This past weekend, Trevor Daley debuted the Parts Canada/Suzuki Canada GSX-R 1000 at round one of the Mopar CSBK Canadian superbike championship.
Trevor, having been involved in a severe crash the previous Saturday that resulted in broken bones in both hands, and being unable to ride one of the OneSpeed Racing Suzuki’s , made for a challenging weekend indeed. The weekend ran on a mix of determination, energy and momentum built throughout the off season and from the many great partners supporting Trevor’s 2015 race season.
(Photo courtesy of csbk.ca)
After being denied access to the track in any pre-race test sessions due to questions about Trevor’s ability to ride, and with official CSBK Friday practice sessions being blanketed by a rain storm, Trevor took to the track Saturday morning for what was essentially his first time on either of the bikes this year.
Trevor was able to qualify tenth to advance to “superpole” where, unfortunately, a broken chain on his first lap ended his session and broke the engine case. Trevor, along with help from Neil Graham (Cycle Canada Magazine), Jeff Bloor (Riders Choice) and from the team of amateur rider Alexander Cleary, changed the motor.
Going third quickest in Sunday mornings practice was what Trevor had felt he was capable of doing in Saturdays qualifying. The Suzuki engine he and the team installed was internally outfitted with Yoshimura RnD parts from Parts Canada, attributing to his added speed.
Trevor had a great start in the feature race moving up to 6th on the first lap. “I ran a smart race conserving my hands, and the tire, having chosen a soft Dunlop rear for the main event. I could see the two riders ahead of me the entire race and had a feeling that late in the race I would be able to catch them.” As the laps counted down, Trevor’s strategy started to show as he started catching 4th and 5th place at a rapid pace. Unfortunately the late race charge was cut short when another rider was unable to make a clean pass, taking Trevor down in the second last turn. Trevor remounted, with no further injury due to his HJC helmet and Alpinestars leathers, crossing the line in twelfth position walking away from round one with championship points and one off week to heal and regroup.
Trevor and OneSpeed Racing are grateful of the support from the fans and from those throughout the paddock, and can’t wait to get back on the podium for Parts Canada, Suzuki Canada, Yoshimura Research and Development USA, Rockstar Energy Canada, Alpinestars, HJC Helmets, Great Gulf, Hero Demo, Core Excavation, Dunlop tires and Moto-mod suspension by Cornwell.