Sunday, August 28, 2011

Canadian Superbike (Part 2)

I have been awhile putting up this post. I am back at work and it is my busiest time of year, so this had to wait.

Day 2 of the Canadian Superbike Series and Atlantic Motorsport Park was even more exciting than day 1. The final races were fun to watch, from the kids on CBR 125's to the Harley Davidson XR1200 series to the Pro Sportbike and Pro Superbike races.

We arrived at the track early in the morning and were the very first fans to claim our spot in corner two.

Our View in Corner 2

First race was the CBR 125 was a blast to watch, like racing in slow motion. Although slow, the CBR 125 series is the launching point for future racers.

The race was won by a young lady named Stacey Nesbitt. Stacey actually ended up being the overall CBR 125 series leader for 2011.

The next set of races that I took pics was the XR1200 series. This was just fun watching these guys rip around the track on those big bikes. Also, this series really demonstrates rider ability as all are riding the same style of motorcycle.

#14 Steve Crevier was the winner in a race that was shortened due to a bad crash in corner 1. You can see how much of lead Steve gained in the pictures above.

Next was a visit to the pit area to look at some of the bikes. It was great as we had a chance to talk to some of the riders and take a close look at the bikes.

We even found a Buell 1125R in the pits...being a Buell 1125R owner, this made my day!

Here is #6 Brett McCormick's BMW S1000RR getting some attention before the Pro Superbike final!

I am not sure why I didn't take any pictures of the Pro Sportbike final, but I made sure that I got some of the Pro Superbike! It was a great race and it was dominated by #6 Brett McCormick on is BMW S1000RR. From the start of the race, he did not look back.

It was a great weekend of racing and I am really glad that I went. I think I will add the CSBK races at Atlantic Motorsport Park to my yearly calendar. There was one amateur race left in the day, however, Luc and I opted to head for home as we had a four hour drive. Apparently the race was rain shortened, so we didn't miss much! Check out this video from CSBK!

Until next time, ride safe!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Canadian Superbike Series - (Part 1)

This past weekend was a great one! My friend Luc and I traveled to Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia to watch round 5 of the Canadian Superbike Series. Neither Luc or I have been to the Superbike Series before and we went on the recommendation of one of my work colleagues/friends, JWebb (and her other half)!

We opted to travel via cage in my new 2011 Chevy Silverado rather than by bike; we just had too much gear, lawn chairs, umbrellas, coolers, get the point. I picked Luc up early Saturday am and we made the 4 hour drive to the track. Once at the track, we unloaded gear and stopped to watch some of the time trials. Saturday's schedule consisted mostly of time trials/qualifying with the big races scheduled for Sunday.

After a short walk through the pits, I texted JWebb, she said that they were in the pits as well, I texted back and said look for the two guys who look like tourists and sure enough, they found us.

It was great having JWebb and her husband Byron at the races as they are veterans at the track. They immediately adopted Luc and I, now termed "newbies" and began to show us around.

First thing they did was direct us to corner #2, from there you can see corners 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 and the back end straight away.

Click on map for full view

We made our way to corner #2, set up our chairs and had a great day watching qualifying and one of the CBR125 Challenge Races. Here are a few pics of the day (click on pics for a full view).

Luc checks out corner #2

The Kids on the CBR125's

Harley-Davidson XR1200 Series

Amateur Sportbike

The Pros

#6 Brett McCormick on his BMW S1000RR

We had a great day at the qualifying sessions on Saturday and could not wait for Sunday's final races! Next post, Canadian Superbike Series Part 2, stay tuned!