2005 schedule changes announced

TORONTO, ON The Parts Canada Superbike Championship has been forced to make major changes to its 2005 race schedule. The series has cancelled both of its Quebec rounds, slated for the Molson Indy Montreal Aug. 26-28 and Le Circuit...

TORONTO, ON The Parts Canada Superbike Championship has been forced to make major changes to its 2005 race schedule.

The series has cancelled both of its Quebec rounds, slated for the Molson Indy Montreal Aug. 26-28 and Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant Sept. 9-11. In place of those events, the series will now run doubleheaders at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park July 1-3 and Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS Aug. 5-7. This will keep the series at eight rounds.

"We are disappointed, frustrated and sad," said Colin Fraser of Professional Motorsports Productions, which runs the Parts Canada Superbike Championship. "These are both events in a key market with lots of fans. Everyone involved in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship wants to come back to Quebec in 2006. We apologize to our fans."

The cancellations were brought about by a change of promoter at the Molson Indy Montreal and a change in management at Mont-Tremblant.

"Both events deserved to continue on merit," Fraser added. "They were big races for us in terms of sponsors and fans. We would like to come back if we can get a sensible, fair agreement. People were not willing to honour agreements we had in place. We had run two very successful races at Mont-Tremblant. Last year's Invitational in Montreal wouldn't have happened without the support of our competitors. It produced an entertaining show and made for great television.

"The Quebec market remains very important to the motorcycle manufacturers who participate in our series. We are looking for alternatives to ensure we have races back in Quebec as soon as possible."

The doubleheaders at Race City and Atlantic Motorsport Park will run to traditional series format, with races for the Parts Canada Superbike feature class and Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike division on both Saturday and Sunday. A Thursday practice session will be added to the AMP event.

"We have a strong tradition of running successful doubleheaders at Race City," Fraser said. "Although we haven't used the doubleheader format at AMP, this track is famous for very close races and exciting television. Both groups have been very co-operative with these last minute changes."

The Race City event will also include a doubleheader for the Suzuki SV650 Cup series.

The Parts Canada Superbike Championship opened at Shannonville Motorsport Park May 22, where Francis Martin won on his DXS Diablo Performance Suzuki GSX-R1000.

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