TORONTO, ON - A month after reaching one career milestone Canadian motorcycle racing star Michael Taylor returns to the scene of another. The 37-year-old Toronto native scored his 10th career national Superbike victory in the second round of the...
TORONTO, ON - A month after reaching one career milestone Canadian motorcycle racing star Michael Taylor returns to the scene of another.
The 37-year-old Toronto native scored his 10th career national Superbike victory in the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park June 8. The series resumes this weekend at Autodrome St-Eustache, where Taylor scored his first ever Canadian series win back in 1995.
Taylor's 1995 triumph was one of three he has earned at the tight, 10-turn 1.2-mile venue just north of Montreal, tying him with Steve Crevier and Don Munroe for most wins at the track.
Riding a Honda for the Orion Motorsport factory team Taylor, a two-time Canadian Superbike champion comes into this weekend's event second in series standings with 69 points. Crevier, who finished second in Calgary, leads with 101.
Crevier won the opening round at Shannonville Motorsport Park in May in his debut with the Montreal-based Diablo Performance Suzuki team. The Maple Ridge, BC veteran is bidding for an unprecedented seventh Canadian Superbike crown.
Taylor's Orion Motorsport Honda teammate Robbie Baird is third in points with 62. The Australian, a rookie on the Canadian tour, was third in Calgary.
Chardon, OH's Tom Kipp makes his first visit to Autodrome St-Eustache this weekend. Riding for the Canadian Kawasaki Motors factory squad, the veteran American rider sits fourth in series points.
Fifth and sixth in the standings, respectively are Coors Light Racing Blackfoot Suzuki teammates Clint McBain of Calgary and Rock Forest, QC's Francis Martin. A local favorite, Martin won back-to-back St-Eustache Superbike nationals in 1999 and 2000.
Yamaha riders fill the rest of the top 10 in the Parts Canada series standings after two rounds, led by Joliette, QC's Jean-Francois Cyr. He is followed by St-Cecile de Milton, QC veteran Pascal Picotte, 1997 St-Eustache winner Benoit Pilon of St-Jerome, QC and Kleinburg, ON's Frank Trombino.
This weekend's racing will also include the second rounds of the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike and International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike national support classes.
Picotte leads the Pro 600 standings with 100 points to the 83 of Baird and the 71 of defending class champion McBain.
Yamaha rider Dan Henri of Ottawa is on top of the Amateur 600 Sport Bike standings with 85 points. Erin, ON's Jeremy French, riding a Honda is second with 66 points and Calgary winner Jeremy Leduc of Keremeos, BC, riding a Yamaha lies third with 56.
Official practice at Autodrome St-Eustache opens Friday. Qualifying for all three national classes will go Saturday afternoon and races are set to run on Sunday.
This weekend's event will be televised on TSN on Sunday, Aug. 3 at 1:30 p.m. EDT and later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.
St-Eustache Fast Facts
...Kawasaki has enjoyed overwhelming success at St-Eustache, taking six of the first seven national wins there and 10 of the first 12. But Kawasaki hasn't won at the Quebec venue since Francis Martin's triumph in 2000.
...Two racers have scored their only career national Superbike win at St-Eustache. Marco Ferland won for Honda in 1994 and Benoit Pilon scored aboard a Yamaha in 1997
...In three of the last four years the St-Eustache winner has gone on to claim the Canadian Superbike title. Martin did it in 1999, Steve Crevier in 2001 and Jordan Szoke in 2002. The only exception is Martin, who also won in 2000. Crevier was champion that year.