ST-EUSTACHE, QC - Jean-Francois Cyr scored his first career Parts Canada Superbike Championship victory Sunday, winning the Suzuki Superbike Challenge at Autodrome Old Milwaukee St-Eustache. Riding his Michelin Yamaha YZF-R1, the Joliette, QC ...
ST-EUSTACHE, QC - Jean-Francois Cyr scored his first career Parts Canada Superbike Championship victory Sunday, winning the Suzuki Superbike Challenge at Autodrome Old Milwaukee St-Eustache.
Riding his Michelin Yamaha YZF-R1, the Joliette, QC rider took the lead from Pascal Picotte on lap 13 of the 22-lap race and pulled away to win by 2.445 secs. Picotte, from St-Cecile de Milton, QC, settled for second aboard the Picotte Racing Yamaha YZF-R1. Francis Martin of Rock Forest, QC completed an all-Quebec podium with third place riding a Coors Light Racing/Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000.
"I'm really happy," said the 29-year-old Cyr, who started his racing career at the St-Eustache circuit. "It finally worked out for me at my home track. After all the troubles I've had here the past few years I finally put the puzzle together."
The win gave Cyr the lead of the Parts Canada Superbike point standings after three of eight events. He has 110 points to the 104 of Steve Crevier.
Crevier, from Maple Ridge, BC was unable to start the St-Eustache feature after he was hurt in a fall during the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike race earlier in the day.
Cyr started from the Superbike pole after setting a new track record in qualifying Saturday and led the first three laps of the race before Picotte passed him at the end of the backstraight. Picotte led the next nine laps but was never able to pull clear of Cyr.
On lap 13 Cyr regained the lead from Picotte, also at the end of the backstraight and then managed to open a gap as Picotte battled tire troubles.
"The rear tire was not working for me," Picotte admitted. "I hoped he'd come back to me but his bike was really working."
Kevin Lacombe of Granby, QC finished fourth on his Orion Motorsport Honda RC51 after battling for most of the race with the Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1 on Kleinburg, ON's Frank Trombino. Trombino dropped back in the last four laps to finish fifth.
In other action at St-Eustache, Trombino scored his first career Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike victory. Riding the Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R6, Trombino finished 1.979 secs. ahead of series points leader Picotte. Picotte was aboard a Picotte Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. Cyr completed the top three riding his Michelin Yamaha YZF-R6.
Keremeos, BC's Jeremy Leduc earned his second straight International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike win on his Yamaha YZF-R6. Bill Card of Wellsley, ON placed second on a Honda CBR600RR, just 0.560 secs. behind Leduc and Hugo Brisson of Piedmont, QC was third riding a Kawasaki ZX-6RR.
The Parts Canada Superbike Championship resumes at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, ON July 18-20. This event will feature a doubleheader for the Superbike class, with races Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend's event will be televised on TSN on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 1:30 p.m. EDT and on Quebec's RDS on Saturday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m. It will also be shown this fall across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.
Results Sunday from the Suzuki Superbike Challenge, the third round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Autodrome Old Milwaukee St-Eustache, showing finishing position, rider name, hometown and type of motorcycle:
1.Jean-Francois Cyr, Joliette, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1; 2. Pascal Picotte, St-Cecile de Milton, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1; 3. Francis Martin, Rock Forest, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000; 4. Kevin Lacombe, Granby, QC, Honda RC51; 5. Frank Trombino, Kleinburg, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1; 6. Clint McBain, Calgary, AB, Suzuki GSX-R1000; 7. Michael Taylor, Toronto, ON, Honda CBR954RR; 8. Jeff Williams, Harrowsmith, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000; 9. Andrew Nelson, Kars, ON, Honda CBR954RR; 10. Benoit Pilon, St-Jerome, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1; 11. Bruce McDonald, Mt. Albert, ON, Yamaha YZF-R6; 12. Matthew McBride, Toronto, ON, Kawasaki ZX-6R; 13. Michael Leon, Montreal, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000; 14. Darryn Wilbur, Maple, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1; 15. Larry Orde, Peterborough, ON, Yamaha YZF-R6; 16. Steve Dufresne, St. Barthelemy, QC, Honda CBR600RR; DNF. Tom Kipp, Chardon, OH, Kawasaki ZX-7RR; DNF. Francois Chartrand, Anjou, QC, Yamaha YZF-R6; DNF. Dan Durkovic, Ottawa, ON, Yamaha YZF-R6 DNS. Steve Crevier, Maple Ridge, BC, Suzuki GSX-R1000; DNS. Matt Binns, Uxbridge, ON, Yamaha YZF-R6; DNS. Martin Hamel, Drummondville, QC, Suzuki GSX-R750; DNS. Barry French, Brampton, ON, Yamaha YZF-R6; DNS. Darren Womack, Windsor, ON, Kawasaki ZX-6RR; DNS. Robbie Baird, Brisbane, Australia, Honda CBR954RR
Fastest Lap: 47.067 by Pascal Picotte on lap 4
Point standings for the Parts Canada Superbike Championship following Sunday's third round at Autodrome Old Milwaukee St-Eustache, showing position, rider name and point total:
1.Jean-Francois Cyr, 110; 2. Steve Crevier, 104; 3. Pascal Picotte, 96; 4. Michael Taylor, 94; 5. Francis Martin, 93; 6. Clint McBain 88; 7. Frank Trombino 73; 8. Benoit Pilon 65; 9. Robbie Baird, 62; 10. Tom Kipp, 61; 11. Jeff Williams, 54; 12. Kevin Lacombe 45; 13. Andrew Nelson 38; 14. Michael Leon 35; 15. Bruce McDonald 32; 16. Chris Peris, 29; 17. Darryn Wilbur 29; 18. Brian Nielsen, 23; 19. Matthew McBride, 23; 20. Larry Orde 10; 21. Dale Yamada, 8; 22. Steve Dufresne 8; 23. Brent Strong, 6; 24. Guy Tomlinson, 6; 25. Joel McDonald, 4; 26. Jim Proulx, 2; 27. Alan Schmidt, 2; 28. Shane LeGros, 1; 29. Brad Gavey, 1
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