Picotte On The Pole SHANNONVILLE, ON Pascal Picotte opened the defence of his Parts Canada Superbike Championship title in style by claiming pole position for the first race of the 2004 season at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Saturday. The...
Picotte On The Pole
SHANNONVILLE, ON Pascal Picotte opened the defence of his Parts Canada Superbike Championship title in style by claiming pole position for the first race of the 2004 season at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Saturday.
The Granby, QC racer took his Picotte Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 around Shannonville's 1.53-mile 'Pro' circuit in 1:05.032 to claim the $500 MPM / Array Pole Award and four points in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings.
Picotte's time was a new track record, breaking the previous mark of 1:05.746 set by Steve Crevier in 2001.
"We definitely made progress from yesterday," Picotte said. "A little better suspension and a little better clutch set-up could make a difference, but I know this bike is going to be good."
Calgary's Clint McBain posted the second fastest time, a 1:05.166 on the Coors Light Racing / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Crevier, from Maple Ridge, BC overcame engine trouble to record the third best time of 1:05.209 on his DXS / Diablo Racing Team Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Kevin Lacombe of Granby, QC completes the front row of the grid for Sunday's race after setting a time of 1:05.498 on the Lacombe Racing / Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1.
A total of seven racers eclipsed Crevier's old lap record and less than a second separated the nine fastest qualifiers.
Superbike racing at Shannonville was marred by a serious practice accident involving two-time national champion Michael Taylor. The Toronto rider crashed his Z1 Cycletech Ducati 999S late in the morning practice session and sustained a broken right femur and broken right thumb.
In other action at Shannonville, Picotte also claimed pole position for the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike race on his Picotte Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. Picotte, who is also the defending champion in that class set a time of 1:05.811.
McBain qualified second fastest at 1:05.893 on the Coors Light Racing / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R600 and Andrew Nelson of Kars, ON placed third with a 1:06.030 aboard the Honda Canada / Fast Company Honda CBR600RR.
Erick Beausejour of Val D'Or, QC will start from pole position in Sunday's International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike feature on the AMI Sport Honda CBR600RR. Ballantrae, ON's Eric Warren will line-up second on the Pro 6 Cycle / McBride Cycle Honda CBR600RR and Guelph, ON's Tyler Kennedy will start third riding the Sturgess Cycle / BMG Sports Honda CBR600RR.
Feature races in all three national classes will be held Sunday. Practice begins at 8:30 a.m. with the day's first race, for the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship set to go at 12:45 p.m.
Television coverage of this weekend's event will premier on TSN on Saturday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. EDT. It will also be shown later this year on Quebec's RDS.