LACOMBE STAYS IN THE HUNT Excellent third place for Fast Company rider in hot Calgary BRESLAU, Ont. -- Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing's Kevin Lacombe kept himself in the hunt for the Parts Canada Superbike Championship with...
LACOMBE STAYS IN THE HUNT
Excellent third place for Fast Company rider in hot Calgary
BRESLAU, Ont. -- Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing's Kevin Lacombe kept himself in the hunt for the Parts Canada Superbike Championship with an excellent third place finish at Calgary's Race City Motorsports Park on Sunday.
Despite an overheating engine that robbed his Yamaha YZF-R1 of power right from the start of the race, the 25-year-old Granby, Que. ace worked his way up from sixth at half distance to claim the final podium spot two laps from the end of the race, which was held in very hot conditions.
"We had a really good bike this weekend, I think one of the fastest on the straights," said Lacombe, who qualified third for the 22-lap race. "I don't know why, but it started overheating and I was losing power. I wasn't sure if I would be able to finish the race. The temperature was at 108, 109, 110 degrees and usually it's around 80."
Lacombe made his charge in the last eight laps of the race, passing Brett McCormick and Francis Martin on consecutive laps before getting around Peris near the finish.
"The last few laps, I knew if I pushed hard the guys in front might have problems with their tires," he said. "I passed everyone on the inside of turn 5. It was a banzai move but I just hoped for the best."
Lacombe remains second in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship point standings with 85 points to the 99 of Jordan Szoke, after two of seven rounds. They both are well clear of third-place Martin, who has 59 points.
A red flag four laps from the finish robbed Lacombe of a shot at the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike victory earlier in the day. After starting from pole position on his Scott Miller-tuned Yamaha YZF-R6 Lacombe was in the thick of the lead battle before the race was stopped after 14 of a scheduled 18 laps with the Quebec rider in third.
"It was hard to have the race finish like that," Lacombe said. "I thought I had enough time to catch Jordan. I lost some traction the last two or three laps out of the last corner, and lapped traffic was a big factor, but I think our bike was fast enough to get back in front."
Lacombe moves up to third in the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike rankings with 74 points, just four behind McCormick. Szoke leads on 109.
The Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues with a doubleheader at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont. July 17-20.