Round 4 Report: ProStar Motorsports/Frank Trombino

ProStar Motorsports return to Atlantic Motorsport Park for Round 4 of the Mopar CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship was highly anticipated by both Frank and the team, we have not raced in Nova Scotia together since 2010 so it was really nice to be back down East with its challenging race track, beautiful scenery, friendly people and of course the nice casual pace that the “East coasters” have.

Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Qualifying: When Pro Sport Bike qualifying started the plan was simple “I just want to get out there a set a fast lap” said Trombino, “the 1:09:9 came pretty easy I thought, we then we headed back out to see if anybody could go quicker … we had a faster lap in us and if the board said P2 I was ready to go, but… good for Mitch he threw his best lap down on the last lap I had no time to fight back, good job by the kid”  so P2 for the race put Frank in the Middle of row 1! Great place to start, but bragging rights went to fast guy Mitch Card.

Mopar Pro Superbike Qualifying: “Qualifying in 8th position, it’s another below average qualifying session! We just can’t get going when we need to… whether we can or can’t race with the front guys… if we can’t get with them in the early laps we’re dead in the water” stated Trombino “I don’t know what to say, we just seem to be a little lost in qualifying we need to do better…” starting on the outside of row 3 meant a good start for race 1 Saturday afternoon was a must!

Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Race 1: “The team talked this morning and my plan was simple… try get a good start, set a fast pace and watch the board, if I could break away the plan was to just pound out fast solid laps and see if they were still there by mid race! If so start pushing harder” said Frank. “This might have been my best race ever, the way I planned the race, the way it came together and the results, I just kept thinking ‘Crevier is right behind me, no mistakes, push… push hard! When I saw the board and the gap was climbing I just kept that pace going. The race was a lot of fun, I thought that Mitch and Tomas were going to be right there! I was surprised at the gap” stated a very happy Frank Trombino.

Mopar Pro Superbike Race 1:  After a solid start from 8th place an incident in turn 5 on the opening lap ended Frank and the team’s weekend “We didn’t need that, its been a bit of a dream year with the really late start and all, our success in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class as well as the decent results in the Mopar Superbike class its been fun… we just didn’t need this” stated Ben Gartner ProStar Motorsports “Frank’s OK and that’s really all that counts! the crash looked really bad (from what I have been told) and I guess Frank was a bit of a mess when they got to him, I saw him Sunday morning in the Hospital and he was better than I thought he’d be and now that he’s back home we have been talking daily, he’s come by the house and he looks and sounds good, he’s just upset that the whole thing happened”. As for the team’s CBR1000RR … “well, not so good this poor thing has been through a lot over the years and this ones pretty big, as we have stated before we got off to a real late start, the bikes were just there, a bit old, they could use a bit of  “freshening up” but at the end of the day it is what it is, we have been racing what we have (having said that, it seems like the team’s CBR600RR is performing just fine…). As for the competition in Superbike with their new bikes, their electronics’ package and the level the front running teams are performing at… well, less the transport trucks its getting really serious again, kind of like the old days, it’s been a tonne of fun being involved again… OK, less Superbike race 1 at Shubie, the trips to the Hospital and the ride home (thanks to Kris Pribanic for the all nighter to get Frank home…) its great to see Mopar/CSBK National series and MotorCycle road racing in Canada look this good again, we will regroup get Frank healthy and do our best to be back at CTMP (Mosport)”.

Thank You: ProStar Motorsports and Frank Trombino would like to thank the following (in no particular order) AMP medical staff, corner works, fans and fellow competitors for their help, support and concerns. Steven “DOC” Walker (man its good having you there), Team Z1 - Paul, Zaid and Mike, Roland Riedmann RRM, Pro Cycle NS, the CSBK staff and Officials, Team ProStar – Pete, Simone, Jay, Kris, Grisalda and Tony Lanni, our sponsors – WhiteGold financial, Bickle Racing, Sturgess Cycle, The Click Group, Tactical Products Canada, Blue Streak Racing, Hindle Exhaust, Dunlop Tires, Honda Canada and to all the others that have helped get us here, we are truly grateful for your support.

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