Picotte Reaches Record SHANNONVILLE, ON Pascal Picotte put his name in the record books with a victory in the final round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park Sunday. The victory was the Granby, QC...
Picotte Reaches Record
SHANNONVILLE, ON Pascal Picotte put his name in the record books with a victory in the final round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park Sunday.
The victory was the Granby, QC racer's fifth of the season, tying him with Steve Crevier and Jordan Szoke for the most wins in a Canadian national Superbike season.
Picotte started from pole and led all 14 laps on his Team Yamaha / Picotte Performance Yamaha YZF-R1. Maple Ridge, BC's Crevier finished second, 0.789 secs. behind on the DXS Diablo Racing Team Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Frank Trombino of Kleinburg, ON placed third riding the Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1.
It's a perfect weekend. I couldn't have finished the season any better," said Picotte, who clinched his second straight Parts Canada Superbike title two weeks ago at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. "Everybody may think it's easy to win these races but it's tough mentally. I put a lot of pressure on myself."
Picotte was never seriously challenged by Crevier and led by as many as five seconds in the middle of the race. Crevier and Trombino battled for the runner-up spot before Trombino suffered a big slide on lap 9 and lost ground to the six-time Canadian Superbike champion.
"Pascal checked out pretty quickly," said Crevier, who was racing with a broken ankle suffered last week. "I tried really hard to make up ground but it seemed the harder I tried the more mistakes I made."
Brantford, ON's Szoke placed fourth on the Honda Canada / Fast Company Honda CBR1000RR after a fierce last lap battle with the Coors Light Racing / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Calgary's Clint McBain. McBain settled for fifth.
Szoke clinched second in the Parts Canada Superbike standings.
In other action at Shannonville, Levis, QC's Dominic Lavoie won a dramatic battle for the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike title with a second place finish in the season finale. The rider of the Kawasaki ZX-6RR edged North Vancouver's Darren James for the crown by three points, 203-200. James was seventh on a Yamaha YZF-R6.
The race was won by Richmond Hill, ON racer Thomas Macsanszky on another Yamaha.
Picotte also won the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship round at Shannonville on his Yamaha YZF-R6. Picotte, who had already clinched that season title as well led every lap and finished 4.771 secs. ahead of fellow Yamaha rider Trombino. Crevier placed third on his Suzuki GSX-R600.
Wellesley, ON's Bill Card claimed the HJC Pro Rookie of the Year Award after a 14th place finish in the Pro 600 Sport Bike race on his Honda CBR600RR.
Paul Fournier of the Team Yamaha / Picotte Performance squad was named Inside Motorcycles Tuner of the Year for the second straight season.
This weekend's event will be televised on TSN on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 2:00 p.m. EDT and on Quebec's RDS on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. Action from Shannonville will also air later this fall on Toronto1 and A-Channel stations in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.
Results of Sunday's eighth and final round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park, showing finishing position, rider name, hometown, type of motorcycle and laps completed:
1.Pascal Picotte, Granby, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1, 14; 2. Steve Crevier, Maple Ridge, BC, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 14; 3. Frank Trombino, Kleinburg, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1, 14; 4. Jordan Szoke, Brantford, ON, Honda CBR1000RR, 14; 5. Clint McBain, Calgary, AB, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 14; 7. Kevin Lacombe, Granby, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1, 14; 7. Francis Martin, Rock Forest, QC, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 14; 8. Jean-Francois Cyr, St-Lin Laurentides, QC, Honda CBR1000RR, 14; 9. Michael Taylor, Toronto, ON, Ducati 999S, 14; 10. Matthew McBride, Mississauga, ON, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 14; 11. Stuart Nodell, Ajax, ON, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 14; 12. Andrew Nelson, Kars, ON, Honda CBR1000RR, 14; 13. Hugo Brisson, St-Sauveur, QC, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 14; 14. Dave Young, Woodstock, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 14; 15. Bill Card, Wellesley, ON, Honda CBR600RR, 14; 16. Larry Orde, Peterborough, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1, 14; 17. Brent Strong, Mississauga, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 14; 18. Yannick Morin, Repentigny, QC, Kawasaki ZX-6RR, 13; 19. Elie Daccache, Ottawa, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 13; DNF.Dean Plater, Ottawa, ON, Yamaha YZF-R6, 11; DNF. Jeff Williams, Harrowsmith, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 5; DNS. Zenon Nelson, Bowmanville, ON, Suzuki GSX-R600; DNS. Derek Vammus, Orangeville, ON, Suzuki GSX-R600; DNS. Michael Leon, Beaconsfield, QC, Suzuki GSX-R600; DNS. Barry French, Brampton, ON, Yamaha YZF-R6; DNS. Paul Penzo, Toronto, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, No Time
Time of Race: 26:48
Margin of Victory: 0.789 secs.
Fastest Lap: Pascal Picotte, 1:44.173 on lap 2