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EMRA Season Ending Highlights and Results from Castrol Raceway

News and results from the final racing rounds of 2017

EMRA Season Ending Highlights and Results from Castrol Raceway

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EMRA Season Ending Highlights and Results from Castrol Raceway

The 2017 Edmonton Motorcycle Roadracing Association Expert Superbike title came down to the final weekend of racing as the EMRA hosted the final two rounds of racing on September 1st to the 3rd at Castrol Raceway. All 17 class championships remained up for grabs going into the final weekend of racing, with over 100 riders competing in what would be a dramatic final two rounds.

Practice and qualifying would be held on Friday. Morning sessions were delayed as a large oil spill was cleaned up, leaving riders with fewer sessions to put in fast times; race direction extended the day by an hour and allowed qualifying times to be taken from Saturday morning’s warm up session to accommodate for the lack of track time. During the first session, a failed rear tire warmer and resulting high-side left two-time defending Expert Superbike Champion, Mike Zottmann, with a severely damaged motorcycle. He and the rest of his team rushed to fix the damage done to the bike; time ticked by and he was unable to put in a seriously fast time on Friday. Justin Knapik would take provisional Superbike pole riding his Echo Cycle Kawasaki ZX10R. In 600 Superbike qualifying, current points leader, Ryan Boddy, piloted his Pet Autobody Yamaha R6 to pole, followed by Jon Bullee and his Riverside Honda CBR600RR less then a tenth of a second behind. With mixed fortunes, incredibly close lap times, and mixed weather conditions predicted for Saturday and Sunday the stage was set for what promised to be an incredible two days of racing.

Saturday’s extended qualifying session saw hard work pay off for Mike Zottmann and his team. Despite less than ideal track conditions and a badly bruised body, Mike was able to take his freshly repaired Bow Cycle Kawasaki ZX10R to the top of the time sheets and claim pole position for the Expert Superbike race. Qualifying positions for the co-main event, the 600 Superbike race, remained the same. The large grid for the 600 Superbike race would form and the second the red lights went out a fierce battle from the front row of riders broke out, with Ryan Boddy on his Yamaha R6 leading the way, followed by Shane Toews on his Graves Yamaha R6, Jon Bullee on his Riverside Honda CBR600RR, and Brian Worsdall on his Honda Extreme CBR600RR. The top four riders would break away and eventually split into a battle for first between Boddy and Toews and a battle for third between Bullee and Worsdall. Ryan Boddy would eventually take the win, followed closely by Shane Toews; Jon Bullee claimed the final spot on the podium. After the race, Boddy would comment, "I knew I had to put my head down to pull off a victory in order to solidify the 600 SBK championship. I did just that with a solid start and good consistent pace."

With Saturday’s 600 Superbike race wrapped up it was time for the main event – the Expert Superbike race. Justin Knapik would take the lead initially, before being passed on the third lap by Mike Zottmann, who would take the lead and build a gap. As the 12 lap race wore on, the strain from Friday’s crash would build and the gap between the top three riders started to close. Trevor Bernhardt and his Bow Cycle ZX10R, followed closely by Justin Knapik on his Echo Cycle ZX10R, would close the gap on Zottmann in first place, but they eventually ran out of time. The checkered flag dropped and Mike Zottmann was able to claim first place, sealing up his 2017 Championship one round early. After the race, Zottmann said, "I knew I had to get out in front gap the field as it was a 12 lap race. I knew my feet and hip were going to really effect me. I was second on the first lap and made a pass on lap 3 for the lead. Putting my head down I pushed as hard I As I could to gap 2nd and was able to gain 3 seconds. However during the last 3 laps I really had problems staying on the bike, with multiple times my feet falling off the bike and at one point 2 laps to go both feet coming off in a few corners. I was really slowing so I didn't crash but needed the win to wrap up the superbike title. I was able to just hang on and finish the race and wrap up the #1 title my 3rd year in a row."

