Ben Young will start from pole position for each of this weekend’s three Pro Superbike races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, after mixed weather conditions brought an early end to Q2 on Friday.
Young paced the earlier Q1 session with a time of 1:21.147, narrowly edging championship leader Alex Dumas and hometown favourite Tomas Casas as the top five riders were separated by just 0.559 seconds.
Just minutes into the top-ten Q2 shootout, however, light rain began to fall in select corners around the circuit, forcing the cancellation of the session just moments after defending champion Jordan Szoke had mounted his single Dunlop “Q” tire.
The continuing uncertainty of track conditions meant CSBK officials were forced to revert back to Q1 timing for the weekend grids, though it made no difference for Young as he was also leading the Q2 charts aboard his Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW.
As a result, Young will secure his second consecutive YUASA Battery Pole Position and extend his lead in the season-long YUASA-sponsored award battle, while the additional qualifying points will see him trim his championship deficit slightly to Dumas entering the trio of feature races on Saturday and Sunday.
Dumas will now start from second as he looks to maintain his 16-point lead atop the standings, posting an earlier time of 1:21.499 aboard his Liqui Moly MPG FAST Riding School Suzuki.
The biggest beneficiary of the changing conditions was Casas, who crashed early in the Q2 session but will now escape with a front-row start after running third-fastest earlier in the afternoon. The Parts Canada Yamaha rider will hope to find the podium for at least the second time in his Superbike career this weekend, after a number of issues plagued his return to the series in round one at Calabogie.
Ending the first row will be Turcotte Performance’s dual-threat Kawasaki rider Sebastian Tremblay, who will start from fourth in the Superbike feature event while also juggling a championship lead in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike category.
Closing out the top five from Q1 was defending champion Szoke, who will now be forced to lead off the second row after the unfortunate circumstances on Friday.
Szoke had been running as low as ninth in the Q2 session, meaning he technically will benefit from the decision to revert back to Q1 results, while the Canada General Warranty Kawasaki veteran will hope the added slipstream up the long Andretti straight can make up for lost ground early in each race.
Triumphantly returning to the series was Steven Nickerson in sixth, as the Dewildt Honda rider battled through numerous ailments from an earlier crash to place himself in the middle of the second row at CTMP.
Closing out the second row in seventh will be Royal Distributing BMW veteran Michael Leon, who arguably had the most to lose with Friday’s changes as he was running inside the top-five in Q2 and already topped the morning’s practice session.
Nickerson’s result will mean five different manufacturers will start inside the top-six places this weekend, a welcome sign for Honda and the rest of the factories as they chase down Suzuki in the Constructors Championship.
In addition to his Superbike duties, Tremblay will start from pole position in both of the weekend’s Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike races, pacing the grid aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki with a time of 1:24.579.
Rookie pro Trevor Dion was perhaps the biggest surprise of the day, securing second on the grid with a time just 0.162 seconds behind Tremblay, as the former Lightweight race winner will look to spoil the pole sitter’s weekend aboard his LDS Consultants Kawasaki.
Third on the grid for the middleweight doubleheader will be former Guyanese Superbike champion Elliott Vieira, who excelled at CTMP a year ago and will look to replicate that success this weekend for the Snow City Cycle Yamaha team.
Completing the front row in the Sport Bike category will be another Kawasaki in the form of David MacKay, as the Mack Attack Racing rider continued his strong form at the circuit where he found the podium once before in 2018.
Jacob Black stormed to his first career pole position in the Super Sonic Road Race School Lightweight class, shattering the qualifying lap record and breaking his own outright record with a time of 1:39.813 aboard his Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Black was already comfortably on pole when he posted the record-breaking time on his final lap, cruising past second-place qualifier Paul Etienne Courtois by over a second.
Championship leader Mackenzie Weil struggled to fifth in the qualifying session, but the Kawasaki teenager can still make a strong push at the front as the Lightweight category will again rely heavily on the slipstream down the Andretti back straightaway.
Fellow title hopeful Anthony Bergeron was the man to beat on track in the AIM Insurance Amateur Superbike class, though Bergeron will be docked one position after failing to meet the fuel requirements in post-race tech inspection on his BMW.
Alex Cleary will instead start from pole this weekend, benefitting from the penalty after only losing out on the fastest time by 0.126 seconds to his BMW counterpart out front.
Brad Macrae continued his sensational Amateur Sport Bike season with another pole position in middleweight category, blitzing the field to a time of 1:26.476 aboard his privateer Honda.
Only hometown teenager Matthew Simpson was able to get close to Macrae, qualifying second on the grid and just 0.360 seconds behind, while no other rider was able to get within a second of the top two championship rivals.
Full results from Friday’s exciting day of qualifying can be found on the series’ official website at csbk.ca, while the schedule for this weekend’s racing can also be found online ahead of Superbike race one on Saturday.