The 2019 season for the E.M.R.A. wrapped up with a double header event September 7 and 8 at Castrol Raceway just south of Edmonton, Alberta. With the round sponsored by Riverside Motorsports and Honda Extreme, close feature class action was a fixture of both days: warm and sunny Saturday and a cool, damp, foggy and sometimes drizzly Sunday.
In the final road race of the 2019 Alberta season, Argyll Motorsports-backed Expert Superbike, reigning number one Ian Wall of Edmonton held an early lead over 2019 overall points leader Ryan Boddy of Calgary. Veteran Wall’s BMW S1000RR, backed by Argyll Motorrad, Hindle and Vortex, got the hole shot as Boddy’s Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja, sponsored Pro-Am Motorsports, Liqui Moly, Vicious Cycles and Bickle Racing, quickly moved up to second.
Boddy pressured Wall, and the Kawasaki pilot looked to have a pass sorted with two laps to go, entering the turn four left-hand carousel, right across from the main grandstand. However Boddy ran out of space and ran off track, into the gravel, and was lucky to make it back onto the track on two wheels.
So, Wall raced to a clear win, Boddy salvaging second ahead of the BMW S1000RR mounted Brian Worsdall, backed by Honda Extreme, Galfer, Hindle and Vortex. Boddy turned the fastest lap of the race at 1:19,25 for the 2.7 km long, 12 turn Castrol venue. Wall was close behind at 1:19.5, a very good pace given the cool and damp conditions.
By comparison, the outright track lap record for the EMRA belongs to now-retired Mike Zottmann of Calgary on a Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja at 1:18.5. At the June 2015 Mopar CSBK National double header, double victor Jordan Szoke turned a lap in the high 1:17 range aboard a BMW.
Following the race, Wall took the top step of the Podium to celebrate his victory, but in the final points reckoning Boddy earned his first career EMRA overall number one plate and Alberta Championship. Wall wound up second overall ahead of the versatile Worsdall, and insiders suggest Wall will get married during the off-season and perhaps cut back on his program for 2020.
Earlier in the program, Boddy won the Expert Open Sport bike on the same Kawasaki, followed by Wall’s BeeMm and Tosh Gable aboard a striking gray and yellow Honda CBR1000RR, his best class result of 2019. Boddy won the Dash-for-Cash over Wall and Worsdall.
In Intermediate-level action for big displacement bikes, the Argyll backed Superbike race went to Jeffrey Sanderson on his lucky-number-13 BMW S1000RR, after an entertaining battle with several other rising-in-the-ranks racers. Justin Gehlert worked his way up to second and challenged for the lead, winding up just .4 of a second back for second with his Suzuki. Erik Russnak got as high as second with his Scona Honda, and settled for third at the finish after a very strong weekend aboard his emerald green CBR600RR.
Sanderson earned the class “Jr.” Superbike Championship from Russnak, while Honda-mounted Sean Hofmeister netted third overall for 2019. All three are expected to be strong top Rookie Pro candidates in EMRA action in 2020.
John Bullee earned the Expert 600 Superbike title in 2018 on his Moto Machining/Riverside Honda CBR600RR, and took the win in the sixth and final Riverside-supported race of 2019, turning a fastest race lap of 1:21.8. However, Worsdall clinched the 2019 Championship with a careful second on his Honda Extreme supported CBR600RR. Trevor Patrick placed third on his Yamaha YZF-R6.
In the Intermediate-level version of 600 Superbike, Dillan Diederichs made it to fourth on the road Sunday, well among the Expert level racers, to take the win on his Yamaha YZF-R6. In the title chase the final standings showed Russnak atop the standings from Diederichs and the Honda of Hofmeister.
The annual Provincial Awards Banquet for the Edmonton group will take place at the Central Lions Recreation Centre on Saturday, October 26.