Race City: Steven Nickerson event report

Nickerson takes season-best finish in Calgary (HAMILTON, ON / JULY 3, 2010) Steven Nickerson continued his strong start to the 2010 Amateur Sport Bike season in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship with two more top 10 finishes at Calgary's...

Nickerson takes season-best finish in Calgary

(HAMILTON, ON / JULY 3, 2010) Steven Nickerson continued his strong start to the 2010 Amateur Sport Bike season in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship with two more top 10 finishes at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park last weekend.

The 15-year-old from Hamilton, Ont. placed 10th in Saturday's opening race and followed that up with a season-best sixth on Sunday aboard the STN Racing / DeWildt Honda Powerhouse Honda CBR600RR.

Nickerson steadily lowered his times through practice and qualifying as he sampled the 3.2km, 11-turn Race City course for the first time on a 600 sport bike. He qualified ninth with a lap at 1:22.875.

"Thursday I was getting used to the track on the new CBR600RR," he explained, "learning the lines and bumps. Friday I was trying to get my times down, still getting used to the track."

Nickerson settled into eighth place early in Saturday's 14-lap race but was caught by local racers Emerson Lefurgey and Todd Starchuk near the end. They both passed him on the final lap.

Before Sunday's race the STN Racing crew made suspension and gearing changes to the CBR600RR and in the second race of the weekend the 2009 Honda CBR125R Challenge champion enjoyed a much more competitive outing. He was running sixth when a red flag interrupted the race after four laps. On the restart Nickerson found himself in a battle for fifth with Joey McRae and Bill McKay. Both riders passed him on the penultimate lap of the race, but on the final tour Nickerson got McRae back to secure sixth spot.

"I was doing well before the red flag," Nickerson said. "On the restart I got a bad start but I was able to make up some ground into the first turn. After that it was a battle to the end."

Nickerson turned his fastest lap time of the weekend in Sunday's race, a 1:20.832.

With three top 10 finishes in the opening three races of the season Nickerson lies sixth in the Amateur Sport Bike standings with 71 points heading into another doubleheader at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont. July 8-11.

"Mosport is a fast and flowing track that I enjoy quite a lot," Nickerson said. "We made steady improvements throughout the weekend in Calgary and I'm feeling much more confident with my Honda CBR600RR. I think we can make a real charge in the second half of the season.

"I have to give a big 'thank you' to Jay Fox of the Alberta Mini Roadracing Association for letting my Dad, my mechanic and I go riding on the kart tracks with their bikes in Calgary."

-source: stevennickerson.ca

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