Autodrome St-Felicien // August 15, 1998 ST-FELICIEN, QC - Michael Taylor closed the gap on Toyota Canada Superbike Championship points leader Jordan Szoke with victory in a dramatic qualifying heat for the penultimate round of the series, the...
Autodrome St-Felicien // August 15, 1998
ST-FELICIEN, QC - Michael Taylor closed the gap on Toyota Canada Superbike Championship points leader Jordan Szoke with victory in a dramatic qualifying heat for the penultimate round of the series, the Honda Challenge, at Autodrome St-Felicien on Saturday.
The Don Mills, ON rider took his Kawasaki ZX-9R to a narrow victory over Szoke in the six-lap heat race to add 10 points to his total, giving him 192. Szoke picked up six for his runner-up finish and now has 199. "I was very cautious in the race," said Taylor. "I didn't want to make any mistakes. Closing up on Jordan in the points is great, but tomorrow is where the big points are. Tomorrow's what matters."
Taylor spent the first four laps of the race trading the lead with defending Toyota Canada Superbike champion Don Munroe. But at the end of the fourth lap Munroe ran off course in the last turn when he lost his brakes. The Bedford, NS rider recovered to finish sixth and dropped to third in the standings with 183 points.
Neil Jenkins of Kitchener, ON moved up from ninth at the start to finish third on his Suzuki GSX-R750. Francis Martin of North Hatley, QC was fourth on a Honda CBR900RR and Toronto's Kevin Graham completed the top five riding a Yamaha YZF R1.
In other action at St-Felicien, Taylor edged closer to the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike title with a victory in the six-lap qualifying heat aboard his ZX-9R.
Martin, his closest challenger in the standings, finished second after a tremendous battle with Graham. But he still sits 84 points behind Taylor in the standings with only tomorrow's feature and the final round at Shannonville Motorsport Park in three weeks remaining on the schedule.
Owen Weichel regained the lead in the Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike standings with a victory in Saturday's qualifying heat race on his Suzuki GSX-R600. The 10 points the Toronto rider picked up for his win moved him two points ahead of Munroe in the title battle, 185-183.
Munroe finished sixth in the heat race and failed to add to his points total.
Frank Wilson of Rockwood, ON finished second in the race on his Honda CBR600F3 and Jenkins was third on another GSX-R600.
Feature races in all classes will be held Sunday afternoon. Racing begins at 12:45.
Results of Saturday's qualifying heat for the Honda Challenge, the fifth round of the Toyota Canada Superbike Championship, at Autodrome St-Felicien showing finishing position, rider name, hometown and type of motorcycle:
1. Michael Taylor, Don Mills, ON, Kawasaki ZX-9R; 2. Jordan Szoke, Brantford, ON, Kawasaki ZX-7RR; 3. Neil Jenkins, Kitchener, ON, Suzuki GSX-R750; 4. Francis Martin, North Hatley, QC, Honda CBR900RR; 5. Kevon Graham, Toronto, ON, Yamaha YZF R1; 6. Don Munroe, Bedford, NS, Kawasaki ZX-7RR; 7. Benoit Pilon, St-Jerome, QC, Yamaha YZF R1; 8. Clint McBain, Calgary, AB, Kawasaki ZX-7RR; 9. Martin Gaudreault, Laval, QC, Kawasaki ZX-9R; 10. Philippe Cantin, Ste-Laurent, QC, Yamaha YZF R1; 11. Frank Trombino, Woodbridge, ON, Yamaha YZF R1; 12. Csaba Werner, North York, ON, Kawasaki ZX-9R; 13. Jean-Francois Cyr, Ste-Adele, QC, Yamaha YZF R1; 14. Mark Orchard, Bowmanville, ON, Yamaha YZF600; 15. Kevin Lacombe, Granby, QC, Suzuki GSX-R600; 16. Alain Larouche, Alma, QC, Yamaha YZF600; 17. Christian Breault, Trois-Rivieres, QC, Suzuki GSX-R600; 18. Daniel Lachance, Montreal, QC, Honda CBR600F3; 19. John Sharrard, Blackstock, ON, Yamaha FZR1000; 20. Jeff Williams, Kingston, ON, Honda CBR600F3; 21. Frank Wilson, Rockwood, ON, Honda CBR900RR