Meunier leads BCR Pro Rookie of the Year standings, Chilton headlines Hard Charger Award entering CTMP finale

The BMW Motorrad Superbike Doubleheader weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will have plenty on the line entering the season finale, with titles still up for grabs in all five Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship classes. 

However, a pair of classes will also have additional hardware to be handed out as the 2019 season draws to a close, with exciting battles ahead in the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year fight as well as the Parts Canada Hard Charger standings. 

The former, awarded since 2000, is given to the top rookie rider in strictly the Mopar Pro Superbike feature class. Competitors must not have completed more than four races the previous season or started more than ten Pro races in their career, either in Canada or internationally. 

Currently sitting atop the award standings entering CTMP is 17-year old Verdun, QC phenom Nicolas Meunier, who left round four with a ten-point lead and 73 points overall in his first year as a Pro.

Meunier could have a shot at history should he hold on to claim the award, as the Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R rider would be just the seventh rider to ever win Rookie of the Year at age 17 or younger, and the first since Tomas Casas in 2015. 

The youngster is coming off a career-best finish of eighth in race on at Atlantic Motorsport Park, a result that moved him into ninth overall, but elected not to race in changing conditions in race two and as a result saw his lead shrink over fellow Rookie rival Vivian Matthews.

Matthews was able to take advantage of a smaller field, scoring his best Pro result in ninth, and as such will head to CTMP trailing Meunier by just ten points aboard his Windmill Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1. The Ottawa, ON native should have a massive horsepower advantage over Meunier at the fastest circuit on the calendar, but will have the disadvantage of playing from behind in the overall standings. 

Rounding out the top-three in the award standings is Meunier’s Turcotte Performance Kawasaki teammate, Vincent Levillian, who enters the finale with 53 points and an even 20 behind his younger counterpart. 

The Montreal, QC native has had an inconsistent campaign, scoring finishes of tenth and ninth in rounds one and four, respectively, but also recording zero points in a pair of contests to see his deficit increase late in the season. 

As for the Parts Canada Hard Charger Award, the second season of the trophy has been much more close-knit than its introductory season a year ago, with Andy Chilton leading by two points entering the final round.

Points are awarded to the top-three Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike riders who improve the most from their qualifying time to best race time in each round, with the catch being that any previous winners can not finish first again, instead being eligible for only second and third-place points.

Chilton, riding a Honda CBR600RR out of Senneville, QC, finished second in each of the first two rounds before making the biggest improvement in round three, giving himself seven points entering the season-ending doubleheader, a number that already ties the award-winning total from 2018. 

He could come under pressure from fellow Honda rider Chris Dopke, however, as the Cambridge, ON rider has made a late push to give himself five points, scoring a victory in round two and a second-place finish in round four. 

The full Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year standings can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca, while the Parts Canada Hard Charger standings will be uploaded following the CTMP doubleheader.