POINTS BATTLES HEAT UP IN PARTS CANADA SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP RACES AT MOSPORT (BOWMANVILLE, ON -- July 10, 2007) Motorcycle racing fans will be in for spirited competition this weekend when Canada's premier motorcycle championships visit ...
POINTS BATTLES HEAT UP IN PARTS CANADA SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP RACES AT MOSPORT
(BOWMANVILLE, ON -- July 10, 2007) Motorcycle racing fans will be in for spirited competition this weekend when Canada's premier motorcycle championships visit Mosport's road course for two exciting points races in the only Toronto-area stop of the series in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship Doubleheader Weekend, July 13, 14 & 15.
In the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, the top three all-time national series winners are expected to be in the hunt to add to their win totals this weekend. Between them, Brantford's Jordan Szoke (Kawasaki), Maple Ridge, BC rider Steve Crevier (Yamaha) and Pascal Picotte (Suzuki) of St-Cecile de Milton, QC have won 62 races and 11 of 27 national Superbike titles.
Defending series champion Szoke is on the hot streak, winning this year's first three rounds of the championship, giving him a sizeable lead in the points standings over six-time champion Crevier, who sits fifth and has won at Mosport in the past. Picotte was injured two weeks ago at Calgary and failed to score points, falling out of the top 10. He too has tasted victory on Mosport's challenging 4-km road course, winning five of eight races dating back to 2003. He'll decide later in the week if he's fit to race.
Any one of the riders currently sitting in the second -to-fourth spots in the standings (Kevin Lacombe of Granby, QC, Clint McBain of Calgary and Brett McCormick of Saskatoon, respectively) is capable of a win, but it's McCormick, the 15-year-old-rookie sensation and team-mate to Szoke, who's turning heads with his strong performances through the opening three rounds, with a sixth and two fourths.
Szoke's lead in Yoshimura Pro 600 Sportbike standings is much narrower over McBain, as the Calgary rider will attempt to accomplish what he narrowly missed out on in his hometown--defeating Szoke and securing his first win of the season. Championship races are set for Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15.
The points standings are tight in the Canadian Thunder class, where Michael Leon (Buell) holds a slim 12 point lead over Chad Pasowisty (Ducati). Pasowisty will be looking to build on his early season success, which includes wins in both Calgary rounds. His quest for the points lead will face a tough test at Mosport as two-time defending series champion Darren James (Buell), 2007 Mont Tremblant winner Michael Taylor (BMW) and Leon lead a highly competitive field. Championship races are scheduled for Saturday July 14 and Sunday July 15.
Hotly contested races are also in store for the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championship where points leader Paul Glenn and his closest pursuer Israel Johnas will attempt to keep themselves ahead of the closely bunched riders following behind.
A shake-up could be coming in the Suzuki SV650 Cup standings, Derek Vammus, holds a narrow 11 point advantage over Martin Grande, after both riders won in Calgary, following Vammus' season-opening win at Mont Tremblant.
Both divisions of the Pro Honda Oils Women's Cup Challenge feature wider points leads. Catherine Nadeau is up by 14 in the expert division over her closest pursuer, Marie Josee Boucher, after winning round three at Mont Tremblant. Over in the novice division, Karen Grujic will look to keep her undefeated streak going at Mosport and widen her 20 point lead in the standings.