Atlantic: Series qualifying report

MCCORMICK CLAIMS FIRST CAREER POLE SHUBENACADIE, N.S. (August 8) -- Brett McCormick of Saskatoon claimed his first career pole position in the Parts Canada Superbike in qualifying for the fifth and sixth rounds of the series at ...


SHUBENACADIE, N.S. (August 8) -- Brett McCormick of Saskatoon claimed his first career pole position in the Parts Canada Superbike in qualifying for the fifth and sixth rounds of the series at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Friday.

The 16-year-old took his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R around the 2.56km (1.6-mile) track in one minute, 7.728 seconds during the Pirelli SuperPole session to lock up the $500 Inside Motorcycles Pole Position Award.

"I did corner two well, I was able to carry great corner speed," said McCormick, whose previous best qualifying effort was second at last year's season finale. "We made a couple of changes to the front end just before the session. It was a gutsy call by my crew chief Jeremy Sharrard but the bike felt fine."

Kevin Lacombe of Granby, Que. qualified second on the Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 with a time of 1:07.766 and series points leader Jordan Szoke of Brantford, Ont. qualified third with a 1:07.772 on his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R.

McCormick was forced onto teammate Szoke's back-up bike after crashing his Kawasaki in the morning prequalifying period.

"I have to give a big thanks to Jordan and the rest of the Canadian Kawasaki team," McCormick said. "We just swapped my settings over to the 'B' bike. The team worked really hard to get things ready for me."

Lacombe was the last rider to take to the track during the single bike session after setting the pace during Saturday morning's prequalifying but was unable to match his earlier time of 1:07.510.

"I made two mistakes that lap," said Lacombe, who has won the Inside Motorcycles Pole Position Award twice this year. "I missed my exit out of the hairpin and I had a big wobble on the backstraight. But I know we have a good set-up for the race tomorrow."

Lacombe did manage to gain a point on Szoke in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings. He now has 161 points to the 198 of Szoke heading into this weekend's pair of races. A race win is worth a maximum of 52 points and there is one round remaining after this weekend, Aug. 29-31 at Shannonville Motorsport Park.

Szoke said he almost crashed exiting turn two on his qualifying lap.

"I almost highsided," said the two-time defending Parts Canada Superbike champion. "The tire spun up and I was thrown up in the air. We're lucky we got what we did. But we have a great bike for the race. I just wanted to be on the front row.

Clint McBain of Cochrane, Alta. completes the front row for the Superbike races after turning a lap of 1:07.880 on the Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The second row consists of Calgary's Chris Peris (Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000), Truro, N.S. rider Brian Blaauwendraat ((T.R. Petroleum Enterprises / Lougheed's Heating Oils Honda CBR600RR) and Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, Que. (Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000).

Blaauwendraat turned a sensational lap on his three-year-old Honda in his first appearance in the Pirelli SuperPole session. The 23-year-old privateer is a contender for the HJC Pro Rookie of the Year award on the national tour.

"I don't know where that lap came from," Blaauwendraat said. "I didn't think I could do it in one lap like that, but I felt I pieced it together well. My main goal in the races is to get a good start and try and hook onto those factory guys."

In other action at AMP, Lacombe gained four points on Szoke in the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike standings by claiming pole for this weekend's races.

Riding his Yamaha YZF-R6, Lacombe was the fastest of six riders to get under the previous class record, turning a lap of 1:07.472. Andrew Nelson (Nelson Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) of Kars, Ont. was second with a 1:07.604 and Peris (Suzuki GSX-R600) placed third at 1:07.933.

Szoke was bumped from the fourth spot by teammate McCormick in the dying moments of the session and failed to add to his class leading point total. He now leads Lacombe by 24 points, 194-170, heading into this weekend's races.

Nelson closed to within a point of NCR-Ducati teammate Valter Bartolini in the Canadian Thunder standings by qualifying on pole with a lap record time of 1:09.277 on his Ducati 848. Bologna, Italy's Bartolini qualified second at 1:10.715 and Erick Beausejour of Val D'Or, Que. was third with a time of 1:11.631 on the KTM Canada KTM Super Duke 990 R.

Ottawa's Jim Proulx extended his lead in the Canadian Sport Twins class to 41 points by qualifying on pole for this weekend's races with a time of 1:12.866 on his Buell XB12R.

Jodi Christie of Keene, Ont. also stretched his lead in the Armour Bodies Amateur 600 Sport Bike class by qualifying on pole with a track record of 1:10.077 aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6. His closest title challenger, Calgary's Patrick Marques qualified second on a Suzuki GSX-R600 with a 1:11.116 and now trails Christie by 45 points, 158-113.

Cochrane, Alta.'s Cody Matechuk gained two points on class leader John Jarvie of Burlington, Ont. by claiming pole for the Suzuki SV650 National Cup races at AMP with a time of 1:12.741.

Series leader Raphael Archambault of St-Colomban, Que. qualified on pole for the Honda CBR125R Challenge with a 1:29.748.

Feature races in all national classes will run Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's action kicks off with practice at 9:00 a.m., with the first race set to go at 12:50 p.m.

This weekend's races will be shown on TSN-HD and TSN later this fall in two separate one-hour programs. The first will premier on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 1:00 p.m. and repeat on Friday, Oct. 10 at 4:00 a.m. The second will premier on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 1:00 p.m. and repeat on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 a.m. All times are Eastern.


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Series CSBK
Drivers Jordan Szoke , Chris Peris , Clint McBain , Kevin Lacombe , Francis Martin , Brett McCormick