W.O. Stinson & Son Ltd. Congratulates Canada’s #1 Amateur Sportbike Racer for 2016
W.O Stinson & Son join friends, family, competitors, other sponsors and fans in celebrating as Ottawa’s Chris Brent (bike #680) wins the 2016 National Shoei Helmets Amateur Sport bike title and takes 3rd place in the National Magnetic Marelli Amateur Superbike class.
It was a thrilling finish to the season for the Canadian Superbike Association‘s (CSBK) National motorcycle racing competitions as racers from across the country gathered at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario for the final double-header race weekend.
Physically it was a very tough final weekend for Chris. As Chris finished Friday’s first practice round, he climbed off his motorcycle and felt a stab of severe pain in his lower back. He crawled on his hands and knees and rolled onto his back next to his bike. He passed up on completing the second practice round due to the muscle spasms in his lower back. Then for the crucial afternoon qualifying period, for sportbikes, he was barely able to climb on the bike.
But in a show of real grit he recorded the second fastest time. One of the journalists on hand commented, “He would get my vote for an Iron Man award!”
Luckily for Chris and his fans, the pain eased up a bit by Saturday’s race day. Chris captured second place in the sportbike class. That kept him in top spot for the overall points total. Chris now faced a Sunday race where a finish of 12th place or better would give him the National title. In true style Chris finished hard and captured second place, giving him the #1 spot overall. “Winning the national title was awesome! It was a lot of hard work, support from my team, from friends and family and all my sponsors. It was a great bunch of riders who provided some terrific racing opportunities,” says Brent.
This 38-year-old racer started on a street bike when he was in his 20’s. He left riding for a decade and returned to motorcycles four years ago, taking his need for speed to the track.
As his skills improved so did his placings on the podium. This year he garnered a first place finish, four second place tallies and finished third, three times. In qualifying for races he has captured the pole position three times for registering the fastest lap times. At some races this year the number of competitors in his classes topped 30 riders.
This year has been a huge success for Chris and an improvment over last year when Chris finished in sixth place in the National Sportbike category. Chris has travelled to tracks including Shannonville Motorsports Park and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario as well as the Autodrome in St. Eustache, Quebec and the Atlantic Motorsport Park in Nova Scotia.
Sportbikes all run with 600 cc engines. On these stripped down and heavily modified machines, the competition is especially intense. The rider makes all the difference. In the Superbike class the engine size can be up to 1000 cc so Chris has to apply his skills at cornering to keep up with the larger bikes. Chris plays to his strength, knowing that the 1000cc bikes can pull away on straightaways, but the 600cc bikes are quicker in the turns.
It is the competition not just the speed that draws Chis to the track, “I really enjoy the challenge of racing on a couple of levels. Yes, I have to compete against other riders, but I also challenge myself to do better every time I turn a lap, whether it is in practice or in the race. Add in the timing and you are also racing the clock every time. The key is to be consistent to perform each lap to the best of your ability… and of course keep the rubber on the road”, says Chris.
W.O.Stinson & Son Ltd. joined Chris’ race campaign three years ago and supplies VP Race Fuel to power his Honda CBR600RR 600 cc race bike. VP Race Fuel delivers an octane rating up to 110 and that means more power for the race. For comparison, regular fuel for cars has an octane rating of 87. With regular fuel Chris’ bike has 115 horsepower, with VP Race Fuel it tests at 119 horsepower. The Honda motorcycle hits 270 KPH on the straightaways at 16,500 RPM. Chris puts the bike into a sharp lean on corners as he fights to gain the fractions of a second that can determine race results,
” I can feel the improvement in bike performance when I run VP Race Fuel. There are some key elements if you are going to be a consistent and competitive racer including fuel, tires, quality suspension and a great support team,” says Chris. One of his races on the weekend of July 16 at Atlantic Park Racetrack was decided by 25-thousands of a second… so every ounce of power is crucial.
The primary sponsor for Chris and his race team of family and friends is Direct Bore Inc. of Greely, ON owned by Nick Medeiros. Chris works at Direct Bore as a project estimator for the horizontal drilling firm. “Sponsorship is key to putting a bike on the track. You put a lot of your own resources into any kind of racing but sponsors and their confidence in what you do and what they provide is what really helps to keep you on the track.” Chris’ sponsors include, W.O. Stinson & Son Ltd.; 613 Motorsports Inc.; Hindle Exhaust Systems: Liqui Moly Canada; Forsaken Motorsports; Dunlop Motorcycle Tires; Wolseley Waterworks Group and Ottawa Sport Plus.
A great 2016 race season and now planning begins for 2017 as Chris expect to make the jump to the pro class and new level of competition.
To contact Chis Brent, email him firstname.lastname@example.org