Team Toyota-Yamaha Racing Ready For Western Swing -- And Wins In Calgary, July 1 - 2
Montreal, June 26, 2006. The 2006 Parts Canada Superbike Championship is in Calgary for the third of seven rounds.
After a solid start by Kevin Lacombe and strong results despite injuries for Pascal Picotte, the Team arrives in Calgary in better health and with three weeks of solid development work in the Yamaha Superbikes and Pro 600 Sportbike machines.
The Calgary track presents a mix of challenges for the racers, with a long straight that puts a premium on power, and slower corners where traction and torque are essential to a quick time. Factor in bumps in the entry and exit to key corners and you have the type of challenge that experienced racers like Picotte and Lacombe savour.
Kevin Lacombe has had podium finishes in Superbike in both previous rounds. He is now third in the 2006 Superbike Championship with 79 points, 26 behind the leader Jordan Szoke (105 points), and 4th in Pro 600 Sportbike with 64 points, 43 behind leader Jordan Szoke (107 points). Pascal Picotte's early races have been hampered by injuries suffered in testing in early April, and he is 5th in Superbike with 61 points, and also 5th in Pro 600 Sportbike with 59 points.
Pascal Picotte is ready for a key weekend in terms of Championship hopes. "We have had three weeks to improve the machines and my level of fitness. It is essential that I start taking back points from the leaders if I want to stay in the hunt for the championships. My goal is to get on the podium in both classes, with a win being possible if the weather plays into my hands with mixed conditions."
Kevin Lacombe wants to get further up on the podium and steal points from the championship leaders. "My bikes will be even better than at the first two rounds, and I now have all the tools that I need to win. It is up to me to continue to raise my game and beat those guys regularly; after all, that's what Pascal pays me to do!"
Practice and qualifying will take place on Friday and Saturday, with the races on Sunday, July 2.