The Mopar CSBK Canadian national motorcycle road racing series will include five full weekends in 2019, with a schedule familiar to fans and competitors in Canada.
The series will open slightly earlier than in previous seasons, with the first round of 2019 slated for the outer “Pro” circuit layout at Shannonville Motorsport Park on the Victoria Day long weekend in May. The second-ever round of the Canadian National tour was held at Shannonville’s initial, short “Nelson” layout back in 1980.
In nine of the past 14 years, the winner of the Shannonville Pro Superbike Feature round has gone on to earn the overall National Championship and number one plate. Seven of those times, the rider doing that double was Jordan Szoke of Lynden, ON, the 13 time overall Canadian National Superbike Champ.
The Burnaby Conference Centre in British Columbia hosted the 13th annual Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame event on Saturday, November 17, with a large crowd of almost 300 on hand to meet this year’s group of new arrivals. Backing for the event came from Federated Insurance, BMW Motorrad Canada and Joe Rocket, with additional support provide by Yamaha, Husqvarna, Motorcyclelawyer.ca and Beta.
Star of the show was the always-entertaining Steve Crevier, the six-time Canadian Superbike Champion and hero of the long-lost local venue Westwood venue. Crevier began racing in the early 1980s at the Vancouver city area track, and rose to fame with a host of other famous locals in “mountain high racing.”