Elliot Vieira ‘privateering’ in Canadian Superbike Championship

first_imgELLIOT Vieira will join the band of racers who are stepping out of the Caribbean in search of new hunting grounds this year as he seeks to advance his race craft and international ability.The 2015 Caribbean Champion and 2016 runner-up will join the big leagues this year in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) aboard his Kawasaki ZX6-R and he is already upbeat about the challenges.The young Vieira, who sat down with Chronicle Sport for an exclusive interview recently, said “At the moment, I’m heading to the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) to gain experience.”“I’ve been around the Caribbean for the last two years and it was a great experience. I’ve learnt a lot of different corners and different tracks but I want to expand even further and learn new things,” Vieira added.The bike has already been shipped to Canada and will be rebuilt and refitted with new suspension and engine and a few other things ahead of the series which begins later this month.”Why this was done, according to the former Caribbean champion, was to first see what the series holds before investing more heavily, though he is confident of managing the pace.He noted that as it is, he is the newcomer entering a field which is unfamiliar to him, and plans to rely on his dexterity and smooth riding style as the determining factors.“Well, I know I’m going to be going up against some of the best that series has to offer and I only can see it as a learning curve for me and my career. It’s a lot that I have to learn but I’m up for the challenge,” the 19-year-old said.He added, “From the information I’ve been gathering, the first track that we are going to is one of the more difficult ones of the season. It’s in Shannonsville and has a really long straightway, almost like Jamwest, in Jamaica.”“But I’m not getting ahead of myself, when I get some practice and see what the track is about, I’d be better able to give an assessment. For the moment, I’ve just been looking after my personal fitness, swimming every day and doing light work to keep my stamina levels up.”His sponsors for this venture are Adventura Gold and Fly Jamaica.last_img read more