Superbikes return to Mosport circuit north of Bowmanville

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Published August 15, 2023 at 10:59 am

Ben Young (86) holds off Alex Dumas (23) at a Pro Supebike Tripleheader weekend race at CTMP in 2021. Photo by Tim McGill

Since 2021 there has been little to separate Alex Dumas and Ben Young in their quest for Superbike supremacy in Canada.

Both have won championships, with Dumas taking the title in his rookie season in 2021 – becoming the youngest Pro Superbike champ at 19 and the first rookie to do so – and Young responded with a championship last year, the second crown for the 30 year-old transplanted Scotsman after winning in 2019.

That rivalry is expected to continue during this weekend’s Superbike Tripleheader action at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park north of Bowmanville.

Dumas has a 26-point lead in Bridgestone Canadian National Superbike Championship battle and with just Shannonville to go after this weekend is on pace for his second title.

Severe rain and flooding forced the cancellation of round three of the series at Atlantic Motorsport Park July 22, forcing a re-jigged scheduled to finish out the season. This was the first time in the 43-year history of the national series that an event was cancelled due to weather.

Other pro and amateur national classes on the legendary Mosport track this weekend include the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike and the new Pro Twins.

Through 20 races together in the Pro Superbike class, Dumas has a 12-8 advantage, with Young having the edge in qualifying, 5-2. At CTMP both riders are dead even, with each racer winning twice in their six visits to the track.

Young owns a six-point advantage over Dumas in the qualifying-based battle and can clinch the award with another pole position and a third-or-worse grid spot for Dumas.

The return of Superbikes to the Bowmanville track also means the return of the ‘King of Mosport’ award, offered to the GP Bikes Pro Superbike rider that scores the most total points across the weekend. Dumas won the honour (an actual crown) a year ago with a pair of wins, while Young took the title in 2019 and 2021.

There’s plenty of off-track excitement for race fans of all ages to enjoy as well, including interactive displays, vendors, food and a beer garden in the CTMP Marketplace.

A visit the paddock areas, located on the circuit infield at the north end near the start/finish straight, is a good opportunity to meet and speak with the riders and get an autograph.

Advanced tickets (until Wednesday) are:

  • $60 for Weekend Super Tickets
  • $40 for Race Day Sunday Tickets
  • $50 General Camping (tent or pop-up trailer)
  • $70 for RVs (or hard-bodied trailers)

At the gate prices go up $10. Single-day tickets are $40 for Saturday and $50 for Sunday

 

There is also a VIP Hospitality Package that includes a catered BBQ lunch on Sunday, and beer, wine and VIP parking for $150 per adult.

(For Saturday single day admissions, guests will be required to purchase both a Saturday and a Sunday single day ticket up front at the gate. Unused single day Sunday tickets will be refunded up to an hour after the final race Saturday.)

Sixteen and under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will open to the public for the Superbike Tripleheader Event on Thursday at 10 a.m.

 

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