Horsepower boost on tap for Mopar CSBK feature class

Horsepower boost on tap for Mopar CSBK feature class

Horsepower boost on tap for Mopar CSBK feature class

Horsepower boost on tap for Mopar CSBK feature class

Horsepower boost on tap for Mopar CSBK feature class

PHOTO: The latest horsepower increase in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship feature class means the power output of bikes in the current horsepower-limited era has now eclipsed the standards seen at the height of the unlimited class years. Photo by Rob O'Brien / CSBK

Competitors in Canada’s biggest motorcycle road racing series will have more power to play with when the 2015 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship kicks off at Calabogie Motorsport Park June 12-14.

The series has raised the maximum horsepower limit for the feature Pro Superbike class to 200 hp, as measured on the official series Dynojet Dyno. Horsepower is checked among the leading finishers following qualifying sessions and race events.

“Typically, we have increased the horsepower limit based on improvements and developments from the OE street bike selection,” said Colin Fraser of Professional Motorsports Productions, which runs the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.

“The newest horsepower limit means the power output from the Pro Superbikes has now eclipsed the performance standards seen from the era of the fully-modified, unlimited horsepower class that existed until the end of the 2002 season, when the current horsepower-limited regulations were introduced.”

The current Canadian Superbike class bears a close resemblance to World or U.S. spec Superstock competition. Electronics need to be from an OE builder or be an economical, competitor-oriented system from Dynojet Research, Bazzaz or AiM Sport.

The arrival of the second generation of the BMW S1000RR has played a key role in the increase in the horsepower limit in the Superbike class for 2015. One of the new BMWs will be in the hands of Brantford, Ont.’s Jordan Szoke as he bids for an unprecedented 10th Canadian Superbike crown.

The S1000RR won three straight Canadian titles between 2011 and 2013, the last two courtesy of Szoke.

“BMW has set the standard for performance since the launch of the S1000RR in 2010, and this season has increased performance from the second generation model, in addition to providing an integrated, advanced electronics package,” said Chris Duff of BMW Motorrad Canada. ”We are confident this latest S1000RR will provide Jordan with the means to claim a 10th Canadian championship and the fourth in five years for BMW.”

In addition to the latest BMW, new models available to Superbike competitors in the 2015 season include the Yamaha YZF-R1 Limited Edition and homologated Yamaha YZF-R1M.

In other rules developments, the choice of triple clamps is now open in the Pro and Amateur Sport Bike classes. With Canadian competitors no longer restricted to stock equipment, they have the wide variety of aftermarket options made for this class, such as those for World Supersport competition, available to them.

Sport Bike runners will also have a new tire available from official series supplier Dunlop, with the DOT GPA-Pro due to be provided by Mopar Canadian Superbike Series distributor Pro 6 Cycle.

“The GPA-Pro is a step up in performance from the D211 GPA used last season,” explained Sheena Noce of Etobicoke, Ont.-based Pro 6 Cycle. “Introduced at the regional level late last season, the GPA-Pro was very well received as an overall improvement on the already top-performing D211 GPA in grip, performance and mileage.”

The GPA-Pro features Carbon Fibre Technology in front and rear sidewalls to help provide exceptional cornering stability steering, while Dunlop’s Bi-Directional Technology and symmetrical tread pattern allow the GPA-Pro rear to be flipped in rotational direction to get more laps out of the tire.

The GPA-Pro will be offered in the same tread patterns as the D211GPA used last year.

There is also a slight update to the Brooklin Cycle Racing-supplied spec fuel to be used in all four classes of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. Pro Superbike, Amateur Superbike, Pro Sport Bike and Amateur Sport Bike competitors will continue to use the 2014 Sunoco premium fuel, Sunoco 260 GTX, which contains no ethanol and no lead. The octane rating is 98, the research number is 103 and motor octane is 93.

The series will add the option of a “coloured” premium Shell 91 octane street/pump fuel at a lesser price.

Competitors must use one of these two fuel options.

Jodi Christie of Keene, Ont. will enter the 2015 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship wearing the number one plate after wresting the title from Szoke last summer aboard his Honda Canada / Accelerated Technologies Honda CBR1000RR.

For additional information please contact:
John Hopkins
Inside Track Communications
Tel. (613) 968-0166

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