The final qualifying sessions of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship's opening round wrapped up at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Saturday, with youngsters Jake LeClair and Tomas Casas headlining the action.
LeClair, 17, won the inaugural race of the all new Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike class after capturing pole position earlier in the day, as he propelled his way to a dominant victory in what was a shortened race.
The Yamaha YZF-R3 rider out of Blackstock, ON grabbed the initial holeshot and was well on his way to the win before a pair of separate incidents brought out the red flag. A restart did little to slow LeClair down, as he once again grabbed the holeshot and went on to win by over three seconds despite what ended up being only a four-lap race.
"I knew I could run out front," said a confident LeClair. "I got a good start, and from there just tried to ride my own race and bring it home."
The 19-year old from Peterborough, ON edged Laval, QC's Sebastien Tremblay by just over half a second, with Hamilton, ON's David MacKay securing third. Both Tremblay and MacKay are aboard Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja machines.
"We've had a really good start so far. The bike's been great, and the Dunlop tires have been amazing," Casas said. "Our goal is just to try and defend the title and have some fun, so hopefully we can put on a show for everyone [in the race] tomorrow."
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike saw pole position go to Ajax, ON's Michael Van Ek, who cleared second place finisher Dave Natale (Markham, ON) by just over half a second. Natale topped the morning practice aboard his Aprilia RSV4RR but was unable to overcome the BMW S1000RR of Van Ek in the afternoon.
Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike will see Issoudun, QC's Danny Cayer start from the front on Sunday, after outpacing Mirabel, QC rider Luc LaBranche by just over half a second. Both riders were aboard Yamaha YZF-R6 machines. Also notable was youngster Nicolas Meunier, who qualified in fourth as the 15-year old out of Verdun, QC makes the jump to Sport Bike this season.
Full results – including those of Mopar Pro Superbike qualifying and SuperPole – can be found on the official series website at www.csbk.ca.