Dumas commences Professional 6 GP time with victory at Calabogie
Calabogie, ON – Reigning Canadian national Superbike winner Alex Dumas of Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC, started 2022 just as he concluded 2021, winning the opening Professional 6 GP Regional opener [May 29] at Calabogie Motorsports Park. In the Professional Superbike driven by BMW Motorrad race, Dumas jumped out to an early guide and then held a good margin all through. The 19-year-old selection-a person plate holder gained by around 12 seconds immediately after six laps close to the 5.05km, 18-turn location southwest of Canada’s cash in Ottawa, ON.
In September of 2021, Dumas gained both of the feature Pro Superbike races in the last nationwide of the period at the similar venue, clinching the crown in his initially 12 months on the tour. Calabogie is undoubtedly a happy searching floor for Dumas, who has never been defeated in a Pro Superbike race at the well known circuit.
Dumas had two Liqui Moly/Quickly Using School Suzuki GSX-R1000s at his disposal, together with the machine he utilized for his title run previous calendar year and a brand name-new product. The Patrice Goyette led workforce opted to concentrate on the latest “Gixxer,” creating the most of in close proximity to-perfect monitor circumstances.
“I was only on the new bicycle, it is not a large amount distinct but its improved,” verified Dumas. “It is crafted a minimal various, it has a better engine, and just a couple of new points with the chassis. So, it is very similar to last calendar year, just a little superior.”
“In the race, I remembered that the monitor can get a little greasy when the sunshine is out, and I was concentrated on finding the most out of our rear (spec Dunlop) tire,” he ongoing. “Traction can be a minor tricky to find, so it was superior to get some serious racing on the new bicycle in planning for the opening national in two weeks at Grand Bend.”
2nd-spot went to Samuel Guerin of Quebec Town, QC, a neighbour of Dumas who had two new EMC Group BMW M1000RRs to sort. Guerin was the breakout star of 2021 as a rookie Professional, though last period was typically disappointing for the 2020 runner-up.
Guerin place in a reliable effort on the race, transferring to second and turning the second-very best laps of the race.
“For a begin, it was really good – I genuinely felt at a single with the bicycle in our to start with race, it is a wonderful start for certain. I definitely have to thank my tuner, Jerome Denis, we have been so chaotic with the two new bikes,” he stated.
Dumas was solidly swiftest in qualifying, turning a very best lap at 2:02.257 as Sebastian Tremblay of Oka, QC, labored up to 2nd best with a time of 2:04.6. Tremblay – the lengthy-time Professional Sport Bicycle middleweight frontrunner and reigning champion – was breaking in his brand name-new Turcotte General performance Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R in preparing for his comprehensive-time return to the best tier nationwide division.
Finishing the front row of the grid was reigning Pro 6 GP Regional SBK champ Michael Leon of Beaconsfield, QC, on the Royal Distributing BMW, with a finest lap at 2:04.7.
The second row of the grid bundled fourth-fastest Guerin, and Ivan Babic of Maple, ON, also on the just-homologated most up-to-date edition of BMW’s routinely dominant S1000RR.
In the race, Dumas and Leon had been inches aside from the activation of the IBEW Start out lights, but Dumas was swiftly on his way, leaving Leon to battle with Tremblay, Guerin, and Babic. Further back, Yamaha YZF-R1 mounted Ernest Bernhard of Ste-Brigide-d-Iberville, QC, held off a busy pack like the formidable Jake LeClair, from Blackstock, ON aboard his middleweight Yamaha YZF-R6.
As Dumas pulled away, Guerin worked up to 2nd, although Tremblay and Leon, recurrent sparring partners above the many years, fought for the ultimate podium spot. At the line, Tremblay was just .19 seconds obvious for 3rd over-all.
Leon netted fourth, apparent of a lonely Babic. Meanwhile Bernhard held off LeClair for sixth, and rookie Anthony Bergeron of Racine, QC, labored up to eighth on his BMW.
Previously in the system, the Kawasaki Pro Sport Bike last featured a great battle for 1st, with Philippe Masse of Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, producing a number of very well-judged moves to choose the win by just in excess of a 2nd on his Ninja ZX-6R. Just driving, LeClair experienced a wonderful dice with Speed Factory Kawasaki’s Vincent Levillain of Montreal, QC, with the Ontario increasing star edging the Quebec speedster by a fifty percent-next.
Motul Beginner Superbike featured a very good fight at the front among pole-sitter Julien Lafortune of Nicolet, QC, and Mark Labossiere of Longueil, QC., each BMW mounted. Lafortune inevitably edged Labossiere for the win by around one next, with Yamaha YZF-R1 geared up Kevin Bartlett of Kemptville, ON, netting a solid third.
The DP Brakes Beginner Sport Bicycle race highlighted a sturdy, 21 rider discipline, with Alexandre Michel of Montreal earning pole on his Kawasaki only to operate off observe during the race. This set up a fight between Yannick Rouleau, from Sherbrooke, QC, and Guillaume Lavallee of Saint-Anne-de-Sorel, QC, both equally Kawasaki Ninja mounted.
Lavallee pulled distinct to edge Rouleau by more than 6 seconds for the victory, as Yamaha YZF-R6 pilot Martin Richard of Victoriaville, QC, netted 3rd, ideal with runner-up Rouleau. Also in the mix was the Triumph Daytona triple of fourth finisher Matthieu Petit from Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC.
The ST Motorsports Heavyweight/Speed Manufacturing unit Middleweight Problem backed by Yamaha belonged to Marc Labossiere of Longueil, QC., aboard a BMW, a few seconds crystal clear of runner-up and modern racing faculty graduate Yan Julien from Calixa-Lavallee, QC, piloting a GSX-R1000 Suzuki. Third went to the Honda CBR1000RR of Blaine Williamson from Milton, ON.
In the Liqui Moly Pro/AM Light-weight division, immaculate Yamaha YZF-R3 mounted Istvan Hidvegi from Mississauga, ON, set the speed through, fastest in exercise and qualifying, then leading the race from start off to finish. Hidvegi’s margin of victory was 15 seconds from Alan Burns of South Mountain, ON, the veteran Yamaha rider competing with hurt ribs. Etobicoke, ON. Kawasaki racer Jacob Black finished the podium in 3rd.