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Description: The official souvenir program of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship features 32 pages of everything you need to know about this year's CSBK tour!
TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 12 18 20 26 28 30 mOpAr prO SupErBikE CLASS prEviEw Liqui mOLy prO SpOrT BikE CLASS prEviEw kAwASAki NiNjA 300 SEriES prEviEw hiSTOriCAL SpOTLighT jim ALLEN ThE FirST NATiONAL AT ShANNONviLLE 1976 NEwS & highLighTS TrACk By TrACk SChEduLE SpONSOrS Above Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will once again host the CSBK doubleheader season finale in August. On the cover Defending Mopar Canadian Superbike champion Jordan Szoke (top) is looking for an 11th No. 1 plate in 2016. Kenny Riedmann (bottom) meanwhile is looking for his third straight Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike title and his first on a Kawasaki. photo above tim mcgill cover photos Waznie racing bob szoke the action is here elcome to the races ladies and gentlemen The 2016 running of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship is poised to be one of the most exciting in several years and that s no exaggeration. Several factors are at play in making this a season full of excellent competition and memorable moments for fans of Canada s national road racing series. Last year Jordan Szoke won an unprecedented 10th Canadian Superbike championship. With his eyes set on his 11th No. 1 national plate Szoke trained hard in the off-season and stepped up his program namely in the engine department where he hopes his Mopar Express Lane BMW S1000RR will get close to the 200 hp class limit. The 37-year-old veteran is the man to beat in Pro Superbike action. Kawasaki rider Kenny Riedmann should be Szoke s main contender in the headlining Superbike class after showing plenty of speed and potential in 2015. With a new ZX-10R more power and more experience this season it could very well be Riedmann s year. A handful of other riders should vie for podiums and top five finishes in Pro Superbike this year including Bodhi Edie (Yamaha R1) Ben Young (BMW S1000RR) Kevin Lacombe (Yamaha R1S) Trevor Daley (Yamaha R1M) and Derrick White (Kawasaki ZX-10R). The W field is deeper than it has been in several years which should equal more dicing and ultimately more entertainment for the fans watching at the track and at home. Perhaps the biggest news of the 2016 season is the series return to television. TSN Canada s sports network will broadcast six 30minute programs during the summer presented by Dalton Timmis Group. DTG will also back the Dalton Timmis Top Qualifier Award at each race on the 2016 tour. The Mopar CSBK series is also excited to welcome Liqui Moly as the title sponsor of the Pro Sport Bike class and Shoei Helmets as the title sponsor of Amateur Sport Bike. Support those who support the sport Lastly congratulations to Shannonville Motorsport Park which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year The first national motorcycle road race was held shortly after the track opened in 1976. Enjoy the races and make sure to flip through this program to get up to snuff on the action you re seeing on the track. The CSBK website (www.csbk.ca) is also a great source for video coverage race results and the latest news. See you at the track Graeme Jones Editor Inside Motorcycles Published by inside motorcycles inside track communications inc. 95 Trinity St. Suite 101 Toronto ON M5A 3C7 telephone 416-962-7223 Fax 416-962-7208 e-mail editor insidemotorcycles.com President John Hopkins john insidemotorcycles.com vice President Greg MacPherson greg insidemotorcycles.com treasurer David Weber david insidemotorcycles.com secretary Rob Morton rob insidemotorcycles.com Program Produced by copyright All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without prior written permission of Inside Track Communications Inc. is prohibited. editor Graeme Jones graeme insidemotorcycles.com advertising sales David Weber david insidemotorcycles.com Rob Morton rob insidemotorcycles.com Derek Rockel derek insidemotorcycles.com Production Graeme Jones Grace Kang writers Jeremy Fleming Graeme Jones PhotograPhers Colin Fraser Bob Szoke Tim McGill Richard Coburn Don Empey www.insidemotorcycles.com MOPAR CANADIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP 3 mopar canadian superbike class preview 4 CSBK.CA mopar canadian superbike class review tarGet JorDan sZoKe The bull s eye is on szoke s back buT a sTrong crop of challengers is eager To make an impacT ordan Szoke has a target on his back - but that s nothing new. The 37-year-old will once again be defending his Mopar CSBK No. 1 plate something he has done nine times before. Szoke s first go-round with the plate was way back in 1999 when he took it from Kawasaki to Honda and battled with his mean green replacement Francis Martin throughout the season. A more recent example of Szoke being the target of the competition might be 2011 when Szoke was coming off a perfect season - just like this season with his Fast Company Honda squad. Szoke had rejoined the works Kawasaki team and faced off against Brett McCormick back from Jordan Suzuki in the US riding for BMW Motorrad. The McCormick vs. Szoke battle recommenced producing some of the best Canadian superbike racing ever. This year Szoke isn t switching equipment he is keeping the bike that won everything in 2015 as well as building a more potent 2016 BMW S1000RR at Fast Company with tuning boss Scott Miller. Initial reports suggest that Szoke s latest BMW will be very close the 200 horsepower limit as measured on the at-track Dynojet dynamometer. The most recent increases in CSBK series horsepower limits can be directly attributed to the ever-improving four-cylinder BMW launched in 2010. I don t really worry about a specific rider or any given bike anymore explained Szoke during his busy off-season. I know there is added competition this year but we just have to wait and see what everyone is capable of. I have a simple job and that job is to win. I m interested to see how things go with the new qualifying format