Sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.
This past weekend, in Grand Bend, Ontario, at the second round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship, the Fast-Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 backed by Parts Canada team had hopes of a straightforward weekend running in the front pack. And that’s just what they got.
Moonlighting MotoAmerica tuner Dave Weaver arrived mid-week before the Grand Bend round at rider Trevor Daley’s OneSpeedInc shop and got right to work. The Scott Miller/Fast-Company built Suzuki GSX-R had plenty of oomph at round one, so efforts were concentrated on fine tuning the setup. While the suspension was out at Jon Cornwell’s shop for fettling, Dave hunkered down and worked on the bike’s electronics (and later, at trackside, on chassis dynamics with technical assistance from Jeff Laidman of Motospec.ca) to better allow Trevor to get the bike’s Miller horsepower to the tarmac.
In Friday’s first practice session the rewards of the team’s efforts were immediate, with Trevor laying down times to slot him second behind pacemaker Ben Young. Even qualifying fourth didn’t faze Trevor, as he knew he had the pace.
After a first corner incident bringing out a red flag, Trevor nailed the restart and slotted in behind Jordan Szoke and Ben Young. Trevor, by his own admission, takes “a lap or two” to fully get to speed, and then closed in on Szoke’s tail. When Trevor saw “+0” on Szoke’s pit board (referring to the time gap back to Trevor) Szoke’s riding became noticeably defensive, and the next laps were spent gauging where on track Trevor’s Suzuki had the best chance of making a move on Szoke. By this point the three frontrunners had separated themselves from the pursuing herd.
In catching Szoke, Trevor used “a lot of the new-this-year Dunlop super-soft rear tire,” and that, in conjunction with time lost working his way around lappers, saw the lead duo slip from Trevor’s grasp in the closing stages of the race. At the checkered flag, Trevor brought the Suzuki home in third place, with the great
feeling of having learned he has the speed to hang with the best the CSBK has to offer. “Bring on the next round,” said a jubilant Trevor.
The team’s pit crew of lead-hand Dave Weaver, technician Jen Groh, and good-guy Ross Millson “played a huge part in my success on the weekend,” said Trevor. “I can’t thank my supporters, sponsors, and fans enough.”
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