The final, double header weekend of the 2017 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 18-20, will include invitational races for Lightweight class production sports motorcycles. This event is targeted at RACE series competitors in the Mopar Express Lane Lightweight regional racing category based at Shannonville, as well as sARL riders from the Atlantic region.
Sponsorship for the event will come from local racing supplier Bickle Racing, a long term supporter of small displacement competition. Owned by retired Pro competitor John Bickle, Bickle Racing offers a range of racer and rider-related services at each venue, as well as by courier, for leather I.D. and repair, tire warmers, racing gear and specific items such as rules-required rear facing rain lights and brake guards.
“We’re excited to get on board with Lightweight,” explained former Grand Prix class racer Bickle. “Everyone knows there will be a new category for these machines next year, so it will be good to get a start in terms of establishing the category with riders and fans. These bikes are unparalleled when it comes to developing young racing talent. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a great showcase, and we expect to see some great racing.”
The riders in the Bickle Racing Lightweight class at CTMP will practice with the Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec racers on Friday, the qualify and race independently with their own finals on Saturday and Sunday.
This Bickle Racing Lightweight field will include regular National Kawasaki 300 Ninja spec competitors, as well as Amateur racers aboard similar street machines modified for the track including Yamaha’s R3, the various 390cc KTM singles, Honda CBR250 and 300R models, older Kawasaki 250s, and other machines by application.
Based on positive feedback for the class from the local Society of the Atlantic Racing League races at Atlantic Motorsport Park at the Honda Atlantic National earlier in the month in Nova Scotia, a decision was made to consider Lightweight events at the traditional CTMP series finale at “old Mosport.”
The two races will offer trophies and prizes, but no points toward any specific Regional division.
In 2016, the quickest lap of 4.03 km long Canadian Tire Motorsport Park set by a Lightweight category machine in National action was eventual Ninja Series Champ Brandon Pemberton of Windsor, NS, at 1:42.16 aboard a Pro Cycle Kawasaki 300cc spec racer. This equates to an average of 142.502 kilometers per hour for the twin cylinder, 38 horsepower Kawasaki.
For comparison’s sake, the quickest lap of the Mopar CSBK weekend was reigning National Overall Champion Jordan Szoke of Lynden, ON, aboard a Motovan BMW S1000RR Superbike with a tour of the ten turns of 1:21.021. Szoke’s best lap was turned at an average of 179.731 kph with the four-cylinder, 190 horsepower BMW.