continued the Champ. The Dalton Timmis Insurance money should spice things up in Q. This will inject a little more competition earlier in the program and I m all for that We ve really upped our game and I think my bike will be really effective. It s not just more power but a wider spread more usable and I think the new engine setup really suits my style. It s great to be back working with Scott we ve made a lot of progress over the winter on his dyno. Szoke s toughest competition will most likely come from Kenny Riedmann now in his third full season on the Mopar CSBK tour and his second in MOPAR CANADIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP 5 J Defending Mopar CSBK champion Jordan Szoke stepped up his program for the 2016 campaign and is looking for his 11th Superbike championship aboard his Mopar Express Lane BMW S1000RR. PhOTO By BOB SzOKE mopar canadian superbike class preview the feature Superbike class. Besides winning the last two Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike national titles for Triumph Riedmann certainly impressed in his feature-class debut last year aboard the Sturgess Cycle-backed Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R built by Scott Cameron. While Riedmann has yet to win a Superbike race he regularly challenged Szoke from mid-season on in 2015 and led a lot of laps during the season-ending doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Riedmann was Szoke s strongest challenger last season and this year s new 1 000 cc Ninja combined with early-season testing in the US points to improved results for the 24-year-old former national snowboard competitor. In a year when both of the expected pacesetters have new equipment Riedmann is optimistic about his chances. I was hurt from the start of the season last year I was riding hurt as I learned to ride the Superbike and I think there is more in store for me. I m getting steadily more comfortable and I think I have a couple of more steps to make. The dark horse in 2016 should be Kevin Lacombe the 33-year-old Quebec racer who is back on the national trail for the first time since his BMW program in 2012. A winner of six feature CSBK races during his impressive career Lacombe will field a new Yamaha YZF-R1 with support from Motosport St-Cesaire Motovan and Kutvec Amerika. We re still working to put everything together explained Lacombe who works at St-Cesaire. I know the Yamaha really has a lot of potential I ve had so much success with the R1 and I m really looking forward to getting back on track. In 2014 Trevor Daley wound up a strong second in the Mopar CSBK final points standings aided by the fact that Szoke injured his thumb while trials riding and did not compete in the final two rounds. That year Daley cobbled together a program with Honda and Suzuki machinery and earned his first Pro national victory in Sport Bike action at the daunting Atlantic Motorsport Park in Nova Scotia. Last season 30-year-old Daley ran his own Suzuki program but struggled with reliability issues and continued injuries to his oft-damaged hands. For 2016 Daley has completely revamped his program switching to the ex-Alex Welsh Hindle Yamaha 6 CSBK.CA Last year Kenny Riedmann (42) showed serious potential aboard his Kawasaki zX-10R. Trevor Daley (below) has a potent new yamaha R1M-based program for 2016. PhOTO (ABOvE) By TiM MCgiLL YZF-R1M that showed so well in a late season debut at CTMP last August. I ve been taking to (suspension guru) Jon Cornwell about my choices and I think the Yamaha will be the right bike for me explained ace fabricator Daley who will maintain his bike at his own shop OneSpeed Chop Shop. I ve struggled with older machinery in the past reliability issues and I am really looking forward to a fresh start. I want to show what I can do. In 2013 Bodhi Edie ran a limited schedule on the Mopar CSBK tour on tight finances since the then-17-year-old is based in Warman SK. With his father turning the wrenches Edie managed to win the opening round of the doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with his near-stock BMW. mopar canadian superbike class preview Bodhi Edie yamaha R1 Derrick Whyte Kawasaki zX-10R After that Edie had transmission issues and then dropped off the national tour to complete his education. Flash forward to the winter of 2015 2016 and a number of top tuners were interested in making a deal to bring Edie back onto the tour. Zaid Saleemi of Z-1 Cycle Tech was considering a number of options and ended up getting his first choice a returning Edie. The young ace had connected with Trip-Dub Racing in Winnipeg and they will enter a Z-1-built Yamaha YZF-R1. A hastily-finished R1 and a taped-up-in-old-leathers Edie made their debut at the RACE regional opener at Shannonville in midMay and despite terrible weather actually managed to do some useful testing. There is a long list of things to work on explained Edie in the pits. The bike is new there is so much to learn. But it s quick and I can already ride it so we re off to a good start. For his part Saleemi was thrilled with Edie s maturity feedback and dedication. The argument can be made that the racer that attracted the most attention during the off-season hadn t even ridden a Superbike yet. Ben Young based in Collingwood ON and born in Scotland has an impressive racing CV climbing the ladder on pure race GP machines and competing on both the British and American national tours very competitive environments. Over the past two seasons Scott Cartier at Hindle racing had put together 600 cc Pro Sport Bike rides for Young at CTMP and the 22year-old challenged for the lead during those one-off outings. This led to a discussion of the Canadian national series and after some shopping Young has opted to move to the Superbike feature class with a BMW S1000RR support coming from BMW of Toronto as well as long-term backers Tim Hortons Scot-build Developments and Axo Racing. Scott and I have been busy at Hindle getting our bikes together explained Young in mid-May. Willy Vass in Alberta is looking after our suspension and it should all come together just in time for Shannonville We know we have a hill to climb