CALGARY, AB - Michael Taylor ended over three years of frustration by winning a dramatic second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park Sunday. The Toronto rider took his Orion Motorsport Honda CBR954RR to...
CALGARY, AB - Michael Taylor ended over three years of frustration by winning a dramatic second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park Sunday.
The Toronto rider took his Orion Motorsport Honda CBR954RR to a 2.497-sec. victory over the Diablo Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Maple Ridge, BC's Steve Crevier. Taylor's teammate Robbie Baird of Australia claimed third on his Honda CBR600RR.
After leading twice in the early going, Taylor took the lead from the Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-7RR of Tom Kipp for good on lap 10 of the 16-lap race to score his first victory on the national tour since 1999 and the 10th of his career.
"The conditions were screwy but I have a history of doing well in these conditions," said Taylor, a two-time national Superbike champ. "I had a lot of challenges along the way. It was a good way to win."
The race started on a wet track that dried progressively throughout. Taylor led the first lap but was passed by the Honda CBR600RR of Calgary's Chris Peris on lap 2. Peris led two laps before giving way to Taylor, and then Kipp got in front on lap 5. The Chardon, OH rider stayed in the lead until lap 10, when Taylor snuck inside him in the Keyhole section of the track.
After running as far back as fifth at half distance Crevier worked his way up to second by lap 13 but was unable to challenge Taylor.
"It's a long front straight and I just ran out of top end," said Crevier, who still leads the Parts Canada Superbike point standings after two of eight rounds.
Crevier was under intense pressure over the closing laps from Baird, who produced a brave ride despite losing his helmet visor early in the race.
"It was my toughest race ever," Baird said. "I couldn't see anything by lap 2 so I just tore my visor off."
Kipp slipped back to fourth at the finish and Peris was fifth.
Calgary's Clint McBain started from pole on his Coors Light Racing/Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 but struggled in the race and finished 10th.
In other action at Race City Baird claimed his first victory on Canadian soil by winning a wet Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike feature. Riding an Orion Motorsport Honda CBR600RR, Baird held off the Picotte Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 of St-Cecile de Milton, QC's Pascal Picotte by 2.123 secs. for the win. Crevier placed third on his Diablo Suzuki GSX-R600.
Jeremy Leduc of Keremeos, BC dominated the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike race on his Yamaha YZF-R6. In his first ever race in the rain Leduc finished 25.444 secs. ahead of the Honda CBR600RR of Wellsley, ON's Bill Card. Erin, ON rider Jeremy French finished third on another Honda CBR600RR.
The Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, QC July 4-6.
This weekend's event will be televised on TSN on Sunday, July 6 at 12:30 p.m. EDT and later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.