Young, Dumas on top in FP3 ahead of Sunday’s race at Shannonville

The lead-up to race two of the Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship is returning to familiar territory on Sunday, as Ben Young narrowly edged race one winner Alex Dumas in FP3 at Shannonville Motorsport Park.

Dumas scored a rare runaway victory on Saturday after original race leader Sam Guerin crashed out, with Young settling for a lonely second in the rain. The defending champion has given Dumas no such breathing room in the dry, however, putting in a late lap of 1:05.811 to take the top spot from Dumas.

The Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW rider was back aboard his primary ‘A’ dry bike on Sunday after contesting Saturday aboard his ‘B’ rain machine, though he needed to squeeze everything out of it to go just 0.062 seconds faster than the Purple Skull Brewing/Liqui Moly Suzuki of Dumas.

Joining them in the top three late in the session was Jordan Szoke, who completed only five laps but made the last pair of them count to jump into the podium pace – albeit a distant full-second off the top two. 

The LDS Consultants Kawasaki rider is still banged up from his rare race one crash, but is expected to be at the front regardless when race two kicks off on Sunday afternoon.

Looking to avenge his Saturday heartbreak will be Guerin, who went fourth-fastest in the morning practice for the EFC Group BMW team as he eyes a return to at least the podium – if not a debut pro victory. 

Tomas Casas followed up his podium return on Saturday by going fifth-fastest, completing the top five for Parts Canada Yamaha ahead of Trevor Daley in sixth, who came up just short in his battle with Casas for the final podium spot for OneSpeed Suzuki.

Race one winner Connor Campbell topped FP3 in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, narrowly out-pacing Matt Simpson as he looks for the weekend sweep on Sunday.

Campbell put his B&T MacFarlane/Kubota Kawasaki in the top spot behind a time of 1:09.857, only 0.028 seconds faster than Simpson aboard his Blackstock Motorsports Yamaha. 

Rookie Alex Michel wound up third-fastest for SpeedFactory67 Kawasaki, one spot ahead of Saturday runner-up Alex Coelho on his Lean Angle Motorsports Kawasaki. 

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