Ben Young made an impressive return to the Canadian Superbike Championship paddock with two 2nd place finishes, proving that he’s hungrier than ever to reclaim the #1 plate.
The first round was held 9th-11th of July, at Calabogie Motorsports Park, a recent addition to the CSBK calendar after the circuit had not been included for many years. Young was one of many racers who had never raced at the track before, but it certainly didn’t hold him back.
The weekend would bring two races on Sunday, as well as hot and balmy weather - perfect to welcome the racers back to the track.
With public health and travel restrictions locking Ontario down for the best part of the year, time on the brand new 2020 BMW S1000RR was very limited in the run-up to the weekend. As such, the team were challenged in finding the perfect set-up for the single 20-minute qualifying session on Saturday. The session was stopped abruptly on the opening lap, as an incident caused a red flag. Young was held on track during the stoppage, losing heat in the tire before getting back to pits. Straight off the hop in the restarted session, Young posted a scorching fast lap of 2:02.436, a time which would safely secure him pole position a comfortable 0.749 in front of second place.
Sunday morning, the atmosphere at Calabogie was palpable. Riders, teams and fans alike were ready for a great day of racing including two Pro Superbike races.
Young has some work to do in race one, having bogged the start due to electronic launch control issues. Despite starting on pole position, Young ended up 6th into turn 1. By the time he completed lap one, however, he’d fought his way up to 4th. He chased down Tomas Casas within a few laps, overtaking him to take 3rd place. Next in Ben’s sights, was Jordan Szoke, with Alex Dumas leading. By the second to last lap, Young had taken 2nd position and was quickly gaining ground on Dumas, but there was not enough laps left to take the lead. He finished the first race in a respectable 2nd place.
The second race of the day saw Young with a much better start, and he held onto the lead for the first few laps. Dumas managed to outbrake Young heading into turn 5. The Van Dolders BMW S1000RR was having clutch issues all weekend, and so Young couldn’t brake as hard in the hard-braking spots found at Calabogie. The rest of the race saw Young within striking distance of Dumas, always hot on his tail, but he couldn’t make a safe pass. There was an attempt at turn 11 toward the end of the race, but the riders bumped, and both ran wide. Young passed the chequered with another second-place finish.
Of the weekend Young said: “I felt so much love and support this past weekend. It was truly great to be back racing again. Not the end result we wanted, but a couple of seconds isn’t the end of the world. Onwards to the next round!”
The whole team is thrilled to be back at the track and is looking forward to the next round, held at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, August 14th and 15th.
Young’s partners for his 2021 CSBK Championship season include; BMW Motorrad Canada, Van Dolders Home Team, Scot-Build Developments Inc, Parts Canada, HJC Helmets, Alpinestars, Motul, Hindle Exhaust, Barrie Trim and Mouldings, Alpha Racing and Vass Performance Cycle.
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