ST.EUSTACHE, QC. - Sunday’s CSBK Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike action sees a new victor as Raphael Archambault takes his first professional Sport Bike win aboard his Mako Performance Suzuki GSXR600 ! It had been a rough start to the season with an early season mx training practice incident injuring Raphael’s right thumb leaving him unable to ride and unable to race at the first round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship series.
The quick healing youngster bounced back from injury and was mentally and physically ready to ride his Patrice Goyette Mobile PG reworked GSX-R. Raphael took off with an early lead after a fantastc start setting a good pace; Jodi Christie gave chase on his Honda Canada/ Jodi Christie racing CBR600RR. The two riders exchanged the lead on the closing laps but the determined rider from Terrebonne was the eventual race winner.
“It’s too bad we missed out on the first round but Raphael’s thumb was just too severely damaged for him to ride at Shannonville” says team crew chief James Collins. “We knew with the changes and the new sponsors over the winter we had a formidable motorcycle. Some early season glitches have really given us no time to merge Raphael, the team, and the bike together. I feel we came out with something to prove and we’ve left our mark. I’m so excited for the kid (Raphael) to get his first pro win and even more proud to be a part of it!” ended Collins.
“To see our hard work and dedication pay off this weekend means so much to me. We couldn’t have been here without the support of our sponsors. With not much track time before Sunday’s race, Patrice and James worked together to give me a good feel and a lot of confidence in the bike. Next stop is Mosport so we’re going to have plenty of time to test the bike and experiment a few things we had no time to try at St-Eustache.” Said Archambault. It has been a long road, and well deserved win for the whole team.
The Suzuki machine was quickly readied for the upcoming Superbike race. The confident youngster once again had a great start and was in a strong battle for third place in the early laps. Not used to racing his 600 machine against the bigger heavier superbikes, Raphael was caught off guard mid-corner and made contact with the Kawasaki mounted Sebastien Tremblay. Raphael crashed hard into the tough block foam and was unable to continue. Tremblay was able to hang on from the incident and would continue on to complete the podium. After some tense moments Raphael was transferred to hospital and thankfully cleared of any broken bones and released later that night.
The team is now preparing for round 4 and 5 of CSBK when the series returns to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). (Formerly Mosport) The team has not been to CTMP together but are not newcomers to the track. Raphael was able to take his GSXR to pole position at the track in 2012. He and the crew are ready for battle and looking forward to another win or wins!
The team would like to remind everyone to support those that support the sport and would like to thank the following sponsors:
•Town & Country Slate and Ceramiques
•MWR Racing Air-Filters
The team would also like to thank the following: All the CSBK Staff, the corner marshals, Dunlop Tires & Crew, Hindle, Magneti Marelli, Dynojet, Paul Shantz of Suzuki Canada & Steve Wright of Acme Slate for his hard work on the air fence and track maintenance to keep the riders safe!
From a press release