It’s time for CSBK’s mid-summer Maritime excursion.
The Canadian Superbike series’ teams are out at Shubenacadie’s Atlantic Motorsports Park, just north of Halifax, Nova Scotia, this weekend. Practice starts today, and the first CBR250R race runs tomorrow, as well as Superpole. The second CBR250R race and all the other races (Pro and amateur superbike, pro and amateur supersport and Harley-Davidson XR1200) will take place on Sunday.
The main race of interest will be the pro superbike event, with Jodi Christie hoping to close the 20-point gap between him and Jordan Szoke in the overall standings. Szoke’s won both races so far this year, and he’s looking to tie Steve Crevier’s all-time AMP win record, at seven victories.
Szoke has won four of the last six CSBK pro superbike races at AMP, but Christie’s been pushing hard all season, and also finished second behind him at Shubie last year, so it ought to be a great race.
There are also several Atlantic Roadracing League events running this weekend at Shubenacadie, including Lightweight Supersport, Formula 46 and an invitational CBR125 race.
CSBK has also announced a change to their CBR250 series rules. Previously, competitors were restricted to the quarter-litre series – they weren’t allowed to also race in CSBK’s superbike or supersport series.
Now, however, that restriction has been lifted, and they can race other machines. The CBR series is still restricted to amateur-level racers, though, so don’t expect to see Jordan Szoke ripping around on a 250 anytime soon.
As well, CSBK has kept the rule that bans former champs from racing again in the CBR series, so Stacey Nesbitt won’t be returning on her 250.
Re: Honda CBR250R Challenge. I hate to ask, but does anybody care any more other than Honda Canada ? Its really too bad, because the 125s proved it is a viable concept…
Since Honda dropped the CBR125R from the lineup in 2013, it makes sense that the series shifted up a notch.
And then no riders showed up…
That kinda sums up racing in Canada.