Women Motorcycle Racers Attack Mosport Tarmac
Yesterday I enjoyed the Mosport Race Track race day where the Canadian National Race series staged the first races of the “double header” weekend. It was race three and four of the series seven. Unfortunately I had to pick between Saturday or Sunday to attend due to work commitments. I chose Saturday’s venue namely due to a rainy and wet Sunday prediction, which held true. Always exciting thrills watching Canadian racing!
The grid is full of some real talent and the organizers PMP put on a terrific event. Along side the action, I enjoyed meeting up with familiar faces. The folks at Deeley Harley-Davidson, BMW Motorrad Canada, Canadian Kawasaki Motors and my colleagues at Inside Motorcycles, Suzuki and even Ducati Owners Club. At the same event BMW Motorrad Canada held their 2nd “Summer Fest” hosting test rides/demos, rider training, live music. It was a plain ‘ole Bavarian tradition event. There were certainly “no dull moments” here! And further fabulous to be entertained with the exciting race battles of the BMW HP Sport race bikes in action along with the Buell 1125R!
There were also the NCR Ducati’s competing. Quite something to have this machinery present in Canada! It was really special with the Canadian racing arena to observe Ducati’s Italian rider import, Valter Bartolini (arranged through Ducati North America) on the gird. When first sighting him, he could be mistaken for a woman! On track, his small build and blondish long hair in pony-tail gave off female characteristics. If one didn’t know any better—yes, one day eventually it will be a woman on an NCR Ducati!
The Women’s Cup Challenge race had a total of nine contenders (2 DNS) of the combined expert and novice class. Genevieve Lesieur placed first in the expert division, yet I can’t determine who won for the Novice class yet.
The picture above shows the first row start with Kahuna Kawasaki’s Vicki Schouten in pole position.
Mosport main track is exciting. I observed all the races mostly from the back fast straight that comes into corner eight. Close, daring maneuvers happen here especially in the Superbike and 600 class.
The tracks’ lap record was made in 2005 at 1:21.160 and is still held by Pascal Picotte. He achieved this on his 2005 Yamaha YZF-R6. Mosport Racing track is 3.9 kms in length, with 10 turns running, as most circuits do, clockwise.