Sunday was round 6, the final round of racing in the EMRA season. One rider to note was Neil Carlson putting on a performance all day. Competing in over 7 classes and riding 4 different bikes throughout the weekend, Neil would manage to claim the #1 Blue Plate, a title that goes to the rider collecting the most points in all the classes they compete in combined. He would also claim the Formula Thunder, Lightweight Open, and Lightweight Superbike titles. After a busy day of racing, Neil said, "Going into the last race weekend, tensions were high for me. After the first practice session, the motor in the KTM 350 had a fatal knock, leaving it on the sidelines for the entire weekend. Trailing 3 points, in the Lightweight Open class, another rider let me use his Kawasaki Ninja 300 to compete. The rest of the Championships were easily within reach. We had made a few changes to the bike just prior to the race, which turned out to give me that extra pace I needed. I was able to battle back and forth making a last lap pass to stick. Taking 2nd in the race and effectively sealing that #1 plate. All in all I’m very happy with the results as I achieved all the goals I set out at the beginning of the season sealing the three championships I competed in and taking the blue plate."

Another noteworthy performance came from former three-time EMRA Superbike Champion, Justin Knapik. Three points separated Knapik and Mike Zottmann in a classic winner-takes-all battle for first place in the EMRA Fast 25 championship, a dash-for-cash race open to the 25 fastest riders. Since its inception, this class title has belonged to Justin Knapik, but this year he found himself having to come from behind to claim the championship. In the open laps of the final race, Mike Zottmann would make a small mistake on the brakes resulting in a front end tuck, handing Knapik the title and cash. Knapik said of the win, "Going into this weekend I was quite emotional. Just knowing it would be my last time competing for quite some time, I knew I wanted a good showing. To compound that I was on a motorcycle that was sold and waiting delivery to another racer, so the pressure was on. I am very proud to go out as the # 1 plate holder for the Fast 25."

The 600 Superbike race towards the end of the day was full of thrills and incredibly close racing. Once again, the top four riders broke away and exchanged multiple passes for the lead; Ryan Boddy, Jon Bullee, Brian Worsdall, and Shane Toews would exchange positions constantly and continually increase the pace as the race went on. Just past the halfway point and in the lead, Shane Toews would make a mistake entering corner five and run off-track, handing Jon Bullee the lead, followed closely by Ryan Boddy and Brian Worsdall. A bold move on the brakes entering corner one saw Boddy take the lead. Shortly after, a serious crash involving multiple back markers resulted in the race being delayed and eventually called. Ryan Boddy would be declared the winner, followed by Jon Bullee and Brian Worsdall.

After a short delay the racing continued; the Expert Superbike race would start with the P1 position belonging to Mike Zottmann empty. After two early crashes in the weekend then one final crash with a teammate at the controls, Zottmann’s ZX10R was unable to be repaired and make the grid. Fortunately, Mike Zottmann had amassed enough points to take the 2017 Expert Superbike title the day earlier. Fifteen bikes made up the grid for the final 12 lap race of the EMRA Superbike season. At the end of the 12 laps, Justin Knapik came out on the top step of the podium, followed by Trevor Bernhardt and Jason Kolmatycki. After the race and a few sips of champagne, Justin Knapik would comment on his season and his future with racing, "Placing 2nd in the Expert Superbike with such fast riders fills me with a great sense of pride before I depart. I look forward to spending my time coaching our up and coming fast guys and watching from the sidelines as our talented young riders continue to entertain the EMRA fans." Mike Zottmann, also present on the podium to claim his #1 plate as the 2017 Expert Superbike champion would comment, "Sunday I was extremely sore and with Fast 25 I made a small mistake and low sided in corner 2 ending my weekend. After that I was so sore and barley could walk, so I sat out the rest of the day. I would really like to thank all my sponsors for the year helping me clinch yet another #1 plate. Kawasaki Canada, Bowcycle North, Ktech suspension and Kenny Albin for all the suspension help, Dunlop tires, Pro 6 Cycle and Sandy Noce for giving me the stickiest tires. Woolich rdeacing and Sharon Woolich for all the electronic support, Vortex Racing, Hotbodies Racing. My wife and I are expecting out first child in 3 weeks as well. I have to thank her for all the support all year and all my team and families for coming and helping. I haven't experienced such a friendly and welcoming family such as the EMRA has been the last few years. I can't believe that this now puts me at 8 Superbike championships and I can't imagine doing this anywhere else. We are going to try and line up a National series program next year to put the fastest western riders out and show how fast they are compared to the beat in Canada and I how to represent as best I can. Thank you to all the racers and fans for the year. It hasn't been easy but with great people and even better riders helping it has been a fantastic year."

