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.
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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
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
@cdnsuperbike •Shubencadie, NS (July 22, 2016)- Royal Distributing rider Michael Leon put in another solid weekend of racing at Atlantic Motorsport Park with fourth and fifth place finishes at the July 16-17 CSBK Mopar doubleheader event.
Friday, 22 July 2016 08:40 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@benyoung_86 • @cdnsuperbike •SHUBENACADIE, N.S. – July 19th, 2016 - Collingwood, ON rookie Pro Superbike rider Ben Young turned some heads this past weekend, and it wasn’t due to the new mustache he was sporting.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016 17:38 Published in Reports, Results & Points
HALIFAX, NS – Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) announced a new motorcycle rider safety product today that will soon be implemented at Atlantic Motorsport Park for upcoming Regional and National road racing events. The new design will incorporate waste plastics into soft barriers around the 2.5 km circuit at Atlantic Motorsport Park.
Thursday, 04 July 2013 09:18 Published in News
The Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) is excited to announce a new venture with Inside Motorcycles magazine and the Penguin Roadracing School.Inside Motorcycles, in conjunction with the Penguin Roadracing School, will be providing a year-end award for the 2013 Amateur Sportbike Championship.
To the winner of the 2013 Amateur Sportbike Championship:
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 14:43 Published in Industry News
The Atlantic Roadracing League (ARL) is excited to announce its continued partnerships for the 2013 season. This past weekend saw the first High Performance Riding Academy take place on Saturday and Sunday brought to you by Honda Canada in conjunction with Pro Cycle. This marks the third year in which Honda Canada has supported the High Performance Riding Academy in association with Pro Cycle, which brings students from all over the Atlantic Provinces to the Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia for the two day event.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 13:33 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Dua Motorsports has posted a correction to its press release from last fall listing the winners of its 2012 Atlantic Roadracing League contingency program. The program offered contingency funds to the top finishers in the ARL Amateur Superbike division.
Thursday, 28 March 2013 11:04 Published in Industry News