As the Canadian Superbike Championships awaits the chance to start its 2021 season – following several pandemic-related delays – it seems like a good time to have a look back through CSBK National Road race history. Our focus is ten years ago, in 2011, when the series was still struggling to deal with the fallout from the financial melt down that started late in 2008. There were far fewer opportunities for Canadian racers ten years ago, certainly when compared to the boom years of the decade previous.
Monday, 07 June 2021 18:10 Published in Colin Fraser
One of the great things about producing a more-or-less weekly blog is the opportunity to switch gears on the fly. I had planned to write about MotoGP this week: the possible Qatar return of Honda’s Marc ‘much-missed’ Marquez, as well as the possibility of Andrea Dovizioso competing sometime soon for Aprilia’s premier squad. However, at the end of last week, the Motorcycle Confederation of Canada (MCC) Competition Council ruled that CSBK series king Jordan Szoke would be eligible to run his typical ‘number one’ plate on his Canada General Warranty works Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja during 2021.
Monday, 22 March 2021 10:34 Published in Colin Fraser
The first motorcycle road race I ever took part in was on Victoria Day – at “old Mosport” – 45 years ago. My class was Junior 410 Production, and this title fit me well – I certainly qualified as an inexperienced, teen-aged Junior.
Monday, 01 March 2021 13:30 Published in Colin Fraser
Turcotte Performance Kawasaki youngster Nicolas “Nico” Meunier has been named the recipient of the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year award for 2019, clinching the title with a strong finish to his Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The 17-year old Verdun, QC phenom entered the Pro ranks with high expectations in 2019 after becoming just the eighth rider ever to graduate from the Amateur ranks at age 16 or younger, a list that includes fairly historic company with the likes of 13-time National champion Jordan Szoke, former World Superbike rider Brett McCormick, and X-Games gold medallist Cody Matechuk, amongst others.
However, Meunier delivered on those expectations in a big way despite one of the strongest Pro fields in recent years, finishing tenth out of 25 point-scoring riders and 43 entries overall in the Mopar Pro Superbike feature class.
Even more impressive is that Meunier managed to do so on a Kawasaki ZX-6R sport bike machine, ranking as the top 600cc rider in the Superbike field and one of only three inside the top-20. The reigning Amateur runner-up also had a strong season in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, finishing fifth overall, though only results in the Pro Superbike class count towards Rookie of the Year scoring.
His best finish of the year was a strong eighth place finish in race one of round four at Atlantic Motorsport Park, which was tied for the best finish of any rookie this season, though most of his damage came via consistency, finishing inside the top-15 in all but one race (a DNS in race two at AMP) and top-12 in three of the first four races.
While it didn’t count towards his award nomination, Meunier also had a terrific season in the Sport Bike division, finishing fifth overall and just 17 points behind fellow Kawasaki rider David MacKay in fourth. His best performance came in race two at AMP, a fourth-place result, but he once again made an impact through consistency, finishing all but one race in fifth or higher – a crash in round three, though he was fighting for his first career podium finish prior to the incident.
The 17-year old will become the youngest Pro Rookie of the Year winner since a 16-year old Tomas Casas split the award in 2015, though both riders represent the only under-18 winners since 2011.
With past award winners combining for eight National championships and 61 Pro victories since its creation in 2000, Meunier will have a shot at creating some history of his own as he continues to develop, perhaps aiming to score his first career Pro podium as soon as the 2020 season.
The full list of past Rookie of the Year winners, as well as full results from the 2019 campaign, can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.
Tuesday, 03 September 2019 23:34 Published in Reports, Results & Points
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 11, 2019 – For the second consecutive season, Kenny Riedmann will exit the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship with a victory in the final race, winning a thrilling Mopar Pro Superbike battle after a photo-finish result at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10RR rider showed his determination early on after crashing out on Saturday, grabbing the holeshot and leading in the early stages with a nine-rider group following close behind. His lead wouldn’t last long, as race one winner Samuel Trepanier later took over the top spot and entered the final lap poised to win his second consecutive race.
