Busy season for Superbikes. TORONTO, ON - Canada's top motorcycle road racers will be in for a busy summer in 2003. Next year's Parts Canada Superbike Championship will consist of eight races taking place on seven separate weekends. Not since...
Busy season for Superbikes.
TORONTO, ON - Canada's top motorcycle road racers will be in for a busy summer in 2003.
Next year's Parts Canada Superbike Championship will consist of eight races taking place on seven separate weekends. Not since the late 1980s has Canada's professional road racing series enjoyed such a full schedule and the 2003 calendar is proof of the healthy state of motorcycle racing in Canada.
For the third straight year the national tour will open and close at Shannonville Motorsport Park, near Belleville, ON, and the series will make its first visit to the magnificent Circuit Mont-Tremblant, an hour north of Montreal in the Laurentian mountains.
"We've seen steady growth for the Parts Canada Superbike Championship over the past several years," said series organizer Colin Fraser of Professional Motorsports Productions. "The addition of more races and a spectacular new venue like Mont-Tremblant to our schedule is a sign of how popular our sport has become."
Aside from the first ever national level motorcycle race at Mont-Tremblant, the sites and dates for the 2003 Parts Canada Superbike tour are identical to last year, indicating the series' stability.
Action kicks off at Shannonville on the Victoria Day Weekend, May 15-18, with the racers using the 1.5-mile 'Pro Track'. From there the series heads west to Calgary's fast 2.0-mile Race City Motorsport Park for a June 6-8 round.
The national series gets back on track at the 1.2-mile Autodrome St-Eustache, near Montreal, July 4-6 before moving to Mosport International Raceway July 18-20. The Mosport event will be a doubleheader, with Superbike races Saturday and Sunday on the flowing, high-speed 2.5-mile circuit.
Round 6 takes the series to the scenic but challenging 1.6-mile Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS Aug. 8-10. From there the racers make their second stop in Quebec at Mont-Tremblant's superbly refurbished 1.5-mile track Aug. 21-24.
A week after that the 2003 national title chase wraps up back at Shannonville, this time on the 2.5-mile, 15-turn 'Long Track' as part of the Aug. 29-31 Labour Day Weekend.
The 2003 Parts Canada Superbike Championship will feature new rules for the headline class as well as the addition of an Amateur 600 Sport Bike national category. Details will be released shortly.
Each round of the series will again be televised on The Sports Network (TSN) and Le Reseau des Sports (RDS) next summer, along with the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) in the fall.