The seventh annual Canadian BMW Motorrad Days was an incredible event with hundreds of BMW Motorrad riders visiting 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 eagerly signed up for the motorcycle, maxi-scooter and off-road test ride programmes as the BMW Motorrad staff maintained the demand for test rides around the scenic country roads in Bowmanville. People had a chance to experience a vast selection of over 30 motorcycles, including the 2013 R 1200 GS, K 1600 GTL and the R 1200 RT. The rides were fantastic and everyone returned with stories and smiles of their BMW Motorrad experience.
Participants also had a chance to explore the latest models on display, including the R 1200 GS liquid cooled and 2014 F 800 GS 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, including test drives in the award-winning BMW 3 Series 335i in the autoslalom course set up in the BMW village.
An international BMW Motorrad rider made a special appearance this year. 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 that will surely be talked about for months.
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 to the delight of the crowd. 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, all on BMW motorcycles – and 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 S 1000 RR 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 S 1000 RR 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 S 1000 RR, 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 S 1000 RR finished second overall.
On Sunday, two BMW S 1000 RR 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.
The BMW Motorrad Canada team wishes to thank everyone who attended the seventh annual event in 2013 and helped celebrate the 90-year history of BMW Motorrad in style.