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Aug 8, 2018

Ian Wall Wins Superbike Race At EMRA Round Four At Castrol Raceway

Ian Wall (911) leads Jason Kolmatycki (98). Photo by Alana Hill, courtesy of EMRA.

Ian Wall Wins Round 4 Superbike race of 2018 EMRA Race Season.

Just past the halfway point of the year, the action at Castrol Raceway for Round 4 of the Edmonton Motorcycle Roadracing Association’s 2018 season was really heating up. Western Canada’s fastest motorcycle road racers entered the weekend hoping for their shot at victory and the championship leaders looked to further secure point advantages going into the second half of the season. The action kicked off with practice and qualifying on Saturday, but Sunday’s racing would be the day everyone waited for. Mother nature brought everything from cool rain to hot sun for the racers this weekend, keeping everyone of their toes and race strategies constantly changing.

Saturday morning started off uncharacteristically cold, windy, and rainy. Weather forecasts remained optimistic that things would clear and warm up in the afternoon. Most racers chose to save their tires and energy for what could be a warm, dry afternoon. Sure enough, as the weatherman predicted, the late afternoon brought sunshine and a quickly drying track. With two sessions remaining, laps times quickly dropped among practice groups. The final session of the day would be the fastest by far; expert racers put everything they had into one last session. Jason Kolmatycki pushed his Riverside Motorsport Yamaha R1M as hard as he could and secured his first pole position of 2018. He was followed closely by Ian Wall on his Argyll MotoSport BMW S1000RR, then Ryan Boddy on his Echo Cycle backed Kawasaki ZX10R. The front row was completed by Jon Bullee on his Riverside Honda CBR600RR.

Sunday’s racing action would build up all day, despite a number of delays for crashing and track clean up; a number of riders in multiple classes achieved personal best lap times. Track conditions were prime for the final race of the weekend, the Expert Superbike race. With limited track time left in the day, race control made the decision to cut laps from the race, turning what is usually a gruelling contest of speed and endurance into an all out dash for the finish line. The racers lined up, the red lights went out, and Ian Wall grabbed the hole-shot and never looked back. With a shortened race, the strategy Wall employed was clear: grab the lead as soon as possible and hold onto it. The simple strategy worked and Wall pulled off the win, leading every lap despite the best efforts of Jason Kolmatycki and Ryan Boddy. Kolmatycki managed to set a new personal best lap time trying his hardest to make a move on Wall during the race. On the third step of the podium, Ryan Boddy would say, "I had a fresh set of Dunlop slicks underneath me and was ready to take the fight to Ian, but when the 2 min warning went off I double-checked my warmers and they were cold! My generator shut off! So I touched my rims, they still had some heat so I knew they were okay - definitely not where they need to be, but still ok. I went out on my warm up lap and really tried to spin up the Dunlop rear just to heat it up. We lined up on the grid and I got a solid start but so did Ian and Komo so I stayed in 3rd. Turn 5 I put down that Kawi power to try and stay with those boys and I had a massive slide. After that I tried to compensate but getting on the gas super early in 6, but that resulted in another big slide so I thought to myself, this is not worth it, I have no point in this race and I have a national race coming up, so I stayed back for two laps and got my Dunlops up to temp. After that I could see the competition was not distancing themselves anymore but with a shortened race there was no time to play catch up. I would like to give a big shout out to Echo Cycle Canadian Kawasaki, Dunlop tires, Vortex Racing, Pet Auto, Hindle Exhaust and Galfer USA, I couldn’t do any of this without their support, so big thanks to them." 

From second place on the podium, Jason Kolmatycki summarized his weekend, "This weekend’s race action was intense for me. It started with qualifying and taking pole. Superbike was an entirely different race for me starting from pole. I blew my start but I recovered enough to only lose one spot to Ian. I tucked in behind Ian and started my chase. I had a scary moment in Corner 1 over some bumps. That pretty much ended my charge to the front; all I could do is keep up the pace and hope for a mistake that didn't come. Second wasn't the result I was looking for but bike setup is close and a personal best lap time makes me very happy. Thanks to Riverside Motosports, Impact Armour, Pirelli Tires, and my team Loran Kolmatycki and Lorna Stelmack." 

On the top step of the podium a relieved Ian Wall would say, "This round was going to be the hardest one for me this year, I developed a cold the day before qualifying and had very little energy, so my goal for the SBK race was just try and make it on to the podium. I was pretty happy when they announced that the race was going to be shortened. I lined up my Argyll Motorsports Vortex sponsored BMW S1000RR in second place for the start, the lights went out and I got a great start and managed to beat Jason Kolmatycki to the first corner, then I just put my head down and went as quick as I could before I ran out of energy. My Pirelli tires stuck like glue and my strategy worked; I managed to get the win. Thanks to my sponsors Argyll Motorsports, Vortex and Pirelli tires."

