Ben Young will make his American National Superbike debut at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama September 21-23, in the final round of the Motul Superbike Feature class in the MotoAmerica Road Racing Championship. The Scottish-born 25-year-old, now living in Collingwood, ON, is coming off a career-first victory in the Mopar Pro Superbike Feature class at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on August 11, leading to a second overall in the final Championship standings.
Young has competed in England and across North America, and last competed in the United States for the RoadRace Factory team in the 600cc class. Young has raced the Scot-build team’s 1000cc BMW S1000RR Superbike in Canada for the past three seasons, winning the Brooklin Cycle Pro Rookie of the Year on the National tour in 2016.
“Top ten is the goal, really two top tens in both the races at Barber, Saturday and Sunday,” confirms Young of his MotoAmerica goals.
“It’s going to be tough, since the two series have very different bikes; their bikes can be so much more modified than in CSBK,” continues Young. “We’re definitely going to be a fish in the shark tank!
“We also lack experience on the new rear Dunlop slick they started using down there – really, no experience, I haven’t even tried it yet. Some guys have struggled with the switch, some team and bikes, and for other the new tire has made the difference, it’s really clicked – we will need to click.
“I think that our upgrades for the last Mopar CSBK weekend at Mosport, my fitness, all our efforts, mean that we are the best we have ever been,” confirms Young of ongoing technical developments and his squad’s overall progress.
“We certainly ended the season on a bit of a high, and we want to keep that going, and it helps I like the Barber track.
“I think that Barber plays to some of our strengths, It’s a good track to ride and I’m comfortable there. I like the layout and have been strong there in the past, it’s a track I know well. I think our BMW will work well there, it has really strong torque and acceleration, and that is a key at Barber.”
In terms of competition, Young’s first goal might be to place as the top BMW at Barber, and that will require success against series regular Danny Eslick (currently 9th in points) on Steve Scheibe’s Hayes-backed S1000RR, as well as Geoff May, the Barber specialist who is making a one-off appearance on a BeeMm.
Interestingly, Young will compete at Barber with the number 36 on his BMW, the same digits that John Long used on the American BMW entry in the U.S.A. during the 1978 season. 36 is also the number Long used almost exactly forty years ago to win the first-ever Canadian Superbike race in late September at “old Mosport.”
Support for Young’s effort comes from Scot-build, BMW Motorrad Canada, ACF50, Barrie Trim and Moulding and Hindle Exhaust.