but I have been up to the challenge before I can t wait to start riding the BMW. Another rider with a new BMW is series veteran Michael Leon who is back for a second year in the big class with backing from Royal Distributing. Last year Leon had a number of strong outings and was unlucky not to earn his first national win in the rain at Autodrome St-Eustache QC. I seemed to get along well with the BMW from the start explains long-time 600 cc class standout Leon. The switch to the big 8 CSBK.CA Matt McBride BMW S1000RR PhOTO By TiM MCgiLL Ben young BMW S1000RR bike was fairly easy. I ve got to thank Jon Cornwell for getting me sorted last year and I aim to pick up from where I left off in 2015. Derrick Whyte had a great season in 2015 battling Samuel Trepanier s BMW to win the Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike class aboard his Kawasaki ZX-10R. During the off season Whyte worked the bike shows picked up support from Snow City Cycle Marine (Scarborough ON) and Lucas Oil and had a good test in Talladega FL as a guest of the Riedmann Kawasaki team. I know the rookie Pro season is supposed to be a really tough PhOTOS By COLiN fRASER mopar canadian superbike class preview Kawasaki zX-10R riders Ross Millson (left) and Sebastian Tremblay (below) have the potential to run up front as do Derrick Whyte (91 Kawasaki zX-10R) Michael Leon (74 BMW S1000RR) and Bodhi Edie (5 yamaha R1) below left. PhOTOS By BOB SzOKE RiChARD COBuRN AND COLiN fRASER one and I m mentally prepared for the challenge explained Whyte at the RACE Regional opener at SMP. I m going to try for the Brooklin Cycle Racing Rookie of the Year Award so I need to be consistent not make too many mistakes. I ve made a lot of improvements on the Ninja and I m really looking forward to the challenge. The same can be said for Trepanier who will also be aiming for coveted ROTY honors shared last season by Tommy Casas and Stacey Nesbitt. Trepanier has shown considerable speed aboard his Blysk Racing BMW and will be motivated to renew his rivalry with Whyte. Sebastien Tremblay wound up fourth overall in 2015 a strong effort on his underfunded Moto Nation Kawasaki. He earned two podiums early last season but was hindered by a practice crash in Nova Scotia. This year The Shaker has a potent new Laval Kawasaki ZX-10R and is already raving about the new front end and advanced electronics. Several riders are expected to run limited schedules in CSBK 2016. Riders Choice-backed BMW rider Matt McBride has shown well on occasional outings and the former factory rider is a big threat in the wet. Montreal s Franklyn Dominguez has earned a podium previously and has a 2016 Kawasaki for this campaign. BMW-mounted Chris Murray-Audin ran with the leaders last summer at the final CTMP doubleheader and is always fast at old Mosport. Meanwhile Ross Millson a top privateer on and off for almost a decade has a newish ex-Dan Kruger Kawasaki ZX-10R with backing from Motovan. All could surprise with a strong result or two. rECENT CANAdiAN SupErBikE ChAmpiONS 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 Jordan Szoke Jodi Christie Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Brett McCormick Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Francis Martin Pascal Picotte Pascal Picotte Jordan Szoke Steve Crevier Steve Crevier Francis Martin Jordan Szoke Don Munroe Michael Taylor Don Munroe Michael Taylor Lynden ON Keene ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Saskatoon SK Lynden ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Sherbrooke QC BMW S1000RR Honda CBR1000RR BMW S1000RR BMW S1000RR BMW S1000RR Honda CBR1000RR Kawasaki ZX-10R Kawasaki ZX-10R Kawasaki ZX-10R Kawasaki ZX-10R Suzuki GSX-R1000 St-Cecile de Milton QC Yamaha YZF-R1 St-Cecile de Milton QC Yamaha YZF-R1 Lynden ON Maple Ridge BC Maple Ridge BC Sherbrooke QC Lynden ON Halifax NS Toronto ON Halifax NS Toronto ON Suzuki GSX-R1000 Honda RC51 Honda RC51 Kawasaki ZX-7RR Kawasaki ZX-7RR Kawasaki ZX-7RR Kawasaki ZX-7RR Kawasaki ZX-7R Kawasaki ZX-7R 10 CSBK.CA liqui moly pro sport bike class preview Defending two-time Pro Sport Bike champ Kenny Riedmann switched from Triumph to Kawasaki equipment for the 2016 campaign. PhOTO By DON EMPEy can riedmann win Third sTraighT TiTle on new machine wo years ago the Mopar CSBK Canadian national championship series switched spec tire suppliers and that had an immediate affect on the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike division for middleweight machinery. Triumph racer Kenny Riedmann formerly focused on racing series in the US made a last-minute decision to tackle the full Canadian tour for the first time as his preference to race the Sturgess-backed 675 cc Daytona triple on the latest Dunlop DOT rubber. The change in plans proved a good move with Riedmann earning the PSB title in his first full season on his home national tour. Now 24 Riedmann will be looking to earn a third straight Sport Bike Championship in 2016 but this year with a different manufacturer. Riedmann s father former Pro racer Roland was very loyal to Triumph Canada but had a problem Triumph does not make a machine for the 1000 cc Superbike class. In 2015 the team moved to the main category with a Kawasaki downplaying the fact that they were running two different brands in two different classes. For 2016 Riedmann will be entered on Kawasaki equipment in 12 CSBK.CA shootinG For three T both Pro classes a new-this-year ZX-10R Ninja in Superbike and the 636 cc ZX-6R Ninja with the No. 1 plate in Pro Sport Bike. While the Scott Cameron-led team is sorry to see their solid Triumph support end the Kawasaki should prove adept for championship chasing. Riedmann enjoyed the torque offered by the oversized Triumph triple class rules allowing engines slightly above 600 cc like the Brit triple also including the slightly oversized Kawasaki. All Sport Bike class machines must meet the 125 horsepower limit on the official series Dynojet dyno meaning the bigger displacement models have less room for modification. A solid front-runner on the World Supersport scene the mid-level ZX-6R Ninja is well known for its mid-range performance. On our