Martin back to front BOWMANVILLE, ON - Francis Martin came back from a crash on the opening lap to win a spectacular fifth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Mosport International Raceway Sunday. The Rock Forest, QC rider took...
Martin back to front
BOWMANVILLE, ON - Francis Martin came back from a crash on the opening lap to win a spectacular fifth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Mosport International Raceway Sunday.
The Rock Forest, QC rider took his Coors Light Racing/Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a 0.327-sec. victory over the Diablo Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Maple Ridge, BC's Steve Crevier in the second half of the Miller Genuine Draft presents the Chevy Trucks Mosport Double Header.
Calgary's Clint McBain completed the podium on another Coors Light Racing/Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Martin's race appeared to be over when he fell in turn 8 on the first lap of the race, which was started on a wet track. But action was stopped moments later for a separate incident and Martin was able to take the restart on his back-up bike.
After a second race stoppage and with the track drying rapidly Martin charged up from 10th on lap 1 to claim the lead three laps from the end of the final 10-lap sprint. With the win Martin became the fifth different winner of the Parts Canada Superbike season and took over the points lead.
"When I hit the haybales I thought I was done," Martin said. "I was just happy we had another bike there ready to go."
Martin now has 190 points with three races left to go in the Parts Canada Superbike season. Pascal Picotte, who placed fifth Sunday is now second with 179 points and Crevier is third with 178.
After winning the first half of the doubleheader on Saturday, Picotte looked set to repeat in Sunday's race. Riding the Picotte Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 the St-Cecile de Milton, QC rider opened a huge lead in the first three laps before a crash brought out the red flag for the second time on lap 4.
On the restart Picotte battled furiously with Martin, Crevier, McBain and the Orion Motorsport Honda CBR954RR of Michael Taylor.
But on lap 7 Picotte and Taylor collided in turn 9 and both riders went down. Picotte recovered to salvage fifth while Taylor settled for 12th.
In other action at Mosport, Frank Trombino scored his second straight Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike win on his Brooklin Yamaha YZF-R6. The Kleinburg, ON rider edged the Picotte Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 of points leader Picotte by just 0.029 secs. after taking the lead in the last turn.
Chardon, OH's Tom Kipp finished third on his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-7RR.
Riding a Yamaha YZF-R6 Derek Bowker of Nepean, ON used a last lap pass of Jeremy Leduc to claim his first win in a very wet International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike feature. Points leader Leduc, from Keremeos, BC settled for second on another Yamaha.
The Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS Aug. 8-10.
This weekend's event will be televised on TSN in two parts. The first show will air on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 12:30 p.m. EDT with the second on Sunday, Aug. 10, also at 12:30 p.m. Mosport action will also be shown later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.
For more series information, visit www.cdnsuperbike.com