Calabogie: Kevin Lacombe race report

LACOMBE SUPERB SECOND AT CALABOGIE Fast Company rider also claims Pirelli Superpole BRESLAU, Ont. -- Kevin Lacombe scored an excellent second place finish on the Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 at the opening round of the...

LACOMBE SUPERB SECOND AT CALABOGIE
Fast Company rider also claims Pirelli Superpole

BRESLAU, Ont. -- Kevin Lacombe scored an excellent second place finish on the Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 at the opening round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Calabogie Motorsports Park last weekend.

After claiming pole position during a dramatic Pirelli Superpole session on Saturday, the Granby, Que. rider hounded eventual winner Jordan Szoke in Sunday's race until a scare just past half-distance forced him to back off and lose ground to the defending champion.

"I thought something went through my front fender," Lacombe explained. "It took me a corner or two to make sure everything was OK with the bike and I lost contact with Jordan. It is unfortunate but it was really important for us to get some good points in the first round."

Lacombe trails Szoke by seven points after the opening round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship with 46 points to Szoke's 53.

Lacombe picked up maximum points in qualifying with his spectacular run to the Pirelli Superpole, in which the top 10 qualifiers from the Saturday morning qualifying period each get one flying lap to set a time.

Lacombe was the final rider to take his lap in the session and had his work cut out for him after Szoke scorched around the 2.81km Calabogie Stadium Track in one minute, 8.446 seconds. The 25-year-old responded to the pressure, however, beating Szoke's time with a 1:08.440 to claim the $500 Inside Motorcycles Pole Position Award and a critical four points towards the Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

"It was exciting for sure," said Lacombe. "Out of turn 1 I had a wobble but I kept it wide open, and everything else was pretty good until I got sideways through the last turn."

The time stood up as the best of the weekend, and as this was the series' first visit to Calabogie, it established a new track record for the national series.

Lacombe also finished fourth in the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike race at Calabogie riding the Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. Lacombe had qualified on the front row with the Scott Miller-tuned bike but a poor start left him fifth after the opening lap and he hounded Matt McBride most of the way.

Lacombe lies fourth in the Pro 600 Sport Bike standings with 33 points, 21 behind race winner Szoke.

The Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park June 27-29.

-credit: fcr

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