Extra, from a press launch issued by CSBK:
Dumas conquers crash-filled race two in combined circumstances at Grand Bend
Grand Bend, ON – Simply because the hole started to shut atop the GP Bikes Professional Superbike sequence, Alex Dumas made positive to blow the doorways proper off it.
The championship chief once more mastered a humid observe on Sunday, successful in dominant vogue to shut out the second spherical of the Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship on the Grand Bend Motorplex, introduced by Goderich Toyota.
Whereas it was a full-wet exhibiting in spherical one for Dumas, this time he conquered the characteristic class in combined circumstances, avoiding the chaos in a crash-filled race two that compelled many stars into expensive errors – together with reigning champion and title rival Ben Younger.
Trying to navigate a difficult floor on his ‘B’ rain bike, Younger didn’t even make the beginning after crashing on the warmup lap, remounting to enter the pits and hop onto his dry ‘A’ bike.
As for the on-track motion, it initially regarded as if Dumas might come below menace from one other Suzuki as Trevor Daley obtained a rocket launch, closing shortly on the 2021 title winner as he eyed his first profession Professional Superbike victory.
Nonetheless, Daley’s cost gave the impression to be over after a quick crash within the last flip, the final time anybody would even be near Dumas as he started to stretch out an enormous lead – at one level as massive as 27 seconds – scoring a decisive third victory in 4 races.
As for Younger, the Van Dolder’s Residence Workforce BMW rider would rejoin three laps down and salvage a lonely eleventh-place end (thanks largely to retirements forward of him), watching as Dumas’ title benefit ballooned to a staggering 36 factors.
“I really felt actually good on the market. I knew somebody was with me at first, however I used to be capable of put my head down and handle the hole to the top,” Dumas mentioned. “It sucks for Ben, but it surely’s big factors for the championship.”
The Purple Cranium Brewing/Liqui Moly Suzuki rider will nonetheless have work to do with seven races remaining on the calendar, although he has put Younger on the backfoot in to date probably the most emphatic vogue throughout their rivalry, albeit helped by dangerous luck for the two-time characteristic class champion.
As for the chaos behind Dumas, completely no order regarded set in stone in the course of the 20-lap battle, with eight totally different riders operating in podium locations in some unspecified time in the future within the race.
Ultimately, although, it was native star Chris Pletsch who managed to outlast the drama, choosing up his first profession professional nationwide Superbike podium in simply his second begin and making his Stratford Cycle Centre machine the primary Honda on the podium since 2015.
One of many high riders within the SOAR regional sequence at Grand Bend, Pletsch couldn’t decide to a return in spherical three on the east coast, although he actually demanded sufficient consideration together with his efficiency on Sunday.
“I’m so glad. All weekend I used to be trying ahead to the rain, despite the fact that it’s my first time within the rain on a Superbike,” Pletsch mentioned. “It’s fairly the hike out east, so we’ll see in regards to the future, however for now it’s superior to symbolize all of the SOAR guys on the rostrum.”
Pletsch’s runner-up spot quickly got here below fireplace within the last moments, nonetheless, as Trevor Dion started to reel in his SOAR buddy and rival – adopted intently by an amazingly hard-charging Daley.
Dion would maintain onto the ultimate podium spot, his first aboard the LDS Consultants Kawasaki, because the rookie lastly managed to place a few of his personal luck behind him.
“I knew somebody was approaching robust behind me, however I didn’t know who, I used to be simply so targeted on catching Chris,” Dion mentioned. “The hole was getting smaller and I used to be in a little bit of a rhythm, however I used to be glad to only convey house the rostrum for the workforce, particularly after the accidents in spherical one.”
Whereas he simply missed out on the rostrum by 0.073 seconds on the line, Daley was unquestionably the story of the race, mounting one of many biggest single-race comebacks in CSBK historical past.
The OneSpeed Suzuki rider was seemingly out of it after crashing chasing Dumas, however remounted and shortly carved his approach by way of the pack, recovering an important fourth-place end result for each himself and Suzuki as he climbs to inside a single level of third general and helps his model to a 28-point lead atop the Constructors Championship.
The misfortune continued for BMW, because the trio of Suzuki, Honda, and Kawasaki on the rostrum means the Motorrad model will miss the podium for the primary time since Calgary in 2010 – a streak of 88 consecutive races.
Sam Guerin could be the highest BMW in fifth, briefly operating in third earlier than fading again mid-race within the difficult circumstances, although he escapes with a one-point benefit over Daley within the battle for third within the championship aboard his EFC Group machine.
Jordan Royds did his greatest to assist restrict the injury for BMW as properly by ending sixth on his IBEW machine, at one level preventing for his first profession professional nationwide podium earlier than ceding place to Daley and Guerin.
John Fraser would full the top-seven aboard his RLS Contracting Suzuki, transferring to inside a single level of the Brooklin Cycle Racing Professional Rookie of the 12 months lead behind Acme Motorsports Yamaha’s Paul Macdonell, who completed ninth (SCM/Tanians BMW rider Phillip Leckie would break up them in eighth).
Amongst the notable retirements have been Tomas Casas, who regarded set for a career-best second place end aboard his Components Canada Yamaha earlier than crashing and remounting to take tenth, and LDS Consultants Kawasaki veteran Jordan Szoke, who was compelled out with a shifting failure after operating within the podium battle on lap one.
The GP Bikes Professional Superbike class will now get a month to get well earlier than returning to the east coast at Atlantic Motorsport Park for spherical three, July 20-23, the place Younger swept each halves of the doubleheader in 2022 – one thing he’ll now have to do once more as he hunts down Dumas.
Full outcomes from the characteristic class may be discovered on the sequence’ official web site at csbk.ca.