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Report eleven Canadians set for Daytona 200

Hamilton, ON – The 82nd operating of the annual Daytona 200 occasion will function a file variety of Canadians when it will get underway within the Florida solar subsequent week, March 7-9, with a full show of Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship expertise set to make the journey to the historic Daytona Worldwide Speedway. 

Whereas some will probably be returning for one more 57-lap battle across the famed 3.51-mile (5.65 km) circuit, others will probably be making their first look on the “World Heart of Racing,” a singular check of each rider and machine sturdiness. 

Beneath is a fast take a look at every of the eleven names that can symbolize Canada when the lights exit in Daytona, listed so as of final 12 months’s professional championship standings. 

Ben Younger – Group BATTLAX Suzuki

The 2-time defending Canada Cup champion is again for one more attempt at Daytona, and it’s arduous not to consider him as Canada’s greatest probability at victory since Miguel Duhamel’s final triumph in 2005. Younger put collectively a robust exhibiting one 12 months in the past regardless of using a problem-filled Yamaha, dragging the underpowered machine into the top-ten earlier than crashing out within the last laps.

Now aboard a way more succesful Suzuki GSX-R750 and with full Bridgestone help, the 30-year-old Younger will look to observe up his sensational 2023 championship run by including a brand new piece of {hardware} to his trophy case, in what’s his fourth (and doubtlessly final) look on the historic 200-mile occasion. 

Sam Guerin – Authentic Storage Premont HD Kawasaki

The fan-favourite will probably be making his first look on the Daytona 200, however Guerin’s profession has demonstrated that he can journey something – and wherever – at a excessive stage, taking away a lot of the uncertainty round his change to the ZX-6R Ninja at an unfamiliar venue. 

Guerin has all of the instruments to be a shock contender at this 12 months’s occasion, bringing an elite mix of bodily endurance and tire administration to pair with robust outright tempo. The Quebec Metropolis native will probably be at a slight drawback amongst a gaggle of frontrunners with extra Daytona expertise, however he gained’t want lengthy to rise up to hurry and match the massive names on the high. 

Trevor Dion – Warhorse HSBK Ducati

Dion may even be a Daytona 200 rookie, but when his finish to 2023 was any indication, he could also be a risk to win all of it. The 22-year-old switched from Kawasaki to Ducati and located on the spot chemistry with the V4R, scoring three consecutive podiums to finish the 12 months and matching the tempo of champions Younger and Alex Dumas. 

He might want to journey the lesser-powered V2 Panigale this time round however will accomplish that with the assistance of MotoAmerica heavyweights Warhorse HSBK, who simply so occur to be the defending champions with 2023 winner Josh Herrin. And whereas Dion has but to contest the Daytona 200, it gained’t be his first time on the venue, having gained the ASRA finale there final season – a end result that may’t be missed by any of the frontrunners. 

Trevor Daley – Group BATTLAX Suzuki

Partnering Younger within the BATTLAX Suzuki tent will probably be his good buddy and on-track rival Daley, who stays with Suzuki however aboard a brand new GSX-R750 machine. Daley will make his Daytona 200 debut after ending eighth in final 12 months’s Superbike championship, a spot that might have been greater if not for a mid-season femur damage. 

The Mississauga, Ontario native shouldn’t be dismissed as simply Younger’s rear gunner, both, as he has confirmed all through his profession that he’s able to getting on top of things shortly at any observe and on any machine. Look ahead to each BATTLAX riders to show heads early and sometimes all through the weekend in Daytona. 

Sebastien Tremblay – Turcotte Efficiency Kawasaki

After one of the crucial dominant two-year runs in Sport Bike historical past, Tremblay shifted his focus to Superbike in 2022 earlier than coming into a semi-retirement. That hiatus lasted only one spherical earlier than he returned to the Sport Bike combine, and he shortly reminded the world simply how aggressive he’s on middleweight equipment, profitable 3 times and scoring 5 podiums in seven races. 