Despite stretching that lead slightly, Trepanier came under pressure in the final corner and ran in too deep, colliding with Riedmann on the front straight before a drag race to the finish line between the two and fellow rival Jordan Szoke.
With official timing showing just 0.031 seconds separating the top three, CSBK officials decided to confirm the results with video replay, which showed Riedmann just narrowly defeating Trepanier for his second career Pro Superbike win.
Official protests were filed by two competitors following the controversial finish, though the protest was rejected with the results finalized post-race. These results are still subject to appeal, which would be determined in conjunction with the Motorcycle Confederation of Canada tribunal.
As for Riedmann, the Belfountain, ON rider will end his season ninth in the championship despite making just his second appearance of the year, as he became the fourth different winner of the 2019 campaign – the most in one season since 2013.
“It feels good to be up here. It’s always fun to come back and battle with these guys up front, and Kawasaki was a huge help in putting this together for us,” Riedmann said. “That was definitely one of the more aggressive races I’ve been a part of, and it got a little sketchy at the end, but it’s always nice to put on a good show for all the fans that come out to support us.”
It was double the disappointment for Trepanier on Sunday, who not only missed out on the victory by a hair length but was also penalized five championship points for failing to have the proper series stickers on his bike. Nevertheless, it was a solid weekend for the Blysk Racing BMW S1000RR rider, who will end his year just 20 points behind Szoke for second in the overall standings.
“It’s awesome to see a good race for all the fans. I actually had a really ugly start and thought I might have to settle for seventh or something, but I was able to work my way up and move to the front one by one,” Trepanier said. “I just didn’t have the same pace as yesterday, and I ran a bit wide onto the front straight which really killed my drive, but the BMW was working amazing all weekend and I’m super happy with the results.”
The all-out war at the front of the pack was so close that even Szoke was under the impression he had won, though the 13-time National champion ultimately settled for third aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki in what was a merciful end to a tough season for the 41-year old veteran.
“They came together and hit on the front straight, and I actually thought I had it. It was a flashback to when I beat Claudio Corti and Kenny a few years back, but I guess I didn’t get it this time,” Szoke said. “The whole Kawasaki program has been great this year, I’ve just cost them with some of my own mistakes, but that’s racing and you don’t win them all. The good part is, it always feel sweeter to get it back the next year.”
Szoke can take solace in knowing he at least beat rival Ben Young, who failed to reach the podium for the first time this season after wrapping up his first National championship on Saturday. The champion entering 2020 was feeling the effects of a Saturday morning crash, but was still able to score a top-five finish aboard his Liqui Moly/Barrie Trim BMW.
Rounding out the top five in his brief return to the CSBK series was fan-favourite Alex Welsh, who debuted the 2020 BMW S1000RR machine this weekend with successful results, as the BMW program looks to build upon its success with Young and Trepanier entering 2020.
It was also an inspiring end to the season for rising star Tomas Casas, who faded towards the end to finish sixth but ran inside the top-three early on, even making passes on Szoke and Trepanier, among others. The Parts Canada Yamaha rider will end his first year aboard a Superbike machine in fourth in the overall standings, as he will enter 2020 poised to join the championship fight alongside his older counterparts.
The Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year award officially went to 17-year old phenom Nicolas Meunier, who will end the year tenth overall aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki sport bike after finishing 15th out of 34 entries on Sunday.
Will Hornblower wrapped up his first ever National championship in thrilling fashion on Sunday, finishing in third after a dramatic three-way battle with rivals Casas and Sebastien Tremblay that went start-to-finish with a number of lead changes in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.
The final lead change would ultimately go to Tremblay, who completed the doubleheader sweep aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki, though Hornblower understandably dominated the attention after bringing home the title aboard his Bickle Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
Though his third-place result was actually his worst finish of the year, finishing top-two in every other race, Hornblower was the only rider in any of the five National classes to finish on the podium in every single contest.
