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Casas earns historic first Superbike podium at AMP

July 25, 2019 - Tomas Casas and the Parts Canada Yamaha team made good use of their trip to the East Coast this weekend, scoring a career-best weekend in the Pro Superbike class at round four of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.

Heading to Atlantic Motorsport Park for the first time aboard a YZF-R1 superbike, Casas was faced with a daunting challenge at a circuit that is known for being incredibly physically demanding on any machine, let alone a 1000cc feature bike.

The only rider in the two Pro classes to compete in all four races of the doubleheader weekend, Casas’ battle was made even worse as the Peterborough, ON youngster was forced to battle the elements, with extreme heat warnings on Saturday warning of temperatures as high as 40°C and a Maritime storm on Sunday bringing heavy rain.

Despite the cards stacked against Casas and the Yamaha team, the 20-year old got off to a productive start in both classes, qualifying in pole position for the Pro Sport Bike class and a respectable eighth in the Superbike category on Friday.

The two-time defending Sport Bike champion actually managed to post a better time aboard his 600cc machine, as he faced an adjustment period aboard the bigger superbike at arguably Canada’s toughest track.

That all began to change once the racing rolled around, however, as Casas managed to overcome his exhaustion to win a thrilling battle for fourth with veteran Jeff Williams in Saturday’s race one of the feature Pro Superbike class. The result was his fourth consecutive top-six finish to open the season, making him and championship leader Ben Young the only riders to accomplish such consistency.

As the weather took a turn for the worst on Sunday, Casas decided to up the tempo slightly in the changing conditions, once again capitalizing on opportunities to put himself into a top-three spot on the track for the first time in his career. It seemed as though a hard-charging Samuel Trepanier may end up catching Casas on the final lap, but the youngster was able to give it one last push in the closing moments, securing his first ever podium finish in the Superbike class.

As a result, Casas became the youngest podium finisher since Bodhi Edie’s miraculous victory in 2013, and the first Yamaha rider to podium since Edie in 2017.

“After a tough Sport Bike race where I found myself dehydrated and feeling like I was going to pass out, the rain really came into play for this one,” Casas said. “I really enjoy riding in the rain, and I’m extremely happy to have put my Yamaha R1 on the podium for my first time. Hopefully there will be more to come.”

The strong weekend moves Casas just five points behind Trepanier in the battle for third in the overall standings, and firmly into a top-five spot with a 25-point gap to sixth entering his home track at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

It was another strong weekend for Casas in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike category as well, however one that will still have the two-time defending champion entering a tricky spot heading to the season-finale doubleheader at CTMP.

Arriving in Nova Scotia with a 30-point deficit championship leader Will Hornblower, Casas needed to put some distance between himself and his Yamaha counterpart in order to trim the gap through four rounds.

After getting off to a good start with pole position, Casas continued that early success with a thrilling victory on Saturday. Unfortunately for the former Pro Rookie of the Year, Hornblower was close behind in both instances, qualifying in second before making a desperate last-lap attempt on Casas to just narrowly finish second again. Despite his rival limiting the damage, Casas was still able to cut the gap to 19 points entering race two on Sunday.

Things were different from the get-go in the second part of the doubleheader, however, as a determined Hornblower got a terrific start and never looked back, storming his way to a commanding victory. Even worse for Casas, a surging Sebastien Tremblay was able to capitalize on the youngster’s exhaustion, overtaking him for second place and forcing Casas to third.

“Sunday’s race was not what I had hoped for, but I was glad to at least put it on the podium,” Casas said. “Doing both classes on a doubleheader weekend, especially at a track like Shubie, it really took a toll on me, but now I look forward to bringing this home at CTMP.”

With the up-and-down weekend, Hornblower will extend his lead to 34 points entering CTMP, but all hope is far from lost after Casas cruised to a pair of dominant victories at the same track just a year ago.

Tomas and the team would like to thank all his sponsors for their hard work, including Yamaha Motor Canada, Parts Canada, Yamaha bLU cRU, Pro 6 Cycle & Dunlop Tires, Hindle Exhaust, Brooklin Cycle Racing, GBRacing, J.J. Stewart Motors Ltd., Flexiglass, Bickle Racing, Bluestreak Racing, DP Brakes, Human 2.0, EHR Sports, Vortex, Peterborough Cycle Salvage, Trackdayhub.com, and all other personnel and fans for their love and support.

