The very busy Saturday, January 7 program at the International Motorcycle SuperShow near Toronto’s Pearson airport included the Mopar CSBK racer autograph session at the Dalton Timmis Insurance area in the main Show Hall. Dalton Timmis Insurance are the presenting sponsor of the annual three day SuperShow, as well as a major backer of the Mopar CSBK Series with their SuperPole and video coverage programs.
Attending the autograph signing were Louie Raffa, Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike racer with Honda as well as Mopar Pro Superbike racers Kenny Riedmann (Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja), Ben Young (Hindle BMW S1000RR), Michael Leon (Royal Distributing BMW S1000RR) and Derrick Whyte (Snow City Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja).
The Pro competitors chatted with fans, took photos, signed autographs and bench raced for about an hour and a half in the Dalton Timmis Insurance area.
The next opportunity to meet the front runners of Canadian motorcycle road racing will come February 17-19 at the Toronto Motorcycle Show, presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance, at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place, just North of Lake Ontario.
At the SuperShow, several racers visited the huge event to check in with their 2017 plans. Veteran Pro Jeff Williams of Kingston, ON., confirmed the rumour that he had purchased a BMW S1000RR to run in the 2017 Mopar CSBK Nationals. Williams showed well in a one-off at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last August aboard one of John Sharrard’s Accelerated Technologies Honda CBR1000RR Superbikes.
Meanwhile, rumours continue to build surrounding the return to action of former Pro Superbike National Feature winner Andrew Nelson, currently a staffer with Bell helmets distributor Kimpex Accessories of Drummondville, Quebec. The Ottawa-area’s Nelson, son of fast 1980s Pro father Richard, last raced for BMW with a S1000RR Superbike in 2012.
Visiting with friends and rivals at the SuperShow, Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike front runner Tomas Casas of Peterborough, ON, expects to continue in the middleweight division but has yet to finalize his complete program for 2017.
Casas will likely continue to compete with the VRRA in Vintage action during 2017, including the Canadian 150th anniversary event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on August 11-13, including a celebration of the only Canadian Grand Prix world round, held at the same venue (then called Mosport Park) in 1967.
The Mopar CSBK 2017 tour finishes up at the same venue, CTMP, one week later, August 18-20, for the traditional season-ending Double Header weekend.
Most of the racers on hand, including famous brothers Marco and Pedro Sousa, checked in with Dunlop racer tire distributor Pro 6 Cycle, for the latest data surrounding spec tire choices for the 2017 Nationals.