Atlantic: Race two report

SHUBENACADIE, NS Maple Ridge, BC's Steve Crevier became the fifth different winner in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship this season as he scored a dramatic victory at Atlantic Motorsport Park Sunday. Riding the Diablo Performance Honda ...

SHUBENACADIE, NS Maple Ridge, BC's Steve Crevier became the fifth different winner in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship this season as he scored a dramatic victory at Atlantic Motorsport Park Sunday.

Riding the Diablo Performance Honda CBR1000RR, Crevier took the lead from the Team Suzuki / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Kevin Lacombe on lap 9 of the 22-lap race and held off the Granby, QC rider by 0.182 secs. at the finish.

Francis Martin of Rock Forest, QC placed third on the Snobgirls / Laval Moto Suzuki GSX-R1000 and extended his lead in the Parts Canada Superbike point standings with just one round remaining.

The win was the 40-year-old Crevier's 23rd career national Superbike triumph and his sixth at AMP. He is the all-time leader in both categories.

"I'm very proud of my accomplishments and as I get older I get more emotional about my wins," said Crevier, who also has more Canadian Superbike national titles than any other rider with six.

Sunday's race was the second half of a doubleheader at AMP. Lacombe won Saturday's Parts Canada Superbike round and grabbed the lead off the start in Sunday's feature. He held off Crevier, Martin and the Picotte Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 of Pascal Picotte before Crevier was able to get by in turn 7 on the 11-turn, 2.56km (1.6-mile) track.

"Kevin didn't seem to have the grip off the corners he had yesterday," Crevier said. "I just closed my eyes and pinned my Honda [to make the pass]. My bike seemed pretty stable through there."

Martin held third the whole way and increased his series lead to 22 points over Calgary rider Clint McBain, 277-255. McBain, riding the Team Suzuki / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 passed Picotte four laps from the end to finish fourth.

Picotte settled for fifth in the race and slipped to third in the standings, although the defending Parts Canada Superbike champion is just one point behind McBain with 254.

Jordan Szoke of Brantford, ON finished sixth riding the Fast Company Honda CBR1000RR and is now fourth in points with 250 heading to the season finale at Shannonville Motorsport Park Sept. 4. A race win is worth 50 points.

In other action at AMP, Crevier clinched the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike feature with his second win of the weekend and his fifth of the season riding his Honda CBR600RR. McBain finished second aboard a Suzuki GSX-R600 and Chris Peris, also from Calgary completed the podium riding the Topline Yamaha YZF-R6.

Mark Douglas of Warkworth, ON extended his lead in the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike standings with his second victory in a row Sunday. Stephen Chabot of Oshawa, ON placed second and Woodstock, ON rider James Collins took third. All three rode Yamahas.

Darren James of North Vancouver scored his first Canadian Thunder win of the season aboard his Buell and Toronto rider Norm Tang won the Suzuki SV650 National Cup feature.

Action from this weekend will be televised later this summer in a one-hour show on TSN.

-www.cdnsuperbike.com

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Series CSBK
Drivers Jordan Szoke , Pascal Picotte , Chris Peris , Clint McBain , Kevin Lacombe , Francis Martin , Steve Crevier , Darren James