“I’m blown away, it’s just so amazing…I’m speechless,” said an emotional Hornblower. “I wanted to bring it home at the top of the podium, but I had to look at the bigger picture. I knew these guys wanted it badly, so I just had to ride my own pace like I have all year, and now I’m walking out of here with a championship.”
Tremblay’s win put an end to what was a difficult season for the Mirabel, QC veteran, who was able to salvage third in the overall standings despite a pair of controversial crashes early in the season.
“It was a really great race. The pace was faster than yesterday right from the start, so I had to work hard to save the tire,” Tremblay said. “My Kawasaki was just perfect all weekend, so it’s unfortunate to not be battling for the title, but it’s nice to end the season running really well.”
As for Casas, the 20-year old fan-favourite was unable to capture a third consecutive championship in the Sport Bike category, but was happy to come away with a strong finish after an equally frustrating start to the year.
“What a fun race! My Parts Canada Yamaha was working really well as always, but I just couldn’t get a drive on Sebastien at the end,” Casas said. “Unfortunately, my mistake in round one cost a real shot at the championship, but Will was so consistent all season and he deserves this. Now I just have to make up for it on the Superbike.”
Hornblower wasn’t the only Yamaha champion of the season, however, as 16-year old Ben LeClair followed in his older brother’s footsteps to claim the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike championship just a year after Jake won the inaugural title.
The bLU cRU Yamaha teenager settled for fourth in the midst of a seven-rider battle for the win, earning himself a new Yamaha YZF-R6 sport bike to ride as an amateur in 2020 courtesy of bLU cRU, as rival Avery Hart secured the race win aboard his WRBF Yamaha machine.
“I wanted to push for a podium, but everyone was so close at the end, I decided to just get in my own space and bring it home,” said LeClair. “This is what we dreamed of since last season, so it feels really awesome. I’m looking forward to hopefully doing the same as an amateur next year.”
Hart held onto the thrilling victory by just a pair of bike lengths over WRBF Yamaha teammate Keegan Gaudet, who will end his year fourth in the overall standings behind fellow teenager Matthew Simpson, who also finished third on Sunday aboard his Evans Racing Honda.
LeClair will ultimately defeat Hart by 20 points, with the hope being that both riders continue their rivalry on bigger machinery next season.
Guillaume Fortin held off a late-season charge from teammate Christian Allard to win the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike championship, finishing third aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki while Allard took second on his Turcotte Performance BMW behind race winner Samuel Guerin.
Guerin and Allard enjoyed a thrilling battle from start to finish, but the former was able to play spoiler in the closing stages aboard his Aprilia RSV4RR, as Fortin will hold on to claim the title by just eleven points over his teammate.
Allard was able to make up for the disappointment in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike category, however, finishing second aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki to claim the title ahead of rival and reigning Lightweight champion Jake LeClair.
LeClair entered Sunday needing to put some distance between himself and Allard, but once again was upstaged by a dominant effort from race winner Jared Walker and his Kawasaki machine, with Allard finishing second to top the overall standings by 18 points over his 18-year old counterpart.
Chris Dopke will exit the 2019 season as the recipient of the Parts Canada Hard Charger Award, winning a tie-breaker decision over Andy Chilton as both riders scored eight points apiece. The Honda rider showed the largest improvement in lap time from qualifying to the race over the course of the year, earning the second edition of the award which was introduced in 2018.
Full results from the weekend as well as the entire 2019 campaign can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca, while results for the still-unofficial Pro Superbike category will be updated in the coming days.
Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:20 Published in Reports, Results & Points
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
Bowmanville, ON – August 9, 2019 – Fans of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship will be forced to wait longer than expected for qualifying results from the two Pro classes, as rain temporarily halted Friday’s action in the season finale Doubleheader Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, presented by BMW Motorrad.
