LACOMBE STOPS SZOKE STREAK SHUBENACADIE, NS -- Kevin Lacombe ended Jordan Szoke's dominance of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship with a victory in round 6 at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Sunday. The Granby, QC rider led all 22 laps on his...
LACOMBE STOPS SZOKE STREAK
SHUBENACADIE, NS -- Kevin Lacombe ended Jordan Szoke's dominance of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship with a victory in round 6 at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Sunday.
The Granby, QC rider led all 22 laps on his Team Toyota Yamaha / Picotte Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 to claim his first win of the 2006 season and his third win at AMP.
Defending Parts Canada Superbike champion Francis Martin of Rock Forest, QC was second on his Team Suzuki / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 while Lacombe's Yamaha teammate Pascal Picotte of St-Cecile Milton, QC completed the podium riding another Yamaha YZF-R1.
"I knew we had a good set-up," Lacombe said. "We were working all weekend on a set-up that would go the distance. I've been waiting all year for this; I knew here I would have something extra."
Szoke, meanwhile, had to put his national Superbike title celebrations on hold as he failed to win for the first time this season. The Brantford, ON rider placed seventh on his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R after falling in turn 3 on lap 10.
Szoke takes a 41-point series lead over Lacombe into the season finale at Shannonville Motorsport Park Sept. 3, with 56 points available at each Parts Canada Superbike series round.
"Anything can happen," said Lacombe of his championship chances. "I won now, so I will go to Shannonville trying to win again."
Lacombe started second in the 23-bike field and grabbed the lead right off the start. He was already a second ahead after two laps and was five seconds to the good by half-distance.
Szoke had started from pole position but was only fifth off the start. He had worked his way up to second by lap 9 before his fall.
Matt McBride of Mississauga, ON placed fourth on his Riders Choice Suzuki GSX-R1000 while Chardon, OH's Tom Kipp was fifth on another Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R after making a late-race pass of the Z1 Cycletech Yamaha YZF-R1 of Kars, ON rider Andrew Nelson.
In other action at AMP, Szoke extended his lead in the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship by edging Lacombe to victory in the 18-lap race. Riding his factory Kawasaki ZX-6RR, Szoke edged the Yamaha YZF- R6 of Lacombe by 0.730 seconds. Defending class champion Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, BC was third on his Ruthless Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
Saskatoon's Brett McCormick kept his International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike title hopes alive with a victory aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6. Championship leader Karl Daigle of Roxton Pond, QC was second on a Honda CBR600RR and Dany Jourdain of St-Jean Richelieu, QC placed third riding a Suzuki GSX-R600.
Michael Leon of Beaconsfield, QC won the Thunder (twins) feature on his Buell XB9R, edging the similar bike of series leader Darren James. Paul Glenn of Keene, ON took over the lead of the Suzuki SV650 National Cup standings with his third straight win.
This weekend's races will premiere on TSN and TSN HD on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m., and repeat on Friday, Sept. 22 at 3:30 a.m. They will also be shown on RDS, premiering Saturday, Aug. 26 at 1:00 p.m., and repeating Wednesday, Aug. 30 at 5:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1 at 1:00 a.m. and Thursday, Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m.