SHUBENACADIE, N.S. – Rob MacIsaac has put himself in a position to win the 2014 ARL AM superbike championship.
With only two races remaining in the 2014 season, MacIsaac will look to finish with solid rides and stay out of trouble to become what is believed to be the first rider from P.E.I. to win an Atlantic superbike championship in the 40-year history of Atlantic Motorsport Park (AMP).
MacIsaac will continue his championship pursuit in Round 5 of the 2014 series at AMP on Sept. 13 and 14.
MacIsaac was recently the lone member of the three-member Redline Motorsports team from Summerside to compete in Round 4 of the 2014 ARL Atlantic Superbike Championship Series at AMP recently.
Team member Mark Morrison is sidelined with a broken collarbone, and Kirk Johnston could not attend due to unforeseen circumstances.
MacIsaac and his newly-rebuilt Suzuki GSXR 750 got off the line well and settled into second position, but developed issues as the left-side handlebar came loose and made it very difficult to control the bike.
Eventually, MacIsaac decided to settle back to a controllable pace and dropped to sixth place by the end of the race, collecting valuable points in the chase for the championship.
After fixing the issue in the pits after the race, MacIsaac said, "It was touch and go out there for most of the race. . . not knowing if I was going to loose the clip-on all together going into corners under hard breaking, pretty scary stuff!"
Later that same afternoon, MacIsaac’s No. 64 bike competed in the Formula 46 class, which had a large group of new pro and amateur riders entered into the race. With not a great start, coming out of Turn 2 in fifth place, MacIsaac dropped back to seventh position and eventually settled for sixth place at the checkered flag.
In the AM Superbike race the following day, MacIsaac again had a bad start and entered the second turn in fourth place. After setting a solid pace and trying to stay out of trouble, MacIsaac was again able to collect much-needed points and maintain a healthy lead in the 2014 AM superbike championship chase with a fourth-place finish.