CSBK By the Numbers: Round 3 at RAD Torque

The Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship returned to western Canada for the first time since 2015 this past weekend and reshaped the record books in the process, enjoying a historic third round of the year at RAD Torque Raceway.

Below are just a few of the key numbers that stood out from the third round in Edmonton.

Collins puts stamp on remarkable debut

Anyone who has paid attention to Torin Collins’ career would have expected him to be at the sharp end of things in his CSBK debut, but few could have predicted the amount of history he would make in his wildcard performance.

The 18-year-old made a late charge towards Ben Young to finish second in race one, becoming the fifth-youngest podium finisher in Superbike history and only the third rider to step on the box in his debut (joining Alex Dumas and Trevor Dion), but he had even more in store for race number two.

Collins would fight past Dumas in an epic battle to become the third-youngest race winner in the history of the feature class at 18 years and 247 days old, ironically just eleven days sooner than Dumas’ inaugural victory in 2021, and wound up behind only Dumas on the list of quickest riders to earn their first career win, doing so in just his second career appearance (Dumas is the only rider to win his debut).

Kawasaki extend Superbike lead with milestone victory

Collins’ race two victory was not just an important one for his own Superbike resumé, however, as he also achieved an important milestone for his brand – one they have been chasing for almost three years.

Stepping in as a Novalda-sponsored privateer, Collins would claim Kawasaki’s 75th career Superbike win on Sunday, extending their all-time lead in the feature class. The storied manufacturer hadn’t won since Jordan Szoke’s last victory in 2021, ending a 26-race slide and making Collins only the fourth rider in the last 20 years to pilot a ZX-10R to victory (joining Szoke, Kenny Riedmann, and Brett McCormick).

Despite the drought, Kawasaki still sits 12 wins clear of BMW and Suzuki (who are tied for second with 63) in the all-time leaderboard, an advantage they will hope to keep building upon in the near future.

Van Winkle stunner makes Sport Bike history

Sunday’s action produced a pair of teenage winners in the pro classes, but while Collins dominated most of the headlines, it’s fair to argue that Andrew Van Winkle put himself in even more rarified company.

The Chilliwack, British Columbia native became the youngest winner in the history of the Sport Bike class at 17 years and 54 days old, surpassing Chris Peris’ mark from Race City in 2004 by 224 days and joining Peris, Brett McCormick, and Bodhi Edie as the only 17-year-olds to ever win a Pro Superbike or Pro Sport Bike race.

Already the holder of numerous Pro Twins records from his 2023 campaign, Van Winkle also joined Trevor Dion as the only two riders to taste victory by their second race, the fastest rate in history as (unlike Superbike) no one has ever won in their debut.

Dumas, Young continue podium proficiency

While the newcomers stole the show, it was business as usual for rivals Ben Young and Alex Dumas, who each added to their ridiculous podium tallies. 

Young’s victory in race one would represent the 50th rostrum of his Superbike career, a milestone that ranks him third all-time behind only Jordan Szoke and Steve Crevier, while his third-place finish in race two handed him his 12th consecutive podium and the fourth-longest streak of all-time behind only a pair of Szoke runs (36 and 27) and his own personal best stretch (17).

As for Dumas, the 2021 champion showed zero signs of rust in his return, adding a milestone of his own with his 25th career podium in race one and another in race two, building on his historically dominant podium percentage with 26 rostrums in 28 appearances (92.9%, the best mark of all-time).

Young’s victory leaderboard climb pushed to 2025

While Young has entered the record books in numerous ways over the last few seasons, he will now have no choice but to wait for one major celebration. 

Chasing Steve Crevier for second on the all-time Superbike wins list, Young would have needed to win out from round three to make up the eight victories he needed, but Collins’ race two win will now make that statistically impossible for 2024.

Young will remain third on the list with 19 victories entering round four while Crevier stands at 26, and while Young has maintained he has no dreams of catching Jordan Szoke’s incredible tally of 78, it’s hard not to expect the three-time champion back in 2025 to add another notch on his resumé.