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The Canadian Superbike series has sent out a press release with several updates, including new technical rules and the announcement of a second double-header added to the series.
Although the 2017 series was originally scheduled to only have one double-header (the end-of-season weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park), CSBK has confirmed the Shubenacadie weekend will also have a double-header race. Both the Pro Sport Bike and Pro Superbike classes will race on Saturday and Sunday at Atlantic Motorsport Park (July 15 and 16). That means qualifying has been moved to Friday.
Racers looking to learn the tricky Nova Scotia track should head east early, as CSBK expects the Atlantic Racing League to offer a test day on Sunday, July 9, ahead of the CSBK weekend.
Other news: CSBK now requires rear warning lights for races run on wet tracks. The rules will match FIM standards; see full details in the press release below. CSBK will also require oil-retaining lower fairings, with drain plugs, and guards or protectors for front brake levers. CSBK also recommends riders install chain guards this year, although it’s not a requirement yet. And, due to changes in the availability and pricing of AMB transponders, CSBK is no longer providing them as a no-cost loan; competitors must provide their own unit.
CSBK has also announced the support classes running at the first four national events. At Shannonville, RACE Lightweight Production will also run on the opening weekend. At the Grand Bend round, Vintage and RACE Lightweight Production will also compete. At St-Eustache, Lightweight, Open Amateur, Extreme Open and Sportsman classes will also compete, and the Shubenacadie round will see ARL’s Lightweight SuperSport and ARL Sportsman Invitational rounds.
See more details in the CSBK press release below.
2017 Mopar CSBK Competitor Update
1. AMP NOVA SCOTIA PRO DOUBLEHEADERS CONFIRMED
The fourth round of the 2017 Mopar CSBK National Championship Series, presented by Pro Cycle at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Nova Scotia, July 14-16, will offer two separate races for the two Pro classes. National points and prize money paying, and broadcast, races for the Mopar Pro Superbike Feature class and the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class will be offered, one each on Saturday and Sunday.
Qualifying for these races will take place on Friday, July 14.
An official Thursday Test day, July 13, will be co-hosted by Pro and CSBK.
It is expected that a Test Day will also be offered by the local Society of the Atlantic Racing League at A.M.P. on Sunday, July 9.
2. REAR SAFETY LIGHTS required for WET EVENTS in MOPAR CSBK
As discussed during Competitor Meetings during 2016 Mopar CSBK National events, rear warning lights are required in 2017, with rules matched to the FIM standards for 2017 World Superbike and Supersport (John Bickle will have approved lights available at each venue):
All motorcycles must have a functioning compact red light mounted at the rear of the machine. This Rear Safety Light must be switched on any time the motorcycle is on the track or ridden in the Pit Lane and the session is declared Open or Wet. All Rear Safety Lights must comply with the following:
a. Lighting direction must be parallel to the machine centre line (motorcycle running direction) and be clearly visible from the rear at least 15 degrees to both left and right sides of the machine’s centre line.
b. The Rear Safety Light must be mounted near the end of the seat/rear bodywork and be approximately on the machine’s centre line, in a position approval at Technical Inspection. In case of dispute regarding the mounting position, the decision of the Technical staff will be final.
c. Power output/luminosity equivalent should be approx. 10 -15 (incandescent), 0.6 – 1.8 W (LED).
d. The output must be continuous – no flashing Rear Safety Light permitted when on track, flashing is permitted in the Pit Lane when pit limiter is active.
e. Rear Safety Light power supply may be separated from the motorcycle (battery operated acceptable).
f. The Technical Inspection staff has the right to refuse any Rear Safety Light system not satisfying this safety purpose.
3. OIL RETAINING LOWER FAIRINGS with Drain Holes and Plugs
Every machine approved for competition in CSBK events must have an oil-retaining (sealed) lower fairing. Each lower fairing must have at least one hole for drainage in the bottom of the fairing, with a removable plug that allows this water drainage hole to be sealed during typical dry racing use. Please see the Technical guidelines on the CSBK web site for complete details.
4. FRONT BRAKE LEVER GUARDS or Protectors
Every machine approved for competition in CSBK events must have a device to protect the front brake lever from contact with another competitor while on-track. This can be a bar-end guard or a separate protector that runs parallel and in front of the brake lever. Each device must be specifically approved for race use by the CSBK Technical Inspectors.
5. CHAIN GUARDS
Although not a current Rules requirement, CSBK strongly recommend the use of a chain guard/protector below the swing arm and in front of the rear sprocket on all competition machines.
6. SUPPORT CLASSES at CSBK NATIONALS in 2017
Round One: SMP – 1. RACE Lightweight Production
Round Two: Grand Bend – 1. Vintage and 2. RACE Lightweight Production
Round Three: St-Eustache – Saturday: 1. Lightweight and 2. Open Amateur; Sunday: 1. Extreme Open and 2. Sportsman
Round Four: A.M.P. – 1. ARL Sportsman Invitational; 2. ARL Lightweight SuperSport
Round Five: C.T.M.P. – To Be Announced
7. THURSDAY TESTS at 2017 CSBK National Rounds
Please see each host group’s web sites for details and pre-booking discount opportunities – space may be limited.
Round One – SMP -Thursday, May 25: Hosted by RACE
Round Two – Grand Bend – Thursday, June 8 – Hosted by Grand Bend Motorplex/CSBK
Round Three – Autodrome St-Eustache – Thursday, June 22 – Hosted by MotoNation
Round Four – A.M.P., N.S. – Thursday, July 13 – Hosted by Pro Cycle and CSBK
Round Five – C.T.M.P. – Thursday, August 17 – Hosted by Rider’s Choice
8. VINTAGE SUPPORT CLASS RACER at GRAND BEND CSBK NATIONAL Round
Grand Bend Motorplex Vintage support class competitors please contact Carol at CSBK (email@example.com) to reserve your plate number for the Heavyweight or Middleweight Vintage (combined) race classes; efforts will be made to ensure that you compete with your existing race plate number.
9. AMB TIMING DEVICES NO LONGER PROVIDED FROM 2018
Due to changes in the availability and pricing of AMB Timing devices, 2017 will be the final season that CSBK provides the no-charge loan of AMB Transmitter for CSBK National events. Competitors should plan to purchase their own permanent AMB Transmitter for their use, either rechargeable or hard-wired.
10. DOUBLEHEADER SUNDAY RACE GRIDS based on Previous RACE RESULTS (race day one)
In situations where there are Double Header races on Saturday and Sunday at the same weekend’s event, at A.M.P. and at C.T.M.P., the grid for the “second” Sunday race will now be based on the finishing order of the Saturday, opening National race. An award will be presented to the pole sitter for the Pro Superbike class, but no purse will be added for the Q/Race results. No series qualifying result points will be awarded for the second race of the weekend in each class.
11. SERIES or CLASS IDENTIFICATION DECALS REQURIED on Series machinery
The following series stickers will be required on each racing machine in the 2017 Mopar CSBK events, and are available at Technical Inspection during each event:
All classes: MOPAR CSBK oval “Pill” on fairing ears or on faring screen immediately above Fairing “ears;” Dynojet on upper half of main fairing AND motorcycle manufacturer Brand I.D. on gas tank area.
Pro Superbike: “Dalton Timmis Insurance TSN” above front number, or below if spacing will not allow placement above number plate area; “Magneti Marelli offered by Mopar” on the upper half of the main fairing
Pro Sport Bike: “Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike” on upper quarter of main fairing
Amateur Sport Bike: “Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike” on upper quarter of main fairing
Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec: no other required stickers