Young tops FP2 ahead of race one on Saturday

Ben Young will remain at the top heading into race one of the Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship’s second round on Saturday, leading FP2 in the GP Bikes Pro Superbike class at the Grand Bend Motorplex.

The pole-sitter for both of this weekend’s feature races, Young wasted little time putting himself at the front of the morning warm-up, immediately entering the low 1:04 lap times aboard his Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW.

Most of the field would stay in that range for the first half of the session before the sun began to shine in the final 15 minutes, increasing the track temperature and allowing Young to inch his way down to a best lap of 1:03.104.

That was briefly topped by rival Alex Dumas in the final moments as he appeared to have closed the gap dramatically entering race one, but the Purple Skull Brewing/Liqui Moly Suzuki rider had his final lap deleted for a track limits infringement, promoting Young back to the top by a comfortable 0.446 second margin.

Dumas would still settle for second-fastest as he eyes another battle with Young this afternoon, though he won’t be alone as a pair of local riders look to score their first pro national victory.

Trevor Dion will be one of them, going third-fastest in FP2 and just 0.132 seconds off Dumas, as he appears to have fixed the shifting issues that sidelined his LDS Consultants Kawasaki for most of Q2 and relegated him to seventh on the grid.

The other will be second-fastest qualifier Chris Pletsch, who went only seventh in the morning warm-up ahead of his GP Bikes Pro Superbike debut for the Stratford Cycle Centre Honda team.

Rounding out the top-five in FP2 were the pair of third-place finishers from round one, as Jordan Szoke was the only other rider to dip into the 1:03 lap times aboard his own LDS Consultants Kawasaki, putting both teammates in the top-four.

Tomas Casas was just one place behind him, producing a time of 1:04.250 on his Parts Canada Yamaha as he eyes another podium this afternoon in Grand Bend. 

Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike pole-sitter David MacKay also topped his morning warm-up, putting the ODH Snow City Cycle Kawasaki just 0.085 seconds clear of Matt Simpson thanks to a late time of 1:05.614. 

Simpson crashed midway through the session but confirmed both he and his Blackstock Motorsports Yamaha would be good to go in race one on Saturday, as he aims to build keep his championship lead over home favourite MacKay.

Sebastian Tremblay would settle for third fastest in his official morning Sport Bike session but managed to better everybody’s time in Pro Superbike practice, using the extra time to adjust to his new Turcotte Performance Suzuki as he recorded a top lap of 1:05.015, marginally faster than the improved time MacKay also produced.

Full results from the morning practice sessions can be found on the series’ official website at csbk.ca.