In preparation for the upcoming round of the Canadian Superbike Championship on July 8-10, Autodrome St-Eustache in Quebec has been completely resurfaced.
The track surface had gotten into a sad state over the years and had been partially repaved in the fall of 2009. In November of last year, the remaining surface was repaved, making the entire road course, once again, motorcycle friendly. The repaving is complete but there is still some construction going on at the track.
We sent Costa Mouzouris to ride the course, but since he didn’t have an appropriate track bike, he drove the course in his car during an ASE track day. He reports that the course is indeed smooth, and grip seemed quite good. There were some minor irregularities at the seams between the different sections of pavement, though they weren’t at critical areas of the track and really not an issue.
He did spot one new area of concern at the track for motorcycle riders, and that is at the far end of the circuit, in the left-hand turn called the Carousel. A tall dirt wall has been erected outside the entire length of the turn as a sound barrier. The wall was a necessity, as local residents have been complaining about the noise for years.
This wall has completely changed the dynamics of the Carousel and although the track itself has not been altered at that spot (aside form the fresh asphalt), the turn seems much tighter. Run off through the turn has been reduced to a few metres so it will likely need some air fence installed during a race weekend.
You can do a lap with Costa and see the new track surface in the video below.