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RIP David Klassen, 1963-2021

Front-running CSBK Pro racer David Klassen, 58, has died after a six-month battle with Cancer in Alberta. Klassen passed away on December 29,2021.

As described on the North Shore News web site obituary section, Klassen is survived by his children, Zoe (13) and Logan (9), as well as his parents Robert and Lynn Klassen, his sister, Janis and brother, Mark.

Klassen climbed the RACE-sanctioned ladder in the late 1980s era of fierce competition, and big manufacturer support, on the Canadian National and Regional Road racing scene. Klassen was a front runner in Amateur big bike competition in 1988, with Suzuki support on the new, second generation “sling shot” twin-exhaust GSX-R750.

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Flashback Friday: The Modern Era Kicks Off

During the winter of 2022, CSBK will celebrate Suzuki’s 2021 National Manufacturer’s Title with a look back at the history of Suzuki’s production-based racers.  Each Friday will offer a glimpse into the impressive legacy of Suzuki’s success.

Image 2: Friday, January 14 

The 1985 Canadian National road racing season will be remembered for the launch of the modern era, with Suzuki’s all-new GSX-R750 and Yamaha’s ground breaking FZ750 attracting global attention.  In Canada, Michel Mercier headed the Suzuki factory program while Rueben McMurter was in charge of the Yamaha Motor Canada effort.  At the big race of the season at Shannonville Motorsport park in July, the Molson Superbike Challenge, Mercier (11) leads McMurter (24) through turn one during their dice for the victory.