The 2017 Schedule for the Mopar CSBK Canadian National motorcycle roadracing Championship series will for the first time include an event at Grand Bend Motorplex, June 8-11 next year. The event will be held on the 2.2 km long Technical track layout, one of the five possible road course configurations available at the popular Grand Bend facility.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to bring the Mopar CSBK National Tour to Grand Bend,” explains Track Owner Paul Spriet. “The Grand Bend road course works well for motorcycles and spectators, with few obstructions to concern racers and unobstructed views for spectators. We’ve been pleased with the success of the SOAR (Southern Ontario Associates of Racing) Regional Championships at Grand Bend, and look forward to providing an entertaining spectator package for the CSBK Nationals in 2017.”
The newest road course in Eastern Canada, Grand Bend Motorplex also has a well-established drag racing facility and oval track on the 400-acre facility. The drag strip has hosted the biggest drag race weekend in Eastern Canada, the Mopar Canadian Nationals, for the past 17 years.
Grand Bend Motorplex is located just 3 kilometers south of the town of Grand Bend, one of Ontario’s premier resort towns on the shores of Lake Huron. Grand Bend is a popular tourist location with beaches, restaurants, shops and hotels.
The Grand Bend round of the Mopar CSBK Series will start with a competitor Test Day on Thursday, June 8th, followed by the first day of Practice on Friday, June 9th. Saturday, June 10th will feature practice, race and Qualifying sessions, including the Dalton Timmis Insurance Superpole to establish the grid for Sunday’s Pro Superbike Feature race.
On Sunday, June 11th, the schedule opens with warm-up sessions and then continues with races in the afternoon for the Mopar Pro Superbike Feature class, Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike, Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike, Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec Series.
As well, organizers are considering adding a possible support event, in consideration is a program for more historic racers. Grand Bend National support class details will be announced once competitor response has been considered, early in the New Year.
Top Expert-level racer at Grand Bend in 2016 SOAR action was Sarnia, Ontario’s Will Hornblower, Champion in the Speedworkz Pro Superbike and Pro 600 Extreme classes on a Yamaha. Hornblower has reached the podium several times in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike National races on the CSBK National tour.
The rider to beat at the Mopar CSBK Nationals will be veteran Jordan Szoke of Lynden, ON, newly crowned BMW Motorrad Race Trophy World Champion. Szoke has earned the CSBK overall National crown 11 times, and is unbeaten in CSBK Feature race action over the past two seasons.