Reigning Flat Track Canada Champion Doug Lawrence might have his final race with the coveted red number one plate at the final National of 2016 at Ohsweken, ON., this Saturday night. The Mississauga-based racer, also a three-time winner in the Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike division of the Mopar CSBK roadracing National series this year aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja, is a long shot to retain his overall Flat Track Champ status.
“On paper, I can still win the Championship, but in reality, it’s a long shot,” commented 30-year-old Lawrence prior to the Final. “I don’t think there will be enough guys entered for me to wind up with the title, I think if Steve just gets to the grid for the Final, he should be good. After losing the Welland and London rounds, I guess it’s all Mother Nature’s fault!”
Reigning MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Cameron Beaubier hung on to earn to earn his second straight title at the final American National of the season last weekend at New Jersey Motorsport Park. The Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 rider required only a pair of conservative finishes in N.J. to take the crown, but almost lost out in the final calculations to team-mate and four-time Champ Josh Hayes.
In the opening race of Sunday afternoon’s program, Beaubier ran with the leaders but eventually eased up to place fourth. Hayes did much of the leading, fighting for first against the Yoshimura-Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Roger Hayden. In the end, Hayes just missed out to Hayden at the line by .104 of a second, a close second that might have been crucial for Hayes in the Final series points.