tracks getting the drive is really key we have lots of tight turns leading onto straights explains Riedmann. Even on the fastest circuit on this year s tour Canadian Tire Motorsport Park the longest straight is uphill and starts with a hairpin and a kink. Riedmann did surprisingly well switching between the Triumph and Ninja last season and running two very similar green machines liqui moly pro sport bike class preview should help his cause during this year s two busy doubleheader weekends in each of which he will compete in four races over two days. Going between the two bikes isn t that big a deal but for sure having the two Kawasakis for the classes should help continues Riedmann who tested in Alabama prior to the start of the Canadian season also training in Georgia for part of the winter. I m really pretty excited about the potential of both of our bikes and of course I want to hold onto my Sport Bike national championship for a third year. Previously riders such as Don Munroe Jordan Szoke and Jodi Christie have controlled the middleweight national division for consecutive years and Riedmann is certainly ready to join that dominant list. Some insiders argue that racing to win in two different classes is too much of a distraction but others suggest a race earlier in the day settles the nerves warms you up and gives you an edge in terms of track condition knowledge. Louie Raffa a solid Pro for several seasons made a crucial breakthrough last year at his home track Autodrome St-Eustache just outside Montreal QC. In difficult wet conditions Raffa got the holeshot with his Fast Company-built Honda CBR600RR and pulled away for a dominant first career Pro national success. At the next event at Edmonton Raffa again took the lead early only to fall in a turn that caught out a number of top Sport Bike contenders. He still wound up fourth overall in points and is looking to build on his efforts this season. Now with two Hondas at disposal Raffa has backing from Motosports St-Eustache FogOff Clothing Forsaken Motorsports and EBC for the upcoming tour. Raffa showed well at the RACE regional opener at Shannonville prior to the first CSBK round and he will again be contesting the Vintage Road Racing Association series with his potent and successful Scott Miller-built 1988 Honda Hawk twin. One of the more interesting racers expected to feature in the 2016 Sport Bike Championship is two-time Canadian Superbike champ Michael Taylor who will run a GP Bikes-provided Triumph Daytona 675R. Taylor has not competed in a top class in almost a decade but the 5014 CSBK.CA Top Quebec ace Louie Raffa scored his breakout first win in 2015 aboard his honda CBR600RR and should be a regular podium contender in 2016. Tommy Casas (middle) was a top five threat in his first Pro season and was co-Pro Rookie of the year. Michael Taylor (left pictured during an exhibition lap on the Kawasaki h2R in 2015) returns to Pro competition after a decade-long absence on a Triumph Daytona 675R. PhOTOS By BOB SzOKE TiM MCgiLL AND RiChARD COBuRN liqui moly pro sport bike class preview year-old has a very strong following and plenty of experience. With his program coming together at the 11th hour Taylor had a busy May getting bodywork controls and setup pieces selected for his triple. One of the feel-good stories of 2016 involved Tommy Casas the former Honda spec racing star getting a new Yamaha R6 at the last minute and then showing well on a shoestring budget. Fifth overall in Sport Bike was a very good result for a Rookie Pro and the 17-year-old showed well enough in Superbike to share Brooklin Cycle Racing Rookie of the Year honours with long-time rival and friend Stacey Nesbitt. Last season former Kawasaki and Honda factory 600 frontrunner Jeff Williams of Kingston ON returned to the track aboard a Yamaha YZF-R6. The 40-year-old ran well at CTMP and battled for the lead as a last-minute addition to the Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series exhibition race. This season Williams R6 has spent time at Scott Miller s Fast Company getting ready for the national tour. A tumble in testing at Shannonville broke bones in his hand but Williams promises to be on-track for the first national of 2016. Honda CBR125R and CBR250R national champion Stacey Nesbitt plans to do selected CSBK events in 2016 with her Statoni Racing Honda CBR600RR but the national tour is no longer her focus. The Motovan-backed pilot now 19 is running full-time on the European Junior Cup circuit racing a spec Honda Europe-supplied CBR650R in the World Superbike support series. rECENT CANAdiAN prO SpOrT BikE ChAmpiONS 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 Kenny Riedmann Kenny Riedmann Jodi Christie Jodi Christie Jodi Christie Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Steve Crevier Pascal Picotte Pascal Picotte Clint McBain Steve Crevier Owen Weichel Linnley Clarke Don Munroe Don Munroe Don Munroe Don Munroe Don Munroe Steve Crevier Linnley Clarke Linnley Clarke Denis Royer Belfountain ON Belfountain ON Keene ON Keene ON Keene ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Maple Ridge BC Triumph Daytona 675R Triumph Daytona 675R Honda CBR600RR Honda CBR600RR Honda CBR600RR Honda CBR600RR Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6RR Honda CBR600RR St-Cecile de Milton QC Yamaha YZF-R6 St-Cecile de Milton QC Yamaha YZF-R6 Calgary AB Maple Ridge BC Toronto ON Barrie ON Halifax NS Halifax NS Halifax NS Halifax NS Halifax NS Port Coquitlam BC Barrie ON Barrie ON Cap Sante QC Suzuki GSX-R600 Honda CBR600F4i Kawasaki ZX-6R Yamaha YZF-R6 Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6 Kawasaki ZX-6 Yamaha FZR600 Yamaha FZR600 Yamaha FZR600 kawasaki ninja 300 series preview kawasaki NiNJa 300 RaCe seRies spec class makes official debut in 2016 after wild exhibition races By Graeme Jones Editor Inside Motorcycles ast August I had the good fortune of being one of the invited participants in the exhibition races for the Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It was a pure blast and the action was thrilling for the fans with packs of buzzing green machines dicing lap after lap in close quarters. It