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Short, fast, sweeping, unpredictable, undulating, breath-taking, 4.4km of pure adrenaline. Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is the perfect backdrop for the opening round of the 2018 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship, and it’s set to be a season to remember. Everything restarts here, and if previous experience is anything to go by, we will be treated to a weekend of stunning racing action to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

The man with the target on his back is reigning world champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team), who has won five out of the last six races around Phillip Island. Already impressing with his pace throughout the two day Official test in Australia, it is difficult to look past Rea as a podium finisher this weekend. Despite suffering from three crashes over the two days, he heads into the first round of the season working through all of testing regime and ready for the battle. British team-mate Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) could be the dark horse this season, as he prepares for his ninth season with the Provec squad. Heading into 2018 with a clear mind and determined attitude, he explains he feels stronger than last season and had some strong pre-season tests on the green machine. Never winning around the circuit, Sykes was on pole in 2016 and has only taken three podiums here – but with a strong two days at the Official test you would be a fool to rule him out.

Over in the red corner, Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) has been spending his winter nursing an injury sustained in the Jerez test back in November. Struggling slightly with the set up of his Panigale R throughout the winter, the newly wed is hoping to find some magic ahead of the weekend. Finishing on the podium on half of his appearances around the 4.4km circuit, Davies is yet to win despite being involved in some sensational battles – most notably the one to the line last season. Whilst Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) had a stronger official test to start the week, and with positive memories of the circuit with victories in 125cc and 250cc World Championships, he will np doubt go into the race with a positive outlook. Making his return to the series here last season in which he took a podium finish, he clearly has the pace and a positive outlook should help ahead of the weekend.

With podium finishes to his name in both WorldSSP and WorldSBK, Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) has been building a strong pace with his YZF-R1 throughout the two day test, with a good pace the first and final sectors of the track. One of seven circuits he has taken a WorldSBK podium around, he will be hoping to make a big impact for the start of 2018. Whilst Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) is working to continue with the podium pace he acquired last season, and despite being locked in a stunning top three battle last season, he is yet to take home a trophy from Australia.

An all new line up welcomes all new challenges for the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team, as Leon Camier and Jake Gagne will prepare to battle on the Fireblade CBR1000RR SP2 machines. Impressing with a strong pre-season pace so far since first swinging his leg over the bike, Camier may not be confident of having the race pace yet, but he is showing positive signs on the machine. Taking a best result of fifth position around the circuit, the British rider will have a challenging weekend ahead whilst team-mate Gagne will be hoping to make a solid and steady start to his first full time WorldSBK appearance.

Returning to the WorldSBK paddock for the first time since 2014, Loris Baz (GULF Althea BMW Racing Team) is ready for a challenging but enjoyable season. Starting to understand the German machine, he had a strong two day test in Australia and will be eager to quickly adjust to the Pirelli tyres and be fighting for some strong positions. Positive memories from 2014 will surely follow the 25 year old, after he secured a podium with Kawasaki Down Under.

After a difficult two day test, Jordi Torres (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) will be wanting to put the opening day behind him which saw the Spanish rider crash at 190kph, he will continue to work with his new team as they try to develop the Italian machine. Taking a fourth position here back in 2015, Torres has plenty of experience Down Under to help his adjust to his new machine.

With all the action set to kick off in under two days, anticipation fills the air as the 2018 season is set to get underway and all can be followed on the WorldSBK Video Pass, so you can’t miss a minute.

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The 2018 edition of the Motorcycle Show rolled into Toronto’s Enercare Centre on February 16 to 18, and Inside Motorcycles was on hand to say hello to our readers, take in all the action and check out the latest models and products.

In addition to prize draws that saw one lucky winner take home a Kawasaki Versys 300X during Friday’s She Rides night followed by a double giveaway of two Kawasaki Z125 Pro motorcycles on Saturday afternoon, motorcycle enthusiasts in attendance were treated to riding demonstrations by the Ontario Provincial Police Golden Helmets as well as stunt show featuring Craig Latimer and Cesare Costantini. As always the Yamaha Riding Academy proved to be a hit with kids while displays by associations and groups such as the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders and the Vintage Road Racing Association drew large crowds throughout the weekend.

