Top guns from the Mopar CSBK Superbike tour will be out in force this weekend at the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto, taking part in the 2019 Motorcycle Show Toronto. The National roadracing series will have a display at the Show, beside the booth for Dunlop spec tire supplier Pro6 Cycle.
On Friday, February 15, the show is open from noon until 9 PM, and the Mopar CSBK Booth will feature the unveiling of a just completed, 2019 model 1000cc Pro Superbike Feature class race bike. Friday night at the Show also includes SHE RIDES, when women get half price admission and are eligible to participate in a female-only draw for a new Kawasaki Versys-X 300 motorcycle.
The Show opens at 10 AM on Saturday, February 16, and at noon several of the top races from the Mopar CSBK tour will be on the MotoTalk stage signing autographs and meeting fans in an event hosted by the official voice of the series, Frank Wood. Among the stars schedule to visit with Frank on the stage are:
Jordan Szoke, reigning overall National roadracing Champion, has taken the number one plate for the Pro Superbike Feature class 13 times during the past 20 seasons. After eight very successful seasons with BMW, Mopar Express Lane backed Szoke will line up as a works-supported Kawasaki pilot at the Shannonville Motorsport Park season opener, May 17-19. The Szoke-Ninja pairing has already taken 5 National titles, including Lynden, ON-based Szoke’s first in his rookie Superbike campaign back in 1998.
Collingwood’s Ben Young, runner up to Szoke in the final points standings in 2018, is now the leader for BMW Motorrad’s effort with the S1000RR. Backed by Scot-build, Young earned his first career Superbike win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last August, pushing the Championship battle to the final race of the season.
Michael Leon, fifth overall in 2018 riding for the Royal Distributing BMW effort, using machinery built at Pro6 Cycle. Montreal-based Leon has been a long-time feature on the CSBK Tour, competing in most of the classes offered at the Nationals.
Tomas Casas is the twice and reigning Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike National Champion, riding Yamaha YZF-R6 equipment in the middleweight National class. Casas, from Peterborough, has climbed through the ranks of the CSBK Series, starting at a tender age in the Honda CBR125R Challenge series. Yamaha Canada will support the Casas program with an R1 for the Feature class in 2019, building on the eighth overall Casas earned with his 600cc equipment against the big bikes last year.
Trevor Daley rejoined the National tour last year, expecting to compete in a few selected events. “T-Rev” ended up racing all the rounds, and placing a strong fourth in the final rankings. The Mississauga shop owner will lead the Suzuki Canada program in 2019, with support from Parts Canada. Famed tuner Scott Miller will support the effort from his Fast Company shop in Waterloo.
The Lakeshore-based show winds up on Sunday, with hours of 10 AM to 5 PM.
The Mopar CSBK Tour next attends the final event of the winter show season, the Montreal Motorcycle Show, at the Palais des congress, February 22-24. The CSBK crew will be based in the Liqui Moly booth in Montreal.