The Burns Racing crew rolled into round 3 of the Mopar CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship with a strong feeling about the weekend.
Saint Eustache is a small, technical track that for the most part removes the weight disadvantage that Justin and Aaron face. Fitted with large rear sprockets the two were looking to find time quick and fight their way into the top 10 in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike class. Justin was very new to the track and Aaron has been riding there the last 4 years which has played a factor in how the weekend was going to start.
Friday morning practice was less than ideal and was more of just a chance to get out and familiarize the track. Aaron was into the 59's and Justin was running a 1:00 on a very green and slippery track. The afternoon was better and times started dropping down to 57's for Aaron and 59's for Justin
Saturday qualifying saw Aaron head out onto the track first and put his head down and push. Aaron got the first few fliers in and had a short lived time in P1. The session wound down and Aaron put in his best time of the weekend (56.820) and gave him a P7 start for race 1 Saturday afternoon. Justin threw in a burner lap right near the end and got himself into P10 for the start. The start of race 1 was brought to an abrupt stop halfway through lap 1 with a bad crash bringing out the red. The restart was going to be a 6 lap shootout which became a miscommunication due to being informed it was to be an 8 lap restart. Many riders were surprised to see the last lap flag a mere 6 laps in.
There was a great battle from 8-14th place with the gap being less than 2 seconds for the entire group. Aaron made a last lap, last corner pass for 8th place and narrowly held it to the line with a gap of .051 separating 9th place. Justin was able to secure a solid 10th place giving Burns Racing their first double top 10 on the season.
Sunday was a little bit of a different story. Aaron got a pitiful start as per the normal for the 2019 season. He was passed by at least 4 riders heading into turn 2. Justin was on a tear passing many riders and getting as high as 6th place before a small mechanical caused him to lose all acceleration drive throughout the race. The race was tight between 9-13 place for most of the race with riders swapping positions multiple times a lap. Aaron started the last lap in 10th place but was able to make another last lap, last corner pass to secure 9th place with the gap being .151 to 10th place. Justin was able to limp the bike home in a respectable 13th place to keep the points drive going for Burns Racing this season.
The season is in full swing and the next round is only 4 short days away with the Special Round for the TSN Motorcycle Experience Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike class invitational round with VRRA at Calabogie Motorsports Park. Both the Burns Racing riders have very minimal laps around the track and will look to learn some race craft during the Friday endurance race.
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From a press release