Roadracing fans, rejoice. After a no-fans-allowed 2020 race season, Canadian Superbike confirms it will allow a limited number of fans to attend the season opener at Calabogie on July 10-11.
Of course, COVID-19 is to blame for the spectator shutdown last year. Even this year CSBK is going to look different than normal, thanks to government regulations.
Tickets for the July season-opener are available at Eventbrite (click here). There will be no free admission for children at this event, due to COVID restrictions, and spectators will be required to wear a mask. There will be no access to the hot pits except by authorized personnel. Because there are no grandstands at Calabogie, CSBK advises attendees to bring a lawn chair and umbrella to enjoy the racing. More details in the press release below:
CSBK and Pro 6 GP Confirm Limited Spectators for Calabogie Season Opener
Calabogie Motorsports Park has confirmed that newly revised Ontario provincial guidelines will permit some spectators to attend the opening Canadian National Superbike Championship (CSBK) and Pro 6 GP race series event at the famous venue south-west of Ottawa, ON, July 10-11.
The Calabogie circuit, at 21 turns and over five kilometers in length, is considered one of the most challenging road course venues in North America and has hosted the CSBK National tour five times.
Pro 6 and CSBK, the two motorcycle road racing Championship series, already working together to stage events through various pandemic restriction challenges during the past 16 months, had been forced to delay their 2021 opening event until provincial borders opened two weeks ago.
Now the two tours have made another step forward with the last-minute opportunity for fans to attend the Calabogie race weekend. Eight races are planned during the two-day event, including Superbike, Sport Bike and V.R.R.A. Vintage categories. Last year, Canada General Warranty Kawasaki’s Jordan Szoke won both Pro Superbike Feature class races at Calabogie.
The Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike event for middleweight machines, won by Sebastien Tremblay for Turcotte Kawasaki in 2020, is scheduled to take place right before Sunday’s lunch break. The two Pro Superbike Feature races take place right after lunch, and at the end of the program, on Sunday. All three categories will be televised on TSN, The Sports Network, in late July.
“We are all really happy that some of our fans will get a chance to see our races in person at Calabogie,” explained former racer and event co-organizer Sheena Noce of Pro 6. “We haven’t had spectators on hand for almost two full years, so this will mark the start of our planned return to normality in Canadian road racing.”
Tickets can be purchased, on a limited, first-come, first-served basis, via the Calabogie track web site:
Every individual in attendance for the Calabogie event July 10-11 will require a pre-purchased weekend ticket. No tickets will be available at the track gate. There will be one admission price for both days, and Saturday’s Practice and Qualifying, as well as Sunday’s eight separate race events, take place rain or shine.
Due to the limited number of spectators permitted at this time, based on the capacity limits outlined in Ontario’s Provincial Stage Two guidelines for re-opening, the track is unable to provide free admission for children to this event.
Masks will be required by everyone on the Calabogie facility. Spectators are asked to review the Covid guidelines set forth by the venue, Pro 6 and CSBK prior to attending this event.
Hot Pit access will not be available for spectators. Anyone requiring Hot Pit access must be included in an active competitor’s crew member roster.
Spectator areas are standing room only, and there are no grandstands at the track, so please bring a lawn chair and umbrella.