Thursday, 25 July 2019 18:21 Published in Rider and Team Releases


MCC announces Pro Sport Bike appeal verdict; Casas named round two Sport Bike winner

Toronto, ON – June 12, 2019 – The Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada (MCC) announced on Tuesday that the provisional results of round two’s Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike race will be overturned, with Tomas Casas now awarded the victory last Sunday from Grand Bend Motorplex.

The original ruling by Canadian Superbike Championship officials saw race leader Sebastien Tremblay awarded the win and pole-sitter Dylan Bauer finish second, despite the two being involved in a collision resulting in a red flag stoppage.

A formal, written, on-time protest was then submitted minutes after the second National race by Pro Sport Bike class front runners David McKay, Tomas Casas and Will Hornblower. This trio opposed the at-track decision, leading to the MCC and its appeal committee deciding the fate of Sunday’s race and its impact on the championship.

In a release sent to CSBK officials, their decision was announced as follows:

“After careful consideration the MCC Tribunal decided to uphold the protest and overrule the at track decision. The two riders involved in the race stopping incident (competitors who fell) positions will be placed respectively at the end of the results and all other competitors will move ahead two positions.”

The ruling will mean that Tremblay and Bauer will now be officially scored as the 15th and 16th place finishers, respectively.

“The decision was not black and white,” the release continues. “We do not believe that Dylan Bauer’s actions were intentional, but we did feel that he was the ultimate cause of the red flag. We felt that Sebastien Tremblay was the unfortunate victim however his crash did contribute to the red flag and subsequent end of the race. Based on the rules as written, the two riders (Dylan Bauer & Sebastien Tremblay) were deemed to have caused the race stopping incident and as stated in F(7) will be placed at the back of their respective lap.”

The final decision will now carry significant implications for the Sport Bike championship, with points leader Will Hornblower and current runner-up David MacKay ultimately joining the podium for the second time in as many races.

The original results would have meant an eleven-point lead for Hornblower over Tremblay; Hornblower will now instead lead MacKay by 17 points, with Tremblay sitting tied with Bauer for tenth in the championship.

Two-time defending class champion Casas will also draw back into the title hunt, as the win brings him to sixth in the overall point standings and within 14 points of the top three, as opposed to an original 29-point deficit for the Parts Canada Yamaha rider.

However, the results all but signal the end for Tremblay and his 2019 Sport Bike hopes, as the injured Turcotte Performance Kawasaki rider now finds himself 61 points behind the series lead with five races remaining.

Though nothing is confirmed, a team member had indicated that Tremblay may not finish the year in the Sport Bike category, instead electing to focus on the Mopar Pro Superbike class when again healthy.

The final revised results will shortly be found on the series official website at www.csbk.ca, as well as the updated class standings.

Thursday, 13 June 2019 12:41 Published in News


DP Brakes Signs an Impressive Number Road Racers in 2019

BUFFALO, NY- - DP Brakes, the leader in sintered braking technology, has announced the signing of many of the top Pro and Amateur road racers in North America.

Our impressive racer lineup is as follows:
13-time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke with wife and fellow competitor, Amy Szoke.
Runners Up Ben Young, Samuel Trepanier and Trevor Daley

Canadian Sportbike Champion Tomas Casas
Runner Up Mitch Card

Plus, the following great competitors competing in the Canadian CSBK and SOAR Series:
Kenny Riedmann, Samuel Desmarais, Mack Attack Racing’s David, Glenn and Shannon Mackay, Nicolas “Nico” Meunier, Guillaume Fortin, Slightly Stoopid’s Drew Morrisey and Sunny Park, Team Tenacious Mike Heggarty, Vincent Levillain and Connor Campbell.

Plus:
Former AMA Champion and 2019 Daytona 200 competitor – Jason DiSalvo
NHRA’s Top Fuel Racing’s – Shark Racing’s Rickey House
ASRA Super Stock, Team Challenge and F-4 National Champion Lloyd Bayley
Long Time DP Sponsored Road Racer and XSBA Long Distance Stoppie Record Holder, Ryan Cramer
WERA Superbike Expert Tyler King

“Riders will be racing with our New High Performance RDP X-Race Titanium brake pads. Results so far prove that we have a compound available to be competitive with all other brands and even show an upgrade over those. The superb initial response, incredible feel and fade free performance puts us at the top of the charts,” stated Larry Mills, President of DP Brakes and Clutches North America.

Mills added, “Not only will they experience all those features, but also receive the DP Brakes long reputation of no brake dust and quiet performance.”

