The newly-formed Classic Superbike Racing group will host their first-ever event at round two of the 2019 Mopar CSBK Superbike Nationals at Grand Bend Motorplex, June 7-9. The just-launched CSBR series, “dedicated to the preservation and racing of classic superbikes,” is focused on first-generation machinery from the late-1970s and early 1980s.
CSBR have races scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Grand Bend’s CSBK National. The series will use the 11-turn, 2.2 km long “technical layout” of the popular multi-use venue on Ontario’s “west coast,” just minutes from the southern shores of Lake Huron.
Support for the inaugural CSBR event will come from local, sister auto dealers Goderich Toyota and Goderich Honda. Trophies and prize monies will be awarded to the top three finishers, and a special award will be offered for the “most accurately preserved and raced Classic Superbike.”
Overall, the CSBR rules structure is aimed at street-based machinery produced between 1978 and 1983, with categories for middleweight, 750cc and the featured open class: 900cc to 1100cc. Specific details are available on their web site, classicsuperbikeracing.com.
If the debut event at Grand Bend with Mopar CSBK is a success, the Classic Superbikes have a commitment to take part in the big National series finale weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 9-11.
The Classic Superbike Racing group is headed by Marketing Director Dean Ruston and Technical Director Ben Gartner, both veteran members of the Canadian road racing community. Former Pro National racer Stuart Nodell will serve as the Classic Superbike Racing Series Co-Ordinator at each round.
“We believe that this is the right time for a specific series geared towards these classic superbikes,” explains Ruston. “There is lots of interest in these machines, as recent events in California at Sears Point and Philip Island in Australia illustrate.
“We have the 40th anniversary of Superbikes as the main National class in Canada coming up in 2020, so this is the right time to showcase the bikes that were the first step to our modern era of racing. Fans love these machines, and we have a group of dedicated competitors who love to race them.”
Long-time early-era Superbike supporter and ProStar Motorsports owner Gartner sees the CSBR series “as the right idea whose time has come. There are some great bikes out there, and more in development – we can find the parts, and support the class with expertise.”
The main National group for all Vintage competition in Canada, the Vintage Road Racing Association, are hosting a four round 2019 series for every class of classic machine, starting with May 31 to June 2 at Shannonville Motorsport Park, near Belleville, ON.
The CSBK modern bike National tour’s new Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike division is a guest class at the second VRRA Event of 2019 at Calabogie Motorsport Park, ON, south west of Ottawa, June 28-30.