turned out to be a highlight of the entire 2015 CSBK season - period. The Ninja 300 series became an official national class of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship in 2016 and will continue on through the 2017 season. The concept is simple nearlyidentical Kawasaki Ninja 300 motorcycles governed by strict spec rules compete head-to-head in an affordable entry-level class designed to keep costs down and competition high. As with all spec racing the tight rules restrictions mean that deep pockets don t get an advantage and the inviting performance level of the Ninja 300 platform makes for a welcome way to cut one s teeth in road racing. The goal for all spec racing is straightforward explained Canadian Kawasaki Motors National Sales and Marketing Manager Bob Calwell. The Ninja 300 is a popular inexpensive sporty bike and the modifications are limited so that the racers can control costs. This way you get closer racing that offers a showcase for up-andcoming competitors. We are very confident that our new championship will be good for both Kawasaki and Canadian road racing. Would-be racers can opt to modify their stock Ninja 300 individually within the rules or call their local Kawasaki dealership and ask if any of the purpose-built units prepared for last year s exhibition round are still available for purchase they come race-ready for 7 500 and include suspension upgrades a Hindle exhaust and a Dynojet Power Commander. As of press time there were as many as 12 bikes still available. In race trim the Ninja 300 is fun unintimidating and yet very race-competent. With just a map and a muffler there is smooth yet strong pull across the rev range the 286 cc inline twin pushing 180 km h on the long back straightaway at CTMP. The stock brakes have great feel and bite and the Dunlop Sportmax Alpha 13 tires provide excellent grip and control. L photos by ben quinn and richard coburn (below) Amateurs and younger racers will be pleased with how controllable light spunky and yet not scary the Ninja 300 is on a racetrack. And since the rules are so strict it really comes down to the rider. So Kawasaki is back supporting road racing. That s a good thing. They re in the business of selling motorcycles--in this case Ninjas-- and a national-level spec class seems to be an ideal marketing opportunity to showcase the fresh edgy and youth-focused Ninja 300 in a unique way to a Canadian audience. To find out how to get involved visit www.kawasakiracing.ca. 18 CSBK.CA historical spotlight jim allen shannonville 1976 JiM aLLeN aNd sHaNNONViLLe s debut canada s top racer of the era remembers thanksgiving weekend 1976 orty years ago the big road races in Canada were mostly in Quebec where the Brimaco Series organized by War-Lie Racing was the major money-paying attraction. During the summer of 1976 there were very few road races in Ontario A regional at Mosport (now Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) on Victoria Day sharing the program with cars and the July CMA national round at the same GP circuit. At the end of that summer word came that John Nelson had expanded his fun little go-kart track east of Belleville on Highway 2 and was about to open up as a real road racing venue. Nelson an Irish expat was previously a big supporter of road racing through 20 CSBK.CA F his Nelson Honda operation in Toronto sponsoring a wide variety of bike and sidecar racers including Yvon Duhamel Mike Duff and Jim Allen. Last fall Allen now retired from a successful career with Dunlop Tires in their motorcycle competition division following a strong decade as a racer was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame. Visiting from his home close to the Dunlop plant and design offices in Buffalo NY Allen was a popular speaker joining the hall for Canada s motorcycling elite at the same time as his one-time prot g 1980 Canadian Superbike Champ George Morin of Mississauga ON. historical spotlight jim allen shannonville 1976 folded but was still living in Quebec. He returned to national-level racing in the US and Canada with the help of Scarborough ON-based Yamaha dealer Ernie White s self-funded privateer Yamaha team. Allen s main mount for 76 was a brandnew custom-built Swiss Egli-framed Yamaha TZ750 and he also raced the firstever production Yamaha monoshocked road racer the two-stroke liquid-cooled TZ250C twin. In an era of rapid development as Yamaha gradually took over GP racing this was a strong lineup of potentially-winning privateer equipment. Yamaha s initial twin-shock TZ700 and 750 offerings were very fast but problematic and difficult to ride and Yamaha had yet to build the definitive 1977 D model monoshock offering for the big bike so White s decision to go his own way was a solid if brave choice. They were fast enough to scare the shit out of you admits Allen of his era s fourcylinder Yamahas. It wasn t really until that D model that you could hold the things wide open such was the handling. It always took time to adjust when you went to Daytona at the start of the season they were so fast. For sure they could overpower the grip available pretty easily. They weren t too bad if you had everything set up right but if you didn t... We were mostly doing Canadian races at the time remembers Allen. We would do Daytona and we went to Laguna but we couldn t afford to go to Riverside and those were the only three AMA road races that year. We raced in Quebec a lot Sanair St-Eustache St-Felicien that was what Ernie could afford. I was working in construction and just happy to still be racing. The Egli was a bad idea it was my first time back with the Yamaha four explains Allen of the exotic big backbone-style frame. It was not a good bike we never really got it to work. Honestly I think I would have been happier with a stock bike. It looked great all that stuff but it was a challenge. When I started racing in the 1960s Ernie had Norton Manxes good guys like Garth Perry riding for him he was a real fixture he was around a long time. So it was good to be associated with him. Ernie bought everything to build a 750 and my friend Kent Peterson was working at his shop at the time