With rain closing in during the Mopar Pro Superbike qualifying session, riders in the feature class were forced to wait past the original start time for the subsequent Top Ten SuperPole session. The track had dried out in time for the field to settle the qualifying order before another patch of rain halted things once again, resulting in an early end to the day with qualifying yet to be completed.
CSBK officials will announce their formal qualifying plans at roughly 7:30 am ET on Saturday, with the two options being either a SuperPole restart on Saturday morning, or the original qualifying results from Friday being made official.
Qualifying was also pushed back for the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, which will be subject to a similar announcement on Saturday.
Should the original qualifying results from Friday stand as official, it would be championship leader Ben Young starting from pole position after leading the session with a time of 1:22.405 aboard his Liqui Moly/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR.
The Collingwood, ON native enters Saturday with a chance to clinch his first ever CSBK title regardless of the qualifying results, as he carries a commanding 59-point lead into the weekend over rival Jordan Szoke.
“We’re in a really good position, but things are far from over, and Jordan’s not going to make it easy on us,” Young said. “We just got to keep doing what we’ve done all year – I think we’ve been first in all but two or three sessions – so if we can keep that going tomorrow, regardless of how things play out, it should go well for us.”
Second-fastest on the day was Young’s veteran teammate, Jeff Williams, who could potentially tie his best qualifying result of the season after falling just 0.147 seconds behind Young aboard his Williams Paving BMW.
The Inverary, ON native and former race-winner is the oldest Superbike rider in the field at 47, but will look to cap off his resurgent campaign alongside his younger counterpart in the weekend doubleheader.
“It feels good to be at the front here, running alongside Ben and all the kids,” Williams joked. “I would have loved to get a shot at pole, but the weather got a little wild at the end and keeping everyone safe is the main thing, so we’ll at least get to save some energy tonight and try to push a little harder tomorrow.”
While Young and Williams will be among the list of names hoping that Friday’s results are made official, Szoke will be perhaps the biggest name hoping for another shot on Saturday, as the four-time defending champion struggled to eighth aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja.
The Lynden, ON veteran was visibly frustrated at the end of the day with his shot at a fifth consecutive title and 14th overall on the line, but tried to keep things in perspective earlier in the afternoon as he enters CTMP in unfamiliar territory.
“Realistically, it’s going to be tough for us to come back, but anything can happen and crazier things have happened, so we just got to keep pushing,” Szoke said. “If we can end the year strong and add a couple wins, maybe things go our way, but if not at least it’s a good start for next year.”
Rounding out an all-BMW top-three was Blysk Racing’s Samuel Trepanier, who posted a time of 1:22.998 as he looks to make up for his heartbreaking trip to the East Coast in round four, when the St. Isidore, QC native lost out on his first career win by just a few feet to Young.
It was also a disappointing end to the day for the front-runners in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, who got in very limited track time after both weather and track conditions disrupted their day. The morning practice session was cut short due to concerns about debris on the track, but once the circuit was deemed safe, the weather began to throw a wrench into the scheduled qualifying session.
As a result, majority of the class competitors were unable to produce a relevant time, including championship leader Will Hornblower, who’s best times were produced in the Superbike category aboard his Bickle Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
“It’s been a weird day, mostly because the track wasn’t great until the weather hit, so it’s really about trying to get a good feel for things before we can put in those fast laps,” the Sarnia, ON native said. “There’s not a lot of issues to work through in terms of the bike, so hopefully things get better so we can push the pace this weekend.”
It was an equally unusual day for his rival, Tomas Casas, who was unable to post a strong time aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha machine. The two-time defending champion out of Peterborough, ON was still able to run solidly in his limited time aboard his YZF-R1 superbike, but was unable to gain any ground aboard his YZF-R6 machine as he looks to erase a 34-point deficit to Hornblower.
