Atlantic: Qualifying report

SHUBENACADIE, NS - Frank Trombino claimed pole position for round 6 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS Saturday. Riding the Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1 the Kleinburg, ON rider set a time...

SHUBENACADIE, NS - Frank Trombino claimed pole position for round 6 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS Saturday.

Riding the Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1 the Kleinburg, ON rider set a time of 1:08.411 to claim his first MPM/Array Pole Award of the 2003 season. The award is worth $500.

Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, BC qualified second fastest at 1:08.567 on the Diablo Suzuki GSX-R1000 and St-Cecile de Milton, QC rider Pascal Picotte was third with a 1:08.660 riding his Picotte Racing Yamaha YZF-R1.

Harrowsmith, ON's Jeff Williams completes the front row for Sunday's Superbike feature after recording the fourth best time, a 1:09.000 on his Diablo Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Trombino set his time with just over 15 minutes remaining in the 45-minute qualifying session, and moments before rain hit the Atlantic Motorsport Park facility, ending the chance for anyone to challenge him.

"This is one of my favorite tracks," said Trombino, who has finished third twice in the Superbike race at AMP. "We put a new tire on with about 20 minutes to go and managed to get a good time just before it starting sprinkling."

In addition to the MPM/Array Pole Award, Trombino also earned four points toward the Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings.

Crevier set his time just over 20 minutes into the session and was the first rider to get below 1:09.

"Trombino surprised me," admitted the six-time Canadian Superbike champion. "I think we have the faster bike but the R1 seems to be handling the track better. But Frank caught me sleeping. I need to push harder."

Picotte jumped up to third in the order moments before the rain hit and crashed his Yamaha in turn 1 just after setting his best lap time.

In other AMP action, Picotte took pole for the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike feature with a record time of 1:08.840 on his Picotte Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. Trombino was second quickest at 1:08.898 on the Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R6 and Crevier placed third with a time of 1:09.252 aboard the Diablo Suzuki GSX-R600.

Jeremy Leduc of Keremeos, BC extended his lead in the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike standings by taking pole for Sunday's race with a time of 1:11.804 on his Yamaha YZF-R6. Halifax rider Eric Stanley was second at 1:12.501 on a Kawasaki ZX-6RR and Greenwood, NS's Fred Silver, also on a Kawasaki was third fastest at 1:13.022.

Races in all three national classes will take place Sunday. Practice starts at 9:00 a.m. with the first race set to go at 12:15 p.m.

This weekend's event will be televised on TSN on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 11:30 a.m. Action from AMP will also be shown later this year on Quebec's RDS and on the Outdoor Life Network.

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Series CSBK
Drivers Pascal Picotte , Jeff Williams , Steve Crevier , Frank Trombino
Teams Williams