The first Canadian Superbike National Champion

Mississauga, Ontario’s George Morin made history with Kawasaki at Shannonville in 1980

Forty years ago, on September 19-21, 1980, Shannonville Motorsport Park held their first-ever CMA National motorcycle road racing championship round at the former Nelson International Raceway.  The fall S.M.P. event was the second and final weekend in the National Championships, and for the first time, a Superbike racer could potentially take the overall title and coveted Number One plate.

At the 1980 National opener in Edmonton in June, George Morin had taken the victory in the Superbike category, with many of his potential adversaries suffering a range of problems and challenges.  

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VRRA at Shannonville Motorsport Park

The Vintage Road Racing Association held their sole event of the 2020 season at Shannonville Motorsport Park, September 4-6, with primary support coming from Westex Coatings. The VRRA event at SMP was spectator limited due to ongoing COVID-19 pandemic concerns. 

The first race of the event was Friday’s two-hour Endurance race, won by the middleweight Blackstock Motorsports Yamaha FZR600 team Ludicrous Speed, ridden by VRRA’s Competition Coordinator, Kirby Crosby, and sometimes CSBK Tech staffer Darrell Cooney.  Both riders competed with RACE in Canada in the late 1980s.

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