Picotte, Szoke Win Big MONT-TREMBLANT, QC Jordan Szoke claimed his first win of the season but Pascal Picotte wrapped up his second straight Parts Canada Superbike Championship title in round 7 of the series at Le Circuit ...
Picotte, Szoke Win Big
MONT-TREMBLANT, QC Jordan Szoke claimed his first win of the season but Pascal Picotte wrapped up his second straight Parts Canada Superbike Championship title in round 7 of the series at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant Sunday.
Riding the Honda Canada / Fast Company Honda CBR1000RR, Szoke took the lead on lap 8 of the 15-lap race around the 2.65-mile Mont-Tremblant track and then withstood constant pressure from Steve Crevier. The Maple Ridge, BC racer crashed his DXS Diablo Racing Team Suzuki GSX-R1000 on the final lap, leaving Brantford, ON's Szoke clear to take the win.
Calgary's Clint McBain finished second on the Coors Light Racing / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 while polesitter and early race leader Picotte survived tire trouble to place third on the Team Yamaha / Picotte Performance Yamaha YZF-R1. Picotte's result gives him 328 points in the Parts Canada Superbike standings compared to the 266 of second place Szoke. With only one round remaining, at Shannonville Motorsport Park Sept. 5 no one can overtake Picotte.
"Overall it's a great finish," said the Granby, QC racer, who earlier in the day secured his second consecutive Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike crown. "We've wrapped up both championships and that was the goal this weekend."
Fellow Granby rider Kevin Lacombe was fourth on Sunday aboard the Lacombe Racing / Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1 and is third in the standings with 249 points.
In Pro 600 Sport Bike, Picotte claimed his fifth win of the year to clinch his second straight title, taking his Yamaha YZF-R6 past Crevier's Suzuki GSX-R600 on lap 3 of 12.
Szoke claimed second on his Honda CBR600RR and Rock Forest, QC's Francis Martin was third riding the Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-6RR. Crevier faded to fourth.
Levis, QC's Dominic Lavoie won the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike race on Sunday on his Kawasaki ZX-6RR after taking the lead from polesitter Thomas Macsanszky on the final lap.
But North Vancouver rider Darren James took over the class points lead by finishing third on his Yamaha YZF-R6 while Mississauga, ON's Rudy Raposo crashed unhurt. James now has 175 points to Raposo's 171 and the 161 of Lavoie heading to the Shannonville season finale.
The top competitors in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship will take part in a non-championship invitational race at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve this weekend before concluding their season at Shannonville.
The Mont-Tremblant event will be televised on TSN on Oct. 10 at 1:00 p.m. EDT and on Quebec's RDS on Oct. 23 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The action will also appear in one-hour format this fall on TORONTO1 and A-Channel stations in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.