Round 3 Report: ProStar Motorsports

St Eustache, Quebec…. Round 2 for the ProStar Motorsports race team (round 3 in the 2017 MOPAR/CSBK series) With rider Frank Trombino and the team missing the 1st round at Shannonville and scoring a solid victory in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike race at rd2 GBM the teams hopes were high for “Deux Montagnes” Quebec, a neat little track north west of Montreal. “Winning at Grand Bend was great but we are way behind in points and every point available is important to us” stated Trombino. 

Liqui Moly Sport Bike qualifying: “I have been here a hundred times [at least that’s how it feels] but for some reason this time I was struggling with the track, missing markers, hitting all the bumps just not in the rhythm I need to have to go really quick. Even with new Dunlop’s mounted on the ProStar/WHITEGOLD Financial Honda CBR600RR I couldn’t find my pace, it was really disappointing, nothing felt right” said Trombino. When the checkered flag fell the team had a solid 4th place qualifying position was far from what was wanted and needed! But there was still a race to run Sunday and with 3/10th’s covering the front 4 it was still anybody’s Race.

Mopar/CSBK Pro Superbike qualifying: The struggle continues, “I couldn’t believe it, we simply couldn’t get a good lap in, the harder I tried … it didn’t matter! I just couldn’t get a solid lap down, we were on the outside looking in, 11th place and we could not find a quicker lap” said Trombino. The Team had nothing to loose! we had a fresh MED compound Dunlop on a warmer … “we had to try” said team principal Peter Gartner, with just under three minutes on the clock and the tire change done there was just enough time for an out lap and a flyer! Sure enough Frank got the job done, BUT just! The last lap of qualifying put the team into Dalton Timmis pole qualifying. “The rear tire helped out a bunch, we were more comfortable with the fresh tire on the bike and the lap times showed it, the bike was better, not as good as we would have liked or needed, but better” a 9th place qualifying position was far from what the team wanted but much like the Liqui Moly 600 qualifying 2nd through 9th were covered by 4/10’s of a second, it was tight and set the riders and fans up for a great race Sunday afternoon.

Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Race: “I don’t know what it was during the early laps of the race, I was watching the kids, checking out there lines, trying to figure things out” said Trombino “I had a quick conversation with Jodi Sunday morning on the phone (Jodi Christie, Past National champion and St Eustache 600 lap record holder) anybody getting around here that fast has to know his way around, it really helped but I was kind of thinking, watching and not really racing for the first half of the race” by half race distance Young Gun Tommy Casas had build a bit of a lead over the pole sitter and fast kid Mitch Card. “I could see Tommy getting away and was like go… we have to go, NOW! So it was head down and charge time” After passing Kris Garvie and Mitch Card and a couple of hard laps had Trombino right on Casas’s back wheel late in the race, “another lap… just1 more lap! I believe I could have got him, Tommy rode a great race I left my push to late and he was plenty strong to hold me off when I did push, but one more lap would have been fun. Great race for the kid he rides really well, they all do Mitch was riding really fast solid lines, just great racing! its really fun to be back” A solid second place in his second race back has move Frank into a good points position for the remainder of the year, so its off to Shubie, its a track and fan base Trombino and the team really enjoys.

Mopar/CSBK Superbike final: Starting from 9th position on the grid was in no way a good place to be and with the bike having “launching” issues it might just be drama time. “The bike got away really well no issue’s like Grand Bend, not ‘Launch control good’ but good enough, the problem is that its just so narrow going into corner 1 you’re just trying super hard to hold your position or trying at least to gain something” explains Trombino “the race was really uneventful, but it was killing me watching the leaders checking out, but I had a bunch of other racers in front of me to worry about”. Slow but steady progress brought Frank and his ProStar Motorsports/WHITEGOLD Financial CBR1000RR up to 5th place by race’s end “I seem to be getting stronger as the race continues, outside of traffic our laps were strong and consistent we just need to qualify better and try and get away with the front four” Another strong finish is allowing Frank and the team to gain valuable points going into Nova Scotia in three weeks time.

Frank Trombino and ProStar Motorsports would like to thank: WHITEGOLD Financial services, Click Group, Trombino Foods Inc. Hindle Exhaust, Dunlop Tires, Bickle Racing, Tactical Products Canada, Blue Streak Racing, Sturgess Cycle and Honda Canada.

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