Younger seems to spoil Dumas’ homecoming as CSBK characteristic class returns to Calabogie this weekend
Toronto, ON – After a spectacular season opener simply three weeks in the past, the dynamic duo atop the Canadian Superbike Championship’s characteristic Professional Superbike class will return to battle subsequent weekend in Calabogie Motorsports Park, July 9-10, simply an hour west of the nation’s capital in Ottawa, ON.
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The opening spherical in Grand Bend featured a pair of victories and a weekend sweep from 2019 champion Ben Younger, because the Van Dolder’s House Crew BMW rider started his quest for a second Canada Cup with 57 out of a attainable 58 factors.
Younger isn’t any slouch round Calabogie, both, having completed second in all 4 appearances on the circuit final season. That run of kind would absolutely make him the betting favorite getting into spherical two, if not for the younger man squarely behind him within the pecking order: defending champion Alex Dumas.
Dumas beat Younger on all 4 of these events final season as a part of his historic title run, carrying an ideal file round his unofficial house monitor, and he started his trophy defence with a pair of sensational second-place finishes in his first ever look at Grand Bend final trip.
The 2 rivals will enter as clear co-favourites across the difficult 20-turn, 5.05 km lengthy Calabogie structure, with a pair of pivotal 12-lap battles on the schedule, whereas monitor place can even be essential because the riders kind out their grid spots within the BS Battery Qualifying session on Saturday.
Trevor Dion, the pole-sitter final trip and subsequent BS Battery Pole Award chief, will head to Calabogie for the primary time in his Professional nationwide profession as he sits third within the general standings, and also will accomplish that because the runaway chief within the Brooklin Cycle Racing Professional Rookie of the Yr battle after securing a 19-point benefit over Pierre Simard in Grand Bend.
Dion can have a extra skilled group of riders to take care of within the wide-open midfield, nonetheless, because the 20-year-old LDS Consultants BMW rider has not raced on the circuit since his days as a Light-weight frontrunner in 2019.
Main that group is his namesake Trevor Daley, who enters with the fourth spot within the general championship and simply three factors behind Dion. The OneSpeed Suzuki rider could also be among the best bets to hold with Younger and Dumas up entrance, as he has challenged the entrance in all six races at Calabogie courting again to 2020.
The lead quartet can have extra than simply their very own outcomes to combat for, as properly, as BMW heads to spherical two with a slender eight-point lead over reigning champions Suzuki in second. The monitor performed an important function in Suzuki’s conquest final season, beating BMW by 64 factors in 4 races at Calabogie versus an 18-point swing in three races at CTMP.
Additionally within the midfield battle will probably be a pair of “hometown” Quebecois skills within the type of Sebastian Tremblay and Samuel Guerin, who conveniently enter degree on factors and deadlocked for sixth within the championship.
Tremblay, the reigning (however not defending) Liqui Moly Professional Sport Bike champion, has loads of monitor information aboard his Turcotte Efficiency Kawasaki, and might be a darkish horse for the ultimate podium spot now that his full focus is on the Superbike program.
As for Guerin, the 2020 championship runner-up has seemingly put a dreadful 2021 marketing campaign behind him after a pair of sturdy performances in Grand Bend, and the EFC Group BMW rider will hope to construct on that renewed confidence subsequent weekend.
One competitor who may benefit from the return to Calabogie is veteran Michael Leon, who endured a disastrous season opener with a pair of crashes leaving him 14th within the general standings. The tempo to run on the entrance remains to be there for the Royal Distributing BMW rider, nonetheless, as he scored his solely Superbike podium at this monitor in 2020 in addition to capturing the 2021 Professional 6 GP regional championship and successful the regional race there simply two weeks in the past.
Along with this thrilling crop of frontrunners, the grid can even characteristic a number of query marks as a pair of stars battle accidents, with Tomas Casas doubtlessly returning simply as Steven Nickerson heads to the sidelines.
Nickerson fought by way of the ache to attain a pair of top-five finishes at his house monitor in spherical one, however the Dewildt Powerhouse Honda rider nonetheless isn’t recovered from a devastating knee harm suffered final season and his standing stays unclear for spherical two at Calabogie.
As for Casas, the Elements Canada Yamaha star fractured his proper scaphoid within the offseason and his return in spherical two had began to look unsure, but it surely now seems just like the two-time Sport Bike champion is eyeing a spot on the grid for the ultimate seven races.
Maybe making up for his or her absences would be the debut of Christian Allard aboard the Turcotte Efficiency Ducati machine, after failing to have his Panigale prepared for the opening spherical. Allard confirmed properly in his latest Professional 6 GP outing, and has as a lot expertise round Calabogie as maybe some other monitor.
So far, solely rookie Ryan Taylor has managed to attain factors for Ducati, however Allard’s entry might be a great addition for the Italian producer as they chase Honda and Kawasaki for third within the Constructor’s desk.
The complete schedule of occasions for spherical two motion at Calabogie Motorsports Park can now be discovered on the collection’ official web site.