TWO PODIUMS FOR LACOMBE Fast Company rider comes close to wins at season finale BRESLAU, Ont. -- Despite the discomfort of a broken wrist Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing's Kevin Lacombe came within a whisker of two victories at the...
TWO PODIUMS FOR LACOMBE
Fast Company rider comes close to wins at season finale
BRESLAU, Ont. -- Despite the discomfort of a broken wrist Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing's Kevin Lacombe came within a whisker of two victories at the final round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park last weekend.
In the feature Superbike race the 25-year-old from Granby, Que. battled with Brett McCormick and crossed the finish line just 0.113 seconds behind on his Scott Miller-prepared Yamaha YZF-R1. In the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike race Lacombe had to settle for a third place finish, a tantalizing 0.651 secs. away from the victory on his Yamaha YZF-R6.
"It would have been nice to win in the final round of the season," said Lacombe, who broke his wrist in a crash at the previous Parts Canada Superbike event at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Aug. 9. "I can't say enough about the whole team. I didn't want to ride too much because of my wrist, but we made big changes every time and improved the bikes.
"I was able to do some quick laps in practice and qualifying, but I was at a little disadvantage in the race when I had to push hard to overtake. If I lost the front end I couldn't counter steer and I couldn't really make passes."
Lacombe lined up fourth on the grid for the Superbike race but slotted into second behind polesitter McCormick off the start. The Yamaha rider followed the teenager until lap nine of 20, when he grabbed the lead in the hairpin. He stayed in front until lap 19, but as the leaders negotiated lapped traffic McCormick regained the lead in the hairpin.
"If we had a couple more laps, we had a clear track in front of us and I could have tried something at the end," Lacombe explained. "But I just didn't have enough time."
Lacombe started third in the Pro 600 race and moved into second behind Szoke when the start lights went green. He passed Szoke on lap two of 18 and stayed in front for four laps before Szoke got him back at the end of the backstraight.
Lacombe was lining up a pass in turn two on the final lap but found himself running out of racetrack. He eased off the throttle and McCormick pounced to grab second.
"Jordan was slow out of turn two and I tried to go around him but I got pushed wide and Brett got around me. He ran a defensive line from there and I just couldn't pass."
Lacombe ended the Parts Canada Superbike season third in points and took second in the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike standings.
"We learned a lot this year," said Lacombe of his first season with the Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing team. "Hopefully we'll be back together again next year. If we are, I think it will be a whole different ball game."
-credit: Team Toyota Yamaha Fast Company Racing