The large gathering of motorcyclists also provided an opportunity for a couple of manufacturers to hold the Canadian debut of their latest products.

One of the motorcycles garnering attention throughout the weekend was Kawasaki’s Z900RS Café. While the nostalgic “root beer” coloured Z900RS had been present at other Canadian shows, the Toronto Show marked the first appearance of the café racer version in the impossible to miss Kawasaki Green.

Proving that the Motorcycle Show truly does have something for everyone, Yamaha chose Toronto for the Canadian unveiling of the all-new YZ65. Built as a stepping stone to the brand’s 85 cc dirt bike, the two-stroke YZ65 definitely drew the attention of young show goers.

Another highlight of the show was the CSBK autograph and interview session with several road-racing stars, including 12-time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke. Judging by the turnout for this session as well as an information meeting to outline the rules and regulations for CSBK’s new amateur lightweight sport bike class, the future of road racing in Canada is very strong.

The Motorcycle Shows will wrap up their 2018 schedule after the final show in Montreal on February 23 to 25. Details on the Motorcycle Shows can be found online at www.motorcycleshows.ca.

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TORONTO (January 16, 2018) – The one-month countdown is on for Ontario’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers’ event of the year.

Toronto will be center-stage as the world’s top brands showcase their newest products and technology to enthusiasts at the Motorcycle Show-Toronto, presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance, February 16-18 at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place.

This celebration of the motorcycle lifestyle will be the first opportunity for Ontario’s riding enthusiasts to see the new 2018 motorcycle, ATV, side-by-side and scooter models that will be on sale at dealerships when the spring riding season rolls around. Aprilia, BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa and Yamaha will all be participating at the province’s only stop on the six-city national show tour.

In addition to the 500+ bikes on display and the latest in apparel, accessories and touring destinations, there’s a wide-range of exciting family-friendly features that will appeal to riders of all ages and experience levels:

· She Rides Night (Friday, February 16) - Women make up the fastest-growing segment of motorcycling. This is an evening of celebration for women who ride and those considering the sport. In addition to information and advice specific to the needs of the female rider, ladies will get half-price admission to the Show after 5 pm and be eligible to enter a draw that night to win a 2018 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS. There’s also free parking for all on Friday night after 5pm.

· Yamaha Riding Academy For Kids introduces children, aged 6-12, to the wonderful world of riding, with hands-on certified instruction and riding gear provided in a 15-minute riding session on the latest Yamaha TT-R off-road motorcycle

· Stunt Shows - Canadian stunt riding star Craig Latimer and Toronto’s Cesare Costantini will showcase their streetbike freestyle stunt-riding prowess during all three days of the Show.

· Kawasaki Double Take Giveaway – Saturday afternoon, show-goers can enter to win one of two Kawasaki Z125 PRO motorcycles up for grabs in the Kawasaki Double Take Giveaway later that day.

· Ontario Provincial Police Golden Helmets - The OPP’s precision motorcycle riding team will perform exhibitions of their superb riding skills aboard their fleet of Harley-Davidson Police Specials.

· Yamaha’s “How To” Demos - Clinton Smout, one of the country’s leading motorcycle training experts, will demonstrate to riders how to safely navigate challenges like riding over obstacles and gravel roads.

· Vintage Motorcycles - Take a trip down memory lane and see how motorcycles, scooters and side cars have evolved over the decades with exhibits from the Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group and Vintage Road Racing Association.

· Bike Life Lounge is a gathering place for show-goers to rest their feet, enjoy a refreshment and take-in moto lifestyle presentations and booths.

Show hours are: Friday, February 16 (noon - 9 pm); Saturday, February 17 (10 am - 8 pm); Sunday, February 18 (10 am - 5 pm). Discounted advance adult tickets are on sale now for $16 through the website’s online box office and at select Ontario dealers. The show falls on the Family Day weekend and special Family Passes are available for $42 (2 Adults & 2 Juniors. Children 5 and under admitted free)

Visit www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca for more info and to order tickets.

