August 29, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Uxbridge, ONT- Alex Welsh and the AW7R/Kenwood Electronics Suzuki team capped off an outstanding 2013 Mopar Canada Superbike season with a yet another podium, finishing in 2nd position in the final event held at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant on August 25, 2013.
Coming into the weekend, Welsh was the only rider who could mathematically catch series point leader Jordan Szoke for the Canadian Superbike Championship, almost a miracle given the hardship faced by the team throughout the year. After struggling on with a shock issue in Friday morning practice and an uncharacteristic fall on Friday afternoon, the AW7R crew certainly had their backs against the wall as they found themselves loosing vital track time to find a suitable set up for the demanding circuit in the Quebec countryside. Welsh would eventually qualify in a disappointing 5th position, heading up row 2 for the 16 lap feature race.
As the riders set out on the warm up lap for Sunday’s race, Alex knew he was in for a tough fight if he was going to give himself a fighting chance at the championship. With a good launch from row 2, Alex was able to lead the pack heading into turn 1. As the
fight continued Welsh would eventually get shuffled back to the 2nd position where he would pressure Szoke for the lead as the two quickly pulled away from their pursuers. Feeling the effects of his set up troubles from earlier in the weekend, Welsh rode his Suzuki GSX-‐R 1000 as hard as he could, eventually finishing in 2nd position, 5 seconds behind the leader. This would be his 6th consecutive podium appearance of the year and complete his run to 2nd overall in the national championship.
Alex Welsh – “That was a really difficult weekend both mentally and physically. For whatever reason, I was just a small step behind all weekend. Of course, my crew did a great job and I am happy that we were able to find our best set up of the weekend for the race and kind of redeem ourselves with a solid performance. All year really our weekends have been tough, we do a lot with very little, but no matter what every Sunday we showed up and took the fight to these guys and I am really, really proud of that. For sure it would have been nice to have won but I am glad we went out with a fight because I’m not sure what 2014 looks like for us. It gets more difficult to compete every year and the economics make it difficult to justify the investment needed. But, we had a ton of fun doing it and hopefully kept the show interesting.”
Alex would like to take the time to personally thank his crew of Willie Vass, Payam Shafinia, Zaid Saleemi, Mark Orchard and his family for all their hard work and sacrifices throughout the year. Also, a big thank you must go out to all the sponsors that made this possible, CSBK staff, corner workers, marshalls, medics, Mopar and fans for all their dedication and support. Lastly, from everyone involved at AW7R, our condolences are extended to the Auger and MacRae families in this time of mourning.