Defending two-time Canadian Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Champion Tomas Casas is pleased to announce the returning support of Yamaha Motor Canada for the 2019 Mopar CSBK racing season. Casas, from Peterborough, ON, will officially step up to the feature Pro Superbike class while defending his back-to-back championships in Pro Sport Bike.
“I am really thankful and excited to be growing my relationship with Yamaha Motor Canada,” says Casas, who will compete in Canada’s top national road racing class on current YZF-R1 machinery. “There are a lot of challenges that come with moving to a Superbike. It will be a big learning curve for myself as well as the team.”
Casas, age 19, has been a Yamaha rider since winning the CSBK national Amateur Sport Bike championship in 2014 on a YZF-R6. After years of consistent improvement and development, the time is now for the Colombian-born teenager to step up to the top class in Canada.
“We’re excited to see Tomas make the move to the Superbike category in 2019,” says Graeme Jones, marketing coordinator for motorcycles at Yamaha Motor Canada. “This will be a development year as he gets accustomed to the performance level of the R1, but we are in full support of Tomas and proud of his successes. He has a great fan base, a strong work ethic, and is a fantastic ambassador for the Yamaha brand and the bLU cRU racing program.”
Casas is also delighted to announce the continued support of Hindle Exhaust Systems and their skillful exhaust designer and machinist Scott Cartier, who will oversee preseason preparation of the R1.
“I’m really excited to see Tomas make the move up to the Superbike class,” explains Lee Hindle, Director of Operations at Hindle Exhaust Systems. “We’ve been supporting him since 2014 and we really just want to push the effort and help him get used to things as quickly possible.”
“To have Hindle support us in the preparation of our bikes is huge,” adds Casas. “Scott is very knowledgeable with the Yamaha brand and has a lot of experience working with top-level teams. With the amount of electronics on the R1, a good base setup can mean the difference between a comfortable ride and a tire-shredding bronco. So we hope to attain some valuable information from Scott to help us understand things better.”
Fans can meet Casas at the Toronto Motorcycle Show this Saturday, February 16 during autograph sessions at 12 pm in the CSBK booth and 2 pm in the Yamaha Motor Canada booth.
Casas would like to welcome new sponsors GBRacing, J.J. Stewart Motors Ltd. (Norwood, ON) and EHR Sports for the 2019 season. GBR is the only FIM approved engine cover company since 2009 and works with a variety of the world's top motorcycle teams. “Having the support of a company as big and reliable as GBR is exceptional, and I am thankful for that opportunity. J.J. Stewart Motors Ltd. has supported us in the purchase of a Dodge Ram 1500 to tow the race trailer during the season, and we are also very glad to have the support of a Canadian-based company like EHR Sports.”
Tomas Casas Racing would like to thank Yamaha Motor Canada, Parts Canada, Pro 6 Cycle & Dunlop Tires, Hindle Exhaust, Brooklin Cycle Racing, GBRacing, J.J. Stewart Motors Ltd., Flexiglass, Bickle Racing, Blue Streak Racing, DP Brakes, Human 2.0, EHR Sports, Vortex, HB Cycle, Peterborough Cycle Salvage, Trackdayhub.com and all other personnel and fans for their love and support.
From a press release