McBain claims Superbike pole CALGARY, AB - Calgary's Clint McBain earned his first ever Parts Canada Superbike Championship pole position in qualifying for the second round of the series at Race City Motorsport Park on Saturday. The...
McBain claims Superbike pole
CALGARY, AB - Calgary's Clint McBain earned his first ever Parts Canada Superbike Championship pole position in qualifying for the second round of the series at Race City Motorsport Park on Saturday.
The 30-year-old took his Coors Light Racing/Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a lap of 1:17.683 around the 2.1-mile road course with less than 10 minutes remaining in qualifying to claim the $500 MPM/Array Pole Award and four points toward the Parts Canada Superbike title.
Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, BC qualified second with a time of 1:17.872 on his Diablo Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Pascal Picotte, from St-Cecile de Milton, QC will start third in Sunday's race after recording a 1:18.066 on the Picotte Racing Yamaha YZF-R1.
"The timing was just perfect," McBain said. "We put on two new tires and we had about 10 minutes left in the session. We just made it work to our advantage."
McBain will try to cap off his weekend with his first ever Parts Canada Superbike win on Sunday.
"Pole is great to get and we can always use the points," said McBain, who is currently third in the series standings. "But we've got to get that first win in the bag and pole here is not a big deal. It's a long run to corner 1 off the start."
Crevier, the Parts Canada Superbike series points leader picked up three championship points for qualifying second.
"We'll sort things out tonight," said Crevier, a six-time national Superbike champion. "We've been having the same problems as everyone else, front end chatter and handling the bumps."
Four riders traded the top spot in the last 15 minutes of a dramatic qualifying session. Picotte moved ahead of McBain's Coors Light Racing/Blackfoot Suzuki teammate Francis Martin with 12 minutes to go, only to have Crevier top his time seconds later.
McBain was second at that point, but reeled off a pair of laps faster than Crevier's best to lock up the top spot. He came up just short of Jordan Szoke's track record of 1:17.608 set last year.
Martin, from Rock Forest, QC will complete the front row for Sunday's 16-lap feature race after recording a best lap of 1:18.294.
In other action at Race City, Australian Robbie Baird won pole for the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike class with a record qualifying time of 1:19.502 on his Orion Motorsport Honda CBR600RR. McBain placed second on his Suzuki GSX-R600 and Picotte was third on a Yamaha YZF-R6.
The top four qualifiers eclipsed McBain's old 600 track record of 1:20.020.
Keremeos, BC rider Jeremy Leduc will start from pole in Sunday's International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike feature after setting a time of 1:23.621 on his Yamaha YZF-R6 in qualifying. Bill Card of Wellsley, ON was second fastest on a Honda CBR600RR and Nepean, ON's Derek Bowker qualified third aboard a Yamaha YZF-R6.
Practice Sunday starts at 9:00 a.m. with the first race, the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike feature set to go at 1:00 p.m.
This weekend's event will be televised on TSN on Sunday, July 6 at 12:30 p.m. EDT and later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.