Atlantic: Team Toyota Yamaha Racing preview

Schubenacadie, August 11 to 13 -- Promised land for Kevin Lacombe Pascal Picotte prepared for "Toughest races of the season" Schubenacadie (NS), August 8, 2006. This exciting Nova-Scotia track will be the scene of the Part Canada Superbike...

Schubenacadie, August 11 to 13 -- Promised land for Kevin Lacombe
Pascal Picotte prepared for "Toughest races of the season"

Schubenacadie (NS), August 8, 2006. This exciting Nova-Scotia track will be the scene of the Part Canada Superbike Championship annual dip into the Atlantic Provinces. For Kevin Lacombe, this will be a return to the track where he won a Superbike race in 2005, and he comes here loaded for "Green" bear again this year. Pascal Picotte suspects that his pre-season injuries will impede his progress on this tight and technical track, where some "argy-bargy" is sometimes required to make your way to the front.

Kevin Lacombe has had a breakthrough year so far in 2006, with 9 podiums (Including 1 victory) in the 10 Superbike and Pro 600 races run this season, placing him 2nd in both Championship classes, 67 points behing Jordan Szoke (267 pts.) in Superbike, and 36 points from the selfsame Szoke (236) in Pro 600 Sportbike. New this year to the Granby (QC)-based Team Toyota Yamaha Racing -- Picotte Performance squad, Kevin has benefited greatly from the technical and strategic guidance of team leader Pascal Picotte and technical guru Paul Fournier, turning his considerable natural talent into solid, consistent results.

Kevin had a win and a second place finish in Superbike at the 2005 visit to Schubenacadie by the Part Canada Superbike Championship. "I love Schubie and I know it loves me. I also know that the team will give me Yamaha machines that are capable of winning. It's all up to me, and I am fit and ready!"

The Schubenacadie organizers have improved the track considerably this year, with repaving and better run-off areas in critical spots. Pascal Picotte and all the other riders salute this initiative, but the fact remains that the track is the most technical and physically challenging one on the tour. "We will naturally set up our bikes for the tight corners where agility and traction are at a premium. I still think that my injuries will limit my ability to really attack the corners and force my way through as is often required here. Look for a smooth approach from me, ready to pounce when anyone makes the slightest mistake in front of me, and to help Kevin draw maximum points in both classes."

Practice will be held on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and racing will be on Sunday.

-credit: amci

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Series CSBK
Drivers Jordan Szoke , Pascal Picotte , Kevin Lacombe