He’ll now get an opportunity to showcase that experience in Daytona, reuniting with the ZX-6R Ninja that introduced him his 2021 championship. Tremblay gave Dion a spectacular battle to complete second on the ASRA finale final 12 months, and his trademark consistency and tire administration will probably be a worthwhile asset to have throughout the 57-lap occasion.

Matt Simpson – Evans Racing Yamaha

The Sport Bike championship runner-up from a 12 months in the past will probably be making his debut look south of the border, and it could be a fairy-tale state of affairs for the person with no journey for 2024. The 22-year-old Simpson is not sure of his plans post-Daytona, however his presence on the Florida venue will certainly be felt. 

Simpson gained his first profession Professional race in 2022 by being affected person and opportunistic behind the lead group – a core ingredient of the Daytona 200 – and he backed that up with additional consistency in 2023. His unfamiliarity with the circuit will probably be a troublesome problem, however Simpson could also be one of many largest darkish horses within the area if he can rise up to hurry shortly. 

Elliot Vieira – EV 33Racing Ducati

After partnering Younger on miscast Yamaha’s a 12 months in the past, Vieira may even return in 2024 aboard a brand new machine, this time his personal Ducati V2 Panigale. The Guyanese rider and fan-favourite managed a really respectable fifteenth in his debut final season, and a second go-around on a extra acquainted machine will make him powerful to beat.

The one problem for Vieira will probably be reliability, after quite a few mechanical points plagued him all through 2023 – one thing that will probably be put to probably the most excessive check in Daytona. Nonetheless, the 26-year-old is unbelievably quick when he can end, evidenced by his runaway win and 4 consecutive podiums to shut out final season.  

Alex Michel – SpeedFactory67 Kawasaki

One of the underappreciated riders of 2023, Michel delivered a quietly spectacular rookie season with a podium in CTMP and 6 top-eight finishes. The 20-year-old is a quick learner and really good rider, two issues that turn out to be useful throughout a 57-lap race with loads of uncertainty.

Michel is poised to show loads of heads in 2024 regardless, however a robust exhibiting at Daytona would go a great distance in boosting the arrogance of the Kawasaki rider as he enters his sophomore professional CSBK season. 

Brad Macrae – Mac Racing Yamaha

The second Yamaha rider within the group may even be making his debut at Daytona, as Brad Macrae heads south to affix his paddock friends Younger and Daley. The previous Newbie champion scored a sensational victory early in 2023 and practically did so once more within the last spherical, however accidents restricted him to seventh within the year-end Sport Bike desk.  

Now totally wholesome and reenergized from the offseason, Macrae will hope to study from his BATTLAX Suzuki counterparts and make a direct influence aboard his R6 machine, whereas additionally besting a few of his different Canadian rivals in attendance.

Alex Coelho – MTRS Coelho Racing Kawasaki

A frequent customer to Daytona lately, Coelho made his return to CSBK in 2023 and made a direct influence in doing so. The previous championship runner-up led for majority of the opening race within the rain at Shannonville, and whereas he gained’t get the possibility to flash that wet-weather experience in Daytona, he’ll return with a bit extra confidence underneath his belt.

The Kawasaki rider completed one spot behind Vieira in sixteenth final season and will discover himself in an analogous spot even regardless of a stiffer area, as he demonstrated as soon as once more final season that he can grasp with the perfect of the perfect in nationwide racing. 

Mavrick Cyr – R2R Canada/Rizzin Racing Triumph

The lone rookie professional to enter Daytona, Cyr will probably be making simply his second profession skilled begin when the lights exit in Daytona. Whereas that inexperience can’t be ignored, neither can his uncooked expertise, because the 19-year-old made a reputation for himself final season as among the finest younger riders in North America.

A near-perfect newbie season was adopted up with a spectacular debut within the last Professional Sport Bike race of the 12 months, as Cyr didn’t want lengthy to acclimate himself in opposition to a stronger area. He must do this once more in Daytona, however aboard a confirmed Triumph machine that gained with Brandon Paasch simply two years in the past. 

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