Nov 4, 2009

Canada also loses big name in national championship

As Toyota stole the headlines with its decision to leave Formula One, motorcycle racing in Canada got some bad news of its own.

Yamaha Motor Canada has announced its withdrawal from the Parts Canada Superbike Championship yesterday a meeting of the series manufacturers in Toronto.

The manufacturer is a key player in two-wheeled racing around the world, as evidenced by this year’s second consecutive MotoGP title atop a Yamaha by Valentino Rossi and the 2009 world superbike championship run by Yamaha ride Ben Spies.

In Canada, Yamahas has won six Canadian national superbike titles and seven national Pro 600 championships. Pascal Picotte was the last Yamaha rider to win both titles having scored the double in 2004.

Brantford, Ont.’s Jordan Szoke took his record fourth straight superbike title and his sixth career national crown. Szoke rides for Kawasaki. The national series saw Buell, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha bikes compete in a seven race championship.

The series expects to announce its 2010 schedule in the next few weeks.

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