MARTIN BACK ON TOP SHANNONVILLE, ON Francis Martin of Rock Forest, QC returned to the winner's circle at the opening round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park Sunday. The 1999 series champion grabbed the...
MARTIN BACK ON TOP
SHANNONVILLE, ON Francis Martin of Rock Forest, QC returned to the winner's circle at the opening round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park Sunday.
The 1999 series champion grabbed the holeshot and led every lap of the 15-lap race on the DXS Diablo Performance Suzuki GSX-R1000 to score his first victory since winning the 2003 season finale at Shannonville.
Frank Trombino of Kleinburg, ON finished second on the Trombino Yamaha Racing Yamaha YZF-R1, almost three seconds behind Martin. Brantford, ON's Jordan Szoke placed third on the Fast Company Honda CBR1000RR.
"It's just awesome to come back here and win," Martin said after his seventh career national Superbike win. "I'm pretty sure we have a good chance at the championship. We're looking pretty good right now."
Martin and Trombino set a furious pace in the opening laps of the race, with Martin establishing a new lap record of one minute, 4.902 seconds on just the second lap. Trombino stayed about a second behind the Suzuki rider for most of the race before developing tire troubles.
"We made a bad call by going with the soft compound," Trombino said. "I thought it would have lasted but it went away about halfway through the race."
Szoke ran a lonely third for much of the race but was caught by a three-rider battle in the late going. The two-time Canadian Superbike champ only just held off Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, BC for the final podium position.
"I got a really good start and I pushed hard to stick with those guys [Martin and Trombino]," Szoke said. "But I just couldn't do it. I'm getting older now and more mature and I want to win another championship. I wanted to make sure I brought it home."
Crevier was forced to start from 21st in the 24-bike field on the Diablo Performance Honda CBR1000RR but made a forceful charge through the pack. He was closely followed across the line by Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 teammates Clint McBain of Calgary and Granby, QC racer Kevin Lacombe, in fifth and sixth respectively.
Pascal Picotte suffered a rough start to his bid for a third straight Parts Canada Superbike crown. The Granby rider fell in practice Sunday morning, injuring his left wrist and ribs on his right side. He managed to qualify 18th for the Superbike feature on his Picotte Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 and then rode a brave race to eighth, finishing just behind the Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R of Chardon, OH's Tom Kipp.
Kipp's teammate Matthew McBride of Mississauga, ON and Kars, ON's Andrew Nelson, riding the Nelson Racing Honda CBR600RR rounded out the top 10.
In other action at Shannonville, Crevier edged McBain for the win in the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike race. Crevier took his DXS Diablo Performance Honda CBR600RR past McBain's Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R600 with two laps to go and nipped him to the line by 0.361 secs.
Trombino placed third on the Trombino Yamaha Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 after starting from the pole.
Oshawa, ON's Craig Archer won the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike feature on a Honda CBR600RR. James Collins of Woodstock, ON placed second on a Yamaha YZF-R6 after losing the lead to Archer and Laval, QC racer Pascal Anctil completed the podium on a Suzuki GSX-R600.
Derek Vammus of Orangeville, ON started from the pit lane but rode through the field to win the Canadian Thunder feature at Shannonville on his Ducati SS1000DS.
Alain Lefebvre of Rouyn-Noranda, QC took the lead on the opening lap and pulled away to claim the victory in the Suzuki SV650 Cup feature.
The Parts Canada Superbike Championship resumes at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park July 1-3.