CREVIER GETS A PODIUM ON DEBUT Fast Company rider third in Pro 600 at Mont-Tremblant; fourth in Superbike BRESLAU, Ont. -- Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company's Steve Crevier opened the 2007 Parts Canada Superbike Championship in strong fashion at...
CREVIER GETS A PODIUM ON DEBUT
Fast Company rider third in Pro 600 at Mont-Tremblant; fourth in Superbike
BRESLAU, Ont. -- Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company's Steve Crevier opened the 2007 Parts Canada Superbike Championship in strong fashion at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant last weekend.
The Maple Ridge, B.C. racer took his Scott Miller prepared Yamaha YZF-R6 to a third place finish in the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike feature on Sunday and followed that up with a fourth in Superbike on his new Yamaha YZF-R1.
Crevier qualified third for the Pro 600 Sport Bike race and battled for the lead throughout the 10-lap race with Kawasaki's Jordan Szoke, and Suzuki riders Pascal Picotte and Francis Martin.
Crevier was second behind Szoke at the start of the final lap and looked to be in an excellent position as the leaders encountered traffic entering the Namerow hairpin, the last turn of the track. Szoke managed to get through the backmarkers on the inside, while Picotte was able to slip by Crevier in the run to the checkered flag to finish second.
"There was just too much traffic at the end," said Crevier, a four- time class champion. "We chose a motor with more torque and less top end, and when I was behind Pascal I couldn't draft up to him. I could only outbrake him."
Poor weather and track conditions forced series officials to cancel Parts Canada Superbike qualifying on Saturday and morning practice times were used to set the grid. This was unfortunate for the Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company squad, as Crevier had only posted the eighth best time on Saturday after being third fastest on Friday.
The six-time Canadian Superbike champion spent the first two laps of the 16-lap race stuck behind Kawasaki rookie Brett McCormick before finding a way into sixth.
"McCormick was really aggressive off the start and stuffed me into turn 1," Crevier said. "The problem was he was about a second or a second and a half slower than I was. By the time I got past him I was three seconds down to the leaders."
Martin retired from the lead battle and Crevier passed Clint McBain, who was fading with a punctured rear tire, two laps from the end to net fourth.
"For Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company it was a good first outing," Crevier said. "We've made a lot of changes since testing at Jennings last month and I think we can build on it. I think I've got a fighting chance."
The Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues with a doubleheader at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park June 29-July 1.