Wet and cold 125 class Scott McKay photo Honda Canada has gotten back into racing in an itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny way this year, sponsoring a series for their CBR125 starter bikes that will run in conjunction with the Parts Canada national series. Originally it was intended for teens; then as the number of participants failed to … Continue reading CBR125 series all wet
Genevieve Lesieur receives the CMG racing babe of the year award (complete with staff phone numbers). The popular track day rental and riding instructional group Turn 2 Sportbike rentals has announced its 2008 plans, including dates at Calabogie, Mosport, and Shannonville. The group will continue to use Suzuki GSX-R600s and is expanding the educational side … Continue reading Turn 2 expand
Chris Peris shows his skill at not being distracted. Chris Peris, the 21-year-old racer from Calgary who’s had more international than Canadian racing experience, has landed a plum ride for the 2008 season. Suzuki Canada and Blackfoot Suzuki have just announced that Peris will be riding with Francis Martin and Matt McBride on their superbike … Continue reading Chris Peris to ride Suzuki
There’s no shortage of cash at Calabogie Motorsports! Calabogie Motorsports Park has announced more big $$$ upgrades to their facility, situated about an hour west of Ottawa. The already-large paved paddock is scheduled to nearly double in size this spring, with 2.5 acres of new pavement taking the area to more than six acres. At … Continue reading Calabogie Motorsports expansion
AMP race course For the first time since Atlantic Motorsport Park was built in 1974, the Atlantic Motorcycle Competition Riders Association (AMCRA) won’t be running motorcycle races there. But no fear, there will be a complete race schedule at the Shubenacadie track. Following an "emergency meeting" in early January, AMCRA said, "After an in-depth review … Continue reading Race shake-up on Right Coast
Subject to the usual rounds of changes, TBAs, errors, omissions, and general plain old screw-ups, here are ’08 race schedules for the major players. Parts Canada National Superbike The Parts Canada National Superbike series is a little uncertain, with two locations still to be determined. cdnsuperbike.com May 22 – 25 TBA June 26 – 29, … Continue reading 08 race schedules announced
From the Moto GP front, some interesting changes for 2008 – and surprising ones, clearly riders jumping ship looking for more money, and in some cases, factories desperate for proven talent paying way more money … Capirossi moving to Suzuki. credit:motogp.com At Ducati, world champions for both rider and manufacturer this year (and what a … Continue reading Moto GP ? Rookies everywhere!
I often wonder after competing in a race weekend, that if I had known ahead of time everything that would happen that weekend, would I still have gone out? I guess not knowing must be one of the draws …
However, there are tracks to which I’d just as soon give a miss, and consequences I’d just as soon avoid (such as the inevitable family consequences of too many summer weekends not doing things around the house …) Therefore, my vintage racing is usually reserved for two events per year at the Shannonville Quinte TT and the Vintage Festival at Mosport .
Bloody cold it was …
With one eye on the Aprilia’s ambient air-temp gauge and the other scanning the road ahead for ice, I realized that a late October tour in the northern Appalachians was somewhat of a challenging idea.