Dumas, Younger set very same occasions in qualifying as Dumas earns pole off historic tiebreaker
Shubenacadie, NS – The Canadian Superbike Championship produced its closest qualifying session ever on Friday, as rivals Alex Dumas and Ben Younger set the very same lap time within the BS Battery Superpole session at Atlantic Motorsport Park.
Younger topped the primary “Q1” portion of the day with a snug benefit over Dumas, but it surely was the reigning champion who obtained the higher of him with simply two minutes to go within the second, decisive Superpole shootout, setting a quickest lap of 1:07.521.
With nothing to lose, Younger set out for his last two laps, failing on the primary try earlier than crossing the road with 4 seconds to go to earn one final probability. Shockingly, Younger did handle to enhance his time in the long run – setting an similar time of 1:07.521.
The tie atop the timesheets has by no means occurred earlier than in CSBK historical past, prompting officers to award pole place to Dumas by advantage of him setting the time first and likewise having the higher of every riders second-fastest time.
“At first I assumed the display screen simply hadn’t up to date but, so I stored refreshing it again and again and the time wasn’t altering,” Dumas stated. “Ultimately I spotted we had the very same time, so none of us actually knew what to anticipate.”
The end result may even carry championship implications, with the additional level for pole place now placing Dumas stage with Younger atop the standings and tied within the BS Battery Pole Place award struggle.
Younger will lose his championship lead in probably the most unlucky circumstances, however the Van Dolder’s Dwelling Workforce BMW rider is aware of the most important factors haul will nonetheless be up for grabs when the weekend doubleheader rolls round.
“I used to be wanting round to the marshall’s to try to see the place I ended up, after which after I obtained to the pit lane all of them simply threw their fingers up and had no thought,” Younger stated. “On the finish of the day it’s good for the collection to have us tied and it makes it a bit extra thrilling, however tomorrow continues to be the place the main target goes to be.”
Behind the wild motion up entrance was Trevor Daley, who joined the 2 on the BS Battery podium and can line up alongside them on the ultimate entrance row spot after securing the third-fastest time at a 1:08.648.
If Friday’s tempo is any indication, the battle between the 2 championship rivals may play proper into Daley’s fingers this weekend, because the OneSpeed/Professional Cycle Suzuki rider appears to copy his quick begin from 2019 and seize his elusive first profession Superbike victory.
Main off the second row would be the Royal Distributing BMW of Michael Leon, who places himself in prime place for a podium struggle this weekend after setting a late greatest time of 1:09.338.
Lining up alongside Leon might be Sebastien Tremblay, who has quietly maintained frontrunning tempo of his personal aboard his Turcotte Efficiency Kawasaki, although he might want to dispatch of some rider rapidly if he hopes to safe his second podium of the season this weekend.
Ranging from pole place for the weekend’s two Liqui Moly Professional Sport Bike races might be championship chief Trevor Dion, who continues to defy expectations along with his second consecutive pole on the yr.
The LDS Consultants Kawasaki didn’t have a lot room to spare forward of championship rival David MacKay, who went simply 0.161 seconds slower, as the 2 seem set for a dramatic duel within the last 4 races to determine the middleweight crown.
The entrance row will characteristic a considerably stunning face, nonetheless, as Jake LeClair returned to set the third-fastest time aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha, finally simply 0.308 seconds off pole as he appears to affix the frontrunning struggle this weekend.
Notably absent from the primary two rows might be Elliot Vieira, who struggled mightily to sixth on the grid. The race three winner and championship contender may have his work lower out for him on race day, however remained just one.2 seconds off Dion aboard his Snow Metropolis Yamaha machine.
Native star John Fraser loved his day round his residence AMP circuit, cruising comfortably to pole positions in each the AIM Insurance coverage Newbie Superbike class and Newbie Sport Bike class aboard his Yamaha machines.
Fraser will particularly be wanting ahead to his Superbike doubleheader, as he will get a pair of probabilities to try to observe down Julien Lafortune for the highest championship spot, although Lafortune restricted the injury by qualifying second on the grid for Kawasaki.
One other native title will begin from pole place within the Tremendous Sonic Race Faculty Light-weight class, as former championship frontrunner Avery Hart returned to tempo the grid aboard his Yamaha.
The true winner of the day, nonetheless, might be teenager Bryce DeBoer, who certified third however obtained a large championship increase after total factors chief Evan Moriarity withdrew from the occasion.
With vice-champion Andrew Cooney and now Moriarity lacking from AMP, DeBoer may eat up a large chunk of his 30-point deficit as he chases down the title lead heading into the ultimate spherical.
The primary version of the Light-weight Professional/Am on the east coast introduced maybe its most enjoyable qualifying session but, as native racing legend Gary McKinnon set the quickest total time and took the highest spot within the Professional division after a back-and-forth battle with Jared Walker and fellow east coast native Richard Thompson.
The trio – all Kawasaki mounted – traded positioned quite a few occasions all through, finally standing separated by simply 0.493 seconds, with Walker lining up second and Thompson in third.
That may place them simply forward of the highest Newbie within the type of Hart, who will begin fourth however takes pole in that division forward of DeBoer and Grant Nesbitt.
The total outcomes from Friday’s wild day of qualifying could be discovered on the collection’ official web site, as can the schedule for each Saturday and Sunday’s racing slate at AMP.