The lone two classes to successfully complete the scheduled qualifying on Friday were the Amateur ranks, with Samuel Guerin and Jared Walker claiming pole position in the respective categories.
Guerin, making just his second appearance in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike class out of Quebec City, QC, was able to outlast the conditions aboard his Aprilia RSV4RR and score his second pole of the year.
Meanwhile, the Oakville, ON native of Walker – also making his second appearance of the year aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja – was able to capitalize on changing conditions to secure his first ever National pole, though the attention will likely fall on third-place qualifier Jake LeClair out of Blackstock, ON.
While LeClair’s qualifying result will not jump off the page, the bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 youngster will have a chance at erasing his 20-point deficit to championship leader Christian Allard on Saturday, after the Chambly, QC native suffered a mechanical issue aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki and was unable to qualify.
In addition to the pending qualifying announcements regarding the two Pro classes, the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class will qualify on Saturday morning as originally scheduled.
The weekend schedule, though subject to change, can be found on the official series’ website at www.csbk.ca.
Friday, 09 August 2019 18:27 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
Event Name: Superbike Doubleheader Presented by BMW Motorrad
Dates: Friday, August 9th to Sunday, August 11th
Venue: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, ON
GPS co-ordinates are 44.055472, 78.678482
The 2019 Superbike Doubleheader presented by BMW Motorrad features Canada’s top motorcycle riders competing for the national Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship- the leading road racing superbike championship in the country. Racing in other national classes will include Pro Sport Bike, Amateur Bike, Amateur Superbike, and the Lightweight Sport Bike.
BMW Motorrad and Harley Davidson Canada welcome fans to experience the ultimate superbike race weekend with their Demo Rides. Visit their booths in the CTMP Marketplace to find out more.
The Jordan Szoke Extreme Show is an adrenaline-filled freestyle motocross event showcasing riders who perform jumps over a stretch of up to 75-feet!
Grab your popcorn and spend an evening under the stars watching motorcycle- themed films at the Harley Davidson Outdoor Movie Night Presented by the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival.
Friday, August 9th: 9:00 am - 4:10 pm
Saturday, August 10th: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, August 11th: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Advanced Discount Tickets – Available until August 7th
Weekend Super Tickets $50
General Camping (tent or pop-up trailer) $40
RV`s (or hard-bodied trailers) $60
At The Gate - After August 7th
Weekend Super Tickets $60
General Camping (tent or pop-up trailer) $50
RV`s (or hard-bodied trailers) $70
(see website for details and at-gate pricing)
Toll Free: 1-800-866-1072
Twitter & Instagram: @CTMPOfficial Hashtag:#CTMPLife
The Event At-A-Glance:
The Superbike Doubleheader Presented by BMW Motorrad returns to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park featuring the top motorcycle riders in Canada competing for the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.
Other national classes racing will include Pro Sport Bike, Amateur Bike, Amateur Sport Bike, and the Lightweight Sport Bike. Fans can also enjoy access to the team paddock areas and have the opportunity to meet and speak with the drivers during their Autograph Sessions.
Off-track, fans can watch the Jordan Szoke Extreme Show and the Harley Davidson Outdoor Movie Night Presented by the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival. A great selection of race souvenirs, merchandise, and more is located at the CTMP Merchandise Trailer in the Marketplace.
Camping At CTMP:
Experience world-class auto racing while enjoying the great outdoors and evenings sitting at your campfire gazing up at the stars. You’ll find all that and much more when you camp with us at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The park’s camping facilities can accommodate everything from tents and pop-up trailers to RV's. With the wide variety of locations available throughout the grounds, there is bound to be one to suit just about every taste – from a trackside spot, to open fields, to well-treed backwoods locations.
Camping rates vary from event to event. General Camping passes are good for tents and pop-up trailers, while RV Camping passes cover motorhomes and hard-bodied trailers.
Thursday, 01 August 2019 16:31 Published in News