Canadian Superbike Shannonville qualifying report

Crevier leads the way. SHANNONVILLE, ON - Maple Ridge, BC's Steve Crevier opened up his defense of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship in style at Shannonville Motorsport Park Saturday. The two-time defending series champion claimed pole...

Crevier leads the way.

SHANNONVILLE, ON - Maple Ridge, BC's Steve Crevier opened up his defense of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship in style at Shannonville Motorsport Park Saturday.

The two-time defending series champion claimed pole position for Sunday's Honda Motorcycles Challenge by setting a new lap record in qualifying on his Honda Canada/Orion Motorsport Honda RC51.

Crevier toured the 1.5-mile Shannonville 'Pro' track in 1:05.746 to win the MPM Array Pole Award. The time beat his own track record of 1:05.935 set last year.

Teammate Frank Trombino of Kleinburg, ON qualified second with a time of 1:05.992 on his Honda RC51.

Toronto's Michael Taylor placed third at 1:06.238 riding the Yamaha Motor Canada/Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1 and Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, QC completes the front row for Sunday's race with a time of 1:06.389 on the Coors Light Racing Fast Company Team Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Crevier set his best time late in the 45-minute session as he circulated behind Trombino on the track.

"I normally don't like to go out and follow people around," said Crevier, who is bidding for a record seventh national Superbike title in 2002. "But I think Frank motivated me. He's been riding really well."

For winning the pole Crevier receives a Swiss Force Carbon Fiber embellished watch courtesy of MPM Array. He also takes the early lead in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings with four points. Trombino picks up three points for qualifying second, Taylor gets two points for starting third and Martin earns a point for fourth.

Former Canadian champion Jordan Szoke, a last minute entry for this weekend's race on a Blackfoot Motorsports/Suzuki Canada GSX-R1000, qualified sixth at 1:07.037 after falling early in the session. He was unhurt but unable to continue qualifying.

Crevier also set a lap record in qualifying for Sunday's Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike feature, recording a time of 1:07.148 on his Honda CBR600F4i.

Trombino claimed pole for Sunday's International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike feature, also at a lap record pace with a time of 1:06.418 on his Honda CBR954RR.

Practice on Sunday begins at 8:30 am with the first race scheduled to go at 12:45 pm.

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Series CSBK
Drivers Jordan Szoke , Francis Martin , Steve Crevier , Frank Trombino