There was mixed emotions for the Lean Angle Motorsports core team to even attend the last Canadian Superbike (CSBK) race round at Shannonville Motorsports Part (SMP). Ultimately there was a decision to attend and compete and the results were great. Scott Szollos #10 was able to achieve personal best lap times, and also take home a 5th place on Saturday in Race 1. Doug Newman was able to secure personal best lap times and a 15th in Race 1.
Picture by Damian P
With some recent team changes on the Kawasaki Canada Racing team there was a lot of eyes on both Jordan Szoke #101, and ex-teammate Trevor Dion #20, who migrated to riding a Ducati instead of the Kawasaki superbike. With Dion taking the last spot on the podium pushing out Szoke it turned into a great race and it was absolutely brilliant to witness. Dion’s replacement #814 Connor Campbell was able to fill the spot very nicely and competed well for only turned a few laps on the new to him ZX10. Also found in the wild is a Lean Angle paddock tee!
The other battles of the Pro Superbike class was Alex Dumas #23 and Ben Young #1. Dumas led into the weekends racing events with a crash in Turn 5 and limited his points collection for the championship. Before the weekend was over the CSBK Championship was decided and Young was crowned the 2023 Pro Superbike Champion once again.
With our own rider Elliot Vieira #33(pictured right) completing in the Pro Sportbike class it was a very exciting racing to watch taking two podiums throughout the weekend. The overall points were extremely tight between David McKay #82 and Matt Simpson #91 , and every point counted for each rider when qualifying, and racing. There was some really tight passes, and heart racing moments for both racers, however McKay was able to take the championship after a some back and and hard racing.
McKay (pictured left) did have a crash and was able to get the bike moving again, however the hand delivered parts from McKay’s sponsor Snow City Cycle his bike was able to get back up and running proper.
It was very nice to see #9 “The Wildchild” Trevor Daley (pictured right) back after a crash out at Atlantic Motorsport Park back in July. We did not expect to see him back after such a short recovery period. As a spectator it was very nice to see him back out there.
Nice to see our friends over at ACME Motorsports & Paul Macdonell # 785 (pictured left) were able to secure the Team of the Year award for 2023, Trevor Dion was able to secure Pro Rookie of the Year Award and BMW took the Constructors Championship.
Next stop is the Daytona 200 - March 2024.
unless otherwise stated photos courtesy of Lean Angle Motorsports
Written by Doug Newman