Round 3 Report: Trevor Daley

A Wild Horse and a Podium for Team Suzuki in St. Eustache

Sometimes a solid finish in a race is the result of good fortune. Perhaps machine setup came quickly and methodically. Good fortune can also come from being in the right place at the right time. And sometimes a good finish comes the old-fashioned way—you’ve grabbed the bull by the horns and wrestled the beast into submission. It certainly was the latter this past weekend as Trevor Daley, on the Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 backed by Parts Canada team, overcame a feisty motorcycle to claim a second straight podium in Mopar Canadian Superbike action at Autodrome St. Eustache.

Despite a motorcycle that took “75 percent of my energy to keep the front wheel on the ground,” according to Trevor, “I was only two-tenths off in qualifying. It’s the closest I’ve been to pole position in my career.” With four riders qualifying within half-a-second at the front, Trevor’s third position allowed him a coveted front row start for Sunday’s feature race.

“I knew I’d need a good start to hang with Ben [Young] and Jordan [Szoke],” said Trevor, “but I was a little over anxious.” And, true to the weekend’s signature challenge, a big wheelie was the result. Trevor, however, held third position throughout the race, turning lap times within a whisker of eventual winner Szoke.

Visiting superbike ace Brett McCormick made his presence useful to Trevor. “Brett was a helpful set of eyes around the track. He was able to watch my lines compared to the other guys, and our rider-to-rider conversations kept my mind focused on what it takes to be in the hunt.”

Perhaps most gratifying about the weekend was Trevor’s climb into third position in the overall standings, a remarkable turnaround to a season that began with a challenging Shannonville opening round. With four of seven races yet to come, the hunt to track down Szoke and Young, the two competitors ahead in the overall standing, continues apace.

Trevor Daley @onespeedinc

Suzuki Canada @suzukicanada

Parts Canada @PartsCanada

CSBK Championship @cdnsuperbike

From a press release