bike has to offer.
“The bike is very sleek and compact over previous models,” Daley said. “The narrower fuel tank feels very comfortable and natural. With Brembo brake calipers and Brembo T-drive rotors as standard equipment, you can tell this bike is built to perform.”
2018’s CSBK championship saw the maturation of Daley’s naturally aggressive riding. Additionally, Daley formed an off-track relationship with long-time bike-building powerhouse Scott Miller of Fast Company. Miller will soon begin to prep a pair of superbikes that he’ll maintain trackside during the 2019 season, ensuring Suzuki will once again become a force in Canadian roadracing.
“Having been heavily involved in the preparation and technical aspect of my own race bikes means that Scott and I speak a common language,” Daley said. “I’m very excited for us to work together in 2019. My confidence is at an all-time high and Scott’s expertise applied to the already fantastic GSX-R will be amazing.”
Daley is looking forward to pre-season testing on the new bike, as well as participating in off-season Suzuki and CSBK series promotional events. With the 2019 race season looming, Daley encourages enthusiasts to follow his and Suzuki Canada’s social media feeds to keep up-to-date on the latest events, new product information, and to learn details on where you can meet Daley—and pick up your own GSX-R1000RR—prior to the upcoming season.
Trevor Daley: @Onespeedinc
Suzuki Canada: @Suzukicanada
Fast Company: @Scottmiller8999
CSBK Championship: @cdnsuperbike
Saturday, 08 December 2018 15:39 Published in Rider and Team Releases
August 24, 2018 (Toronto, ON) – The honour of winning the very first Yamaha bLU cRU Factory Ride Award in the discipline of road racing has gone to Mopar CSBK Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike champion Jake LeClair. LeClair, age 16, was presented the award at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park after claiming the class title on his Yamaha YZF-R3.
Friday, 24 August 2018 14:42 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Riedmann grabs first Superbike win, Szoke claims record 13th title in season finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Bowmanville, ON – August 12, 2018 – He may not have celebrated it from the podium, but Jordan Szoke managed to do just enough to take home his record 13th Mopar Pro Superbike title at the season finale of the Canadian Superbike Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Sunday, 12 August 2018 18:43 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Bowmanville, ON – August 11, 2018 – The first half of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship season finale weekend certainly lived up to the hype on Saturday, as fan-favourite Ben Young scored his first career Mopar Pro Superbike victory in a thrilling day Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Saturday, 11 August 2018 19:17 Published in Reports, Results & Points