Quebec City’s Alex Dumas, a rising star on the MotoAmerica tour in the United States, will switch to the Canadian Superbike Championship aboard a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in 2021. The 18-year-old Dumas, currently studying to become a pilot, will focus on action north of the border in 2021, but aims to attend the last American races of the season once the Canadian tour is complete.
“The plan is eventually to return to MotoAmerica,” confirmed Dumas, getting ready to solo in his ongoing flight school activity in Quebec City. “But we couldn’t make a program happen in the U.S. while I am working on my flying, and that is the priority for 2021.”
Dumas will jump straight into the Pro Feature Superbike category in Canada, starting at Calabogie Motorsports Park June 4-5, aboard a Suzuki prepared by famed builder Patrice Goyette. Former racer Goyette has worked with Suzuki Canada at Blackfoot and with famed Albertans Clint McBain and Cody Matechuk. Goyette led the works effort that won the Canadian Superbike crown with Brett McCormick from Saskatoon, SK, back in 2011 with BMW Motorrad.
Since then, Goyette has worked with Dumas, including a stint in the Mexican national series when Dumas was too young to compete in most other series.
In 2018, Dumas won MotoAmerica’s Liqui Moly Junior Cup title on a KTM, and then followed that up with the Twins Cup title aboard a Suzuki SV650 twin in 2019. Last season, Dumas again rode for Team Hammer on a Suzuki, winning in the stock 1000 category and making his Superbike Feature debut. An injury mid-season hurt his quest for a third straight MotoAmerica crown.
Supporting the new Dumas Superbike effort are Liqui Moly, MPG Moto, FAST Riding School, Suzuki Canada, VR ST-CYR, Hotbodies, Vortex, Hindle Exhaust, Domino/G2ergo.com, Arai Helmets, Heroic Racing Apparel, TCX boots, Sportbike track Gear and Dunlop.
Francois Dumas, Alex’ father, was a front line Pro roadracer In Canada starting twenty years ago. As a teen-ager, Francois attended a Michel Mercier-headed FAST School with his friends. Now, a racing friend of the Dumas family, Martin Hamel, has taken over the Shannonville-based academy, and Alex Dumas will teach there in 2021.
While Dumas has a wide range of racing experience, he has limited time on Canadian circuits, with only a few sessions at Calabogie a few years ago to work with. “We’re going to do as many track days as we can,” explained Dumas. “I’m really excited about the tracks and looking forward to the competition – I haven’t really raced with any of these guys.”
Starting as an eleven-year-old, Dumas has worked with former top Pro, Endurance World Champ, and race school instructor Jason Pridmore at JP43 Training. Jason Pridmore is also the son of a former ace, 1970’s American Superbike Champ Reg Pridmore. “It has been great down in the United States, Jason works on the television and he would take the time to help when he could,” continues Dumas. “It will be harder this year, but he will continue to be a valuable resource.”
With the Canadian Superbike series, the FAST School and ongoing flight instruction, Dumas will have a busy schedule in 2011.
“It seems like a lot, but these are great opportunities, and you want to make the most of them,” says Dumas. “It’s going to be a great summer.”