ABOUT DALTON TIMMIS INSURANCE

Headquartered in Ancaster, Ontario, the Dalton Timmis Insurance Group is known across Canada as an innovative brokerage that provides specialty insurance products and programs, including its Home for Chrome Motorcycle division, Commercial, Transportation and Personal Insurance divisions. Dalton Timmis Insurance was ranked the number 1 Canadian Brokerage in 2016 by Insurance Business Magazine. Their Home for Chrome Motorcycle division is the presenting sponsor of the Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto Motorcycle Shows.

ABOUT POWER SPORT SERVICES

Power Sport Services (PSS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). PSS owns and produces six premiere motorcycle and ATV shows held annually in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jerry Priddle - Toronto Show Public Relations

jerrypriddle@accelmc.com (905) 554-9491 (office) (416) 312-9491 (mobile)

Neil Fardy - Toronto Show Manager

neil@powersportservices.ca 905-752-1158 (office)

Tim Stover - Power Sport Services, Motorcycle Moped Industry Council, Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council

tstover@powersportservices.ca (416) 491-4449 (office) 1-877-470-6642 (toll-free) (289) 259-4112 (mobile)

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TORONTO (December 6, 2017) – Enthusiasts attending the Motorcycle Show-Toronto presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance in February will see the largest collection of new 2018 motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in Ontario, all under one roof at the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place.

And now, thanks to Canadian Kawasaki Motors, they will also have the chance to enter to win one of three motorcycles at the show.

Kawasaki has been a long-time supporter of She Rides Night, with motorcycle giveaways. The show’s opening- night feature celebrates women who ride or are considering taking up the sport. Friday evening has half-price show admission for women after 5:00 pm, free parking for all, with activities and prizes that appeal to women riders. The highlight of the night will be a ladies-only* draw for a 2018 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS.

Show attendees* can enter a draw Saturday afternoon for their chance to win one of two Kawasaki Z125 PRO motorcycles that will be up for grabs in the Kawasaki Double Take Giveaway later that afternoon from the show floor.

“Canadian Kawasaki has really upped their game at the Motorcycle Show-Toronto with these three bike giveaways, and there’s going to be a good buzz at the Enercare Centre on the Friday and Saturday of the show when the draws take place,” said Show Manager, Neil Fardy. “These Kawasaki models highlight the joys of riding and are sure to put big smiles on the faces of the lucky show-goers who win them.”

The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 ABS has a compact and responsive, ninja-derived 296cc twin cylinder engine that makes it one of a kind. Sporty and nimble handling comes thanks to a lightweight chassis and long-travel suspension. Whether commuting, long distance riding, or exploring unpaved roads the Versys-X 300 ABS is your ticket to adventure.

Small in size and big on fun, the all-new Kawasaki Z125 PRO is a nimble streetfighter that’s designed to defy what a lightweight motorcycle can be. With radical Kawasaki “Z” styling, the Z125 PRO is your invitation to the rebellious side of fun.

In addition to prize giveaways and new model debuts, the family-friendly Motorcycle Show-Toronto has special features that appeal to riders of all ages and experience levels, including Yamaha’s Riding Academy for Kids (ages 6-12), How To Riding Skills Demo’s with expert Clinton Smout, and motorcycle stunt shows starring Canadian star Craig Latimer.

Show hours are: Friday, February 16 (noon - 9 pm); Saturday, February 17 (10 am - 8 pm); Sunday, February 18 (10 am - 5 pm).

For Show features, ticket prices, and info visit www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca. Discounted advance tickets are on sale now through the website’s online box office and at select Ontario dealers.

The Motorcycle Show-Toronto presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance is produced by Power Sport Services. This is the Show where enthusiasts will get their first live look at the new 2018 motorcycle, scooter, ATV and side-by-side models set in impressive displays from the biggest brands in the business, including Aprilia, BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa and Yamaha.


