Motorcycle Mojo – September 2019

(C. Jardin) #1



track didn’t tire me out so quickly and

also where I learned the importance

of the draft. By tucking in behind a

faster racer on the back straight, I could

increase my speed 15 km/h to 25 km/h

by drafting. Racing at Mosport was


neck of my 1991 Honda CBR 600 F2. I

never thought I’d want to go faster than

220 km/h, but at Mosport I couldn’t

get enough of the speed. My rookie

year at Mosport was my third year of

racing that bike and I was growing very

comfortable on it. On the back straight,

I’d give it all it had and get drafted along

at 240 km/h – and wanting more.


I arrive at CTMP’s main entrance

around 6:30 p.m. Plenty of time to grab


and an Advanced General Camping

chit. I saved only $10 by buying these

tickets ahead of time, but the purchase

represented a commitment to go.

New asphalt greets me at the main

entrance. There has been money spent

on this facility since I was here last,

and that is immediately apparent.

In 2011, race car driver Ron Fellows

and real estate mogul Carlo Fidani

purchased Mosport and shortly after

partnered with Canadian Tire. This


a few expensive improvements, such

as resurfacing sections of the track and

enlarging the main entry tunnel to

allow vehicles as large as tractor-trailers


include paved runoffs in Turn 2A and

Turn 8, as well as pavement in the

upper and lower paddocks.

I putt away from the main entrance

on my VFR with my ticket tucked away


myself for the weekend. By suppertime

on Friday, the perimeter of the track

is lined, mostly with hard-bodied

motorhomes and nine metre-trailers.

Tent trailers are rare and tents are even


available. It is sloped, but it is on the

back straight – just as I had hoped for. I

am able to pitch my tent and angle it so

I will have a nice view of the motorcy-

cles on track in the morning.

Saturday Morning Practice

By 9 a.m. on Saturday, the practice ses-

sions have begun, grouped by classes.

The session lineup is a rotation of an

Amateur class followed by a Pro class

all day. The CSBK event at CTMP is a

doubleheader weekend, so practices are


both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Saturday is a beautiful 28 C sunny

summer day, and I know I’m overdoing

my sun exposure. The Pro 600 race is

a barnburner, with Mitch Card, Tomas

Casas, Sebastien Tremblay and Jacob


battle for the lead. It is nail-biting action

The tires are cooked after a race so you might


the spectators, and the track marshals.

Former racer Bill Card hangs out in his son’s

pit area. (right)


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