Young slightly faster than Dumas through FP1 at CTMP

Championship leader Ben Young will have a slight upper hand on rival Alex Dumas entering BS Battery qualifying on Friday, narrowly pacing Friday’s FP1 session ahead of the Pro Superbike tripleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Young and Dumas traded places throughout the morning practice, with the Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW rider leading early on behind a 1:21.981 lap time. It was then Dumas’ turn to lead for majority of the session, before the two traded fast laps in the last five minutes, with Young ultimately getting the last laugh with a time of 1:20.786 – only 0.274 seconds off the outright lap record. 

That stands just marginally clear of his title rival entering afternoon qualifying, with Dumas only +0.089 seconds slower aboard his Liqui Moly/Fast School Suzuki. The defending champion needs to overcome that deficit and then some this weekend, as he looks to close his 31-point gap to Young atop the feature class standings.

The two will return to battle it out not just for the BS Battery Pole Position this afternoon, but also for the season-long BS Battery Pole Award, where Young carries a two-point advantage over Dumas. Out-qualifying him in any fashion would seal the award and the extra $2000 prize, though Dumas holds the award tiebreaker should he find himself ahead of Young after the Q2 session.

Behind the regular rivals was the familiar face of Trevor Daley, who ran inside the top-two for much of the session before eventually falling slightly behind Dumas, settling for the third-fastest mark at a time of 1:22.298 aboard his OneSpeed Suzuki.

With the return to CTMP and with it the expanded 4-3-4 grids (as opposed to the usual 3-2-3), the battle for a final front-row spot will also be interesting to watch on Friday, with Sebastien Tremblay taking the early advantage aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki.

Tremblay quietly ran inside the top-six for almost the entire session before placing himself fourth in the end, just ahead of Steven Nickerson in fifth. The return to CSBK has so far been good for Nickerson, who will head into qualifying with top-five pace aboard his DeWildt Powersports Honda.

He wasn’t the only returning rider to hit the track on Friday morning, however, as Tomas Casas and Kenny Riedmann both made their much-anticipated 2022 debuts at the final round, though they find themselves at opposite ends of the timesheets heading into Q1.

Casas briefly ran in the top-four before winding up sixth-fastest aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha, just a half-second off the front row. As for Riedmann, the Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW rider continues to learn his new machine while also shaking off some of his own rust, only going 16th fastest in his first CSBK action since 2020.

Another rider needing to find some extra pace this afternoon will be Rennie Scaysbrook, who turned a wheel around CTMP for the first time in his career as he debuts his factory-backed Aprilia machine.

The Australian star sat outside the top-20 for much of the session but began to find meaningful pace near the end of FP1, climbing to 19th-fastest and just under two seconds outside the top ten.

The grid will return for Q1 and the first half of qualifying at roughly 1:00 pm ET, before the top-ten move on to the BS Battery Q2 shootout at roughly 2:30 pm ET, featuring the return of the Dunlop “Q” tire.

The full schedule for Friday’s action can be found on the series’ official website.

Full session results from Friday morning's Superbike practice session can be found here.