ABOUT DALTON TIMMIS INSURANCE

Headquartered in Ancaster, Ontario, the Dalton Timmis Insurance Group is known across Canada as an innovative brokerage that provides specialty insurance products and programs, including its Home for Chrome Motorcycle division, Commercial, Transportation and Personal Insurance divisions. Dalton Timmis Insurance was ranked the number 1 Canadian Brokerage in 2016 by Insurance Business Magazine. Their Home for Chrome Motorcycle division is the presenting sponsor of the Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto Motorcycle Shows.

ABOUT POWER SPORT SERVICES

Power Sport Services (PSS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Motorcycle & Moped Industry Council (MMIC) and the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). PSS owns and produces six premiere motorcycle and ATV shows held annually in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Vancouver.
(* must be 19 year of age and up to enter)

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Toronto Show Public Relations
Jerry Priddle
Accelerate Marketing & Communications
jerrypriddle@accelmc.com
(905) 554-9491 (office)
(416) 312-9491 (mobile)

Toronto Show Manager
Neil Fardy
neil@powersportservices.ca
905-752-1158 (office)

Power Sport Services
Motorcycle Moped Industry Council
Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council
Tim Stover
tstover@powersportservices.ca
(416) 491-4449 (office)
1-877-470-6642 (toll-free)
(289) 259-4112 (mobile)

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Bowmanville, ON (December 6, 2017)- SPECIAL CTMP CHRISTMAS TICKET PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME!

Each Package Includes:

A pair of Advanced Weekend Super Tickets, 2 Hats, 2 Lanyards & Pass holders, Event Souvenir Program and a Lunch Voucher for Two at the Pinty's Trackside Grill.
(includes your choice of hamburger, sausage or hot dog, fries, chips or chocolate bar and your choice of drink)

You will receive a confirmation email upon your purchase.

Ticket & Lunch Vouchers will be mailed in the Spring. All other items to be picked up at the Merchandise Trailer during the Event Weekend.

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Contact: canadiantiremotorsportpark.com | 1-800-866-1072 | info@ctmpark.com

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Toronto ON –  November 21, 2017 –  The 2018 Mopar CSBK Canadian National motorcycle road racing series will include five weekends next year, all at venues established with the National tour.

The season opens with the 54th National roadracing event at Shannonville Motorsport Park, just East of Belleville, ON, May 25-27.  The S.M.P. venue has hosted National rounds on three separate versions of the multi-use circuit originally called Nelson International when the facility opened in the fall of 1976.

Mopar CSBK will once again use the perimeter “Pro Circuit” layout, with ten turns over 2.47 kilometers in length. In 12 of the past 15 years, the Pro racer who has won the CSBK opening race has gone on to win the overall Canadian number one plate.

Jordan Szoke of Lynden, ON will be aiming for his 13th career overall National Championship in 2018, and his fourth title in a row aboard the Express Lane/Motovan/BMW Motorrad backed S1000RR.  The 38-year-old Szoke has achieved three perfect Superbike National seasons by winning each and every race in 2010, 2015 and 2016, the only racer to ever do so.

Szoke’s only 2017 loss occurred at Grand Bend Motorplex near Lake Huron, ON, the location for the second National in 2018, June 8-10.  Bodhi Edie of Warman, SK earned his second career Feature race victory at Grand Bend last year aboard the Z1/Parts Canada backed Yamaha YZF-R1.  Grand Bend joined the tour last year, and their round will again take place on the 11 turn, 2.2 km long “Technical Track.”

Round three is slated for Autodrome St-Eustache just North West of Montreal, QC, June 29-July 1.  The multi-use venue, also a host to NASCAR oval auto events, is a tight and demanding ten turns and 1.93 kms that usually yields very close, hard-fought racing.

The CSBK tour next heads east for the penultimate event at Atlantic Motorsport Park, North of Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 19-22.  The 2.56 km in length, 11 turn facility, built in 1974, is home to the world famous back straight “roller coaster,” one of many unique features of the hilly coaster venue.  