Mills concluded, “We are truly honored to be part of their program for 2019 and wish them tremendous success. Their constant feedback will enable DP Brakes to be on the leading edge of sintered metal brake pad technology and further our growth in the Road Race and Sportbike market”.

RDP X-Race Titanium Brake pads are available exclusively through Parts Unlimited, Parts Canada.

For more information on the complete line-up of DP Brakes brake pads, shoes and clutch kits, contact DP Brakes North American Headquarters at 4401 Walden Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086, (716) 681-8806, or visit them on the web at www.dp-brakes.com.

 

Thursday, 30 May 2019 16:21 Published in Rider and Team Releases


DP Brakes Sign Premiere Road Racers For 2019

BUFFALO, NY- - DP Brakes, the leader in sintered braking technology, has announced the signing of many top pro and amateur road racers competing in both North and Central America.

Monday, 21 January 2019 12:50 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Young takes thrilling first career win, Casas clinches second title in wild Saturday at CTMP

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


Szoke, Casas searching to extend championship leads as series heads East

Toronto, ON – July 17, 2018 – Defending Pro champions Jordan Szoke and Tomas Casas are looking to extend their respective points leads this weekend as the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship heads to its penultimate round at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 13:20 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Szoke on pole for Superbike, Casas edges Tremblay in Sport Bike at Autodrome St-Eustache

St-Eustache, QC – June 30, 2018 – Three-time defending Mopar Pro Superbike champion Jordan Szoke will start from pole position for the second time this season on Sunday, after pacing the field on Saturday at the third round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Autodrome St-Eustache.

Saturday, 30 June 2018 18:28 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Szoke and Casas searching for first wins at Grand Bend

Toronto, ON – June 5, 2018 – Three-time defending champion Jordan Szoke will be looking to add another name to the list of tracks he has won at, as the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship heads to the Grand Bend Motorplex for round two this weekend, June 8-10.

Tuesday, 05 June 2018 20:40 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Dumas and Casas suffer Saturday set-backs at MotoAmerica Finals at Barber

Alex Dumas was mathematically eliminated from contention for the KTM RC Cup Championship after a wild opening race of the final 2017 MotoAmerica weekend at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama.  Aboard his JP43 Junior Team KTM single, Dumas started sixth and worked his way up to battle for the lead, only to crash mid-race in turn two.  Dumas was uninured, and will race in tomorrow’s final MotoAmerica series event.

The crash meant that Dumas’ four race win streak was at an end, and he can not win the overall Championship for young guns aboard identical KTM motorcycles.  He still holds third in the rankings, and the top three riders in the final American series standings will be invited to attend the KTM World Final in Jerez, Spain, next month.

Cory Ventura won the race to take over the KTM points lead, Sean Ungvarsky second from Benjamin Smith in a great six rider battle for the win. Smith is second in the standings behind Ventura, 249-240.

Canadian Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec Series Champion Xavier Paradis made his American debut in the same KTM race. The Canuk spec series title holder worked his way up to a solid 11th overall after crashing in Qualifying and starting at the back of the grid.  Paradis earned the chance to compete as a wild card on a media bike entered by “Roadracing World” Magazine.

Reigning Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Canadian National Champion Tomas Casas had a busy morning, qualifying for the Supersport/Superstock 600 race but getting DQed following his morning session.  Casas had an illegal inlet option in the air box of his Yamaha R6, a modification allowed in the Canadian Championships.

So Casas started from the back of the “Last Chance Qualifier,” needing a top placing to make the main event. He blasted into the lead and pulled away to win by 15 seconds and earn a spot at the back of the grid (29th overall!) in this afternoon’s race.  Casas will need to win tomorrow’s LCQ race as well if he wishes to race in Sunday’s main event for 600cc middleweight machinery.

“Yeah, that was a bit of extra work,” smiled Casas on an overcast but very humid day at the beautiful barber facility.  “That will be the biggest grid I’ve been on in a while.  We’re working away at getting faster, making changes, and we’re making progress, bit by bit.  If I can get going early in the race, I should improve some more.”

In Motul Superbike/Bazzaz Superstock SuperPole final qualifying, Roger Hayden continued his hot streak to earn pole for Yoshimura-Suzuki and the new-for-2017 GSX-R1000.  Using the special Dunlop yellow-sidewall rear slick, Hayden turned a best lap at 1:24.091 in the final 15-minute session, hisx seventh Pole of 2017.  Hayden was also fastest in the sessions leading into SuperPole, with a tour of the 16-turn venue at 1:25.97.  

