We arrived at the Autodrome St-Eustache for Round 3 of the Mopar CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship Thursday night and got set up as much as we could before darkness fell.
Friday morning was a relaxing morning staying dry while I opted not to ride and stay focused. The afternoon took a turn for the good and dried up so I headed out in Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike to find my marks and get comfortable. I managed to immediately get back to the times I ran the previous year but was still uneasy with the layout of the track.
Saturday was a bit of the same in the morning as I was just trying to get comfortable with the layout and the bike. I headed out for qualifying on a well used tire from Grand Bend and after fighting for clear track was able to get a few laps together before the rear tire started to show its age and I had no drive grip left. I was sitting 5th when I first came off the track with a 50.062 but was very quickly bumped to 7th where I ended up. A 3rd row dead in the middle start was what I had to look forward too.
I opted to install a brand new Dunlop rear tire courtesy of Pro 6 Sunday morning even with the looming clouds in the distances. I set out for the race feeling ready to go. I got a less than average start and watched a lot of my competition ride away. I kept my head down and fought off a few pass attempts from some other riders but ended up on the wrong side of an incident in the right hand turn just off the back straight which sent me cart-wheeling, and I mean cart-wheeling into the dirt once again testing all of my equipment including my Shoei X-Fourteen helmet which did its job amazingly and kept my head safe and sound. The bike was not in a remountable condition so I was forced to watch the remainder of the race from the sideline.
As I sit on the drive home battered, bruised and slightly mangled I really get to reflect on the ups and downs of racing. The weekend was one I would truly like to forget as from session 1 I wasn't in my element and I just couldn't get into a rhythm. I have to sit back and take in the fun times had with the track family with the Walkers, Silvia's and my Girlfriend and Dad. Of course the amazing supporters that help me get to the track for each and every round, I couldn't do what I do without them.
Hopefully I can heal up and get back out there for Round 4 of Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia.
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VnM Sport gear
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