The Sports Network, TSN, have announced expanded coverage for the Canadian Superbike National Championship (CSBK) during the 2022 National motorcycle road racing season. TSN will broadcast seventeen episodes of race action in 2022, the most extensive coverage since the National road race tour joined the network in 1995.
“This is a very exciting development for the series,” explains CSBK boss Colin Fraser. “The last two seasons have been complicated, but we have concentrated on the quality of our video coverage, and that has worked out well for the Championship. Now TSN has confirmed the strength of the series coverage with this expanded broadcast format for 2022.”
TSN is Canada’s sports leader and provides world-class content across the industry-leading platforms including five National television feeds, TSN direct, TSN.ca, and TSN radio stations across Canada. TSN is affiliated with ground-breaking American broadcaster ESPN, and TSN is the Canadian home to several major motorsports, including Formula One and NASCAR.
In 2022, TSN will broadcast every Pro Superbike feature race, as well as every race in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike middleweight support category. This will be the first time that full race coverage for the Pro Sport Bike class will be broadcast on TSN.
TSN will broadcast two Pro Superbike races from each of the first three events at Grand Bend Motorplex, June 9-12, Calabogie Motorsports Park, July 8-10, and Atlantic Motorsport Park, July 21-24.
At the traditional CSBK series final at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 12-14, the final three Championship Pro Superbike races will be broadcast. CSBK staged the first-ever series triple header at C.T.M.P., “old Mosport,” with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) support in 2021.
At most 2022 CSBK National events, one Pro Superbike race will be recorded on the Saturday, and then the second on Sunday. At the final round at C.T.M.P., superbike qualifying will take place on Friday and there will be one Superbike race on Saturday and two on the final Sunday afternoon of the 2022 season.
Last season, Alex Dumas of Desmaures, QC, earned the Pro Superbike Championship and Canadian overall title for the MPG/FAST Riding School Suzuki Canada team. 19-year-old Dumas is the youngest Champion in the 42-year history of the CSBK Series, and also earned the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the year Award.
2019 CSBK National number one Ben Young of Collingwood, ON, was second overall in 2021 with his Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW and fought for victory and the title with Dumas at the final 2021 round at Calabogie last September. Young’s CSBK effort took him the 2021 Championship with BMW’s in-house Motorrad Race Trophy series, and Young will compete aboard a newly approved M1000RR racer, his prize for overall Trophy series success.
The 2022 Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike CSBK series will consist of two races at each National event, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The eight race 2022 series will provide the most championship events in the history of the middleweight category, as well as the most video coverage.
The Pro Sport Bike category is famed for close competition at the front of the class, but last season “The Shaker,” Sebastien Tremblay of Laval, QC., dominated middleweight action. Tremblay won all four races aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, and his Montreal-area tuning shop supported several front runners in the Sport Bike category.
David MacKay of Stoney Creek, ON., was second overall in the 2022 Pro Sport Bike series points on another Ninja and will be looking forward to CSBK’s return to his home track of Grand Bend on Ontario’s “West Coast” for the series opener following a COVID-enforced two-year layoff.
- From Professional Motorsports Productions