Keene, ON — July 1, 2015 — Reigning Mopar Canadian Superbike Champion Jodi Christie finished second in the Pro Superbike and Hindle Pro Sport Bike races at Autodrome St-Eustache, the second round of the 2015 CSBK series, to extend his lead in the Sport Bike standings and hold onto second in Superbike points.
Practice and qualifying were held in almost ideal conditions at St-Eustache, a 1.93-kilometre track just northwest of Montreal in Quebec, with Jodi qualifying on pole in Hindle Pro Sport Bike aboard his Honda CBR600RR with almost a one-second advantage over his nearest competitor. Qualifying for the Superbike class was dramatic, with Jodi breaking the existing lap record only to be demoted to second on the grid as Jordan Szoke, current points leader, went even quicker just moments after Jodi's record lap. Unfortunately a red flag ended the session early, and Jodi was unable to better his time.
Rain on Sunday required the Accelerated Technologies/Honda Canada crew to completely change the setup on Jodi's Honda equipment, and both races were held in tricky conditions. The team worked on suspension setup as well as fuel injection and traction control mapping in the bikes' Bazzaz Z-FI TC systems during the morning sessions. In the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike final, Jodi struggled with rear grip in the opening laps and was in fifth place until half-distance. Coming to terms with the CBR600RR setup and the slippery conditions, Jodi worked his way forward in the second half of the race, eventually finishing 1.4 seconds behind race winner Louie Raffa.
In the Mopar Pro Superbike final, Jodi got a good start from the front row to run in third position in the early laps, but the race was red-flagged after several laps for a crash on the front straight. At the restart, Jodi spun his CBR1000RR SP's rear tire off the line and completed the opening lap in fifth. As the laps wound down, Jodi again worked his way forward and took advantage of attrition to move up to second, but was unable to close the gap to eventual winner Jordan Szoke.
The results keep Jodi second in the Mopar Pro Superbike standings and extend his lead in the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike class as the series moves on to the next round at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, AB. The new venue for the series hosts a doubleheader round on the July 11-12 weekend, with races on both Saturday and Sunday.
Jodi Christie: "Overall it was a solid weekend at St-Eustache, finishing second in both classes gave me good points towards each championship and I am happy with the results. Of course I would have liked to be more competitive for the wins in the rain but I wasn't comfortable pushing and risking a DNF. Our bike setup was great all weekend long and I really just had to work on smoothing out my riding because my CBR1000RR SP was so fast! I have to send out a huge thank you to my entire team and all of my great sponsors for helping me every step of the way this past weekend. I am really looking forward to getting out on track in two weeks in Edmonton, I am hungry for more race wins and can't wait to have another shot at the new venue!"
John Sharrard — Crew Chief, Accelerated Technologies: "The team approached our sole Quebec stop on the tour with much excitement. Jodi has always been strong at this track, but the tight, bumpy, slippery circuit has historically favoured local riders with its constantly changing conditions. We were fastest almost every practice session all weekend with both our Honda CBR600RR in Sport Bike and our awesome CBR1000RR SP in Superbike. Our off-season engine program and Andrew Trevitt’s ongoing work with our suspension linkages seemed to be paying off. We easily captured the Pro Sport Bike pole on our 600, and then during Mopar Superbike qualifying, we bested Jordan and broke the outright track lap record, only to have Jordan respond with a slightly quicker time for the Superbike pole one lap before a red flag halted our session and ended our chance at a response. All very exciting stuff.
"On Sunday, God rolled the dice and it poured rain all day, turning the dragstrip front straight into a skating rink, completely shuffling the results around. Jodi rode awesome to two safe and great second-place finishes battling hydroplaning on deep puddles and poor visibility, the demon of running in second place, but brought all the bikes home safe and sound. We worked Monday on the dyno improving our Superbikes even more before heading out to Edmonton, and the whole team is looking forward to running the new circuit at Castrol Raceway."