Top 10 finish for St. Lazare’s Stacey Nesbitt
PHOTO BY HEATHER BASHOW
August 19-21 saw the final rounds of the 2016 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. It was a “double header” so qualifying was Friday afternoon. The main focus for the weekend was the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class. Although Stacey was not comfortable with the bike setup she did manage to qualify ninth on her Statoni Racing/BLK RDR by Motvan 600 - middle of the third row. A 600 is not what you need around CTMP in the Mopar Pro Superbike so it was 26th and row eight on the grid. Jon Cornwell continued to improve the handling throughout the weekend.
In the first Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike race on Saturday, Stacey got a good start and was up to 8th. The race was red flagged a lap later, fortunately with no injuries. The restart was not so good and the lead group gapped on the first lap. Stacey eventually finished 11th. She finished 20th in the Superbike race with lap time improvements from Friday.
In the Sunday Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike race Stacey got a better start and was up to 7th. She managed to hold onto the back of the lead pack for three or four laps.
“I was behind Darren and we were starting to close back up, but I braked too hard into turn one causing the back wheel to lift, which forced me to run wide and I lost the draft. We are lacking some horse power around here and it was not possible to close up again once gapped on the back straight.”
In the final laps Stacey had to battle for position and managed to hold onto 8th in the dash to line. She did not start the Sunday Mopar Pro Superbike race.
“The weekend finished better than it started. I am disappointed to not have been closer to the lead group but we had a few problems this year and made the best of the package we had.”
Having missed the first CSBK round due to a European Junior Cup conflict and sitting out the Sunday races at St-Eustache due to mechanical issues, Stacey finished 9th in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike championship with a fourth place finish at AMP.
Thanks to the fans and supporters that came to the track. It was a great atmosphere. Thanks to the CSBK staff, the Pro 6 Cycle-Dunlop team, the volunteer corner workers, medical staff and photographers at each round.
“I would like to also thank Corndog (Jon Cornwell), Pat Milligan, my Mum and Dad, Wes, Matt and Scott and everyone else that helped with the bike this year. To my 2016 Supporters Club, THANK YOU - it helped to cover some of the expenses and helped us for the season. Last but not least, a big thank you to Motovan Corporation for making me part of their inaugural BLK RDR by Motovan program this year. It would not have been possible to do the series without your support.”
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