GUTSY CREVIER WINS AGAIN AT AMP Fast Company rider will take title fight to the wire BRESLAU, Ont. -- Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company rider Steve Crevier showed all his toughness and determination in the sixth round of the Parts Canada ...
GUTSY CREVIER WINS AGAIN AT AMP
Fast Company rider will take title fight to the wire
BRESLAU, Ont. -- Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company rider Steve Crevier showed all his toughness and determination in the sixth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Sunday.
Nursing a sore back after a heavy practice fall on Friday and experiencing flu-like symptoms that kept him awake most of Saturday night, the six-time Canadian Superbike Champion gutted out a memorable win in the 22-lap Superbike feature to close the gap on series points leader Jordan Szoke heading into the final race of the season.
The Maple Ridge, BC rider stuck a pass on fellow Yamaha racer Kevin Lacombe at the start of the 19th lap of the 22-lap race and hung on to win by 1.867 secs. It was Crevier's 25th career national Superbike win. He is the all time leader in that category.
"I settled in behind Lacombe and I was able to conserve lots of energy," Crevier said. "I was hoping to get him at the end. He made a little bobble in the Tower Turn and that let me get a good drive on him into turn 1."
With his second Parts Canada Superbike Championship win in a row, Crevier is only 26 points behind Szoke, 262-236, heading into the season finale at Shannonville Motorsport Park on the Labour Day Weekend. A race win is worth 50 points.
Crevier qualified second for the Superbike race, missing out on his second straight Inside Motorcycles Pole Position Award by a scant 0.080 secs. He grabbed second place off the start behind Lacombe.
"I was a lot more comfortable than in the Pro 600 Sport Bike race earlier in the day," the 42-year-old ace added. "He [Lacombe] was so strong up the back straight. I wasn't much of a match for him. But I settled in and tried to use the lapped traffic to my advantage. I'm confident in the traffic and I have a lot of experience here."
Crevier will also go to Shannonville with a shot at claiming his fifth Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike national championship after a second place finish at AMP on Sunday.
Riding the Scott Miller-prepared Fast Company R6 Crevier led at the start of the final lap but was passed by Szoke just a few turns from the finish.
"I was lazy on the backstraight and I shifted into sixth gear by accident," Crevier admitted. "I bogged down and that gave Jordan a chance. It was a bad mistake on my part and I feel bad for my Fast Company crew because they gave me a chance to win it."
Crevier is 19 points behind Szoke in the Pro 600 Sport Bike standings, 258-239.