Young people storm the Superbike pole, Tremblay breaks the Sport Bike record from day one at Calabogie
Toronto, ON – The Canadian Superbike Championship kicked off the first day of its 2021 season on Saturday, as 2019 champion Ben Young crushed the Pro Superbike field on his return to racing at Calabogie Motorsports Park.
The BMW driver of Van Dolder’s home team had a bit of rust to shake off after almost two full years away from the series, dropping almost a second off pace in the morning practice sessions. Young quickly returned to championship form in qualifying, however, as he clocked 2: 02.436 to snatch his seventh career Yuasa Batteries pole position with a healthy 0.749 second margin.
After Young and starting from the middle of the front row on Sunday there will be Tomas Casas, who set his career best record in qualifying in second place while also making his comeback after a year without CSBK. The Parts Canada Yamaha rider narrowly edged defending champion Jordan Szoke in third, with just 0.097 seconds separating the two.
Szoke’s championship defense will see him start from the end of the front row aboard his Canada General Guarantee Kawasaki, as the 14-time national title winner looks for his sixth straight victory at Calabogie in race one Sunday.
Leading the second row was much-vaunted rookie Alex Dumas, who overcame a disastrous qualifying session to reclaim fourth place under the checkered flag. Liqui teenager Moly Suzuki crashed in his exit lap and was subsequently taken out of laps for violating pit lane procedures, but still managed to record a time of 2: 03.717 in the final seconds to climb into the top five and score four different manufacturers in the top four.
Dumas’ last lap replaced a formidable effort from Sebastian Tremblay, who will start fifth in his less powerful Kawasaki Performance 600cc Turcotte. The fan favorite clocked 2: 03.847 which would have broken his own Sport Bike lap record he posted earlier today.
Heading the third row and starting sixth on Sunday, last year’s finalist Samuel Guerin, who struggled in his BMW EFC Group but still managed to get into the the first two rows for Sunday’s double program.
Young’s pole time will also make him the No. 1 favorite in the Yuasa Batteries Pole Position table, as he will quickly take the lead over Casas and Szoke in this class, regardless of Sunday’s results.
Tremblay’s excellent Saturday was followed by a historic outing at Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike, as he took pole position by more than a second and a half to break the qualifying round record, despite his Superbike time was almost a second better than her lap. from 2: 04.741 on the same machine.
The two-time winner of last year’s race is the consensus favorite to win the Sport Bike category and his first Pro Championship in 2021, and he showed why on Saturday by finishing well ahead of Turcotte Performance teammate Christian Allard in second position.
Allard was the headliner in what should be a close battle for second place, with the next five runners after Tremblay being separated by just a second. David MacKay completed a Kawasaki front row lockout aboard his Mack Attack Racing machine, while Elliott Vieira placed his Snow City Yamaha in fourth to take the second row lead.
Julien Lafortune will start from pole position in the MotorcycleCourse Amateur Superbike category on Sunday, as the Nicolet, QC rider crushed the rest of the field by almost a full second, with Alexandre Cleary in the middle of the front row in second place .
Brad Macrae became the first race winner of the 2021 national campaign, dominating the Brooklin Cycle Racing Amateur Sport Bike class with a clear pole position and victory on Saturday.
The Perth Road, Ont., Native withstood a brief challenge from Bowmanville teenager Matthew Simpson, who settled for second place in his sportbike debut after making the jump from the lightweight class. , while Nathan Playford completed the podium at the season opener at the CMP.
The other event on Saturday was won by teenager Mackenzie Weil, who led start to finish in the first race of the Super Sonic Road Race School Lightweight Sport Bike doubles program to take the championship lead aboard his Kawasaki MotorcycleCourse.
Weil was closely challenged by Jacob Black throughout the race, but Black’s attempt to pass on the last lap on the youngster almost lost both riders as the enigmatic Aussie was forced to settle for second place.
“Things got a little tricky at the end, which was a bit confusing for both of us,” Black said, before dropping the quote from the weekend. “I just have to have a beer, change my pants and win tomorrow!” “
Mike Maguire completed the podium in the first half of the doubles program, taking advantage of a late fall from Raphaël Lacasse-Linteau who was in the lead group with Weil and Black until the penultimate lap.
Sunday’s action at Calabogie Motorsports Park will include a pair of races in the featured Pro Superbike category, as the full schedule – including Saturday’s results – can be viewed online on the series’ official website at www.csbk. it.