Last Chance at History TORONTO, ON Pascal Picotte has one more shot at a share of Canadian Superbike history at Shannonville Motorsport Park this weekend. The Granby, QC star comes into the final round of the Parts Canada Superbike...
Last Chance at History
TORONTO, ON Pascal Picotte has one more shot at a share of Canadian Superbike history at Shannonville Motorsport Park this weekend.
The Granby, QC star comes into the final round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship poised to score his fifth win of the season. Should he manage the feat he would join Steve Crevier and Jordan Szoke as the only racers to have won five national Superbike rounds in a single year.
Picotte wrapped up his second straight Parts Canada Superbike crown two weeks ago at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. He took his Team Yamaha / Picotte Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 to four straight wins earlier in the year but was foiled in his bid for five in a row at Atlantic Motorsport Park.
Both Crevier and Szoke won five races in succession in establishing the current record for victories in a season. Crevier pulled off the achievement in 1992 while Szoke duplicated it in 2002.
Picotte is also coming off a win in last weekend's non-championship Parts Canada Superbike Invitational that ran as part of the Molson Indy Montreal.
The champ will face tough competition in his bid for his share of Canadian racing history. Szoke comes into the race on the 2.5-mile, 15-turn 'Long Track' as arguably the strongest rider over the second half of the season on his Honda Canada / Fast Company Honda CBR1000RR. The Brantford, ON ace scored his first win of the season at Mont-Tremblant after placing second in the two previous races.
Another Granby racer, Kevin Lacombe broke Picotte's win streak at AMP and is battling Szoke for second in the final Parts Canada Superbike point standings. The Lacombe Racing / Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1 rider has 249 points to Szoke's 266.
Crevier comes to Shannonville as the winningest rider at the Ontario track in national Superbike history. The Maple Ridge, BC rider, a six-time Canadian champion scored his 10th win at the venue in this year's season opener riding the DXS Diablo Racing Team Suzuki GSX-R1000.
The challengers also include Francis Martin, rider of the Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R. The Rock Forest, QC racer has won the Shannonville season finale twice, including last year.
Action at Shannonville will also include the final round of the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship, which Picotte has also clinched, and the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championship.
The Amateur class features a tight title battle, with North Vancouver Yamaha rider Darren James hanging onto a four-point edge over fellow Yamaha racer Rudy Raposo of Mississauga, ON, 175-171. Also in the thick of the fight is Levis, QC's Dominic Lavoie with 161 points. Lavoie won the last race on his Kawasaki.
Qualifying for all three national classes will take place Saturday afternoon with feature races on Sunday.
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.