Tomas Casas and the Yamaha Canada/Parts Canada team entered the CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship season finale at Calabogie Motorsports Park with high hopes to end the year, but an unfortunate crash brought an early end to the weekend as Casas wrapped up another solid season in the feature class.
The ITK9-backed rider had his first round at Calabogie derailed by arm pump and his second round at CTMP affected by a pit lane start, but managed to post strong results in both instances as he entered the final round in a solid fifth in the championship, his first full season aboard a Superbike machine.
His return to Calabogie got off to a slow start, as he placed his YZF-R1 in eighth in FP1 and a distant 3.559 seconds off the pace, though Casas had been dealing with vision issues after switching to contact lenses for the first time this week.
With improved eyesight in FP2, Tomas managed to improve his pace and briefly ran inside the top-three, before conditions improved late in the session to demote Casas back to seventh. Despite being another three seconds off the fastest time, the team was just over a second off third in the combined times as the top two of Alex Dumas and Ben Young were comfortably ahead of the rest of the grid.
That trend continued in qualifying, as Tomas again briefly ran on the front row before the lead duo began to take over. With over a second separating Dumas and Young from third, Casas managed to qualify sixth and just 0.396 seconds off the “best of the rest,” giving him a real shot at the podium in the doubleheader on Saturday.
Unfortunately, that doubleheader quickly proved to be just a few laps for Casas, as he fell victim to an unfortunate incident on lap three of race one. After a strong start moved Tomas into the battle for fourth with Trevor Daley, a rider in front of them crashed out in turn five, forcing both Daley and Casas to check up with Tomas unfortunately crashing out as he took avoiding action.
Casas thankfully walked away from the high-speed incident with no major injuries, but his Yamaha machine was far less lucky, and with a short turnaround before race two it became clear that Tomas would not be able to continue his day.
Despite a consistently strong season leading up to the final round, the zero in the column at round three will leave Casas seventh in the final standings, though he still manages to finish as the top Yamaha rider for the third time in four seasons.
Tomas will immediately turn his focus towards the 2022 campaign, and hopefully more opportunities to find the top step of the podium with riders expecting a full calendar for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic.
Casas would like to thank title sponsors Yamaha Motor Canada, Parts Canada and ITK9 for helping get the team back on track this summer, while also recognizing the support from Motul, GBRacing, Pro6 Cycle and Dunlop Tires, Hindle Exhaust Systems, Bickle Racing, Flexiglass, DP Brakes, Brooklin Cycle Racing, Vortex, Human 2.0, Acme Motorsports, Forsaken Motorsports, Peterborough Cycle Salvage, Trackdayhub.com, Laps4MD and everyone else who continues to support the team’s quest for a Canada Cup.
Lastly, Casas would like to give a special thank you to his entire team (Julio Casas, Jason Williams, Rob Cusineau, Andrew Trevitt and Franklin Dominguez), Scott Cartier, Herve Remetter, Jon Cornwell and Andrew Jones from ATR for their work and help where needed.
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From a press release