The Ontario RACE road racing series
ended with a bang as Frank Trombino cemented double championships in
the banner Pro Superbike and Pro 600 classes riding Ben Gartner’s
Prostar Hondas. Shannonville specialist Trombino had clinched the
Superbike title (and therefore RACE’s No.1 plate for next year) at
the previous race, but came looking for the double.
His task was made a bit easier since
chief rival Jodi Christie had elected to try his luck at the final
AMA round in the U.S. and therefore wasn’t at Shannonville, but
Trombino still needed a victory to get the necessary points. He did
so with a dominating performance, grabbing the hole shot and easing
away a bit each lap in cold, sketchy conditions.
He didn’t have as easy a time of it in
the Superbike race, which he only won at the last corner after a
spectacular battle with Mike Ferreira’s BMW Motorrad Canada S1000RR.
This was the second race in a row that these two have provided
eye-popping action, and certainly anybody watching hopes that BMW
will attend the regional series next year (Ferreira was allowed the
use of the bike for the RACE series after the Parts Canada national
series had finished).
Despite the cold conditions, made worse
by the constant threat of rain, with occasional mist and rain drops
falling, there were relatively few incidents and a remarkable number
of close, tight races.
One of the best races of the day was the Moto
Excel Honda CBR Cup, which had nine finalists dueling in two close
packs, drawing nearly everyone in the paddock to the pit wall.
Interest was added with superbike racers Trombino and Matt McBride
taking part on two machines owned by McBride; the kids were thrilled
to be racing with the Pros, and as it turned out said Pros were not
in the lead group. Trombino laughed later, "It was a lot of fun,
and I think Matt and I might have learned something from the kids!"
Unfortunately, the four-bike race for
the lead ended two corners from the end, as Ryan McCormick and Stacey
Nesbitt collided, sending both riders into the dirt. Nesbitt ended up
under her bike, but turned out to be okay except for a sore wrist
which she was going to have X-rayed on their way home. Nicole
Pilkington inherited second, but got some applause on the podium when
she said "I feel a little guilty here; it was just a
fourth-place ride for me today. I feel bad for Stacey and Ryan."
In the Amateur ranks things were shaken
up a little, as Bill McKay did not win all three of his races as
usual (although he did make it to the podium in all three). He also
wrapped up three class titles, and will be riding as a Pro in 2011.
A new Amateur star was born, however,
as Adam Murray, in only his second race weekend, took comfortable
victories in both the Novice 600 and Superbike events, so he’ll be
starting 2011 as an Amateur.