Planning for the 2018 EMRA season is already well under way. The club will look to continue to grow and expand, offering racers from all over Western Canada the chance to compete next year once again at Castrol Raceway. For more information on motorcycle road racing at Castrol Raceway check out the EMRA website www.emra.ca


EMRA Round 5 provisional results:

Argyll Motorsports Expert Superbike

1. Mike Zottman (Kaw ZX-10R)
2. Trevor Bernhardt (Kaw ZX-10R)
3. Justin Knapik (Kaw ZX-10R)
4. Ian Wall (BMW S1000RR)
5. Glen Gregoire (Kaw ZX-10R)

Argyll Motorsports Intermediate Superbike

1. Ray Steel (BMW S1000RR)
2. Adam Knox-Taylor (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Travis Rogan (Suz GSXR-600)
4. Trevor Patrick (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Scott Manley (Hon CBR600RR)

Scona Cycle Expert 600 Superbike

1. Ryan Boddy (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Shane Toews (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Jon Bullee (Hon CBR600RR)
4. Brian Worsdal (Hon CBR600RR)
5. Allan Millican (Suz GSXR-600)

Scona Cycle Intermediate 600 Superbike

1. Travis Rogan (Suz GSXR-600)
2. Adam Knox-Taylor (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Scott Manley (Hon CBR600RR)
4. Trevor Patrick (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Richard Bolduc (Hon CBR600RR)

Echo Cycle Expert Open Sportbike

1. Mike Zottman (Kaw ZX-10R)
2. Trevor Burnhardt (Kaw ZX-10R)
3. Ian Wall (BMW S1000RR)
4. Brian Worsdal (BMW S1000RR)
5. Peter Meier (Duc 1198)

Echo Cycle Intermediate Open Sportbike

1. Ray Steel (BMW S1000RR)
2. Scott Manley (Hon CBR600RR)
3. Adam Knox-Taylor (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Corey Raketti (BMW S1000RR)
5. Scott Johnson  (Suz GSXR-1000)

EMRA Expert 600 Supersport

1. Ryan Boddy (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Jon Bullee (Hon CBR600RR)
3. Shane Toews (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Shane Fraser (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Brian Worsdal (Hon CBR600RR)

EMRA Intermediate 600 Supersport

1. Scott Manley (Hon CBR600RR)
2. Adam Knox-Taylor (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Travis Rogan (Suz GSXR-600)
4. Trevor Patrick (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Eric Russnak (Hon CBR600RR)

Riverside Motosports Senior Open

1. Ian Wall (BMW S1000RR)
2. Trevor Burnhardt (Kaw ZX-10R)
3. Glen Gregoire (Kaw ZX-10R)
4. Jason Kolmatycki (Yam YZF-R1)
5. Peter Meier (Duc 1198)

Honda Extreme Fast 25

1. Justin Knapik (Kaw ZX-10R)
2. Ian Wall (BMW S1000RR)
3. Trevor Burnhardt (Kaw ZX-10R)
4. Jason Kolmatycki (Yam YZF-R1)
5. Mike Zottman (Kaw ZX-10R)

Formula Thunder 

1. Neil Carlson (Duc 1198)
2. Corey Svatos (Tri Daytona 675)
3. Owen El-Baba (MV Aug F3)
4. Brian Oxtoby (KTM 690)
5. Dominic Poulin (Apr RSV1000)

Women's Open

1. Bronti Verbeek (Suz GSXR-750)
2. Tricia Reese (Suz GSXR-750)
3. Johanne Bernier (Suz GSXR-750)

Middleweight Twins

1. Jason Henton (Suz SV650)
2. Brian Oxtoby (KTM 690)
3. Justin Litzenberger (KTM 690)
Lightweight Open

1. Don Manuel (Yam YZF-R3)
2. Graham Lynch (Yam YZF-R3)
3. Grayson Davidson (Kaw 300)


EMRA Round 6 provisional results

Argyll Motorsports Expert Superbike

1. Justin Knapik (Kaw ZX-10R)
2. Trevor Bernhardt (Kaw ZX-10R)
3. Jason Kolmatyki (Yam YZF-R1)
4. Ian Wall (BMW S1000RR)
5. Brian Worsdal (BMW S1000RR)

