Team News: Round 2 Report from Trevor Daley

A podium, a pair of close finishes, and a whisker away from a lap record mark Trevor Daley’s return to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

It’s a track that rarely disappoints. And this past weekend CTMP was at its best for round two of the 2021 CSBK season.

Racing is as unpredictable as west-coast wildfires, and an incident in a support class race pushed all of Saturday afternoon’s events to a truncated Sunday schedule. Which meant three superbike races in one day and a change of plan for the Suzuki Canada-supported squad.

On a pair of Pro 6 Cycle test days preceding the weekend, Trevor’s focus had been on finding a good setup for the 18-lap races. But Sunday’s compressed schedule demanded the team find a good setup for the softer compound Dunlop slicks that better suited the revised schedule’s shorter races. Strategizing with Darin Marshall, hotshoe Brett McCormick, and utilizing MotoSpec chassis software allowed Trevor to hone his setup to near perfection.

A pair of fourths at the opening Calabogie round had Trevor hungry for the podium, and in race one at CTMP his wish was granted. A scant four-tenths of a second separated Trevor’s third-place-finish from the winner at the checkered flag, a closeness that would be repeated before the weekend was over.

Race two saw Trevor finish a solid fifth, with race three bringing another fifth-place finish. But the results don’t entirely tell the story. Race three was a freight train in which the top six riders could have snuggled under the same sleeping bag, and was a race in which Trevor was oh-so-close to making history. Trevor’s quickest lap was 1/1000 of a second from CTMP’s superbike race lap record, and at the finish stripe he was a scant seven-tenths of a second from the victor.

“Every week out the machine is the best bike I’ve ever raced,” said Trevor. “The feedback is amazing—I can slide the front tire with complete confidence. I can’t wait to get back on track.” Trevor’s fourth position in the season’s standings have helped Suzuki solidify its position atop the manufacturer’s championship tally, and a final round—CSBK is expected to announce a pop-up round at Calabogie Motorsports Park in mid-September—should see Suzuki bring home the crown.

Perhaps the biggest story of the weekend was the return of fans. Signed Suzuki/Liqui-Moly posters were a big hit for kids aged seven to 70, TEAM LTD sunglasses and wristbands caused a paddock stir, and additional Suzuki swag was hugely popular with the legions of GSX-R fans who swarmed Trevor’s paddock display. All in all, the CTMP weekend was a welcome return to a staple of the summer season, and the crew’s TEAM LTD beachwear, worn exclusively Sunday raceday, kept the iconoclastic team stylishly hip.

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t wish rider Mike Grass all the best in his recovery from injuries sustained in a Saturday afternoon incident.

With gratitude for 2021 support to:

Suzuki Canada, Liqui-Moly, Shoei Helmets USA, Moto-, Renthal, GB Racing, TEAM LTD, TM Photography, DP Brakes, Pro 6 Cycle, Excellence Automotive, Revs4Rett, M4 Exhaust, Moto Spec Software, Brooklin Cycle Racing

Follow Trevor @onespeedinc Suzuki Canada @suzukicanada

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