MONT-TREMBLANT, QC Granby, QC's Pascal Picotte was back on top of the heap on the opening day of practice for the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Circuit Mont-Tremblant on Friday. After seeing his four-race winning streak come to an end...
MONT-TREMBLANT, QC Granby, QC's Pascal Picotte was back on top of the heap on the opening day of practice for the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Circuit Mont-Tremblant on Friday.
After seeing his four-race winning streak come to an end at the previous series round at Atlantic Motorsport Park, the rider of the Team Yamaha / Picotte Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 set a fastest lap of 1:39.898, almost half a second below the lap record of 1:40.240 he established last year.
Picotte was the only racer to dip under the 1:40 barrier. Brantford, ON's Jordan Szoke was second on his Honda Canada / Fast Company Honda CBR1000RR with a time of 1:41.155 and Calgary racer Clint McBain set the third fastest time of 1:41.220 on the Coors Light Racing / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000.
"I've been looking forward all season long to Mont-Tremblant so I'm really enjoying it," Picotte said. "The track definitely suits my riding style."
Picotte could wrap up his second straight Parts Canada Superbike crown here on Sunday. He comes into this event, the penultimate round of the season 71 points clear of his nearest rival, fellow Granby, QC rider Kevin Lacombe. A rider can earn a maximum of 56 points at each series round.
Lacombe won the previous event at AMP but was only seventh fastest in practice at Mont-Tremblant on Friday with a time of 1:42.355 aboard the Lacombe Racing / Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1.
Action at Mont-Tremblant was marred by a serious accident involving Australian Craig Connell, McBain's teammate on the Coors Light Racing / Blackfoot Suzuki squad. Connell crashed in turn 1 during practice for the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike series and was taken to hospital in nearby Ste-Agathe, where he underwent surgery on a broken pelvis.
A team member reported the surgery went well and Connell was due to be transferred to Montreal later on Friday.
Picotte came back from a morning practice crash to also set the fastest time Friday in Pro 600 Sport Bike practice. The class points leader recorded a 1:42.156 on his Yamaha YZF-R6.
Maple Ridge, BC's Steve Crevier was second quickest on the DXS Diablo Racing Team Suzuki GSX-R600 with a time of 1:43.875 and Canadian Kawasaki Motors rider Francis Martin of Rock Forest, QC placed third at 1:43.885 on his Kawasaki ZX-6RR.
Action at Mont-Tremblant also featured the opening practice sessions for the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championship competitors. Thomas Macsanszky of Richmond Hill, ON was fastest overall with a time of 1:48.806 on his Yamaha YZF-R6.
Points leader Rudy Raposo of Mississauga, ON placed ninth overall at 1:50.881 on his Yamaha.
Qualifying for all three national classes will take place Saturday afternoon with races on Sunday.
This weekend's event will be televised on TSN on Oct. 10 at 1:00 p.m. EDT and on Quebec's RDS on Oct. 23 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The action will also appear in one-hour format this fall on TORONTO1 and A-Channel stations in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.