Jordan Szoke not only won both races at July’s International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers/Williams Paving sponsored CSBK opening 2020 event at Calabogie Motorsports Park, ON, his works supported Canada General Warranty Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja also performed well in post-Qualifying Technical Inspection.
Following his pole-winning performance, Szoke’s Ninja went to Brooklin Cycle Racing’s official series Dynojet Dyno for post race inspection. Machines in each class are expected to meet specified power and weight guidelines, as well use one of two available approved spec fuels. Fuel must be purchased at the race venue from Brooklin Cycle Racing’s truck.
The Fast Company built engine in Szoke Kawasaki measured 194.24 rear wheel horsepower, safely under the long-established class limit of 200.
The brand-new Royal Distributing-supported 2020 BMW S1000RR of second-best qualifier Michael Leon registered 186.27 horsepower, while the similar, latest BeeMm of Jeff Williams provided a run at 186.27 Dynojet certified horsepower on the way to fifth on the grid.
A surprise front runner was rookie Pro Samuel Guerin on an older BMW S1000RR, and the Quebec City-based racer’s mount yielded 177.47 horsepower on the Dyno. Guerin would start on the outside of the front row in both Superbike Feature races at Calabogie. Guerin won his most recent National start, in Amateur Superbike action at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in August of 2019, aboard an Aprilia v-4.
Fourth best time in the sole Q session belonged to the updated Suzuki GSX-R1000 of M4-sponsored Trevor Daley, and “T-Rev’s” Gixxer managed a solid 187.71 horsepower when tested after the mid-day session.
One of the stars of Calabogie’s 2020 CSBK opener was Sebastien Tremblay on his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja. After setting a blistering pole lap at 2:04.1 in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Q, almost a second under Jodi Christie’s 2015 Honda class record, Tremblay went to the Dyno and ran at an impressive 124 horsepower, very close to the class-limit of 125.
Series Tech staff recommend that racers and especially tuners try not to get too close to the limit, given that slight variations in heat, humidity and even tire wear can slightly alter Dyno numbers. So second best Qualifier Vincent Levillain attracted attention with his Ninja, setting an official number of 124.69 – that is close!
In comparison, third fastest in Q was Christian Allard, again Kawasaki mounted, and his ZX-6R put out 115.34 at Tech.
Following MotorcyleCourse.com Amateur Superbike Qualifying, pole sitter Jordan Royds’ Yamaha YZF-R1 registered 172.07 on the Dynojet Dyno, while second best Alex Cleary’s Suzuki GSX-R1000 ran a strong 186.41 horsepower and third on the grid Pascal Bastien’s Yamaha YZF-R1 made 160.58 HP.
The class that typically runs closest to the edge in terms of weights and measure is AIM Insurance Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike. Starting the third season of the smallest displacement National class, the rules have been revised for 2020, with maximum horsepower numbers slightly increased.
At Calabogie, second year road racer Mackenzie Weil earned pole for the Lightweight on a new Kawasaki Ninja 400, and then registered 44.86 horsepower at Tech Inspection, just below the Ninja’s just-increased official limit of 45 HP. Again, awfully close given slight variations in conditions.
Yamaha YZF-R3 pilot Justin Marshal’s machine made 40.71 HP, the second-quickest qualifier well below the new limit for the popular twin at 44. Rounding out the wide range of machinery at the front of the Ltwt Q session, Paul Etienne Courtois netted the third best lap time on his Honda CBR500R.
On the Brooklin Cycle provided Dynojet rear wheel Dyno at Tech, Courtois’ big Honda (required to carry more weight than the smaller displacement opposition, at 350 pounds) registered 43.46 horsepower. The class limit for the CBR500RR is 46 horsepower, up one from 2019.