This is the weekend of the Canadian Superbike doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (a.k.a. Mosport). Only one of the five CSBK series is close, but every one of them is still up for grabs. Here’s a quick preview.
Jordan Szoke has won every Pro Superbike race this year, but Kenny Riedmann came close to grabbing the second race of the Shubenacadie double-header. The big question this weekend will be, can Riedmann get by Szoke again? Szoke has a stranglehold on the standings in any case, unless disaster strikes and he is out of the points in both races, in which case second-place Riedmann or even third-place Ben Young could win it all.
Speaking of Young, he’s a lock to win the Rookie of the Year award this weekend. He’d probably like a race win to go with it — he finished fourth at Shannonville, then third in every race since. But Young hasn’t really threatened for a win yet.
Another wild card (literally!): Claudio Corti, who’s had a decent career roadracing in Europe and is currently second in MotoAmerica Superstock, has also been announced as an entry this weekend, on an RSV4. We can’t wait to see how this one plays out!
Pro Sport Bike
Kenny Riedmann has dominated here all season long, and with almost a hundred-point lead on Alex Coelho (second place) and Michael Taylor (third place), he’s not likely to be dethroned. But don’t be shocked if Taylor grabs one or both wins. He’s only one point behind second place in the standings (121 points vs. Coelho’s 122 points) so the battle for second place in both the race and the overall leaderboard might be interesting.
Jean-Marc Bilger has 175 points, a healthy lead over second-place Chris Brent (142 points). But if any series is full of surprises, it’s this one. Jacob Shaw-O’Leary continues his family’s racing dynasty with a grip on third place (142 points). Steve McGregor has fourth with 113 points, and Ernest Bernhard in fifth has 109 points. Don’t be shocked if these top five get a good shuffle by the event’s end. Also, Doug Lawrence, the Flat Track Canada national champion will be in this class over the weekend, on a ZX-10. Lawrence always has impressive results when he shows up in a CSBK roadrace, winning the Am Superbike race at St-Eustache earlier this year, and also winning the Ninja 300 mini-series last year. Could he win again this weekend, and end up with a pro license next year?
Amateur Sport Bike
Chris Brent has been impressing all season long, and leads this series with 188 points. Shaw-O’Leary is in second in this series, with 139 points. Eric Richard has 99 points for third, but there are several riders below him who could knock him out of his position.
Kawasaki Ninja 300
Eric Quintin leads the spec series with 369 points, and Brandon Pemberton is in second with 368 points. This is the only race series all weekend that is really up for contention. Jared Walker (third, with 293 points) could always make a run on first-place as well.
But the real reason you’ll want to watch the 300 series? CMG’s got JP Schroeder racing for us again, and the trash talk has already started. Be sure to come out and cheer us on, and boo that bum Jacob Black.
For full details (location, schedule, ticket pricing, race times) on the CTMP double-header, click here.