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AW7R/Kenwood Electronics Suzuki- Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Review
Toronto, ONT- Alex Welsh and the AW7R/Kenwood Electronics Suzuki team strung together a solid performance that included 1st and 3rd place finishes at rounds 4 and 5 of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).
Welsh had qualified in 2nd position for the double header weekend with a time of 1:21.985.
Welsh started strong in round 4 of the championship held on Saturday as one of the main protagonists in a 4-rider break away. As the group rounded the hairpin for the final time before the long drag up the back straight, Welsh was confident sitting in 3rd position hoping to take advantage of his position in the draft. Unfortunately, just milliseconds before opening the throttle the red flags appeared and the race was stopped due to a downed rider. The race was reverted back a lap and Welsh was credited with a 3rd place finish.
Alex Welsh- “Obviously, you never want to see a rider go down or a red flag thrown but I was very confident about my position heading into the final drive. Everything was going to plan and I had kind of measured everything up for a few laps so for sure it was disappointing to not be able to finish the race.”
Going into Sunday’s final, Welsh and the AW7R/Kenwood Electronics crew made some changes to the motorcycle based of the feedback and knowledge from Saturdays race. With a new strategy in mind, Welsh blasted off the line and was quickly able to drop the pack and settle into a battle with points leader Jordan Szoke. The pair swapped positions a total of 6 times with each rider leading a total of 10 laps. Rounding the final lap, Welsh found himself in 2nd position heading into the hairpin before the long back straight. Utilizing his Suzuki’s horsepower, Welsh was able to use the draft to pull alongside Szoke and pass him on the brakes heading into Turn 8 ultimately holding on to take his first win of the 2013 season.
Alex Welsh – “With all the problems we’ve had this year it feels good to get our first win. After Saturdays race I was kind of disappointed how the whole thing panned out, so my team and I sat down to drum up a new strategy for Sunday and fortunately it went off like clockwork. My guys worked so hard this weekend to give me a shot at this thing and we’re all just really excited. I wish some things had rolled our way earlier in the season as it may be too little too late but we still have a shot at the championship so we’re going into Tremblant with nothing to lose.”
Welsh currently sits in 2nd position, 41 points behind, heading into the final round at Le Circuit Mont Tremblant August 23-25. A race win is worth 50 points.
To view round 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MmvlbM5EVU&feature=youtu.be
To view round 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5bC_Ops-2k&feature=youtu.be
Alex Welsh is supported by: AW7R Inc, Kenwood Electronics Canada, Suzuki Canada, Parts Canada, Vass Performance, Z1 Cycletech, Motorex, Sunstar, Adixxion by JVC, Flexi-Glass, Bazzaz, Speedcell, Alpinestars, HJC Helmets, Drippinwet.com.