Boyer doubles up, Morrison ends Beattie’s run in support races on Saturday

The support classes produced plenty of intrigue on Saturday at RAD Torque Raceway, as a number of new faces starred in the third round of the Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship.

Serge Boyer was the feature name of the day, winning both the AIM Insurance Amateur Superbike and EBC Brakes Amateur Sport Bike races in Edmonton.

His Superbike victory – Boyer’s first of the season – was pivotal for his championship hopes, rocketing him from tenth to fifth in the standings behind a comfortable six-second victory over Goran Radisic.

It was an equally crucial result for Radisic, however, who extends his championship lead to 22 points approaching the halfway point of the season, earning another podium for the PMR BMW team.

Local rider Shawn Lee completed the podium for the first time in his national career, though it came at the expense of fellow Alberta native Ryan Sunderman who failed to finish after qualifying on pole position and running at the front early on.

It was a difficult day for championship contender Tyler Brewer, who started second but could only salvage sixth as his deficit to Radisic nearly doubled on Saturday.

Boyer’s other victory on the day was even more dominant, as he cruised to a Sport Bike win by over 15 seconds from pole-sitter Denis Giguère. 

Both riders were penalized for jump start penalties, but it proved inconsequential for Giguère as he had just enough of an advantage to retain second over Laurent Laliberté-Girard.

Laliberté-Girard would keep his title hopes in decent shape with the podium, however, falling to 13 points behind Boyer after entering with only a single-point deficit.

Ryan Beattie’s perfect run in the Super Sonic Road Race School Pro-AM Lightweight class was ended on Saturday, as local 14-year-old Treston Morrison snatched his first career national victory in his CSBK debut.

Beattie led for majority of the contest before Morrison made a spectacular pass around the outside of turn six, holding off the 15-year-old Beattie the rest of the way in what was one of the youngest duels in series history between the two amateurs.

However, Beattie’s second-place finish would still do wonders for his championship bid, extending his lead to 58 points over Bailie Ives in the amateur split.

Third on-track but finishing as the pro winner was championship leader Gary McKinnon, who bested Toni Sharpless and local rider Ian Wall to complete the lead trio of pros. The victory extends McKinnon’s advantage to 39 points in the pro split over Sharpless ahead of race two on Sunday.

There was a significant change in the Importations Thibault Pro-AM Twins ranks as well, as Vincent Wilson crashed out of the amateur lead and was injured in turn one, seeing his perfect run in the class come to an end.

Wilson was battling with pro rider and overall leader Jodi Christie when he fell, bringing out the red flag. Thankfully, Wilson is expected to make a full recovery.

Christie would win the restarted battle by just 0.570 seconds over Dallas Reynolds, marking Christie’s first national victory in nine years as the 2014 Superbike champion makes a wildcard return at RAD Torque.

Wilson’s absence meant Sebastian Silva would earn his first career national victory in the amateur split, fending off local debutant Nima Nassirian for the win as Silva takes a one-point championship lead over Wilson.

Mack Weil added another victory in the Niagara Race Crafters Ninja ZX-4RR Cup, extending his championship advantage to 41 points for the MotorcycleCourse team.

The support classes will return to the track on Sunday for the second half of their doubleheaders, with the afternoon action getting underway at 1 pm local time (3 pm ET).

Full results can be found here.