Casas rac­ing in Alabama this week­end

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER Story cour­tesy of CSBK Cana­dian Su­per­bike Se­ries.

The fol­low are re­sults for The Peterborough Horse­shoe Club Re­tirees 2017 Tro­phy Day played Wed­nes­day at the Peterborough Naval As­so­ci­a­tion pits. A Divi­sion 1. Ron Chal­lice, Wally Hicks; 2. Bob Heron, Alex Beggs; 3. Jack Kearse, Jane Gar­ton; 4. Don Dun­bar, Mike Crilly; 5. Fred Young, Carl Bur­net. B Divi­sion 1.Wayne Czarkowski,RonBar­rett; 2. Den­nis Healey, Don Heintz­man; 3. Dan Man­ley, Betty Durham; 4 .Paul Arnott, Bill; Ni­col

5. Jack Hill, Ken Page; 6. Sharon Keat­ing, Par­nell Peplin­skie.

Peterborough’s To­mas Casas, the 2017 Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Cana­dian na­tional cham­pion, was busy pack­ing on Mon­day night, get­ting ready to head to fel­low pro racer Kenny Ried­mann’s place first thing, Tues­day morn­ing.

The­p­airarehead­ed­south­toBar­ber Mo­tor­sport Park, Alabama, for the fi­nal round of the 2017 Mo­toAmer­ica Na­tional Cham­pi­onship this week­end.

This will be the first ca­reer start for Casas on the U.S. tour.

Of­fi­cially called the Honda Cham­pi­onship of Alabama pre­sent­ed­byGen­uineBroast­erChicken, the event is the 10th and fi­nal round of the Mo­toAmer­ica Cham­pi­onship and will in­clude two events for three Mopar CSBK Cana­dian Na­tional stars.

“I’m head­ing down with Kenny, he’s go­ing to ride in the Baz­zaz Su­per­stock 1000 class,” con­firmed the 18-year-old third year pro Casas from his home in Peterborough, prior to de­part­ing.

“Mitch (Card, the chief ri­val for Casas in 2017) is also go­ing to race in Su­per­stock 1000, too, and I’m rid­ing the Su­per­stock 600 class with the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6 I used in Canada for most of the sea­son.”

“This will be a big step, my first race in the States,” Casas said. “I’m re­ally ex­cited to get out there, to see what it’s all about. Sandy Noce from Dun­lop said that the track is a lit­tle like Cal­abo­gie, a track with tech­ni­cal cor­ners and not too much in terms of straight-aways. I’ve been watch­ing videos to learn the track; men­tally, I think I have it fairly sorted out but that’s not the same as rac­ing on the bikes.”

Casas will be join­ing the sec­ond mid­dleweight cat­e­gory in the Mo­toAmer­ica Se­ries, the Su­per­stock class run in con­junc­tion with the Su­pers­port divi­sion, also for 600cc class machin­ery. Cur­rently, Brae­den Ortt of Cal­gary is the only Cana­dian who con­tests the Su­per­stock se­ries as a reg­u­lar. Ear­lier this sea­son, 17-year-old Ortt won a round at Sears Point, Ca.

Join­ing Casas by air at the venue will be his fa­ther Julio, as well as for­mer Casas team­mate and fron­trun­ning na­tional Su­per­bike pri­va­teer Franklyn Dominguez. This duo will work in the pit lane for Casas dur­ing his on-track ses­sions around Bar­ber’s 17-turn, 2.3-mile­long lay­out.

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