Lacombe 1st in 600, 3rd in Superbike, Pascal 2nd in both classes A good day at the track Shannonville, ON, September 1, 2006. Qualifying for the final round of the 2006 Parts Canada Superbike Championship was moved up to today, as organisers...
Lacombe 1st in 600, 3rd in Superbike, Pascal 2nd in both classes
A good day at the track
Shannonville, ON, September 1, 2006. Qualifying for the final round of the 2006 Parts Canada Superbike Championship was moved up to today, as organisers feared that tropical storm Ernesto could force the cancellation of Saturday on-track activities.
With Kevin Lacombe riding a streak of podium finishes, and a newly healthy Pascal Picotte ready to push their Yamaha machines to their limits, good results were quick to come. Lacombe was quickest of the Pro 600 riders, with team leader Picotte second, just a tick behind. The Superbike class saw that order reversed and pushed back one position, with Pascal a strong second and Kevin a hurting third, both going for the fastest lap times and the all important championship points that are awarded to the quickest riders.
Pascal Picotte was happy with the day's results. "We pretty well know that we will be racing in the rain on Sunday, so it was important to go all out in qualifying today and get all the points we could. My Yamaha R6 was better than I had expected, and ending up second behind Kevin was the best possible scenario for the team. We will both start from the first row, and I expect us to stay at the front for both races, especially if we run in the dry."
According to Pascal however, racing on a wet track does complicate matters somewhat. "We have not raced in the wet yet this season, so our machines are totally unsorted for these conditions. I hope we will be able to go out tomorrow and work out a reasonable set up if we do end up racing in the rain. The last race of the year in Shannonville always produces some high drama, and this year is no exception. Stay tuned!"
Kevin Lacombe had mixed emotions after the two qualifying sessions. "I fell in the morning Superbike practice session and banged up my throttle hand a bit. It was OK for Pro 600 (He got pole position!) but was more of a hindrance on the Superbike, where you need more brute strength to tame the beast. Racing in the rain is OK with me and Pascal, as both of us race on dirt and on ice in the off season, so we are comfortable sliding the bikes around. I am excited as everyone else here and can't wait to see what will happen tomorrow and Sunday. What a gas! "