Shannonville, ON (May 30, 2017)- Shannonville Motorsport Park saw the opening round on the 2017 Canadian Superbike Championship on May 26-28.
With poor track conditions on Thursday, the time was used to address some teething issues on Stacey Nesbitt’s BLKRDR by Motovan/FTR Honda CBR600RR.
“I can’t thank Pat Milligan and Peter Soame enough for all the effort and long hours to prep the bike. We were a little late putting our program together this year, but fortunately most of the kinks were ironed out for Friday practice.”
The weather had improved by Saturday but Stacey was still struggling for pace. The qualifying goal was the first two rows and that was mission accomplished with sventh spot on the grid for the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class. She was not able to improve her times in Mopar Pro Superbike qualifying, unfortunately picking up an injury.
Race day warm-up did not go to plan, and Stacey was forced to sit out the Superbike warmup session to get fit for the afternoon races. In the Liqui Moly
Pro Sport Bike race, Stacey got a good start and was in fifth place into turn one. She had a few battles and was holding down eighth position for the first half of the race before a rider error saw her take the slip road off the back straight. She rejoined in 11th
Despite some last minute setup changes that did not work out, Stacey was still able to ride around it and improve her lap time from qualifying. She decided to sit out theMopar
Pro Superbike race.
“Thank you to Doc Walker for the medical advice," said Stacey after the race. “Thanks too to Jon Cornwell. This opening weekend was certainly challenging, but we worked hard and didn’t give up. We will take the positives and move forward to the next round at Grand Bend.”
There was some further good news to end the day. R&M Electrical (Burlington, ON) return as a sponsor this year. The team also thanked Honda Canada for providing a set of tires to each of the Honda riders at the race this past weekend. The icing on the cake was Autumn and Jaret Whiteside buying the team some tires and dropping them off to Nesbitt’s pit.
“This really put a smile on my face,” said Stacey. “At the end of the day, we are a privateer team. Forensi Tech Racing is supporting us with bike preparation and Motovan through their BLKRDR program. We are grateful for any and all support we receive.”
Thanks to: Pat Milligan, Peter Soame, Jon Cornwell, Wes Lake, Doc Walker, Jon Dimeglio, Mike Rixon, Autumn & Jaret Whitesde, Stacey Nesbitt Supporters Club, Mum & Dad
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