The final two rounds of racing for the 2018 EMRA race season go down August 31 to September 2nd at Castrol Raceway. A number of championships remain wide open and the final two rounds promise to be exciting ones. For more information on the racing check out www.emra.ca

RACE RESULTS:

Senior Open

1. Ian Wall (BMW S1000R)

2. Matt Norton (SUZ GSX-R600)

3. Darryl McGavigan (SUZ GSX-R600)

4. Nick Sosniuk (BMW S1000R)

5. Glen Gregoire (KAW ZX-10R)

Expert 600 Supersport

1. Jon Bullee (SUK GSX-R600)

2. Brian Worsdall (HON CBR600RR)

3. Darryl McGavigan (SUZ GSX-R600)

4. Corey Svatos (TRI 675)

5. Shane Fraser (YAM YFZ-R6)

Intermediate Supersport

1. Xavier Cartron (YAM YFZ-R6)

2. Owen El-Baba (MV F3)

3. Sean Hofmeister (HON CBR600RR)

4. Chase Charland (KAW ZX-6R)

5. Harold Herdt (YAM YFZ-R6)

Middleweight Twins

1. Justin Litzenberger (YAM YZF-R6)

2. Jason Henton (SUZ SV650)

3. Devon Sosniuk (SUZ SV650)

4. Timothy Trofimuk (SUZ SV650)

5. David Trofimuk (SUZ SV650)

Lightweight Open

1. Torin Collins (YAM YZF-R3)

2. Graham Lynch (YAM YZF-R3)

3. Lonny Bancescu (KTM 390)

4. Matthew Stokes (KAW NINJA 300)

5. Ryan Brady (HON CBR300R)

Dash for Cash

1. Ryan Boddy (KAW ZX-10R)

2. Ian Wall (BMW S1000R)

3. Brian Worsdall (BMW S1000R)

4. Glen Gregoire (KAW ZX-10R)

5. Xavier Cartron (YAM YFZ-R6)

Formula 112

1. Sean Hofmeister (HON CBR600RR)

2. Michael Gilligan (DUC 1199)

3. Brian Lam (HON CBR600R)

4. Dillan Diederichs (YAM YZF-R6)

5. Eric Russnak (HON CBR600RR)

Women’s Open

1. Tricia Reese (SUZ GSX-R750)

2. Tanya Cornwell (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Johanne Bernier (SUZ GSX-R750)

4. Jessica Pyringer (YAM YZF-R6)

Formula Thunder

1. Corey Svatos (TRI 675)

2. Kyle Allan (DUC 1098)

3. Owen El-Baba (MV F3)

4. Andreas Shultz (DUC 999)

5. Kevin Osborn (TRI 675)

Expert Open Sportbike

1. Ian Wall (BMW S1000R)

2. Ryan Boddy (KAW ZX-10R)

3. Jason Kolmatycki (YAM YZF-R1M)

4. Tosh Gable (HON CBR1000RR)

5. John Bullee (HON CBR600RR)

Int Open Sportbike

1. Cory Raketti (BMW S1000RR)

2. Xavier Cartron (YAM YFZ-R6)

3. Jeffrey Sanderson (BMW S1000RR)

4. Chase Charland (KAW ZX-6R)

5. Owen El-Baba (MV F3)

Sportsman

1. Brian Worsdall (HON CBR600RR)

2. Cam Winterman (SUZ GSXR600)

3. Dave Kendal (HON CBR1000RR)

4. Ernie McCafferty (YAM YZF-R1M)

5. Dillan Diederichs (YAM YZF-R6)

Lightweight Superbike

1. Torin Collins (YAM YZF-R3)

2. Justin Litzenberger (YAM YZF-R6)

3. Graham Lynch (YAM R3)

4. Jason Henton (SUZ SV650)

5. Devon Sosniuk (SUZ SV650)

Expert 600 Superbike

1. Jon Bullee (HON CBR600RR)

2. Brian Wordsdall (HON CBR600RR)

3. Darryl McGavigan (SUZ GSX-R600)

4. Corey Svatos (TRI 675)

5. Trevor Patrick (YAM YZF-R6)

Intermediate 600 Superbike

1. Xavier Cartron (YAM YFZ-R6)

2. Chase Charland (KAW ZX-6R)

3. Owen El-Baba (MV F3 675)

4. Sean Hofmeister (HON CBR600RR)

5. Eric Russnak (HON CBR600RR)

Intermediate Superbike

1. Xavier Cartron (YAM YFZ-R6)

2. Cory Raketti (BMW S1000R)

3. Jeffrey Sanderson (BMW S1000R)

4. Chase Charland (KAW ZX-6R)

5. Kyle Allan (DUC 1098)

Expert Superbike

1. Ian Wall (BMW S1000R)

2. Jason Kolmatycki (YAM YZF-R1M)

3. Ryan Boddy (KAW ZX-10R)

4. Brian Worsdall (BMW S1000R)

5. Glen Gregoire (KAW ZX-10R)