The GP Bikes Pro Superbike grid will be absent one of its top names to conclude the season, as Tomas Casas has been ruled out of the final round at Shannonville Motorsport Park after his qualifying crash on Friday.
Chasing a spot on the front row (and ultimately qualifying fourth), Casas went down in the entry of turn four with under two minutes remaining and was unable to remount. The Parts Canada Yamaha rider returned to his pit area under his own power, but was brought to Quinte Health Belleville General Hospital due to concern with his right hand and wrist.
It has been determined that Casas suffered a small fracture in his fifth metacarpal with an additional possible damage to his ulnar head and radius. As a result, Casas will not be able to participate in races two and three after already missing race one this weekend.
The former two-time Sport Bike champion sat fourth in the overall Superbike championship standings entering race one, scoring one podium this year and five top-five finishes, before slipping to fifth overall after his DNS on Friday.
The absence will also be a tough blow to Yamaha’s hopes in the Constructors Championship, as they look to cling to third in the overall standings ahead of Kawasaki.
Results from Friday’s action can be found on the series’ official website at CSBK.ca.