Lacombe 3rd in Pro 600, 2nd in Superbike Picotte 5th and 3rd respectively So close they can taste it! Mosport, July 15, 2006. The first of two days of racing at the famous Mosport track saw the "Team Toyota Yamaha Racing" riders get...
Lacombe 3rd in Pro 600, 2nd in Superbike
Picotte 5th and 3rd respectively
So close they can taste it!
Mosport, July 15, 2006. The first of two days of racing at the famous Mosport track saw the "Team Toyota Yamaha Racing" riders get podium and almost-podium finishes on a day that leaves both riders wanting just a little bit more -- like wins. Both will work on the machines with the team to make them faster for tomorrow's (Sunday) finals.
Both riders were not totally happy with the set up of the Pro 600 bikes. Frustrated but also philosophical, Pascal Picotte was nonetheless ready to mix it up again on Sunday. "As a team, we look at the data and how the bikes feel after qualifying and the morning warm up, and then make final set-up decisions for the races. These decisions are always a projection based on going quicker and quicker, and anticipating what settings the bikes will need behave properly. Well, we went quicker yet again during the race, and the bikes did not behave exactly like we wanted them to. Third and fifth is OK, but we came here to win! Watch us tomorrow."
Kevin Lacombe was a somewhat happier after the Pro 600 race. "Third here is a bit of a letdown after winning in Calgary, but I am still OK for the season points, and both the bike and myself will certainly get quicker again tomorrow."
Superbike was a breath of fresh air for both riders, especially Pascal. "My injuries have slowed me down all year, and running close to the leaders again is very satisfying. I got a bad start and had to fight my way back up to the leaders. I used up too much tire doing this and ran out of time and traction trying. A 3rd place is almost as good as a win for me today. Tomorrow, I am going for a real win!"
Kevin was both happy and a little surprised by his second place. "I started strong and led early in the race. I then slowed a little to conserve my tires and let Szoke pace me, convinced that I would be able to pass him back for the win at the end of the race. Well, Surprise! He had a little something in reserve and my passing attempt came up short by a wheel length. Close, but not the win I wanted."
The Pro 600 final will start at 1pm and the Superbike race at 3pm tomorrow, Sunday July 16.