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MotoAmerica: Canadian MiniSBK riders to compete in Barber Mini Cup

 

CMSBK features Lalande and Hardwick in MotoAmerica Mini Cup Final at Barber

Toronto, Ontario – The final round of the MotoAmerica Mini Cup series will feature a pair of leaders from the great white north later this month as Canadian Mini Superbike Championship leaders Vincent Lalande and Benjamin Hardwick are set to join the grid at Barber Motorsports Park. September 23. 25.

Lalande and Hardwicke were the icons of CMSBK’s first season, finishing one-two in each race, with 14-year-old Lalande winning the championship in the final round against 13-year-old Hardwicke.

Both riders will compete in the 160cc class at the historic Barber, riding identical Super Sonic School GP-O 160 Ohvale machines – backed by ex-pro Tony Sharpless – while they will both compete in the 190cc class on their own Ohvale GP-2 cars, Lalande having just purchased his a few days before the event.

“It will be a really good opportunity for our top Canada Cup riders to see how they compare to the best the United States has to offer,” said Sharpless. “The MotoAmerica Mini Cup is the perfect opportunity for us to assess how much work we still have to do as riders and in the series, but I also hope to get some good results!”

The duo won’t be the first Canadians to head south for the Mini Cup, as St. Catharines, Ont. teenager Alessandro Giganti raced earlier this season at Road America and Pittsburgh, leading the way to the leaders of the CMSBK to follow him on his way.

While Giganti likely won’t be able to join them in Alabama, the future of Canadian racing will still be well represented by Lalande and Hardwick, who have earned praise from current stars of the Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship as they rise through the ranks.

Lalande, in particular, could make one of his last appearances aboard a MiniSBK machine, as he looks set to join the CSBK paddock next season as perhaps the league’s most esteemed prospect. Canadian race since former World Superbike competitor Brett McCormick.

As for Hardwick, the 13-year-old will gain valuable experience for his bid for the CMSBK National Championship next season, as he will be the hot favorite for the 2023 Canadian crown following Barber’s departure.

Both riders will join what should be an exciting MotoAmerica Series finale, with championships up for grabs in every class before the penultimate round in New Jersey, including the Superbike class.

 

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