Teenage sensation Alex Dumas continued his winning ways at Calabogie Motorsports Park on Sunday, winning race two of the Pro Superbike doubleheader to sweep round one of the Canadian Superbike Championship.
Though the top-five finishers are identical to race one earlier in the day, the results were under much different circumstances in race two, as Dumas found himself trailing pole-sitter Ben Young for most of the early portion amidst a seven-rider battle.
However, the 18-year-old managed to find a little extra pace by the midway point, moving his Liqui Moly Suzuki GSX-R1000 into the lead and relegating Young to second once again. Young was able to maintain the gap aboard his Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW S1000RR, and even seemed poised for a last-lap maneuver, but it wasn’t in the cards as Dumas ended his historic debut weekend with another victory.
“The crash in qualifying was a bit of a setback, but we had two strong starts and now two wins, which is pretty amazing,” Dumas said. “Ben pushed me really hard in that second race, but everything worked perfectly. I really love racing Superbikes.”
Young will now leave Calabogie trailing Dumas by 17 points in the championship battle, and although he will head to round two expecting better results, the 2019 champion easily squashed any idea that he would be rusty in his return after a season off.
“There was a bit of a question mark, with a new bike and not having raced in nearly two years, but the BMW was amazing, and I didn’t really feel like I lost anything,” Young said. “I almost had Alex on the last lap, but it’s so hard to pass here. I look forward to watching that second race on TSN, because it was a lot of fun.
Reigning champion Jordan Szoke was in the mix for the entire race as well, consistently lapping close to Dumas and Young aboard his Canada General Warranty Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja, but he was unable to capitalize on the two riders ahead of him as he will exit round two with a 29-point deficit.
“I was struggling with grip out there which was really hurting our drive, but I thought our corner speed was really strong. The new Kawasaki’s were phenomenal, so I think we’ll get better as the season goes on,” Szoke said. “Alex has been riding really well in the U.S., and obviously those are some of the best guys in the world, but we aren’t slow up here either.”
Continuing the trend of copycat results in fourth was Trevor Daley, who salvaged another solid performance on his OneSpeed Suzuki machine and helped extend Suzuki’s lead atop the Constructors Standings.
Suzuki will exit round one with a 30-point advantage over BMW in the new Constructors Championship, with Kawasaki just an additional 10 points behind, while Dumas takes a commanding 65-point lead in the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year fight.
Anthony Bergeron won the season opener in the MotorcycleCourse Amateur Superbike category, benefitting from a late red flag that handed the Racine, QC native an early championship advantage for BMW.
Guillaume Lavallee and a hard-charging Julien Lafortune rounded out the all-Quebec podium, with Lafortune setting a new lap record in the process, as Bergeron will lead Lavallee by ten points and Lafortune by eleven in the series table.
Mackenzie Weil unofficially won race two of the Super Sonic Road Race School Lightweight Sport Bike class on Sunday, though the results of the incident-filled race were subject to post-race protest.
Weil came away as the winner and therefore the championship leader aboard his Kawasaki, though a last-lap crash involving a number of riders led to a controversial finish behind him at CMP. Mavrick Cyr was demoted one place to third for his part in the incident and placed on probation by CSBK officials, while Jean-Francois Croteau was promoted to second after the flag.
The full results from Sunday’s race and all of the weekend’s action can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.