The schedule for the 2009 Parts Canada Superbike series has been announced, the 30th season for professional superbike racing in Canada. There are two pleasant surprises with it, as well.
First is the return to a Quebec venue, specifically the ICAR Circuit at Mirabel, the old international airport. Second is that Race City in Calgary still appears to be hanging on despite attempts by the city to close it down; the series’ traditional June date is in place, and we’ve received notice that the local clubs have races and track days booked through the season.
The other change to the series is for the Calabogie round, where for the series’ second appearance there the riders will use the entire long circuit, instead of the abbreviated Stadium Track that was used in 2008.
As in the past, each national round will stage races for the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike, Armour Bodies Amateur 600 Sport Bike, Canadian Thunder, Canadian Sport Twins, Suzuki SV650 National Cup and Honda CBR125R Challenge national support divisions.
The series will also make its traditional visit to the Jennings GP circuit in Florida for the Official Pirelli Tire Test April 28-29. For the first time this test will be open to competitors in all classes of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, after previously being restricted to factory Pro teams.
Additionally, earlier this year Pirelli renewed its deal to be spec tire supplier to the Parts Canada Superbike Championship for another three years.
Series dates are:
April 28-29, Test Jennings GP, Jennings, FL
May 21-24, Round 1 Calabogie Motorsport Park, Calabogie, ON
June 11-14, Round 2 ICAR Mirabel, Montreal, QC
June 25-28, Round 3 Race City Motorsports Park, Calgary, AB
July 16-19, Rounds 4-5 Mosport International Raceway, Mosport, ON
Aug. 6-9, Round 6 Atlantic Motorsport Park, Shubenacadie, NS
Sept. 3-6, Round 7 Shannonville Motorsport Park (Pro), Shannonville, ON