Trevor Daley—on a Suzuki Canada GSX-R1000 backed by Parts Canada— had a Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship weekend to remember July 19-21 at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. Looking to improve on a pair of third-place finishes the past two rounds, Trevor showed great pace and the grit for which he’s become known.
With tuner Dave Weaver of Full Spectrum Racing back in the fold and tech Jen Groh at the ready, a third in qualifying led to an always important front row start for Saturday’s race one of the double-header weekend. Jumping to the lead as the starting lights went out, Trevor gapped perpetual front-runners Ben Young and Jordan Szoke in the early going. Unaware of the lap three contact between Young and Szoke—that removed Szoke from contention—the race unfolded, by Trevor’s admission, to be “mine to lose.”
Ah racing, that cruel mistress. Trevor, leading a pro superbike race in the dry for the first time in his career, wasn’t without his own issues. While continuing to lead, lap 14 saw the right throttle-side clip-on, which had been replaced in haste after a morning practice tip-over, rotate inwards, compromising control and the ability to transfer the bike from side-to-side on the challenging AMP circuit. As the race continued into its latter stages, lapped traffic became a factor, and in time Trevor was caught and passed by Sam Trepanier and eventual winner Young.
“It was a blast to hole-shot the start and to have captured the points for most laps lead—you always wonder how you’ll do out front, with no-one to pace you,” said Trevor. “I felt I ran a mentally strong race; unfortunately, I couldn’t hang onto the lead near the end, but Ben was on a tear and I was stoked to see him make the last corner pass to win. I’m satisfied with a third-straight third-place finish but also disappointed knowing I could have been on the top of the box.”
Sunday at Shubie for race two was a wet mess as a nor’easter ripped through the racetrack just as the race was to begin. After a delay and the switch to rain tires, the race started. Off the line Trevor slotted behind Young into second. Keeping pace with Ben for the first half of the race, the duel had the makings of another exciting finish, but in the rapidly changing conditions, Trevor struggled and crashed with a handful of laps remaining. In came Trevor’s grit, and he remounted to finish seventh and salvage ever-important championship points. With another weekend in the books that had Trevor and his Suzuki running at the front, Trevor, with confidence and anticipation, said “the final round is bound to a weekend to remember.”
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From a press release