The 2023 Canadian Superbike campaign is barely in the books, and now we have the 2024 schedule posted for your pre-season planning. And, we have good news: CSBK is planning to head west again in 2024, with a swing towards Edmonton.
As well, the Nova Scotia round returns to the schedule, plus the usual stops in Shannonville, Grand Bend and CTMP/Mosport. See the tentative schedule below:
Provisional 2024 Bridgestone CSBK Schedule
- Round 1 – Shannonville Motorsport Park – May 17-19
- Round 2 – Grand Bend Motorplex – June 7-9
- Round 3 – RAD Torque Raceway – June 21-23
- Round 4 – Atlantic Motorsport Park – July 12-14
- Round 5 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – August 9-11
- Round 6 – Shannonville Motorsport Park – August 30-September 1
Of course, RAD Torque Raceway is the official name of Edmonton’s roadracing track, which was formerly known as Castrol Raceway. It’s been a long time since CSBK headed west. The last swing to the prairie provinces was back in 2015, where despite some expected upsets from the local fast guys, Jordan Szoke was the man to beat. Szoke took both races in Edmonton that year on his way to a flawless season.
Since that visit, CSBK officials have tried different angles to add western dates to the tour. At one point, they hoped to make it to BC, but despite scouting visits, the planning never worked out. Instead, the series shrunk further as it lost its foothold in Quebec, reducing the competition to a handful of races in Ontario plus a mid-summer visit to the east coast, to Shubenacadie’s Atlantic Motorsport Park. Shubie also dropped from the schedule in the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to COVID-19 restrictions, and a natural disaster (extreme rainfall and flooding) put the kibosh to the 2023 visit to Nova Scotia as well.
With all that in mind, it’s excellent news to see the race series once again planning for six weekends and including a western tour. But now we face another problem: The trip across Canada is going to be very expensive, and back-to-back stops out west and then out east are going to cost the racers dearly in both time and money. Nobody’s making a whole lot of coin off roadracing right now, so how will teams pay for added fuel bill and days away from work? At least they have most of the fall and all winter to figure it out, with today’s schedule release.
We expect most or all of this year’s weekends to have double-headers, but CSBK’s release only says “The full breakdown of races for each national category is yet to be confirmed, with more details to be provided at a later date. Additional info regarding pre-season and mid-season tests will also be announced shortly.” However, the release also promises the most races in a season, ever, so we’d be surprised if there weren’t double-headers for at least most of the stops on the tour.