Race City: Lacombe, Picotte Friday report

Great Friday - Lacombe 3rd in qualifying in Superbike and Pro 600 Sportbike. Picotte 6th in both classes and still hurting Calgary, June 30, 2006. The first day of qualifying took place today for the Calgary (3rd) round of the 2006 Parts ...

Great Friday - Lacombe 3rd in qualifying in Superbike and Pro 600 Sportbike. Picotte 6th in both classes and still hurting

Calgary, June 30, 2006. The first day of qualifying took place today for the Calgary (3rd) round of the 2006 Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

Kevin Lacombe continued to shine with top three spots in both features classes: Superbike and Pro 600 Sportbike. Pascal Picotte, still hurting from a pre season testing crash, qualified 6th in both classes, 1 second behind pole position. Both riders get are back on the track tomorrow afternoon for the final qualifying session, and both Team Toyota Yamaha Racing riders are aiming at securing a top 4 spot and a start from the first row for the Sunday races.

Kevin is happy with today's results. "Running third in both classes is an excellent start to the weekend for me. My YZF R1 Superbike has been up there all year, but I was a little behind on the YZF R6. Today I was 0.15 seconds away from pole in Superbike, and 0.4 second away on the 600; so both bikes are now right there."

Working with the senior team members is also beneficial to Kevin: "Both Pascal (Picotte) and Paul (Fournier) are keeping me focused and on the straight and narrow. Together with Scott (Cameron), my crew chief, they are giving me machines that are adjusted both to my style off riding and to the track, such as the bumps and the long straightaway here in Calgary. I can't wait to go for the pole in final qualifying tomorrow (Saturday)."

Pascal Picotte qualified 6th in both classes and is going through a good news/bad news period. "I know that we have the team and the bikes to run up front, but my injuries are preventing me from really pushing as hard as I need to beat all of those guys. Running fewer laps and being careful not to make a mistake on this very bumpy track goes against my nature. On the other hand, ending up 6th, only one second behind pole in both classes is an encouraging result given the circumstances."

The team will continue to adapt the bike to the track for final qualifying on Saturday. "l want to come out of tomorrow qualifying within 0.5 sec of pole position, in as few laps as possible. Then I can get to work for the race and really push and use up my energy."

-amci-

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