LACOMBE SCORES 600 SPORT BIKE WIN Three podiums at Mosport for Fast Company rider BRESLAU, Ont. -- Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing's Kevin Lacombe used a spectacular pass on Jordan Szoke to win the third round of the Yoshimura Pro 600...
LACOMBE SCORES 600 SPORT BIKE WIN
Three podiums at Mosport for Fast Company rider
BRESLAU, Ont. -- Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing's Kevin Lacombe used a spectacular pass on Jordan Szoke to win the third round of the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship at Mosport International Raceway last Saturday.
The Granby, Que. rider took his Scott Miller-prepared Yamaha YZF-R6 around the outside of Szoke at the end of the backstraight to pick up his first victory of the year and maintain his bid for the Pro 600 Sport Bike title.
"I took a little bit of a risk going around the outside of Jordan, but you have to do that sometimes," said Lacombe, who won the race by just 0.146 secs. "It was really tight at the end; it was a good fight out there."
Unfortunately Szoke repaid the favor in Sunday's second half of the doubleheader, passing Lacombe in the same spot of the final lap to snatch second place behind race winner Chris Peris. The two title contenders battled for the runner-up spot throughout the race, which was held in rain that at times got quite heavy.
"It was hard to see where the traction was," Lacombe explained. "I was just trying to stay in second, I didn't want to crash. I almost tried to pass Jordan back in the last corner but I wasn't close enough."
With three races left in the season Szoke leads Lacombe by 28 points in the Pro 600 Sport Bike standings, 194-166.
In Parts Canada Superbike feature class action at Mosport Lacombe again showed his qualifying mastery, taking his second Inside Motorcycles Pole Position Award of the season with a lap at one minute, 21.707 seconds in the Pirelli SuperPole session.
"This is a great way to start the weekend," said Lacombe, who also claimed the pole at the 2008 season opener at Calabogie Motorsport Park. "Since we've got here we've been pretty much the quickest. I knew I had the best bike out there. I just tried to be smooth."
Unfortunately Lacombe's sizzling pace didn't translate into wins in the two Superbike races on the weekend. The 25-year-old finished fourth in the opening race on Saturday and then edged Chris Peris for third in Sunday's round, which was red-flagged just past half distance due to rain.
"In the first race I picked the wrong engine. It was entirely my fault," Lacombe admitted. "It's a shame because Scott does such a great job, but I was missing on drive coming out of the corner onto the backstraight and I was losing a lot of time there.
"For the second race we changed bikes and I didn't have as good a set-up and burned up the tires."
Lacombe beat Peris in a photo finish on Sunday, and series officials needed a video review to determine who had claimed the final podium spot.
Unfortunately Lacombe lost ground to Szoke in the Parts Canada Superbike points chase after Szoke won on Saturday and placed second to Clint McBain on Sunday.
Lacombe now has 158 points to the 196 of Szoke heading into another doubleheader at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, N.S. Aug. 8-10. The season then wraps up at Shannonville Motorsport Park Aug. 29-31.
"We've had a little bad luck every weekend," Lacombe admitted. "I thought at Mosport we would turn it around but it didn't go the way I wanted. This is a great team and they deserve to win races."
Fortunately both AMP and Shannonville have been happy hunting grounds for Lacombe and the Fast Company team. All five of Lacombe's national Superbike wins have come at those two tracks and he finished second in last year's AMP Superbike race after leading early on.
The Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing team is the defending Superbike race winner at each venue.
"I always do well at Shubie [Shubenacadie]," Lacombe pointed out. "I need to start putting pressure on Jordan. I'm going there with the goal of winning all four races, both Superbike and both Pro 600. If we're going to have to rub elbows, now is the time to do it."