SHUBENACADIE, NS Kevin Lacombe claimed pole position for this weekend's sixth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park and set a new track record in qualifying Saturday. Riding the Lacombe Racing Yamaha...
SHUBENACADIE, NS Kevin Lacombe claimed pole position for this weekend's sixth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park and set a new track record in qualifying Saturday.
Riding the Lacombe Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 the Granby, QC rider recorded a time of 1:08.247 around the 1.6-mile road course in the waning minutes of the session. The effort knocked Steve Crevier off the pole and beat the Maple Ridge, BC rider's four-year-old lap record of 1:08.268.
Crevier settled for the second starting spot on the grid for Sunday's race with a time of 1:08.439 on the DXS Diablo Racing Team Suzuki GSX-R1000. Calgary's Clint McBain was third at 1:08.649 on his Coors Light Racing / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 and series points leader Pascal Picotte will complete the front row for Sunday's race after touring the track at 1:08.652 on his Team Yamaha / Picotte Performance Yamaha YZF-R1.
Lacombe is the first racer other than Picotte to claim the $500 MPM Array Pole Award this season.
"We didn't have any practice on the Superbike because it was raining, so we kept the same set up from [the previous race at] Mosport," commented Lacombe. "The last time out we just put a soft tire on the rear and I went for four big laps and ended up first with a new lap record and the pole. The team did a great job and we're just going faster and faster every weekend."
Picotte stretched his Parts Canada Superbike series lead to 90 points by qualifying fourth and receiving a series point. His closest rival Jordan Szoke will start seventh on Sunday aboard the Honda Canada / Fast Company Honda CBR1000RR. Lacombe, Crevier and McBain, meanwhile, all gained ground on Szoke in a tight battle for second in the standings. Only six points now separates those four riders.
In other action at AMP, Szoke came out on top of a wild final flurry to claim pole for the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike feature on his Honda CBR600RR. The Brantford, ON racer posted a time of 1:13.142 with just seconds to go in the session. Crevier wound up second on a Suzuki GSX-R600 with a time of 1:13.298 and McBain was third with a 1:13.371 on his Suzuki GSX-R600.
Series leader Picotte dropped to fifth in the late stages of the session on his Yamaha YZF-R6.
Points leader Rudy Raposo of Mississauga, ON grabbed pole for the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike feature at AMP with a time of 1:14.189 on his Yamaha YZF-R6.
Feature races in all three national classes will go Sunday. The bikes will be on the track for practice at 9:00 a.m. with the first race, for the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship set to go off at 1:00 p.m. The Parts Canada Superbike round is slated for a 3:00 p.m. start.
This weekend's event will be televised on TSN on Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. EDT and on Quebec's RDS on Oct. 9 at 11:30 a.m EDT. The action will also appear in one-hour format this fall on TORONTO1 and A-Channel stations in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.
Qualifying times from Saturday for the sixth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS, showing qualifying position, rider name, hometown, type of motorcycle and qualifying time:
1.Kevin Lacombe, Granby, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:08.247; 2. Steve Crevier, Maple Ridge, BC, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:08.439; 3. Clint McBain, Calgary, AB, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:08.649; 4. Pascal Picotte, Granby, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:08.652; 5. Jeff Williams, Harrowsmith, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:08.857; 6. Frank Trombino, Kleinburg, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:08.876; 7. Jordan Szoke, Brantford, ON, Honda CBR1000RR, 1:09.016; 8. Francis Martin, Rock Forest, QC, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:09.413; 9. Matthew McBride, Mississauga, ON, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:10.334; 10. Andrew Nelson, Kars, ON, Honda CBR1000RR, 1:10.423; 11. Fred Silver, Greenwood, NS, Kawasaki ZX-6RR, 1:11.207; 12. Jeremy Burgess, Halifax, NS, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:11.534; 13. Craig Connell, Tingalpa, Australia, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:11.628; 14. Hugo Brisson, St-Sauveur, QC, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:11.739; 15. Stuart Nodell, Ajax, ON, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 1:11.986; 16. Yannick Morin, Repentigny, QC, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:12.470; 17. Bill Card, Wellesley, ON, Honda CBR600RR, 1:12.501; 18. Dave Young, Woodstock, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:12.675; 19. Andrew Murray, Bedford, NS, Kawasaki ZX-6RR, 1:12.993; 20. Zenon Nelson, Bowmanville, ON, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:13.300; 21. Terry Steeves, Douglas, NS, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:13.830; 22. Sebastien Michel, St-Jerome, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:13.892; 23. Terry MacPhee, Upper Rawdon, NS, Honda CBR600RR, 1:14.277; 24. John Russell, Rothesy, NB, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:14.328