After a battle right to the bitter end, Ben Young finished 2nd place at Autodrome St-Eustache this weekend, aboard his Scot-Build BMW S1000RR. This was a great result for his campaign to win the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship, as he maintains the lead in the championship with an 18-point advantage going into round 4.
The practice and qualifying sessions hinted at the close race to come, as Young sat either 1st or 2nd on time sheets in all but one of the sessions. The team of Steve Weir, Willie Vass, Scott Cartier and Scott Young worked hard to nail the set-up of the BMW and it showed, as Young bettered his times every session. Qualifying on Saturday brought sunny weather, with a slight breeze – good for fans, but not for lap records. Never the less, Young put in a quick time which secured him 2nd on the grid, with just half a second covering the top four riders.
This would be a final race for CSBK fans at Autodrome St-Eustache, and so the stakes were high. For Sunday morning practice, Young topped the time sheet, and set another personal best lap time for the weekend, giving him confidence going into the race. As the lights went out, Young didn’t get the start he hoped for, but managed to maintain his 2nd position going into turn 1. He wasn’t giving up the fight though, continually posting quick times and putting pressure on Jordan Szoke. Young would take the lead multiple times throughout the race, getting great drive and braking late off the back straight. Back markers would play their role, as Young dipped and dived between them, they unfortunately didn’t help his cause. Young entered the last lap right on the tail of Szoke, and continued to push him hard. As Young crossed the line, he would post the fastest lap of the race (45.991), though ultimately, he passed the chequered in 2nd position, just 0.150 behind first place.
Of the weekend, Young said, “We are obviously a little disappointed, after such a close race, but second place is a fantastic finish that the team and I are proud of. It’s about the championship at the end of the day, and we are still up front so it’s all good.”
Round 4 of the MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship is a double-header at Atlantic Motorsport Park, NS on July 18th-21st, 2019, which Ben enters with an 18-point lead in the championship.
Young’s partners for his 2019 CSBK Championship season include; Scot-build Developments, BMW Motorrad Canada, Van Dolders Home Team, Barrie Trim & Mouldings, ACF-50, Joe Rocket, Arai Helmets, Hindle Exhaust, Woodcraft, Bickle Racing, DP Brakes, Motion Pro, K-Tech Suspension, Liqui-Moly, Weireverywhereracing, Willy Vass Performance Cycle.
The 26-year-old pilot of the #86 BMW S1000RR is also a proud "Laps for Muscular Dystrophy" (Laps4MD) rider who’s pledged to donate $1 for every lap he lead this season. These donations go to Muscular Dystrophy Canada to help make a difference in the lives of over 50,000 Canadians affected by a neuromuscular disorder.
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.BenYoungRacing.com, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter and Instagram: @benyoung_86.
From a press release