 Newly crowned Superstock Champ Mathew Scholtz was second quickest on his Westby Yamaha R1 with a best lap of 1:24.19, Josh Herrin third on the works Yamaha superbike at 1:24.86, followed by newly crowned overall Champion Toni Elias of Spain on the second Yosh Suzuki with a best of 1:25.0.

This afternoon’s schedule includes the penultimate races for both the Supersport/Superstock class (2:25 PM local time) and the featured Motul Superbike/Bazzaz Superstock 1000cc divisions (3:30 PM). 

Saturday, 16 September 2017 14:35 Published in News


Hayden Sets Early Superbike Pace for Suzuki at Barber MotoAmerica Finale

The opening day of the Honda Championship of Alabama presented by Genuine Broaster Chicken included the final combined Provisional Pole session for Motul Superbike and Bazzaz Superstock 1000cc machines prior to Saturday’s SuperPole session.  In a busy day in the final 2017 event of the MotoAmerica National series, Yoshimura-Suzuki’s veteran Roger Hayden was quickest with a time of 1:25.97 on the works GSX-R1000 Superbike.

Former Series Champ Josh Herrin, filling in for the injured Cameron Beaubier on the works Monster/Graves Yamaha team, has a strong second outing on the works YZF-R1, placing second best with a lap at 1:26.28.

The top Superstock entry for less-modified 1000cc machines in the second, Friday afternoon session was South African Mathew Scholtz on a Yamaha, third quickest at 1:26.408.  Scholtz has already won the Superstock title for Westby Racing outfit.  Newly crowned overall series Champ Toni Elias was sixth best on the seconds factory Yosh-Suzuki.

Kenny Riedmann made his first career entry in the Superstock category with his Sturgess Cycle/Liqui Moly Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja, and wound up 16th overall in the red flag-interrupted afternoon 1000cc session.   Mitch Card, another rising Canadian Pro start racer, was scheduled to compete in the same category as Riedmann with his Yamaha YZF-R1, but a last minute issue with his racing licence meant Card could not enter the MotoAmerica event.

The top 12 riders will advance to the 15-minute final session to establish the front of the Feature race grid, late tomorrow morning, using special soft Dunlop “Q” tires.  The first of the two 1000cc races is scheduled for 3:30 tomorrow, but there have been some delays due to rain seeping through the usually-pristine track surface.  There has been considerable rain in the Birmingham area recently, a left over effect of Hurricane Irma.   

Qualifying for the KTM Cup spec series for single cylinder machines was rescheduled for tomorrow due to the various water control issues with the track.  15-year-old French-Canadian class rookie Alex Dumas is riding a four race win streak in the KTM class, and has a serious shot at the Championship in the final two races this weekend.  Dumas was sixth fastest in the morning session, having run as high as first before he suffered a late crash in his first outing at the track.  He was uninjured.         

Newly crowned Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Canadian National Champ Tomas Casas had an encouraging first day as a MotoAmerica competitor, placing his Parts Canada/Dunlop supported Yamaha Canada R6 seventh overall in the “second tier” Supersport and Superstock 600 afternoon Practice with a lap at 1:34.6.

MotoAmerica Series regular Braeden Ortt of Alberta on a Tuned Racing Yamaha R6 was 11th quickest in the Group One session, turning a lap at 1:31.6.  Fastest overall in the combined two 600cc classes was newly crowned Champ Garrett Gerloff aboard a Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha R6 at 1:28.18.

“I’m gaining confidence with the bike on this track,” confirmed a cheerful Casas at the end of a very warm day at Barber Motorsport Park.  “The bike feels good settings wise, and the adjustments we have made so far have helped.

“I need to work more on the blind corners, and the braking areas, there is so much going on with this track,” confirmed 18-year-old Casas of the hilly, 16 turn venue.  “Some of the turns I’m still lacking confidence; that really affects your lap time on a blind section of this track.

“If I can pick up some corner speed, I know I’ll gain some confidence,” continued the 2018 Pro Middleweight Canadian number one plate holder.  “The I can really focus on riding with other people and picking up some pointers; so far I have been by myself.  That will be a focus of Qualifying tomorrow.

“Overall, it was a lot of fun for my first day.  My goal is to make it all the way through the weekend, not to crash, to ride all the time in every session and race and get the greatest opportunity to learn.  I want to stay within my limits.”

The first 600cc class race for Ortt and Casas is schedule for 2:25 tomorrow afternoon, with the initial KTM spec race including title contender Dumas slated for the end of the day Saturday at 4:35.        

Friday, 15 September 2017 18:30 Published in News


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