Argyll Motorsports Intermediate Superbike

1. Ray Steel (BMW S1000RR)
2. Scott Manley (Hon CBR600RR)
3. Travis Rogan (Suz GSXR-600)
4. Corey Raketti (BMW S1000RR)
5. Adam Knox-Taylor (Yam YZF-R6)

Scona Cycle Expert 600 Superbike

1. Ryan Boddy (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Jon Bullee (Hon CBR600RR)
3. Brian Worsdal (Hon CBR600RR)
4. Shane Fraser (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Allan Millican (Suz GSXR-600)

Scona Cycle Intermediate 600 Superbike

1. Adam Knox-Taylor (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Travis Rogan (Suz GSXR-600)
3. Dillan Diedrichs (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Scott Manley (Hon CBR600RR)
5. Trevor Patrick (Yam YZF-R6)

Echo Cycle Expert Open Sportbike

1. Trevor Burnhardt (Kaw ZX-10R)
2. Ian Wall (BMW S1000RR)
3. Brian Worsdal (BMW S1000RR)
4. Neil Carlson (Duc 1198)
5. Allan Millican (BMW S1000RR)

Echo Cycle Intermediate Open Sportbike

1. Ray Steel (BMW S1000RR)
2. Scott Manley (Hon CBR600RR)
3. Adam Knox-Taylor (Yam YZF-R6)
4. Corey Raketti (BMW S1000RR)
5. Travis Rogan (Suz GSXR-600)

EMRA Expert 600 Supersport

1. Ryan Boddy (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Shane Toews (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Jon Bullee (Hon CBR600RR)
4. Shane Fraser (Yam YZF-R6)
5. Allan Millican  (Suz GSXR-600)

EMRA Intermediate 600 Supersport

1. Adam Knox-Taylor (Yam YZF-R6)
2. Trevor Patrick (Yam YZF-R6)
3. Scott Manley (Hon CBR600RR)
4. Travis Rogan (Suz GSXR-600)
5. Eric Russnak (Hon CBR600RR)

Riverside Motosports Senior Open

1. Ian Wall (BMW S1000RR)
2. Trevor Burnhardt (Kaw ZX-10R)
3. Jason Kolmatycki (Yam YZF-R1)
4. Glen Gregoire (Kaw ZX-10R)
5. Darel Mesher (BMW S1000RR)

Honda Extreme Fast 25

1. Justin Knapik (Kaw ZX-10R)
2. Trevor Burnhardt (Kaw ZX-10R)
3. Ian Wall (BMW S1000RR)
4. Jason Kolmatycki (Yam YZF-R1)
5. Shane Toews (Yam YZF-R6)

Formula Thunder
1. Neil Carlson (Duc 1198)
2. Corey Svatos (Tri Daytona 675)
3. Owen El-Baba (MV Aug F3)
4. Brian Oxtoby (KTM 690)
5. Didier Karimwabo (KTM RC8)

Women's Open

1. Tricia Reese (Suz GSXR-750)
2. Bronti Verbeek (Suz GSXR-750)
3. Johanne Bernier (Suz GSXR-750)

Middleweight Twins

1. Brian Oxtoby (KTM 690)
2. Jason Henton (Suz SV650)
3. Justin Litzenberger (KTM 690)

Lightweight Open

1. Graham Lynch (Yam YZF-R3)
2. Neil Carlson (Kaw 300)
3. Grayson Davidson (Kaw 300)
Submitted by Jon Bullee on behalf of EMRA.
Photo ‘EMRA RRW Round 5 pic’ #9 Justin Knapik leads #1 Mike Zottmann. Photo courtesy Alana Hill.
Photo ‘EMRA RRW Round 6 pic’ #141 Shane Toews leads #88 Brian Worsdall leads #6 Jon Bullee leads #1 Ryan Boddy. Photo courtesy Alana Hill.