The Canadian National Superbike Championship Series wrapped up at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, with the only complete series Double Header event of the year. Ten National races over two days, as well as special Dunlop supersoft Qualifying tires for Friday’s Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole session, meant it was a busy weekend for teams and CSBK Technical staff.
National staff checked horsepower with the Brooklin Cycle Racing official series Dynojet Dyno, weighed bikes post session on the official scales, and also checked tires as well as fuel samples after practice, qualifying and races.
Mopar Pro Superbike Feature
After Sunday’s ultra close final Pro Superbike Feature race of 2018, the top finishers “spun the drum” on the Official Series Dynojet Dyno. Maximum allowable power post race is 200, and the series has seen several machines in the 190 plus range during 2018.
The victorious Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja of Kenny Riedmann recorded 190.98 horsepower, while the second placed (by .12 of a second) BMW S1000RR did even better at 192.74. Samuel Trepanier had struggled with technical issues for much of the weekend but after his charge through the field to net third on Sunday, his BMW registered a strong 193.41 horsepower.
Newly crowned Canadian National Superbike Champ Jordan Szoke opted to borrow a back-up engine from the Young squad for Sunday’s race, and held third for much of the race before ending up fourth when Trepanier and Michael Leon caught the lead trio late in the race. After the final 2018 National event, Szoke’s title winning BMW produced 184.41 horsepower.
Right after Saturday’s race six, Young’s victorious BMW measured at 195.9 horsepower on the rear wheel Dyno, while second placed Riedmann’s Ninja measured at 194.53 and final podium placed Szoke netted a run at 190.68.
Following Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole on Friday, August 10, the top runners with the special yellow sidewall rear Dunlops were at the Dyno for a performance review. Pole sitter Young recorded a stout 194.48 horsepower, while second fastest Szoke ran at 191.82. Third best Riedmann’s Kawasaki registered 191.78, with fourth qualifier Trepanier unhappy with his 182.43 performance. The fifth-quickest BMW of “Jammin’ Jeff” Williams made a run of 191.77 following his “Q” outing.
Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike
Following Friday’s entertaining Qualifying for Pro Sport Bike, pole sitter Mitch Card’s Fast Company Yamaha YZF-R6 went to weigh-in, and registered a low for the class at 358 pounds. Previous race winner Sebastien Tremblay was fourth on his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, and measured at 359, while the third overall Honda CBR600RR of East Coast ace Jacob Shaw-O’Leary presented at 364 pounds. Louie Raffa’s fifth placed Honda registered 364 pounds, too.
Champion-elect “T.V. Tommy” Casas was second fastest on his Yamaha YZF-R6, .184 behind arch-rival Card, and tipped the scales at 360 pounds.
In Saturday’s National opener for the Pro Sport Bike category, winner and now Champ (x 2!) Casas registered 117.65 horsepower. Raffa’s Honda was impressive at 120.94 horsepower, still safely under the class limit of 125, and David McKay’s Kawasaki set a standard of 118.56 horsepower.
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike
After a season when the middleweight machines often threatened the bigger displacement racers at the tighter venues, Amateur Superbike at “old Mosport” featured the big bikes demonstrating the value of 1000cc’s of displacement.
Following qualifying on Friday, August 10, pole sitter Alex Cleary went to tech where his Suzuki GSX-R1000 measured at 394 pounds. The Yamaha YZF-R1 of Luc Labranche was second quickest and measured at an even 400 pounds. Pascal Bastien’s Yamaha YZF-R1 was third fastest and weighed in at 399 pounds, with the fourth best BMW S1000RR of Ivan Babic winding up at 395 pounds. The high weight for the event belonged to the fifth overall qualifier, Serge Perras, when his BMW measured at 415 pounds.
Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike
After completing the final race of their 2018 campaign, the top finishers in Amateur Sport Bike were weighed, and the winning Yamaha YZF-R6 of Luc Labranche measured at 373 pounds, while second place finisher Christian Allard registered 378 pounds, including fuel, with his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja. Third placed Nicolas “Nico” Meunier’s Kawasaki weighed 374 pounds, while the fourth placed Suzuki GSX-R600 of Max Kathron came in at 373 pounds. Lightest of the front runners was the fifth placed Michael Keene Kawasaki at 359 pounds, post race.
In Amateur Sport Bike Qualifying on Friday afternoon, Cayer was fastest with his Yamaha YZF-R6, and post session measured 112.9 horsepower on the Dynojet Dyno. Second fastest Meunier’s Ninja registered 114.9 horsepower, while Luc Labranche’s well-developed Yamaha YZF-R6 registered 110.3 official Dynojet certified horsepower.
Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike
After Saturday’s race nine, surprise rookie National race winner Keegan Gaudet headed to Tech with his borrowed Honda CBR500RR twin, a bike that weighs more and is allowed to put out additional power when compared to other machines in the first-year category. The Honda registered 41.53 horsepower, well under the CBR500R limit of 45.
The runner-up Kawasaki Ninja 400 of Connor Campbell put out 40.89 horsepower, running with inlet restrictors mandated by the series for the brand new Kaw. Series rookie Jason Colangelo completed the podium with a Yamaha YZF-R3, making for three brands in the top, three, and his borrowed bike made 39.67 horsepower.
Following Saturday morning’s Qualifying session for the final pair of Amateur Lightweight races, all the bikes entered head to Technical Inspection behind the CTMP Hot pit for a review of weights and measures. Championship leader Jake LeClair was fastest, and his Yamaha YZF-R3 weighed in at 331 pounds, safely over the mandated minimum of 320 pounds, LeClair’s Yamaha registered 40.01 horsepower, below the maximum allowed output of 42.
The Yamaha of Championship contender and St-Eustache victor Alex Berthiaume was second fastest, .3 behind Leclair, and weighed 324 pounds and put out 40.84 horsepower. Campbell’s third best new Kawasaki 400 came in at 332 pounds, with a strong 41.37 horsepower Dyno run.
Fourth best lap time in “Q” belonged to guest rider and VRRA ace Colangelo on the “video display build” BCR Yamaha, with a weight of 328 pounds and 39.7 horsepower. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 of Ryan White was fifth, registering 327 pounds and 37.02 horsepower.
Four racers received grid penalties for coming in under weight after Qualifying, out of a session with 25 machines that set lap times. In the Bickle Invitational Lightweight Super Sport class where the National rules were not in place, the lightest machine post-Q was the ex-Moto America Yamaha YZF-R3 of Hall of Famer Gary McKinnon of Nova Scotia at 320 pounds.