Race Report Pro6GP Round Two: Motomike Rider Sees Podium!
The Pro6GP, new for 2021, is a regional series held at Calabogie Motorsports Park. The rules mostly follow CSBK guidelines, and is run in conjunction with CSBK(round1), and mostly by CSBK officials, so it was an ideal series to run in between the National rounds here at Calabogie and at CTMP (Mosport) in August.
Down to one bike, all eyes were on #28 Harvey Renaud, and he was fast in practice as well as qualifying, sitting 2nd behind Mackenzie Weil by 0.180 seconds in qualifying, out of the 8 entries in the Lightweight class. Lap times also dropped from the National weekend, with qualifying times now in the high 2:24 second range for the top riders.
The race was exciting with a lot of equal machinery and riders with similar speed and skill battling it out for the six-lap affair. The top 5 were hot on each others' tails the whole race, but just as one rider would get a run on another, the rider ahead would pull out a slightly faster lap. And so it went lap after lap, with the top riders giving it all they had, dropping lap times even further than qualifying - fastest lap of the race set by the #77 machine of Istvan Hidvegi at a scorching 2:23.480!
Renaud and Weil, both on Kawasaki 400s, battled hard the whole race, with both riders setting their fastest laps on the very last lap at 2:23.808(Renadu) and 2:23.672(Weil) In the end it was the youngster who got to sit on top of the box, with Renaud 2nd and Istvan Hidvegi 3rd. Jacob Black in 4th was battling hard on the tail of Renaud aboard his #707 Kawasaki, but a near-crash and spectacular save put the rider out of contention for a podium this round.
Harvey Renaud is all smiles after taking his first podium since 2009
Awesome, good work Harvey – hoping to see both team bikes up there together soon!