The Pro Cycle-backed Atlantic weekend will feature a Double Header fro the two Professional-level categories, Mopar CSBK and Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike (middleweight) offering National races on both Saturday and Sunday.  This means that the Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole sessions will take place on Friday afternoon, July 20, determining the Feature race grid one-day sooner than usual.

The traditional grand finale for the Canadian Superbike season once again takes place on August 10-12 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the former Mosport International, one-hour North East of Toronto, ON.  This event is a double header for all five of the classes on the CSBK tour, adding Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike and Shoei Premium Helmets AM Sport Bike to the two-race per-weekend plan.

Recently announced new category for 2018, Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike, will run Doubleheader races during every Mopar CSBK weekend.

This event at C.T.M.P. marks the 40th Anniversary of Superbike competition in Canada, and special events are planned to support and celebrate the production-based race class history next summer around the high speed design of the 3.9 km, ten turn “old Mosport.”

Mopar CSBK sponsors and organizers continue to look at ways to expand the National Series, and are considering possible options in western Canada in 2019.  All classes in CSBK will compete on Dunlop racing tires, provided by distributor Pro6 in Toronto, for the fifth straight season.

For more information on the Mopar CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship, visit www.csbk.ca or email info@csbk.ca.

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TORONTO (November 7, 2017) – Canada’s top motorcycle manufacturers have confirmed their participation at the 2018 Motorcycle Show-Toronto presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance, returning to the Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, February 16-18. 

This is Ontario’s only stop on the motorcycle manufacturers’ national six-city show tour, which kicks-off in Calgary in early January. For enthusiasts, this will be their first chance get up close and see the 2018 line-up of new motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides before they arrive in dealers’ showrooms next spring.

The brand line-up includes Aprilia, BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson, Ducati, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Polaris, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa, Victory and Yamaha.

In addition to new bikes, enthusiasts can check-out the latest in riding apparel, accessories, touring destinations, and many other exciting exhibits all under one roof.

The family-friendly show has several special features that appeal to riders of all ages and experience levels, including Yamaha’s Riding Academy for Kids and their Riding Skills Demo’s with expert Clinton Smout, She Rides Night (a celebration of women who ride) and motorcycle stunt shows featuring Canadian star Craig Latimer.

“Our show theme is ‘Passion does not take the winter off’ and riders will have plenty to see and do to feed their passion here next February at the Enercare Centre”, said Toronto Show Manager, Neil Fardy.  

“Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, and ride on two, three or four wheels, we’ve got you covered with the biggest and widest-range of new models you’ll see anywhere in Ontario.”

The Motorcycle Show-Toronto presented by Dalton Timmis Insurance is produced by Power Sport Services. 

For Show hours, features, ticket prices and info, visit www.torontomotorcycleshow.ca .

Discounted advance tickets are on sale now through the website’s online box office and at select Ontario dealers.

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Looking for some early Christmas ideas? Want something that can do a lot of good for others, in addition to being cool to wear?

Drop into a Giant Tiger store, pick up a Ride For Dad hat, t-shirt or pair of boxers!

Giant Tiger is graciously donating a portion of the proceeds of the sale of these items towards the Ride For Dad's fight against prostate cancer.

We hope you will join in the fun. Hurry in while supplies last at participating stores.

To join the fight against prostate cancer visit www.RideForDad.ca

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Toronto ON – October 11, 2017 – The opening event of the 2018 Mopar CSBK Canadian National Championship will take place at Shannonville Motorsport Park’s “Pro Circuit” May 25-27, 2018.

For the third straight season, the National motorcycle road racing tour will begin at the famous S.M.P. venue located just east of Belleville in south eastern Ontario.

Shannonville Motorsport Park first hosted motorcycle racing with it’s debut event on Thanksgiving weekend, 1976, and since then has established a reputation as one of Canada’s most popular competition venues. Formed in 1981, Shannonville-based event organizers RACE host the Regional “Super Series” Championship on various versions of the S.M.P. track.

