Taylor tops in Superbike. SHUBENACADIE, NS - Toronto's Michael Taylor led the way in practice for this weekend's sixth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Friday. Taylor shook off a morning...
Taylor tops in Superbike.
SHUBENACADIE, NS - Toronto's Michael Taylor led the way in practice for this weekend's sixth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Friday.
Taylor shook off a morning crash and took his Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1 to a top time of 1:08.949 in the afternoon session, just edging the Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Jordan Szoke.
Szoke put in a lap of 1:09.048 and Kevin Lacombe completed the top three with a best time of 1:09.291 on his Orion Motorsport Honda RC51.
Szoke comes to this weekend's event with an excellent shot at clinching his second Parts Canada Superbike title. The Brantford, ON rider leads the standings with 262 points to the 177 of second place Owen Weichel.
Weichel needs to make up 30 points on Szoke in order to take the title battle down to the final round. A rider can score a maximum of 56 points at each series event.
Weichel, from Huntington Beach, CA, was fourth in Friday Superbike practice with a time of 1:09.660 aboard the Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-7RR.
"We've got a really, really good set-up, enough to win the race," said Szoke, who is also chasing his fifth straight series race win on Sunday. "But we're still going to make some changes. You'll see a lap record tomorrow, I think."
Qualifying for the Parts Canada Superbike feature will take place Saturday afternoon with riders chasing Steve Crevier's lap record of 1:08.268 set two years ago.
Crevier made his return to competition at Atlantic Motorsport Park Friday after injuring his knee in a practice fall at the season opener. The two-time defending Parts Canada Superbike champion set a best lap of 1:10.766 in the morning session on his Orion Motorsport Honda RC51.
Jean-Francois Cyr of Joliette, QC led International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike practice with a lap at 1:10.183 on his Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1.
Harrowsmith, ON's Jeff Williams paced Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike on his Diablo Suzuki GSX-R600 with a time of 1:10.811.
Calgary's Chris Peris led practice for the Auto Trader/Pro Cycle N.A.M.U. International Challenge Cup 125 Grand Prix event with a time of 1:13.083 on his Honda.
Qualifying sessions for all national classes will run Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. Feature races will go Sunday.
This weekend's races will be televised on TSN Saturday, September 14 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Action from AMP will also be shown later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.