Racing roundup: CSBK confirms dates, Vinales to Aprilia

Photo: Bob Szoke

CSBK confirms season-ending races at Calabogie

As we told you a while back, the Canadian Superbike series will return to Calabogie to end the 2021 season. Now, we have more details.

This year’s season-ender will run alongside Pro 6 GP’s regional series (remember, Pro 6 and CSBK are working together closely this year, to ensure we still have racing during the pandemic). The races are slated for a Friday-Saturday stretch, on September 17-18.

There will be two Pro Superbike races, as has been typical for the past two seasons, allowing CSBK to jam as many races as possible into a tight schedule. There will also be two Pro Sport Bike events.

As per CSBK’s website: “Friday’s Schedule will be completed by a make-up Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike round, using the grid set during Qualifying at C.T.M.P. on Friday, August 13. Only racers who entered at ‘old Mosport’ and qualified for the final will be allowed to take part in this unusual, postponed event.  … There will also be two Super Sonic Road Race School Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike races, as well as the rest of the typical schedule of categories for the Pro 6 GP race series and CSBK.”

Currently, Sebastien Tremblay leads the Pro Sport Bike standings, and Alex Dumas leads Pro Superbike. Depending how things go at the second Calabogie visit, Dumas could get muscled out by Ben Young or Jordan Szoke, so expect some fantastic racing in the litrebike class.

You can see the rest of the 2021 CSBK standings here. Note that Jacob Black, former big boss here at CMG, is now second overall in the Lightweight Sport Bike series. He hasn’t got that national win yet, but he’s bagging podiums consistently now, and appears to be avoiding the trackside haybales. Good stuff!

Maverick Vinales starts racing for Aprilia

Looks like Maverick Vinales’ petulant whinging strategic career move is paying off. Less than a month after the Yamaha factory team suspended him for trying to damage his bike, and then fired him, Vinales gets what he wanted all along: A factory ride with Aprilia. After testing for two days at Misano, the pieces all fell into place, and Vinales starts with Gresini Aprilia at the next Aragon race.

What’s next then? No doubt Vinales will come strong out of the gate, but his new team had better beware his mercurial nature. Sooner or later, when things get tough, expect further drama. At least there’s a seat open on a proper team at Yamaha now, a ride for someone who won’t try to grenade his bike when things go wrong.

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