Super Sonic Road Race School sponsors CSBK’s Lightweight series

Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike racing in 2020. Photo: CSBK

Good news! The Canadian Superbike series has a new sponsor for its Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike series. Super Sonic Road Race School will back the Lightweight series for 2021.

It makes a lot of sense; the Lightweight class is all about developing newer riders and fun times for more experienced riders, including Canadian roadracing vet Toni Sharpless, who’s raced in the series for years. She’s running the Super Sonic school as well, so it totally makes sense for her to bring the two worlds together with a sponsorship deal.

Here at CMG, big boss Dustin Woods recently spent some time at the Super Sonic school, learning to get his knee down. We haven’t heard him talking about the Lightweight series next year, though … at least, not yet. 

As part of the sponsorship deal, the Super Sonic Road Race school will offer a prize fund for the Lightweight series’ top finishers. For more info on the school, check out its website.  You can get more info on the Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike series at the CSBK site. More details on the sponsorhip deal in the press release below:

Press release 

Super Sonic Road Race School new title sponsor for CSBK Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike Category

The Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike category in the CSBK Canadian National Championship motorcycle roadracing series will be sponsored by the newly launched Super Sonic Road Race School next season. In the fourth year for the popular rider development LTWT category, the Super Sonic Road Race School Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike category on the National tour will feature Canada’s best young racers as they continue to climb the ladder toward competition success.

One of the stated goals of the Super Sonic Road Race School is to develop young talent as well as introduce a wide range of people to the sport of motorcycle road racing.  The School offers a solid selection of programs tailored to all skill levels and ages, with small displacement motorcycles at go-kart style venues.

With National level racers required to be at least 15 years of age, it seems an obvious opportunity to connect the new Super Sonic Road Race School program with development category racing on the CSBK National scene.  Development classes with the Canadian series have included divisions like the Yamaha RZ Cup, Honda CBR125R Challenge, and most recently the Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec Championship.

“We are really excited about the possibilities offered by the Super Sonic Road Race School,” explained Super Sonic founder and Director Toni Sharpless.  “It seems like an obvious fit to also integrate our activities with the CSBK Series, since we have been in discussions about working together ever since I started with Super Sonic Race School planning and development.”

The Super Sonic Road Race School support will include a year-end prize fund for the top finishers in the 2021 Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike Championship points standings.

Sharpless is a successful, long-time competitor on a wide range of machinery, including Dirt Track, off-road and road racing.  She also helped developed the ground-breaking Trail Tours event facility and school in the Ganaraska Forest.   Sharpless was a successful Pro rider for Yamaha in the 1980s, competing in the World Endurance series, and has more recently been mentoring younger racers while taking part in CSBK AM Ltwt Sport Bike events aboard a Yamaha YZF-R3.

The Super Sonic Road Racing School Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike National class was previously backed by TSN’s “Motorcycle Experience,” and the popular motorcycle magazine television program will continue to be associated with the Championship.

In the 2018-debut year of the Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike class, Yamaha’s Jake LeClair of Blackstock, ON, then aged 16, scored the debut crown.  Then in 2019, Jake’s younger brother Ben, earned the National LTWT title.  

Last year, the Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike Championship was not awarded due to the COVID-19 abbreviated CSBK Season.  Teen-ager MacKenzie Weil of Keene, ON, won the Calabogie opener for Kawasaki, while the two Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Ltwt races went to Paul Courtois on a Honda and Bowmanville local Matt Simpson on a similar CBR500R. 

Both LeClair brothers won the coveted Yamaha Canada bLU cRU Factory Rider Award for their Championship performances, and currently instruct with the Super Sonic Road Racing School.

The 2021 Super Sonic Road Race School Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike CSBK National Championship Tour is scheduled to start on June 11-13 at Grand Bend Motorplex, the Friday as part of the Pro 6 Track Day program.

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