so I would get updates. Ernie god rest his soul fancied himself a tuner and he really wasn t a twostroke guy. I remember once at Mosport some of Ernie s friends from England told him to take the chokes out of the carbs that was the hot setup and of course we couldn t get the thing to start He would have some idea during the week at the shop and Kent would call me to tip me off to say you would never believe what he s up to So I would have good information on what we would face when we got to the track. Ernie was building the Egli all winter and it was really pretty nickel-plated frame cast wheels fancy fairing. We all assumed at that time that anything made in Europe was really on the gas. I don t remember what kind of shock it had but that was one of the problems. It felt big compared to a regular Yamaha a little unwieldly. It didn t steer it was hard to work on. The bike was overall low so you had to be pretty careful when you leaned the bike over. Ernie loved it you could tell and he had a lot invested in the Egli. I was happy to ride it as long as it was safe. It was good enough to win in Canada most of the time. It was the only Egli around. You have to give Ernie a lot of credit for everything he did everything he put into his racing. Was it important to support John Nelson and his new seven-turn 1.1-mile track in the fall of 1976 There is no question as far as Ernie was concerned about supporting Shannonville since he and John went way back Allen emphatically replies. We were all really interested to see the place we wanted to race and were looking to find somewhere new for bike racing in Ontario since Harewood Acres closed in 1970. I knew John Nelson I had ridden for him once at Harewood 1970 on a Honda 750 in an endurance race with Sandy Douglas. John was a little rough around the edges but he was a really good guy. But we didn t really travel in the same circles he was established before me he was a four-stroke guy he was with Honda when I was with Suzuki. I m sure we all knew he was building a track. As far as the new track was concerned There wasn t much there Allen recalls. There was asphalt in a muddy rocky field barely finished and it was cold and rainy Saturday was mostly a waste of time. The track was new dirty and it wasn t very MOPAR CANADIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP 21 opposite page Jim allen rode the ernie white racing egli-yamaha tZ750 to victory at the first-ever motorcycle race held at shannonville Motorsport park on thanksgiving weekend in 1976. notice the unique bubbled front fairing with transparent splitters designed to improve aerodynamics. above allen with trophy after winning the alma Grand prix round of the brimaco series 1973. photos by bill petro Allen originally from Toronto had received support from Suzuki Canada and later Yamaha distributor Trev Deeley Imports in the late 1960s and early 1970s achieving considerable success mostly on small displacement two-stroke real Grand Prix-type race bikes although he campaigned production machines with success too. He went on to take a technical job with Bombardier in Quebec developing a 500 cc liquid-cooled Can-Am twin street sportster a design that unfortunately didn t enter production. By 1976 Allen was no longer working with Can-Am since his project had allen and and sandy Mcphee on John nelson s honda cb750 following success at an endurance race at harewood acres on (near cayuga) in 1970. bike owner nelson built nelson international raceway now known as shannonville Motorsport park which opened in 1976. photo courtesy the JiM allen collection long. On a slightly warmer and much drier Suntwo rare photos of allen (100) on the winged egli-yamaha tZ750 competing against day October 10 1976 following snow Saturyvon duhamel (17) on the works Kawasaki Kr750 triple at Mosport in 76. day night Allen lined up the unloved Egli-Yam for the Unlimited Expert feature race of the 10-event program. Allen s main opposition was Rocket Robbie Meiklejohn s unique Mike Crompton-built Curtis-framed Weber-carbureted Honda single-cam 1000four Brian Henderson s rough-running TZ700 and the surprisingly effective Trackmaster Triumph twin flat tracker of Moe Fraser. Fraser stayed close while Allen held off Meiklejohn s aggressive challenge until the Honda grenaded due to a faulty connecting rod a failure that angers tuner Crompton to this day. After the Honda disappeared in a cloud of oil smoke in the field west of turn 1 Jim Allen won the first feature motorcycle race at what is now known as Shannonville Motorsport Park. Henderson worked his way up to earn second while Fraser dirt-tracked through the slippery and cool conditions (it was seven degrees) atfor a respectable third. 22 CSBK.CA photos by paul pace and bill petro MOPAR CANADIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP 23 historical spotlight jim allen shannonville 1976 I really don t remember much about that race says Allen. I remember the Triumph and I remember Robbie from the Brimaco races in Quebec. It was very cool to have another racetrack and it certainly was a suitable place you could see things getting established. I have fond memories of going fast there. Ever since the debut of Nelson International on Thanksgiving weekend in 1976 the second-last left-hand hairpin has been known as Allen s Corner named after Jim himself. It is hardly surprising that one of Canada s most popular motorcycle tracks would have a corner named after one of our top racers but the circumstances are certainly strange. In the Expert 250 GP race 40 years ago which was expected to be a walk-over for Allen he twice managed to tumble in the second-to-last turn and hence announcer Pat Gonsalves gave that bend Jim s name. Well I think what happened is that the tires we were using were old it was the end of the season laughs Allen 40 years later acknowledging the irony of a career Dunlop rep short on fresh rubber. We used to have a saying that there are three kinds of race tires new ones used ones and free ones. So I m pretty sure our Goodyears were old and I remember just falling down bang down no warning It was a slow fall a tip-over. The second was a