To mark the 40th anniversary of the event considered to be the first Canadian National of the modern Superbike era, we are reprinting “Cycle Canada” magazine’s coverage of the opening round of 1980 from Edmonton International Speedway:
Western riders triumphed over a small but strong contingent of eastern hot shots to take the lion’s share of the $ 3,000 in prize money at the opening round of the Canadian National roadracing Championship Series. Sponsorship was provided by Alberta Cycle, Carling O’Keefe, Champion Spark Plugs and Coca-Cola.
The only Ontario racer with good luck was Expert Superbike Feature race winner George Morin, who took his Doug’s Cycle prepared, Nican Trading-sponsored Kawasaki KZ1000 Mk II to a convincing victory. Morin ran third in the early laps behind leader Frank Mrazek (Castrol Kawasaki) and local favorite Steve Dick (Alberta Honda CBX) and played it cool as attrition took its tole.
Professional Motorsport Productions (PMP), organizers of the Canadian National Superbike motorcycle road racing Championship series (CSBK) have confirmed a variety of updates related to the current global COVID-19 pandemic.
Long time CSBK title sponsor MOPAR, a subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Canada (FCA), have invoked the “Force Majeure” element of the existing contract between MOPAR and CSBK. This means that MOPAR have withdrawn from their agreed title sponsorship of the 2020 Canadian National Championship Superbike road racing tour.