Canadian Superbike: Race Two And Race Three Results From CTMP

Canadian Superbike: Race Two And Race Three Results From CTMP

© 2023, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

Pro Superbike - Race 2 Results (Sunday)

Pro Superbike - Race 3 Results (Sunday)

 

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by CSBK:

Young wins again in race two, Tremblay takes Sport Bike at CTMP

Bowmanville, ON – The battle for the 2023 Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship continued to heat up on Sunday, as Ben Young won race two in the GP Bikes Pro Superbike feature class at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Similar to race one on Saturday, Young saw championship leader Alex Dumas grab the holeshot off the line, but again needed just a handful of corners to seize the lead from his main rival.

Unlike race one, however, Young failed to break away from the chasing pack, as Sam Guerin moved past Dumas and quickly latched onto the reigning champion with the lead trio separating from an eight-rider group.

Young would eventually squeeze out a slightly more comfortable gap, which would force Dumas to ramp up the pressure on Guerin in second, running nose-to-tail right to the final lap of the race.

While Young crossed the line for his second consecutive win, Dumas attempted a daring pass into the final corner, only for Guerin to respond with a beautiful switchback and win the drag to the line for second.

That proved to be another blessing for Young, who scored the 13th Superbike victory of his career – moving him into sole possession of fourth all-time – and cut his title deficit to just 14 points after trailing by 36 prior to CTMP.

“These guys pushed me right to the end, but our Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW continued to work great again today, and these Bridgestone tires held up really well for all 18 laps,” Young said. “It’s been a trying year, but the highs are always really good and the lows are a bit tough, so we’re trying to put a smile on through it all.”

Young will continue to thank Guerin for his efforts, as the EFC Group BMW rider has been a thorn in the side of Dumas for two of three Superbike races this weekend, playing a massive role in the championship fight while helping lift BMW to the top spot in the Constructors standings.

“Another BMW one-two, it feels like a win,” Guerin said. “I was trying to latch on to Ben before Alex got me a couple times in the first few laps, but thankfully I managed to get him back at the end.”

As for Dumas, the Purple Skull Brewing/Liqui Moly rider confirmed he was still feeling under the weather on Sunday, but looked much stronger on-track despite his last-corner pass coming up just short.

“The pace was good – faster than yesterday – but Sam was also,” Alex said. “I was trying to save some energy for the last lap, but it didn’t stick. We still have the points lead, so hopefully we can keep it positive and get some better results in Shannonville.”

Not far behind the battle for third was another 18-lap duel between Jordan Szoke and Tomas Casas, where Casas led for majority of the first half of the race before Szoke took over in the second half.

Casas attempted to launch a last-lap pass of his own, but the Parts Canada Yamaha rider came up just short as Szoke held onto fourth for the LDS Consultants Kawasaki team, another strong result for the 14-time champion.

Sebastien Tremblay became the sixth different winner in seven races of the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, fending off Elliot Vieira for his first victory of the season.

The 2021 champion crashed out of the round three make-up race on Friday and failed to make the start in race one on Saturday, but made up for all of it with a resilient effort to score his first win since switching to Turcotte Performance Suzuki machinery.

“I knew Elliot had a bit more top speed, so I tried really hard to push into turn five every time and build a gap,” Tremblay said. “Our weekend started really badly – we actually had to rebuild the bike on Friday – but this is a much better result.”

Vieira pushed Tremblay from start-to-finish but was unable to launch a proper move, even with an advantage down the Andretti Straightaway aboard his GP Bikes Ducati.

“Tremblay rode the ass of that Suzuki! I had the draft on him, but he was so consistent in the first half of the track,” the race one winner said. “It sucks to not win again, but it’s the best we could do today.”

While Vieira and Tremblay ran their own race up front, the battle for the championship heated up behind them, as David MacKay ran a quietly solid race to complete the podium.

The ODH Snow City Cycle Kawasaki rider stuck with the lead duo for the first few laps before fading back into a lonely third, a smart move for the championship frontrunner as rival Matt Simpson could only manage fifth on the day.

“That was the point of the race today, to just keep the points intact,” MacKay said. “I latched onto them at the front until there was a gap behind, and then I just tried to avoid any mistakes.”

The unfortunate showing for Simpson stretches MacKay’s lead to 16 points with two races to go in round five, a still-manageable gap but one that went in the opposite direction for the Blackstock Motorsports Yamaha rider.

His effort was partially unraveled by a career day for rookie Nathan Playford, who denied a last-lap pass attempt to take fourth aboard his Playford Company Inc. Ducati, marking a pair of V2 Panigale’s inside the top-four.

Casas added to his day with a second consecutive victory in the Bickle Racing Pro Twins class, completing a weekend sweep in his one-off appearance aboard the Acme Motorsports Yamaha machine.