duplicate within a few feet of the first. I still finished second. When the track went into full service in 1977 the layout was altered to eliminate Allen s Corner its tight nature considered to be too much for an already busy and short layout. When the track was extended in 1988 Allen s Corner came back into play and is used in various forms to this day. For the record Chris Hurst took the Expert 250 cc win on his RO Racing Yamaha a fact Jim is keen to support since he is often credited with as many as three falls and the win Allen placed second while Sarnia s Bill Hornblower earned third. Miles Baldwin a potential winner dropped out with engine trouble with his TZ250 but he did set the fastest lap of the day at 1 03.7. Allen would eventually retire in mid-1978 disappointing his fans and sponsors. Shortly after he parked the TZ750s Allen responded to a Dunlop ad in Cycle News starting a new chapter in the life of one of Canada s top racers of the 1970s. photos by bill petro top Kent peterson works on the unique backbone-framed ernie white racing egli-yamaha tZ750. left allen on the ernie white racing yamaha tZ250c which he crashed twice during the opening weekend at sMp in 76 resulting in allen s corner being named as such. above allen at daytona March 1976. photo by paul pace 24 CSBK.CA news & highlights shannonville motorsport park celebrates 40th anniversary The opening round of the 2016 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship named the Suthe massive grandstand at shannonville Motorsport park offers optimal views of the on-track action. perbike Challenge will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Shannonville Motorsport Park the popular racing facility just east of Belleville ON. Motorcycle racers first competed at what was then called Nelson International Raceway after now-deceased founder John Nelson on Thanksgiving weekend 1976. The location of SMP halfway between Toronto and Montreal has made it a popular racetrack for competitors and fans over the last four decades. The huge grandstand on the front straightaway provides a view of almost the entire track and to date there have been 50 national events held on the historic circuit. The CSBK tour uses the 2.45-km 11-turn Pro layout. 2011 CSBK champion Brett McCormick still holds the Pro track Superbike record at 1 03.795 (Suzuki GSX-R1000 2009). SMP also operates its own regional RACE Superseries for pro and amateur racers as well as motorcycle lapping days and Supermoto events car lapping and drifting days and is the home of the FAST Riding School operated by former Canadian national champion Michel Mercier. SMP also has a fully operational 1 8-mile drag strip. Visit www.shannonville.com for more info. bottle bag initiative continues to grow Famous for its bottle bag initiative the Canadian Rider Safety Fund plans to ramp up efforts in 2016 now that a standardized bag design has been developed and sourced. The new bags which are easier to load transport and join should arrive in Canada by mid-summer at which time the next steps for the development and installation program will begin in earnest. Racers and fans are welcome to collect recyclable crushable plastic containers such as pop and water bottles juice jugs and windshield washer fluid jugs and bring them to any race on the CSBK national tour or any event at Shannonville Motorsport Park. The bottle bag program began at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Nova Scotia where provincial recycling laws make it tough to get acceptable crushable used fluid containers that best serve the project. Efforts to cover the entire length of the AMP track continue in Nova Scotia. The current home of bottle bag development is Shannonville Motorsport Park where the venue will soon be fully provided with installed bottle bags from the CRSF. Meanwhile Autodrome StEustache in Quebec has begun a bottle bag program of its own. To learn more and to help the non-profit Canadian Rider Safety Fund please visit the group s Facebook page. bring your recyclable bottles to any csbK round this year and help keep riders safe photo by don eMpey 26 CSBK.CA track layouts and schedule SHAnnonVILLE MoToRSPoRT PARK - SHAnnonVILLE on Tickets 1-800-959-8955 613-969-1906 or info shannonville.com Website www.superbikechallenge.ca Location 7047 Old Hwy 2 Shannonville ON K0K 3A0 (20 km east of Belleville) Track Length (Pro Track) 1.53 miles 2.45km (11 turns) National Superbike Events 50 National Lap Records Pro Superbike 1 03.795 (Brett McCormick Suzuki GSX-R1000 September 5 2009) Pro Sport Bike 1 04.590 (Brett McCormick Suzuki GSX-R600 September 5 2009) AM Superbike 1 07.384 (Aubrey Bailey Honda CBR600RR Jul 3 2011) AM Sport Bike 1 07.050 (Cody Matechuk Suzuki GSX-R600 Sep 5 2009) Round 2 MAY 27-29 Why You Should Go 40th anniversary and new promoters for enhanced show. The track was designed in 1976 with motorcycle racing in mind and features a wide variety of challenges for racers. For spectators it offers excellent viewing opportunities almost the entire layout is visible from the main grandstand. AuTodRoME ST-EuSTACHE - ST-EuSTACHE QC Tickets 450-472-6222 or 514-591-4388 Website www.autodrome.ca Location 1016 Boulevard Arthur-Sauv St-Eustache QC J7R 4K3 (45 km northwest of Montreal) Track Length 1.2 miles 1.93 km (10 turns) National Superbike Events 20 National Lap Records Pro Superbike 45.012 (Brett McCormick BMW S1000RR July 10 2011) Pro Sport Bike 45.872 (Jodi Christie Honda CBR600RR July 11 2011) AM Superbike 46.989 (Eric Gagnon BMW S1000RR July 7 2013) AM Sport Bike 47.386 (Philippe Masse Kawasaki ZX-6R July 7 2012) Why You Should Go Its tight and technical nature has traditionally guaranteed extremely close racing at Autodrome St-Eustache. Round 2 JunE 24-26 ATLAnTIC MoToRSPoRT PARK - SHuBEnACAdIE nS Tickets 902468-2518 Website www.procycleonline.com Location 266 Race Track Rd Mill Village NS B0N 2H0 (70 km northeast of Halifax) Track Length 1.6 miles 2.56 km (11 turns) National Superbike Events 32 National Lap Records Pro Superbike 1 06.031 (Brett McCormick Suzuki GSX-R1000 August 8 2009) Pro Sport Bike 1 06.905 (Brett McCormick Suzuki GSX-R600 August 8 