21 Jun

Sun Soaked Round 2 Provides Challenging Thrills for Super Series Riders

Round 2 of the 2024 Super Series began with something that has seemed to become a rare commodity this Spring, sunshine. With rain being a major factor in past handful of rounds dating back to the last season, the fans and riders were given a treat by mother nature with beautiful skies and hot weather.

Day 1 of the weekend saw riders take to the 4.03km Long Track layout to witness the boisterous return of one Stacey Nesbitt. The three time Super Series champion and 2015 CSBK Pro Superbike Rookie of the Year made her first start of the season, with an army of fans cheering her on. During the Lightweight Sportsman feature, the race was red flagged due to a crash involving Chad Hamilton.

Once the race was restarted, Nesbitt was rocketing out to a massive lead over Istvan Hidvegi and JP Schroeder. However, both riders sporting their new Kawasaki Ninjas weren’t going to let her get away without a fight. The two hunted her down but ran out of laps as Nesbitt hung on for her first Super Series win of 2024.

In Pro Sportbike, Jim Proulx made his return to the series on his No. 171 Suzuki GSXR machine. Proulx set the pace all weekend but was stiff competition from Wes Barnes and Rob Massicotte.

Proulx lead flag to flag, with Barnes and Massicotte rounding out the top three.

AM Sportbike saw the second red flag of the afternoon, putting a damper on Scott Szollos and Colin Duncan’s charges to catch race leader Alexis Beaudoin. Szollos was hounding the back of Beaudoin and seemed poised to pass the No.46 Yamaha R6 until Zach Edwards crashed in turn 8 and forced a race ending red flag.

Beaudoin held on to claim his first Super Series Amateur class victory, and his first since claiming the 2022 Novice class championship.

Novice saw a pure dominant run by Matt Hooper on his No.28 Yamaha R6, holding off Daniel Johnson and Craig Fraser to take top honours.

Jim Proulx doubled down in Heavyweight Sportbike, beating out some competition from the No.04 Economy Lube and Tire Ducati Panigale V2 of Maverick Cyr. Cyr and Alex Dumas made surprise appearances at Shannonville to test their new bikes ahead of CSBK’s Edmonton round, and those Ducatis impressed.

However, the Ducati was not enough to beat the No.171, but Proulx’s domination ended early as a red flag involving Glenn Brown ended the race.

Elie Daccache bested Tyrone Tavares and Chris Fehr to win the Sprint Cup feature. Nesbitt doubled down in Lightweight Sportbike, dusting Hidvegi and JF Cloutier in a dominant performance. Lightweight Sportbike saw the fourth and final red flag of the day as Sergey Badekin’s chain snapped on the starting line, forcing the red flag as Badekin’s bike was parked in a precarious spot.

Beaudoin got back to the top step of the podium as he held off Tavares and Matt Annable to claim the top spot in AM Superbike, while Daccache bested Massicote and Fehr to win Pro Superbike.

Day two started the day with some history. The No.316 of Stacey Nesbitt set a time of 1:56.865 to break the Shannonville Lightweight Sportsman track record. The time beat the 2019 record established by Cameron Walker. To make this even more impressive, Nesbitt started last on the grid after a transponder issue and went from last to first is less than five seconds.

Proulx won again in Pro Sportbike, with Colin Duncan besting Alexis Beaudoin in the AM Sportbike class. Duncan made a late race crossover move to retake the lead from Beaudoin in the closing stage.

The Novice race red flagged due to a fiery crash involving Craig Fraser. Fraser’s No.56 high sided coming out of the final corner before the bike burst into flames due to a cracked fuel tank. Fraser was sore but unhurt, and Hooper took the win upon the race resuming.

Wes Barnes out dueled Jim Proulx during the Heavyweight Sportbike feature to score his first win of the weekend. Daccache doubled up in both Sprint Cup and Pro Superbike, while Alexis Beaudoin hung on to take AM Superbike for the second straight day.

Nesbitt concluded her perfect weekend with a Lightweight Sportbike win, and with that, Round 2 came to a triumphant end.

The Super Series takes a two-week break before returning July 4-5-6 for Round 3 on the Nelson Circuit.

Full results and standings can be found at Super-Series.ca.