The War Lord returns… After a 2 plus year lay off Frank Trombino makes his triumphant return to the Mopar Canadian National Road Racing series (CSBK). “I have missed racing so much I just had to find a way back to this series, we ran some regional races last year at SOAR with the ProStar Motorsports Hondas and I loved being back on the bikes” said Frank. Already having had time at the Grand Bend facility racing the SOAR regional series onboard the ProStar Honda CBR1000RR and the CBR600RR’s at the end of 2016 helped Frank and the team get up to speed quickly. The team had very little time on the Dunlop spec tires and were at a small disadvantage to the series regulars who have tested and raced on them already this year, but fortunately Frank’s pace was fast as soon as he entered the track, basic set up was close and the motorcycles and the Dunlop tires worked great together!
The Liqui Moly Pro Sport bike Qualifying, with a fresh set of Medium compound Dunlops on the ProStar Motorsports/WHITEGOLD Financial Honda CBR600RR and a slight set up change we were off for the 20 minute “Q” session! Both Tomas Casas and David MacKay were really on the gas right away with their fast laps being mid high 5’s for MacKay and a blistering 5 dead for Casas… Though Trombino’s early laps were close with a high 1:05’s but short on what a pole lap would be, more speed was needed, after a quick stop in the pits Frank gathered his thoughts put his head down and rattled off a low 1:05! right on Casas pace and then snatched the pole with a great lap of 1:04:989 the only 600 in the 4 second range! A fantastic result for Frank and the team.
The MOPAR/CSBK Pro Superbike Qualifying, Frank was again onboard the ProStar Motorsports/WHITEGOLD Financial Honda CBR1000RR, with all the competition on current equipment Frank and the team went into this event as clear underdogs. “Our goal was not to embarrass ourselves, put on a good show for the sponsor and fans and hope for the best” stated Frank. Qualifying in the Dalton Timmis Insurance sponsored pole position bonus was exciting, “we had a fresh set of Medium Dunlops on the bike and our plan was to get Frank into a solid mid 1:04 lap time in the first part of the 25min segment as quickly as he could, that done we would get him and the bike back to the Hot pit, change to the fresh rear and wait for a shot at the Dalton Timmis Pole”with that going as planned the 15 minute session for the fast 10 was tense and exciting and the end result seeing Frank qualified 4th with a best lap of 1:03:943, one of only 4 bikes in the 1:03’s a great effort by Frank and the Team! With qualifying set for Sunday’s races Frank had a pole for the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike and 4th fastest qualifying lap and a row 2 start for the Mopar Superbike Feature.
Once the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike race was restarted (after the initial start was red flagged) and under way Frank with a decent start found himself in 3rd place heading down the back straight for the first time but quickly passed David MacKay heading on to the front straight away, then making a solid and somewhat spectacular pass on young Tommy Casas for the lead on the beginning of the second lap “the bike was planted, it would do what I wanted it to do, I saw a chance to pass Tommy for the lead and took it, he rides really nice and smooth a solid young rider. Once by I just put my head down and pushed … not over my head just a solid fast pace hoping it was enough to break away if possible” the balance of the race went smooth and without incident Frank was able to take a commanding 4 second lead and cruised home for the victory.
Starting on the second row of the Mopar Superbike Feature race Frank could see a clear path to the lead! that was the plan but not the result! A “grabby” clutch meant a good start was impossible instead a rather quick trip backwards and when all was said and done Frank entered the back straight away for the first time in 8th place (from his 4th place qualifying position), passing seasoned Pro’s on fast super bikes on a track this narrow and all of them on new tires! its just about an impossible task “we needed to get a good start, get out with the lead bunch and push hard while the tires were still fresh, the bike grabbed, wheelied, grabbed again … it was all over as quick as it started” By mid race the top 3 had a terrific fight going for the win meanwhile Frank was doing his best to run a solid pace and pass as many bikes and riders as he could, at the end of the crash shortened 20 lap race Frank had a solid 5th place, a little less than wanted but a great finish and a nice return to Canadian National Super Bike Racing.
Frank Trombino would like to thank: WHITEGOLD Financial services, ProStar Motorsports, Trombino Foods Inc. Hindle Exhaust, Dunlop Tires, Blue Streak Racing, Sturgess Cycle, Goderich Honda and Honda Canada.
From a press release