MONT-TREMBLANT, QC - Corey Sherman ended almost two years of frustration by scoring his first career Diablo Energy Drink Can-Am 125GP Challenge Series win at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant Aug. 17. After a red flag halted the race just before half ...
MONT-TREMBLANT, QC - Corey Sherman ended almost two years of frustration by scoring his first career Diablo Energy Drink Can-Am 125GP Challenge Series win at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant Aug. 17.
After a red flag halted the race just before half distance, the Corbeyville, ON racer grabbed the lead on the restart and led all six laps on his Carrera GP Leathers/Belleville Sport & Lawn-backed Honda RS125.
Defending series champion Stuart Nodell of Ajax, ON was second riding the Canada Post/Bear Chair Co. Honda RS125 and Morrison, CO's John Hjelm completed the podium aboard his Motorex Oils/Galfer Brakes Honda.
"I needed this win," Sherman said. "I've been trying for two years to win one of these and I've finally got it."
The victory also put Sherman in command of the Diablo Energy Drink Can-Am 125GP Challenge Series point standings heading to the final round at Shannonville Motorsport Park Aug. 31. Sherman now has 206 points to the 188 of Nodell. A rider can score a maximum of 54 points at each series round.
For the first five laps of the race, originally scheduled for 12 laps of the spectacular 2.65-mile Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Sherman and Hjelm were part of a four-rider battle for the lead, which included the Bow Cycle/Bikecards.com Honda of polesitter Chris Peris of Calgary and Plattsville, ON's Jim Struke on his K-W Honda/Abbott & Costello Machine Honda.
But Peris and Struke collided on lap 6, taking both riders out of the race, and then Bedford, NH rider James Lovejoy suffered a heavy fall coming onto the front straight, bringing out the red flag.
On the restart Sherman jumped into the lead and pulled away from the pack.
After qualifying only 20th in the 27-rider field Nodell put in a charge in the race and was up to fifth by the time the red came out. He ran third after the opening lap of the restart and passed Hjelm for second on the following lap. He was unable to challenge Sherman, however.
"I knew it was a long way to the front so I just tried to stay patient and focused," Nodell said. "I got a second chance with the red flag but I made a poor start and I was chasing Corey from behind."
Hjelm only just held off the Diablo Performance Racing Honda of Montreal's Eddy Brunet for a career high third. Jim Pentecost of Halifax was fifth on the Action Cycle/Kimpex Honda and Brampton, ON's Angela Hiba came out on top of a six-rider battle for sixth on her Z1 Cycletech/Pro Racing Fuels Honda.
The Circuit Mont-Tremblant event will be televised later this year across Canada on TSN. Check local listings for date and time.
Results of the fifth round of the Diablo Energy Drink Can-Am 125GP Challenge Series at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant Aug. 17, showing finishing position, rider name, hometown and type of motorcycle:
1.Corey Sherman, Corbyville, ON, Honda; 2. Stuart Nodell, Ajax, ON, Honda; 3. John Hjelm, Morrison, CO, Honda; 4. Eddy Brunet, Montreal, QC, Honda; 5. Jim Pentecost, Halifax, NS, Honda; 6. Angela Hiba, Brampton, ON, Honda; 7. Christian Rose, Terrebonne, QC, Honda; 8. John Dempsey, Brampton, ON, Honda; 9. Steve Scott, Manchester, NH, Honda; 10. Debra Kuick, Port Hueneme, CA, Honda; 11. Mark White, Caledon East, ON, Honda; 12. Matthew Dennie, Rochester, NY, Honda; 13. Chris Knowles, Yarker, ON, Honda; 14. Neal Bach, Toronto, ON, Honda; 15. Steve McNeil, Peterborough, ON, Honda; 16. Frank Guadagino, Vernon, CT, Honda; 17. Paul Hoyt Nelson, Wellington, ON, Honda; 18. Rick Bulman, Oakville, ON, Honda; 19. Don Murfin, Mississauga, ON, Honda DNF. James Lovejoy, Bedford, NH, Honda; DNF. Chris Peris, Calgary, AB, Honda; DNF. Jim Struke, Plattsville, ON, Honda; DNF. Dean Hoelscher, Kirkland, ON, Honda; DNF. Yvan Desy, Nepean, ON, Honda; DNF. Adam Roberts, Hammonds Plains, NS, Honda DNS. Dave Wright, Trout Creek, ON, Honda; DNS. Michael Leon, Montreal, QC, Honda
Diablo Energy Drink Can-Am 125GP Challenge Series point standings after 5 of 6 rounds, showing position, rider name and point total:
1. Corey Sherman, 206; 2. Stuart Nodell, 188; 3. Jim Struke, 145; 4. John Dempsey, 124; 5. Yvan Desy, 122; 6. Christian Rose, 111; 7. Dale Greenwood Jr., 94; 8. Angela Hiba, 83; 9. Matthew Dennie, 72; 10. John Hjelm, 64; 11. Mark White, 63; 12. Chris Peris, 54; 13. Frank Guadagino, 51; 14. Chris Knowles, 50; 15. Dean Hoelscher, 40; 15. Debra Kuick, 40; 17. Zack Courts, 38; 17. Don Murfin, 38; 19. Steve McNeil, 35; 20. Eric Yoo, 32; 20. Eddy Brunet, 32; 22. Jim Pentecost, 29; 23. Gus Holcomb, 27; 24. Dave Monahan, 26; 25. Paul Hoyt Nelson, 25; 26. Scott Moxey, 21; 26. Steve Scott, 21; 28. Joe Melchionda, 18; 29. Paul Duval, 17; 30. Julian Molyneux, 17; 31. Tim Courts, 13; 32. James Lovejoy, 12; 32. Neal Bach, 12; 34. Jessie Herrera, 10; 35. Chris Cosentino, 6; 36. Reet Das, 4; 36. Brian Kcraget, 4; 36. Rick Bulman, 4; 39. Craig Derosa, 2; 39. Dave Wright, 2