Casas moved comfortably into third in the championship after just two races, winning comfortably again in the split-class race.

Full results from Sunday’s races can be found on the series’ official website at CSBK.ca.

 

 

 

More, from another press release issued by CSBK:

Young sweeps CTMP tripleheader to set up title showdown

 

Ben Young (1) scored a perfect weekend at the CTMP tripleheader, winning all three GP Bikes Pro Superbike races over Sam Guerin (2) and Alex Dumas (23). Tomas Casas (18) finished race three in fourth ahead of Jordan Szoke (101). Photo by Rob O'Brien, courtesy CSBK.
Ben Young (1) scored a perfect weekend at the CTMP tripleheader, winning all three GP Bikes Pro Superbike races over Sam Guerin (2) and Alex Dumas (23). Tomas Casas (18) finished race three in fourth ahead of Jordan Szoke (101). Photo by Rob O’Brien, courtesy CSBK.

 

Bowmanville, ON – The fight for the 2023 Canada Cup drew almost even on Sunday, as Ben Young conquered Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for a third time to complete the tripleheader sweep in round four of the Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship.

After cruising to wins in race one on Saturday and race two earlier on Sunday, Young continued to be no match for any of his GP Bikes Pro Superbike competitors as he grabbed the lap one holeshot and never looked back, dominating en route to a seven-second victory.

That in itself would have been enough to make matters interesting in the championship fight, but it was aided for a third consecutive time by Sam Guerin, who continued to make life difficult for points leader Alex Dumas in the penultimate round.

Guerin would lead a thrilling four-rider battle for all 18 laps, repeatedly denying attempts from Dumas to limit the damage in second, who did all he could to survive a separate attack from Tomas Casas and Jordan Szoke.

Ultimately, Dumas would have to settle for yet another third-place finish, watching as Young trimmed his championship deficit from 36 points to now just three entering the final round at Shannonville Motorsport Park next month (another tripleheader).

“What an accomplishing weekend for the whole team, and such a big points haul. I guess it’s going to come down to the wire as always!” Young said. “Our Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW has just been phenomenal all year, and I owe another thanks to Sam for taking some points off Alex, which is good for BMW in the Constructors as well.”

Young also brought home the annual King of Mosport award for the second time in three years, scoring the most total points across the weekend as he becomes the second-winningest rider in CTMP history.

His sensational comeback – one of the largest in CSBK history – has set up a last round showdown at Shannonville in September, the same venue where the season began with a pair of Dumas victories in May.

“We’re really looking forward to Shannonville. We got nothing to lose now after crawling back,” Young added. “Alex is obviously really good there, but Alex is good everywhere so hopefully we can take it to him a couple more times.”

The title shift owes a lot to the breakthrough performances of Guerin, who capped off the best weekend of his career with a trio of runner-up finishes aboard his EFC Group BMW.

While that severely impacted Dumas’ title hopes, it also caused a massive swing in the Constructors standings, where BMW turned their 28-point deficit into a 37-point lead.

“It’s been a dream weekend, hopefully we put on a good show for all the fans here,” Guerin said. “I got to give a huge thanks to BMW for helping make this happen, and I hope we can help bring home the Constructors championship for them.”

Sunday brought a merciful end to what was a disaster weekend for Dumas, watching his comfortable lead evaporate atop the championship as the Purple Skull Brewing/Liqui Moly Suzuki star now finds himself on the back foot entering SMP.

“Not at all what we were expecting, but we still have the lead,” Dumas said of his three-point advantage. “At least we’re comfortable at Shannonville, so hopefully we can make up for this next month and bring home the championship.”

The similar results continued for Casas and Szoke, who each finished in the top-five in all three races (but in swapped positions for race two), with Casas taking fourth and the 14-time champion fifth in race three.

The strong weekend moves Casas into a comfortable fourth in the championship as he trails Guerin by 33 points aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha, helping his brand extend their advantage over Kawasaki for third in the Constructors as well.

As for Szoke, the LDS Consultants Kawasaki rider completed his best round of the year to more than double his championship output, jumping three spots to fifth in the overall point standings.

His LDS Consultants teammate Trevor Dion would wind up one spot behind in sixth after a mechanical failure in race two, coming out on top of a lights-to-flag duel with Eli Daccache aboard his Milwaukee Yamaha.

RLS Contracting Suzuki teenager John Fraser built up his lead atop the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year battle, finishing eighth once again to take a four-point lead over Acme Motorsports Yamaha rider Paul Macdonell entering round five.

The feature class will now take a four-week breather before returning to Shannonville Motorsports Park for the decisive showdown, September 15-17, where Young and Dumas will go toe-to-toe for the 2023 Canada Cup across three feature class races.

Full results can be found on the series’ official website at CSBK.ca.

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