The seventh annual Canadian BMW Motorrad Days attracted hundreds of BMW Motorrad riders who visited the newly renovated Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. The weekend got off to a fantastic start with beautiful weather welcoming all the riders from across Canada and the USA.
Riders signed up for the motorcycle, maxi-scooter and off-road test rides around the scenic country roads in Bowmanville. More than 30 motorcycles, including the 2013 R1200GS, K1600GTL and the R1200RT were available to ride. Participants also had a chance to explore the latest models on a display which included the new liquid-cooled R1200GS and 2014 F800GS Adventure. The Team Canada bobsleigh team – celebrating the new partnership between BMW and the Canadian Olympic team – was also available for photos alongside a selection of BMW cars available for test drives through an autoslalom course set up in the BMW village.
Irish stunt rider Mattie Griffin wowed the crowds with seven shows throughout the weekend with his quick footwork and precise balance evident in his well rehearsed show. Currently ranked fifth in the world of stunt riding, Mattie stirred up excited faces, beaming smiles and enthusiastic applause with his presentation. One of the new attractions this year featured some of Canada’s top trials riders in a live demonstration, performing several shows throughout the weekend. In an obstacle course constructed of various ramps and cars, the trials riders effortlessly jumped, balanced and leaped their way over the obstacles. For the more grounded riders looking to be a part of the action, hundreds joined together in the popular parade lap around Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – just hours before the Superbike races would heat up the racetrack.
On Saturday, the 2013 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship provided the crowds with non-stop racing action with two BMW S1000RR motorcycles taking the top two podium spots in Pro Superbike and second place in the Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike series. Bodhi Edie of Warman, Saskatchewan, scored his first career national Superbike win on his Edie Racing/Charles Antle/Ffun Motorsports BMW S1000RR in a sensational race on Saturday with a margin of 0.132 seconds over Jordan Szoke’s Waznie Racing/BMW Motorrad Canada/Parts Canada BMW S1000RR, who had qualified fastest for pole position on Friday. This was followed by an exciting Amateur Superbike race where Steve Hoffarth on his Endras BMW/Inside Motorcycles BMW S1000RR finished second overall.
On Sunday, two BMW S1000RR motorcycles found their way to the Superbike Championship podium again, in second and third with both Jordan Szoke and Matt McBride on their RRs, coming behind first place winner Alex Welsh. Szoke and Welsh traded the lead six times and each led 10 laps of the 20 lap race. After this double header weekend, Jordan takes his 251 points lead to the final round at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant on August 23-25 in an attempt to cinch his ninth straight Canadian Superbike Championship.