Cyr continues perfect run in Amateur ranks at Grand Bend

While Alex Dumas got plenty of attention for his impressive performance atop the feature class, another young Quebecois rider was continuing a remarkable run of his own at the second round of the Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship.

Mavrick Cyr stayed perfect in the amateur classes on Sunday, winning both the AIM Insurance Amateur Superbike and Scorpion EXO Amateur Sport Bike races to headline the support categories at the Grand Bend Motorplex. 

The 18-year-old Rizzin Racing Triumph rider would win comfortably in light rain for the Superbike race, putting over six seconds between himself and rival Andrew Cooney at the line as he extends his championship lead to 12 points.

Cooney would limit the damage in second aboard his Fast Company Honda, though it’s hardly the expectation many had after Cooney entered the season as the overwhelming title favourite, a mantle Cyr has snatched in convincing fashion. 

Completing the podium in the wet conditions was west-coast star Philip Degama-Blanchet, who pressured Cooney right to the end for Yamaha but came up just 0.387 seconds short of the runner-up spot.

As for the Scorpion EXO Amateur Sport Bike race, it was a much closer battle for Cyr to escape with his streak intact, besting Cooney by 0.833 seconds to extend his title grasp to a more comfortable 24 points in that category.

Cooney’s performance will at least move him to second after a disappointing first race at Shannonville, setting the duo up for a pair of championship battles across the final five races in each class.

Narrowly robbing Degama-Blanchet of another podium was local teenager Bryce DeBoer, as the reigning Amateur Lightweight champion scored his first national middleweight podium aboard his own Yamaha to move into third in the overall championship.

As for the current state of the Super Sonic Race School Amateur Lightweight class, it was a battle of the Vincent’s in the second race of the round two doubleheader, with Vincent Wilson fending off a last-lap move from Vincent Lalande to win by 0.024 seconds.

Wilson and Lalande waged war for much of the race in a back-and-forth battle, though Lalande will still exit with a 28-point advantage aboard his SpeedFactory67 Kawasaki thanks to a round one DNF for Wilson.

Fellow teenager Jack Beaudry again completed the podium, keeping his title hopes alive for at least another weekend as he carries a 45-point deficit to Lalande into round three on the east coast at Atlantic Motorsport Park – Wilson’s home venue.

Ryan Vanderputten took the overall victory in the EBC Brakes Lightweight Pro/Am, his third victory in four races to climb to within ten points of runner-up Stacey Nesbitt in the championship.

Both traded leads early on with the amateur Lalande before separating from the pack in the late stages, though Vanderputten managed to make his final move stick by just 0.186 seconds as Nesbitt settled for second to retain her pro title lead.

Lalande would take the overall third-place finish but an amateur division victory, cruising clear of next amateur Justin Marshall to move himself into second in his championship fight, 14 points adrift of third-best amateur and points leader Wilson. 

Cyr’s performances will also push him marginally clear of the rest of the amateur riders in the fight for the Surron Electric Rider Award, scoring his second consecutive fastest lap in the AIM Insurance Amateur Superbike class to push himself to 29% of the maximum season result. 

Full results from the amateur class races at Grand Bend can be found on the series’ official website at csbk.ca.