While several different layouts at S.M.P. are available, the nine turn, 2.47 km “Pro Circuit” has lately been the most popular choice with the National Championship Pro and Amateur competitors.

In 2017, a new community-focused partnership was developed for S.M.P.’s opening round, with the Trenton Military Family Resources Centre participating in the event. With so many military members and veterans in the greater Belleville area, the MFRC was a perfect fit for CSBK Superbike at Shannonville.

2018 will mark the 54th National Championship round at the circuit, originally known as Nelson International Raceway, after builder and initial operator John Nelson. Over the past 16 years, the victor at the Shannonville opener has gone on to win the overall National title and number one plate 12 times.

Last season, Mopar Express Lane/Motovan backed veteran Jordan Szoke of Lynden, ON moved through the busy field on his BMW S1000RR Superbike to take the Feature race victory, eventually clinching the overall title at the final event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, ON. This success marked Szoke’s 12th career overall title – no other racer has more than six Pro Superbike number one plates.

At Shannonville in 2018, much attention will be focused on the debut of a brand new category in the National Championship CSBK Series, Amateur Lightweight Production. With two Ltwt races scheduled, one Saturday and one Sunday, Shannonville will showcase these small displacement, entry level production-based machines from Kawasaki, KTM, Yamaha, Honda and other manufacturers.

The rules for the new Lightweight category are loosely based on the standards employed by the Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec series that ran as part of the National tour in 2016 and 2017. 15-year-old Xavier Paradis of Shannon, Quebec won the Championship in 2017, and must be considered a favourite in 2018 for the inaugural Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike Title.

Meanwhile, the 2017 Mopar Express Lane-sponsored Lightweight Production Championship at the RACE Regional Series at Shannonville was won by National Ninja 300 front runner Jake Leclair of Blackstock, ON. At the final 2017 RACE Regional at the end of September, Leclair switched to a Yamaha YZF-R3 and dominated the race, riding with prototype Dunlop Sportmax Q3 tires. Next year, all racers will run on the new Dunlop spec rubber as supplied by distributors Pro 6.

The RACE “Super Series” regional season program will open 2018 with a round May 13-15, and some CSBK participation is expected for that event. The traditional Shannonville School and Test Days will take place April 28 and 29, while the VRRA’s opening Vintage event of 2018, the Quite TT, is slated for S.M.P. May 31 – June 4.

For more information on the Mopar CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship, visit www.csbk.ca or email info@csbk.ca.

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Mathew Scholtz of South Africa made history at Barber Motorsport Park’s final 2017 MotoAmerica round, the Honda Championship of Alabama, with a win for the Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 team.  In a much delayed race with major drainage and traction issues, "“second tier” Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class racer Scholtz (the newly-crowned class Champ) hung on to some wild slides to take the overall, as well as his class, win.

Earlier, Scholtz had crashed in spectacular style heading onto the front straight, a victim of a suddenly increasing rain storm, just as the race was stopped.  After a lengthy, hour-plus delay, the race was re-launched for a third time over 12 laps, rather than the originally-scheduled 21.

Scholtz took the lead from the re-start ahead of Champ Toni Elias on a Yoshimura-Suzuki, but soon veteran Josh Hayes took control on a Monster Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike.  But eventually Hayes was caught by the Broaster Chicken Honda of Jake Gage as well as Elias and Scholtz. 

Gage crashed out of second and the battle for the lead with two laps to go, the Scholtz survived a moment or two out of the saddle to take the win, Elias second (first Superbike) with Hayes (second in Superbike) third overall.  Gagne set the fastest lap of the race.

“I looked back on the second last lap and saw Jake was right there,” explained Scholtz. “So I was just trying to hold him off, focusing on getting the drive so no one could pass me.  I was a little over eager, but I survived, and now I’m really over the moon.”

Pole sitter Roger Hayden (Yoshimura-Suzuki) opted not to take part due to concerns with track conditions, specifically sealer, and third-on-the-grid Josh Herrin pulled into the pits on his Yamaha after the sighting laps.

