Saturday at the Palais des Congres de Montreal was a busy day for the annual downtown Motorcycle Show, and many of the stars of the Mopar CSBK Championship Series were on-hand at the Liqui Moly booth. With National race machines displayed throughout the Salons de la Moto, it was a great opportunity for fans to meet several top National competitors.
Reigning overall Canadian National Champ and 2020 number one plate holder Ben Young of Collingwood, ON, was busy signing his mega poster, also chatting with fans of the BMW Motorrad brand that support his Scot-Build racing program.
“This isn’t my first time in Montreal, and it’s something we look forward to every February,” explained “Braveheart.”
” The fans, the support, the sheer number of people on hand make this a special event, and really underlines the enthusiasm for bike sport, and motorsport, in Quebec.”
Mississauga, ON’s Trevor Daley’s recently completed new Suzuki GSX-R1000 racer was showcased in the official booth, and Daley is ready to take advantage of his ever-strengthening works connections with the OneSpeed-built GSX-R brand once the tour starts at Shannonville, May 21-24.
“Ben and I have already tested this year at Jennings, and I’m pleased with my new chassis – I think my bike is already better than at any time in 2019,” started “T-Rev.”
“This will be my second year with the new Suzuki, and we should be ready for the start of the season; getting a set-up for Shannonville will be so important with the 40th anniversary event coming up at the end of the season in September.”
Tomas Casas will lead Yamaha Motor Canada’s Superbike effort in 2020, with his Parts Canada backed YZF-R1 1000cc racer. For the past few seasons, Casas has focused on the middleweight Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike series, earning that National title twice.
“We’re here to support the new round at Circuit ICAR,” explained Peterborough-based “T.V. Tommy” of his Montreal Bike Show trip. “ICAR comes right in the middle of the season on July 17-19, so it will be crucial to mounting a charge to the title. We’re all after Ben’s number one plate, and we expect the Quebec round to be crucial before we head out east for our yearly trip to Shubenacadie.
“I’ve never raced at ICAR, but I was there for the National a decade ago. I went with my family to buy my first CBR125R race bike, so that I could start competing in the National Championships as an Amateur.”
The annual Montreal Motorcycle Show wraps up on Sunday, March 1, open from 10AM to 5 PM.