Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CSBK 2014

Round 3 of the 2014 Canadian Superbike Series took place at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Nova Scotia this past weekend.  On Saturday, I checked the weather forecast for Sunday's final races and the weather forecast was good.  I sent a quick text message to friends who were riding around the South shore of Nova Scotia and asked if they were going to the races and they were.  Another text to my good friend Luc and we had a plan! Get up early in the morning and make the 4 hour drive to Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS.

I picked Luc up at 6:00am on Sunday morning and we hit the road.  After a quick stop for breakfast at the Irving Big Stop in Salisbury, we made our way to the track.  We took a walk through the pits and noticed that things were scaled back this year and there were not as many racers as previous years.

After our walk through the pit area, we met up with our friends and made our way to our favorite spot to watch the races, corner 2! From corner 2, you have an excellent view of a good part of the track!

Atlantic Motorsport Track

 Turn 2 View

We thoroughly enjoyed the enjoyed watching the Pro Sportbike, Amateur Sportbike and the CBR 125/250 series races, but the race we drove 4 hours to see was the Pro Superbike race and it did not disappoint!  We enjoyed a 22 lap battle between the top two Canadian Superbike Riders, Jordan Szoke and Jodi Christie.

Christie in the lead!

Christie led a good part of the race, but Szoke was patiently waiting to make a move and when the timing was right, he did just that!

Szoke in the lead!

Christie regained the lead, but again Szoke was right there, leaving Christie with no margin for error!

Christie back in the lead!

Near the end of the race, Szoke passed Christie again, but that did not last long!  On the final lap, going into the last part of the track, Christie passed Szoke for the checkered flag and the win! What a finish and what a thrilling race to watch!

Christie with the checkered flag!

The Pro Superbike race made the 8 hour return drive entirely worthwhile!  It was also fun hanging out with our friends at the track...overall, a great way to spend the day!  After the Pro Superbike race, we said our good-byes and made the 4 hour drive home. Already looking forward to the next time I get to see motorcycle races, maybe AMA, WSBK, or MotoGP (just throwing it out there Luc)!

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