Veteran Jason DiSalvo was fifth overall and third in Superbike with the WD40-backed BMW – only three of the Feature class bikes made it to the finish!

Hayden Gillim was fourth overall on the “Cycle World” Suzuki, second in Superstock, while Danny Eslick earned sixth overall with his TOBC Racing Yamaha in Motul Superbike, and third in Superstock 1000.

 Mopar Canadian Superbike ace Kenny Riedmann had a rough day, starting with a practice fall Sunday morning due to a technical issue with his Sturgess Cycle/Liqui Moly Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.  Then in the second start for Superbike, he went down in the rain before the race was stopped at the end of the opening lap.

In the final Superbike portion, Riedmann worked through the pack to net a solid ninth overall, sixth in the Superstock category, even though he was nursing a damaged shoulder.    

In the final-ever event of the KTM RC Cup, Quebec’s Alex Dumas wound up sixth at the finish after a wild, sometimes 12 bike strong, slipstreaming battle at the front.  A three bike crash coming out of the final turn on the last lap mixed-up the results, with new KTM Champ Benjamin Smith winning from Gavin Anthony and Sean Ungvarsky.  Next year, the KTM series will be replaced in MotoAmerica by a Lightweight class open to all manufacturers.

“Five wins this season was awesome but this one was really, really special,” said victor Smith.  “These guys were flying, I am so glad I pulled it off and got the Championship.  Overall it was a fantastic season, I have learned so much, the whole series is fantastic, I can’t thank KTM enough.  We’ll go over to Spain and show what we can do.”

MotoAmerica rookie Dumas winds up third overall in the Championship, and also earns a trip to the RC Cup World KTM final event held in conjunction with the World Superbike event in Jerez, Spain, next month.  After a crash in Saturday’s opener, former title contender Dumas ran as high as fourth and as far back as eighth in the lead pack over the course of the race.    

Newly crowned Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec series National Champ Xavier Paradis’ rough weekend in Alabama continued, the teen-ager crashing in the morning warm-up aboard the “Roadracing World” magazine backed wild card KTM RC Cup entry.  In the 11-lap race, Paradis was running at the back of the lead group early when he suffered a spectacular fall in the final turn, ending his first career event in the U.S. after almost-five laps.

In Supersport and Superstock 600 combined class action, Alberta’s Braeden Ortt scored his second podium spot of the weekend, earning third on the Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. New Champ Jason Agular took the run away win on the Riderzlaw Yamaha, Nick McFadden second.

“I had some rear grip issues, and a weeper came up on the track,” explained Ortt, referring to track drainage issues caused by recent heavy rains associated with Hurricanes.  “Over some of the hills the bike was a real shit show, but really there were no major issues, and everyone is battling this heat.

“Conner Blevins (fourth finisher on a Kawasaki) and I really went back and forth,” continued first-year MotoAmerica rider Ortt.  “I saw where he was slower, and I finally made a tight but safe pass in the second-last corner.  It was still tight right to the end.

“We lost the pace of the guys ahead a little bit, there were a few close calls, and we faded back from the leaders.  In the end it worked out.  I don’t know what was going on the first half of the season, but I’ve figured it out – it was a great season, really enjoyed it, and we’ll be making some announcements soon.     

Ortt’s sponsors include Shoei, Cortech, Wolf Custom Homes, Graves Motorsport ands FT-ECU.

In the premier Supersport 600 division, recently-crowned Champ Garrett Gerloff shook off his Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha team-mate J.D. Beach to take the win, and speculated on the podium that he would leave the category after five seasons.  M4 Ecstar Suzuki’s Valentin Debise placed third.   

2017 Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Canadian National Champ Tomas Casas sat out Sunday action at Barber, after crashing during Saturday’s 600 class event with the Parts Canada/Dunlop-backed Yamaha YZF-R6.  Casas, who injured his shoulder, was at the track with his arm in a sling, and took advantage of his enforced break to take his team to the famous local motorcycle museum.

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