Shannonville practice report

Crevier leads superbikes. SHANNONVILLE, ON - Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, BC led the way on the opening day of practice for the first round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Friday. In his Canadian...

Crevier leads superbikes.

SHANNONVILLE, ON - Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, BC led the way on the opening day of practice for the first round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Friday.

In his Canadian debut with the Diablo Performance team the six-time national Superbike champion toured the 1.5-mile 'Pro' track in 1:07.559 on his Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Tom Kipp of Chardon, OH was second quickest on the Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-7RR at 1:07.699 and Toronto's Michael Taylor placed third on the Orion Motorsports Honda CBR954RR with a time of 1:08.086.

Qualifying for Sunday's Superbike feature race will run Saturday afternoon.

"We'll make some small changes for tomorrow," said Crevier, who holds the track lap record at 1:05.746. "I think we'll need a second and a half tomorrow to stay on top. I think the record will be pretty easy to smash, just because the level of competition has gone up this year."

Kipp is a late addition to the Canadian Kawasaki team. He was brought in after primary rider Owen Weichel broke his wrist in a crash in California two weeks ago.

"We were definitely able to get into a groove quicker than I expected," said Kipp, who last raced at Shannonville in 1991. "I'm very happy with the Kawasakis."

Taylor led a tight group of five riders within half a second of each other as new series rules, designed to even the playing field in the Superbike class made their debut.

"We made a lot of changes before the last session," Taylor said. "I like the bike. We'll have to keep it up for tomorrow."

Defending race winner Frank Trombino of Kleinburg, ON was fourth on his Brooklin Yamaha YZF-R1 with a time of 1:08.168. He was followed by Taylor's Orion Motorsports Honda teammates Kevin Lacombe and Robbie Baird. Lacombe, from Granby, QC recorded a 1:08.205 on his Honda RC51 while Australian newcomer Baird managed a 1:08.220 on his similar machine.

Pascal Picotte was quickest in practice for the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike national class. The Granby, QC rider set a time of 1:08.534 on his Yamaha YZF-R6. Kipp was second fastest at 1:09.241 aboard a Kawasaki ZX-6RR and Trombino placed third with a 1:09.242 on another Yamaha.

Bill Card of Wellesley, ON was quickest in the opening day of practice for the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike division on his Honda CBR600RR with a time of 1:12.868. Richmond Hill, ON's Eric Warren placed second with a 1:13.027 aboard a Suzuki GSX-R600 and Mark Douglas of Warkworth, ON was third at 1:13.534, also on a Suzuki GSX-R600.

Qualifying for all three national classes will take place Saturday afternoon. Riders will be on the track at 8:30 a.m. with the first qualifying session slated for 1:00 p.m. Feature races will run Sunday.

This weekend's event will be televised on TSN on Sunday, June 15 at 11:00 am EDT and later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.

-www.cdnsuperbike.com-

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Series CSBK
Drivers Tom Kipp , Pascal Picotte , Kevin Lacombe , Steve Crevier , Bill Card , Frank Trombino