After a few years away, the Canadian Superbike series will return to Shannonville Motorsport Park this summer, one of the most historic stops on the Canadian roadracing circuit. The 2023 season will see two visits to the track in 2023.
Shannonville was the traditional starting point for the CSBK tour, usually with a late May or early June date. That’s what’s happening again this year; the first stop for the 2023 Canadian Superbike series will be the May long weekend at Shannonville on May 19-21. Well actually, there’s an official CSBK test weekend in the US before that, according to the write-up on the website, which tells us:
The 2023 Canadian National series begins in northern Florida March 14 and 15, with an invitational two-day test hosted by new title sponsor Bridgestone at the motorcycle only JenningsGP facility. This is an invitation only event for established CSBK competitors in all six categories.
Cool! We look forward to an early start on the ’23 campaign. No doubt the most serious competitors will greatly appreciate the first two-day test, as the switch to Bridgestone from Dunlop rubber will make this a catch-up year for some teams.
As for the rest of the season—presumably we’ll see stops at Mosport, Grand Bend and Shubenacadie again, but we don’t know that for sure. What we do know is, Shannonville will also host the season closer, on September 15-17. But it won’t be the exact same race as the May stop, or at least it doesn’t sound like it:
The CSBK series will start the 2023 campaign on Shannonville’s perimeter Pro layout, 2.47 kilometer in length with nine turns. While plans for next year’s September National at SMP are not settled, the current plan is to use the full or Long track, 4.03 kilometers in length with 15 corners.
Switching layouts at Shannonville sounds like a great idea, and it will certainly mix things up for racers who might have done well at the first stop.
CSBK usually releases its full season schedule in late fall, so we expect the rest of the season soon, which will allow you to plan your riding and your summer vacation around it, if you’re so inclined!
Why were they gone from Shannonville for so long?