2009) AM Superbike 1 09.878 (Austin ShawO Leary Honda CBR600RR July 21 2012) AM Sport Bike 1 09.292 (Austin ShawO Leary Honda CBR600RR July 21 2012) Round 5 JuLY 15-17 Why You Should Go With tight corners sweepers and a backstraight dubbed The Rollercoaster AMP is a great venue for spectators. CAnAdIAn TIRE MoToRSPoRT PARK - BowMAnVILLE on Tickets 1-800-866-1072 or 905-983-9141 info ctmpark.com Website www.canadiantiremotorsportpark.com Location 3233 Concession Rd 10 Bowmanville ON L1C 3K6 (30 km northeast of Oshawa) Track Length 2.459 miles 3.9 km (10 turns) National Superbike Events 35 National Lap Records Pro Superbike 1 20.866 (Brett McCormick BMW S1000RR August 19 2011) 28 CSBK.CA Pro Sport Bike 1 22.653 (Jordan Szoke Kawasaki ZX-6R July 17 2009) AM Superbike 1 24.240 (Tim Robinson BMW S1000RR August 20 2011) AM Sport Bike 1 25.166 (Cody Matechuk Suzuki GSX-R600 July 19 2009) RoundS 6 & 7 AuguST 19-21 Why You Should Go This doubleheader season finale is held on a legendary Canadian racetrack and features lots of off-track activities including demo rides and live music. sponsors MoPAR After starting its involvement with Canada s national road racing series in 2011 Chrysler Canada s Mopar brand expanded its involvement to become title sponsor for the 2012 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship and continues in that role for 2016. Mopar is Chrysler Group LLC s service parts and customer-care brand. Mopar distributes approximately 280 000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram Truck vehicles. www.mopar.ca dALTon TIMMIS InSuRAnCE New TSN presenting sponsor the Dalton Timmis Group is focused on unique insurance solutions and prides itself on thinking outside the box. As Canada s largest motorcycle insurance broker Dalton Timmis is proud of its long history of support for the sport of motorcycling in Canada. DTI also offers specific insurance packages for race participants race teams and their sponsors and well as off-track and storage programs. Dalton Timmis has a solution for you www.daltontimmis.com MoToVAn The Motovan Corporation has joined CSBK in a big way for 2016 starting with sponsorship of two of the four national divisions. Boucherville QC-based Motovan distributes Liqui Moly new backer of the Pro Sport Bike class as well as Shoei premium helmets now the title sponsor for the Amateur Sport Bike division. As well Motovan offers support product giveaways through social media and at the track for both fans and competitors with product lines including Ogio Motion Pro and Hitcase. www.motovan.com dunLoP For the third year in a row Dunlop is the official tire of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship and will supply tires for all classes of Canada s national road racing series. The Dunlop brand has a long and proud history with motorcycle racing around the world and particularly in Canada. The company s affiliates are also spec tire suppliers to the MotoAmerica series in the United States and enjoy strong involvement with the American-based WERA regional racing series and the Australian Superbike Championship. Pro 6 Cycle Inc. of Etobicoke ON the Canadian Dunlop motorcycle race tire distributor will handle supply and service for racers on the national tour and attend all rounds of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. www.dunloptires.com MAgnETI MARELLI Famed Italian aftermarket manufacturer Magneti Marelli continues its sponsorship support of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship in 2016. The versatile and innovative company remains the title sponsor for the Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike National Championship Series as well as the presenting sponsor for the Magneti Marelli Pro Superbike SuperPole Award. Magneti Marelli Aftermarket N.A. is responsible for the Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar All Makes Parts Program. Magneti Marelli Aftermarket N.A. is a business line of Magneti Marelli. Founded in Italy in 1919 Magneti Marelli is a leader in component manufacturing in electronics and in the production of other technologically advanced products for today s automakers and for the aftermarket. www.magnetimarelli.com KAwASAKI Canadian Kawasaki Motors is sponsoring the newly-established Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series spec class in 2016 and 2017. The goal of the new low cost spec series is to provide a showcase for the riders as well as the Kawasaki Ninja 300 equipment. To find out more about Kawasaki and the brand s entire lineup of sport street touring and cruiser motorcycles visit the company s website below. www.kawasaki.ca TSn Launched in 1984 and based in Toronto owned by Bell Media and ESPN The Sports Network is a Canadian Englishlangauge sports specialty service. TSN is the largest specialty channel in Canada in term of gross revenue and now includes five separate networks. Among the properties currently handled by TSN are the Formula 1 auto racing series and the American-based NASCAR tour as well as the NASCARPinty s series. www.tsn.ca InSIdE MoToRCYCLES Inside Motorcycles magazine returns as the official media partner of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship for 2016 and producer of the official series program. Since 1998 Inside Motorcycles has been Canada s source for motorcycle news. With its in-depth coverage of Canadian competition and industry news Inside Motorcycles has become an indispensable resource for riders and racing enthusiasts across the country. www.insidemotorcycles.com PRo CYCLE Pro Cycle of Dartmouth NS continues its association with the East Coast motorcycle road racing scene and the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship in 2015. Pro Cycle is a partner in the national series website and online entities as well as putting support behind the Society of the Atlantic Roadracing League and the July national at Atlantic Motorsport Park. Pro Cycle was formed in 1983 and has since grown to over 30 employees. They take competition seriously and do their very best to provide the most competitive pricing and service in the industry. www.procycleonline.com 30 CSBK.CA