Tomas Casas continued his consistent form in the Pro Superbike feature class this weekend, exiting the CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship round two tripleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with another solid points haul for the Yamaha Canada/Parts Canada team.
Returning to his home circuit for the first time since 2019, Casas got off to a flying start on Friday, finishing the morning practice session third-fastest after briefly topping the charts aboard his YZF-R1.
Despite an even larger group of contenders than in round one, Tomas continued that excellent form into Q1 on Friday afternoon, posting a time of 1:21.521 to wrap up third on the provisional grid – and just 0.374 seconds off the fastest time.
The start to Yuasa Battery Pole Award Q2 later in the day was far more unpredictable, as rain clouds rolled in just before Tomas could post a clean time on his Dunlop “Q” tires. With track temperatures cooling and pole position on the line, Casas crashed in turn three, escaping injury but severely damaging his Yamaha machine as he sat seventh in the times after only one completed lap.
With the changing weather forcing an early end to Q2, Casas appeared to be saved from a disappointing grid position, as CSBK officials elected to use the Q1 times to set the grid. Unfortunately, after a formal protest, the final decision was to use the Q2 grid positions, which meant Tomas would start seventh on the grid.
Race one saw a massive eight-rider pack challenge for the lead early on, with Casas getting a strong start and placing himself squarely in the middle of the pack as he chased down the frontrunners up ahead.
While Tomas had the pace to hang with the podium finishers, a pair of lapped riders broke up the pack with a handful of laps to go, costing Casas crucial slipstream down the long Andretti straight. He still managed to move past 14-time champion Jordan Szoke, however, salvaging fifth after the front four benefitted from the traffic.
In the moments leading up to race two, Tomas and the team had hoped to sort out a mechanical issue, though they expected to have enough time to complete the fix. However, last-minute changes to the schedule moved the second Superbike race closer, leaving the team without enough time to make the grid.
As a result, Tomas was unfortunately forced to start from pit lane and at the back of the field, negating his seventh-place grid spot and putting him at a frustrating disadvantage.
Despite finishing lap one down in 16th, Tomas showed perhaps his best pace of the weekend, charging his way up the leaderboard and carving his way through the grid to sixth place in the late going.
The pit lane start ultimately cost him a shot at another top-five as the leaders had already escaped out front, but Casas’ earned a few extra dollars for his efforts, taking home the Hard Charger award for that race and $500 courtesy of FAST Riding School.
Race three began as maybe Tomas’ best as a Pro, as he stormed off the line and made up multiple positions on the outside of turn one to take second in the early stages. As he followed championship leader Alex Dumas, Casas appeared to be sizing up a move for the lead, before Szoke and a charging Ben Young forced their way past him.
Tomas worked hard to gain the positions back, scrapping with Szoke and battling with the leaders for a number of laps, before Sebastian Tremblay again pushed him back to fifth at the midway point.
Casas managed to stick with the lead group for the entire race, placing him in prime position for a podium if something went wrong ahead of him, but unfortunately the opportunity never came and he was forced to bring home another sixth-place.
Despite losing one place in the standings to Tremblay, Tomas’ strong weekend keeps him just 16 points out of fourth in the championship, a target position for the team as they prepare for the third and final round in Calabogie next month.
Casas’ weekend was also another huge haul for Yamaha in the Constructors Championship, as he scored 83 of their 134 points in round two to clinch a top-four finish in the manufacturer’s standings.
Casas would like to thank title sponsors Yamaha Motor Canada, Parts Canada and ITK9 for helping get the team back on track this summer, while also recognizing the support from Motul, GBRacing, Pro6 Cycle and Dunlop Tires, Hindle Exhaust Systems, Bickle Racing, Flexiglass, DP Brakes, Brooklin Cycle Racing, Vortex, Human 2.0, Acme Motorsports, Forsaken Motorsports, Peterborough Cycle Salvage, Trackdayhub.com, Laps4MD and everyone else who continues to support the team’s quest for a Canada Cup.
Lastly, Casas would like to give a special thank you to his entire team (Julio Casas, Jason Williams, Rob Cusineau, Andrew Trevitt and Franlkin Dominguez), Scott Cartier, Herve Remetter, Jon Cornwell and Andrew Jones from ATR for their work and help where needed.
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From a press release