Winning Weekend for Kawasaki Riders at Mosport!
July 23, 2009
Kawasaki’s commitment to racing excellence and its riders has never been more apparent than in the showing at Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2009 Parts Canada Superbike Championship. The double header took place at Ontario’s famed Mosport Park July 18-19th with Kawasaki atop the leader board and several honorable mentions in the various classes with privateers and dealer supported riders.
Three-time defending series champion Jordan Soke claimed back to back victories on his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Ninja ZX-10R in the Superbike class while his rookie teammate, Alex Welsh also found his way to the top, claiming the 3rd spot in Round 4 and 5th in Round 5.
Karl Daigle, supported by A. Perusse, a Quebec based dealer, finished just outside the top 10 placing 11th in both rounds with his Kawasaki ZX-6R. Chris Murray Audain of Toronto, Ontario rode a consistent race aboard his Ninja ZX-10R and crossed the line in 13th spot on Saturday and on Sunday. In total, 8 Kawasaki riders cracked the top 25 in the Superbike class.
Szoke leads the Championship points chase with a 25 point advantage over second place. Welsh improved his standing to 4th place while Daigle sits in 9th spot.
In Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike action, Szoke claimed victory in Round 5 and had to settle for second in Round 4, missing the checkered flag by just 0.117 of a second on the Ninja ZX-6R. In nail biting race action, Welsh also finished on the podium in both rounds with a 2nd place finish in Round 5 and 3rd place finish in Round 4. Within striking distance of a top 5 finish, Karl Daigle battled with the contenders and crossed the line 7th and 6th in Rounds 4 and 5 respectively. Ninja ZX-6R riders Elie Daccache of Ottawa, ON Ottawa Good Time Centre and Andrew Dunlap of Turo, NS Fundy Power Sports rode to top 20 finishes.
In the Sport Bike Championship points hunt, Szoke now sits in first place with teammate Welsh in third. Daigle rounds out the top 10.
The Armor Bodies Amateur Sport Bike grid was awash in lime green with 10 Kawasaki riders making up the 31 competitors. A. Perusse rider, Sebastian Tremblay battled with the top 3 and claimed the second spot on the podium. Since the start of the series, Tremblay has hit the podium at every round securing his current 2nd place standing in the points tally. He remains a strong contender in the championship and looks to take the top spot in the remaining rounds. It won’t be an easy task with Kahuna Kawasaki rider Vicki Schouten hot on his tail. She rode to a solid 5th place finish which locked her into 4th place in the points race which she too is looking to improve. The top finishing woman in the Amateur Sport Bike class, Schouten looks to the future as she hones her skills, making adjustments and improving her position as the season progresses.
Jeffery Dion, supported by A. Perusse, finished the round in a well earned 8th place. Jason Thoms of Ottawa Good Time Centre completed the top 10. A string of Kawasaki up and comers put in very valiant efforts in battles of their own including Clarke La Prairie of Kanata, ON, Ted Kuehn of Kingston, ON, Amy Karthaus now of Brantford, ON, Dominic Dupont of Laval, QC and Joe Schuster of Richmond, ON.
Last but definitely not least, the Women had some action all their own in the Pro Honda Oils Women’s Cup Challenge. Kahuna Kawasaki rider Vicki Schouten and her Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R seemed to cruise to the top of the podium in both rounds and also won the Tirox Big Winner Award (Greatest Margin of Victory) with 8.405 seconds in Round 4 and 6.682 seconds in Round 5. Just missing a podium spot in Round 4, Amy Karthaus new to the Mosport track, claimed the fourth spot and looked to better her results in Round 5. She did so triumphantly taking 2nd place on her Kawasaki ZX-6R.
The Mosport weekend was a fitting tribute to the 25th anniversary of Kawasaki's Ninja brand. Szoke and Welsh ran with special one-off bodywork on their Superbikes to mark the occasion, and the pieces will be auctioned off at the end of the year. Money raised will go to the Get Well Trev Fund for injured Canadian moto journalist Andrew Trevitt and the Canadian Rider Safety Fund.
With only two rounds left to go in the series, all eyes are now fixed on the upcoming Atlantic Motorsport Park Round in Shubenacadie, NS. A longtime favorite venue of Kawasaki fans, both the grids and the stands should be lime green.
Go Green or Go Home!
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