Series gears up for Quebec event

QUEBEC RETURN GATHERS MOMENTUM TORONTO, Ont. (April 24) -- The Parts Canada Superbike Championship makes its return to Quebec in 2009 when Circuit ICAR (International Club Academy Racing) at Mirabel, just north of Montreal, hosts round two of...

QUEBEC RETURN GATHERS MOMENTUM

TORONTO, Ont. (April 24) -- The Parts Canada Superbike Championship makes its return to Quebec in 2009 when Circuit ICAR (International Club Academy Racing) at Mirabel, just north of Montreal, hosts round two of the season June 11-14.

French Canadian motorcycle magazine Moto Journal will be title sponsor for the inaugural Moto Journal ICAR Superbike event at the venue.

The number one motorcycle magazine in Quebec, Moto Journal is the sister publication to Cycle Canada and has been a must-have for motorcycle riders for 37 years. Published 10 times a year, the magazine covers motorcycle news, new model comparisons, road tests, touring articles, race reports and technical advice.

"Moto Journal has been a long time supporter of Canadian motorcycle road racing and it is a pleasure to establish this relationship," said Parts Canada Superbike Championship director of competition Craig Johnson. "With our strong contingent of French Canadian competitors this sponsorship is an excellent fit for the series."

This will be the first motorcycle race for the ICAR facility located on the Mirabel Airport grounds. The ultramodern complex officially opened in May, 2008 and offers a variety of performance driving and racing programs.

"ICAR is extremely proud to be hosting the Moto Journal ICAR Superbike, round two of the Parts Canada Superbike championship," said Circuit ICAR's Marc Arseneau. "We are delighted to bring back to Quebec the highest level of motorcycle racing in the country. We look forward to having a great show for everyone this year and for years to come."

"The Quebec market is very important to our series and we are excited to return to the Montreal area this summer," said Colin Fraser of Professional Motorsports Productions, which organizes the national series. "The Mirabel track is within easy reach of Montreal and Circuit ICAR should be an excellent venue to showcase the top motorcycle road racers in the country."

The series enjoyed a successful test at the venue last August, which was attended by most of the top national competitors. Two-time Canadian Superbike champ Francis Martin set the pace with a time of one minute, 53.745 seconds aboard a Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing Suzuki GSX- R1000.

"I know the series is concerned about having a track to race at in Quebec," said the Sherbrooke rider, who has joined the BMW Motorrad Canada squad for 2009. "We really need to race in Quebec. Finding a home in Quebec is really important for the sponsors, the TV and the series."

The weekend will also feature a round of the Pro Honda Oils Women's Cup.

Tickets for the Moto Journal ICAR Superbike can be purchased online at www.circuiticar.com.

-credit: www.cdnsuperbike.com

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Series CSBK
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