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Jun 24, 2002

Mont-Tremblant Canadian Superbike Test Rescheduled

From a press release issued by series organizers:<BR><BR>TREMBLANT TEST DELAYED<BR><BR>TORONTO, ON - Parts Canada Superbike Championship officials have been forced to postpone a test day scheduled for Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant July 8.<BR><BR>The test will likely be staged this fall, following a Grand American Road Racing sports car endurance event slated for the track Sept. 13-15. Motorcycle industry representatives along with selected staff from the series will still visit the venue July 8.<BR><BR>The test had been planned to give Parts Canada Superbike Championship competitors an opportunity to sample the world-renowned Quebec racing circuit, which has undergone significant improvements in recent years. The day was also designed to allow the series' television production crew to evaluate potential camera locations for shooting race footage.<BR><BR>The Parts Canada Superbike Championship would like to add Mont-Tremblant to its national schedule in the near future.<BR><BR>"We are obviously disappointed not to have the ability to test at Mont-Tremblant as early as we had planned," said Colin Fraser of series organizer Professional Motorsport Productions. "But they were not ready for us and it's clearly a situation beyond our control. We are working on getting there later this year."<BR><BR>The test was scheduled to follow the third round of the six-event Parts Canada Superbike Championship at nearby Autodrome St-Eustache July 5-7. Teams would have had the opportunity to bring their equipment straight from St-Eustache and riders would have been able to get a feel for the 2.65-mile road course.<BR><BR>"We had an unprecedented level of interest from teams and racers," Fraser added. "A lot of work has gone into this event and everybody involved in the series was looking forward to this opportunity."<BR><BR>Located north of Montreal in the picturesque Laurentian Mountains, Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant is one of Canada's most famous racing circuits. Built in the early 1960s it hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada in 1968 and 1970 along with other major international car races.<BR><BR>The last major motorcycle event to take place at Mont-Tremblant was a Superbike race in 1979.<BR><BR>"Mont-Tremblant is a classic road race venue in the style of the great European tracks," Fraser said. "It has changes in elevation, high speed corners and a magnificent rural setting. It is a real racer's track."