Team News: Steven Nickerson's Round 1 Report

Steven Nickerson and the DeWildt Marine & Powersports Honda team had a good start to the 2022 Canadian Superbike Championship season.

Rolling into Grand Bend Motorplex Wednesday afternoon just after picking up the freshly painted bodywork from NFD Autobody and working late into the evening making final adjustments for the upcoming weekend. Thursday’s practice was cut short with only the afternoon providing useful track time due to rain from the evening prior. The afternoon sessions were spent testing new engine power strategies which proved to be a step in the right direction in getting power to the ground on the Sib's Powersports Machine built Honda. Friday’s qualifying sessions went well with Steven only taking two laps in the first qualifying session, a 1:03.909 and a 1:03.768 respectively and returned to hot pit knowing that would be sufficient to proceed onto the Top 10 Superpole session which he went out for three laps and continued to chip away time each lap finally netting a 1:03.116 and ultimately qualifying 3rd for the Saturday and Sunday races. Gridding up Saturday’s race Nickerson had the intention to get a good start and keep as many people behind him as possible in the opening laps, but fate had other plans and after getting a horrific start he was quickly passed by those on the second row and had to immediately battle to regain lost positions eventually settling in 4th and stuck with the lead group for the first half of the race, but old knee injuries and exhaustion came to the forefront causing Steven to slow pace and fall back to 5th place where he ultimately finished the race. With the first race out of the way the team regrouped and made some setup changes to the suspension and traction control strategies with the goal of finding more drive on corner exit. Sunday’s morning warm-up showed that the changes were once again a step in the right direction and would remain going into Sunday’s Race two. Nickerson’s race two start proved to be an improvement and by the end of lap one was sitting comfortably in 3rd. Steven was managing the gap to 4th for much of the race, but a string of mistakes allowed the gap to close and for Steven to be passed on lap 16 of 20. He tried to stay in contention by making a few passing attempts, none of which stuck and Steven ended up finishing the race in 4th. All in all a successful weekend despite the circumstances with two top 5 finishes and beating my previous personal best by 0.588.

Honourable mentions include

Bickle Racing for the continued support, but specifically getting the final parts needed to fully repair the bike from a crash weeks prior and all the last minute alterations to Steven’s suits, of which there were many and Bickle Designs for all the stickers ready for pickup the moment we arrived Wednesday.

Bristol Motors RV and John Cadman for finding a replacement RV for the Nickerson team after the beloved “Fun Bus” ended up in shop after Round 1 of SOAR. www.bristolmotorsrv.com

Kyle from Newman Racing and Chris Pletsch for joining the team this weekend and helping around the paddock.

Gary Couch for coming out, cheering Nickerson on both races and for bringing a Cold therapy machine which Steven said helped him maintain pace longer and with less pain in race two.

Thank you for all the people and businesses that make it possible!!

DeWildt Marine & Powersports 

Honda Motorcycles Canada 

Bickle Racing 

Bickle Designs 

Granite Plus Inc 

Sib's Powersports Machine 

Nfdautobody Nfdautobody 

Spectro Performance Oils 

Extreme Components 

DNA High Performance Filters 

ACCOSSATO RACING 

Ultimate Cycle 

Inside Motorcycles 

Studio Cycle Group Inc. 

Canadian Sports Apparel

Bristol Motors RV

Nexo Sports

Taylor Steel

 

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