Positive first day in Schubenacadie, but-- much work remains to qualify up front on Saturday Schubenacadie (NS), August 11, 2006. No question about it, Schubenacadie remains the toughest nut to crack on the Part Canada Superbike Championship...
Positive first day in Schubenacadie, but-- much work remains to qualify up front on Saturday
Schubenacadie (NS), August 11, 2006. No question about it, Schubenacadie remains the toughest nut to crack on the Part Canada Superbike Championship tour. Both Kevin Lacombe and Pascal Picotte are not enthused about their results here after the first day of timed practice to get ready for qualifying tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon.
Kevin managed "front-row" times in both classes, while Pascal, still slowed by his pre-season injuries, hovered on the wrong side of 10th on both machines. Both riders are planning on drastic actions to get back to the front for real qualifying and for the race.
Pascal knows where to look for the additional speed. "Our Yamaha YZF R6 machines are completely new this year, and we are still looking for the ideal setup on this tight track where traction, agility and torque are at a premium. We will continue to work at various combinations for our suspensions to find the best possible compromise for the race. Eighteen (Pro 600) and 22 (Superbike) laps is a long way on this tight track, and we want to be there with a lot of tire left at he end of each race." On his Yamaha YZF R1 Superbike, Pascal worked on achieving a comfortable set up for the 22 lap race. "I will push much harder in qualifying. I want to start on the first or second row, which puts me close enough to the leaders to take advantage of any mistake and get a strong finish."
Kevin Lacombe clocked in 4th in Pro 600 and 3rd on his Superbike, not good enough to satisfy him. "I know that there is a lot of time left in the 600. We will make some major changes overnight, and I will wring it out of it in tomorrow's (Saturday) practice. We have also decided to go back to our 2005 set ups on the Superbike, as Pascal was more than 1.5 sec quicker here last year than I was today. Practice tomorrow morning will tell us if we went in the right direction. I am sure that I will then be in a much better position to go after pole positions in both classes."
Qualifying will take place Saturday afternoon, with the races on Sunday afternoon.