Race City Motorsports Park // June 13, 1999 CALGARY, AB - Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, QC rode his Kawasaki ZX-7RR to his first career Toyota Canada Superbike Championship win in thrilling fashion here at Race City Motorsports Park on Sunday. ...
Race City Motorsports Park // June 13, 1999
CALGARY, AB - Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, QC rode his Kawasaki ZX-7RR to his first career Toyota Canada Superbike Championship win in thrilling fashion here at Race City Motorsports Park on Sunday. Martin took the lead for good on lap 13 of the 16-lap race and held off the Honda CBR900RR of Longueuil, QC rider Martin Gaudreault and Toronto racer Michael Taylor's Kawasaki ZX-9R for the win. "I don't believe it," said Martin. "Taylor had a better motor, but I was a little bit faster in the corners." Martin completed the race in 21 minutes, 22.40 seconds for an average speed of 89.83 miles per hour. Polesitter Neil Jenkins led the first three laps on his Suzuki GSX-R750 before Taylor took the top spot. Martin moved up from sixth after the opening lap to take the lead from Taylor on lap 6. Taylor got ahead on lap 12 before Martin regained the lead for the last time. Gaudreault passed Taylor two laps from the end and finished just 0.38 secs. behind Martin in second. Defending Toyota Canada Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke came out on top of a spectacular five-rider battle to claim fourth on his Honda CBR900RR. Szoke had crashed dramatically in Saturday's opening Toyota Canada Superbike round, destroying his primary bike. His crew was awarded the Schwinn Toyota Tundra Hard Luck Award for its perseverance in getting him to the line on Sunday. Saturday's winner of the opening round of the Toyota Canada Superbike Championship, Jeff Williams, placed seventh on a Kawasaki ZX-7RR but still leads the series standings with 85 points. Taylor and Martin are tied for second with 79. In other action at Race City, local star Clint McBain earned his first career national event victory, winning the 12-lap International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike feature on a Kawasaki ZX-9R. Defending series champion Michael Taylor was second, 4.50 secs. behind McBain, on another Kawasaki ZX-9R. Jean-Francois Cyr of Ste-Adele, QC also scored his first career national race win in the 12-lap Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike event. Cyr rode his Yamaha YZF-R6 to a 1.98-sec. victory over the similar bike of Barrie, ON's Linnley Clarke. The seven-round Toyota Canada Superbike Championship continues at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, QC July 9-11. Action from the second round of the Toyota Canada Superbike Championship can be seen on Speedvision, premiering on Tuesday, July 6 at 8:00 pm eastern, on RDS Thursday, July 8 at 9:00 pm eastern and on CTV Sportsnet.
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Results from Sunday's second round of the Toyota Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsports Park in Calgary, AB, showing finishing position, rider name, hometown and type of motorcycle:
1. Francis Martin, Sherbrooke, QC, Kawasaki ZX-7RR; 2. Martin Gaudreault, Longueuil, QC, Honda CBR900RR; 3. Michael Taylor, Toronto, ON, Kawasaki ZX-9R; 4. Jordan Szoke, Brantford, ON, Honda CBR900RR; 5. Neil Jenkins, Kitchener, ON, Suzuki GSX-R750; 6. Benoit Pilon, St-Jerome, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1; 7. Jeff Williams, Kingston, ON, Kawasaki ZX-7RR; 8. Frank Trombino, Woodbridge, ON, Kawasaki ZX-7RR; 9. Frank Wilson, Rockwood, ON, Suzuki TL1000R; 10. Csaba Werner, North York, ON, Kawasaki ZX-9R; 11. John Sharrard, Blackstock, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1; 12. Jean-Francois Cyr, Ste-Adele, QC, Yamaha YZF-R6; 13. Ryan Schwartz, Calgary, AB, Suzuki GSX-R750; 14. Philippe Cantin, St-Laurent, QC, Honda CBR900RR; 15. Mark Kruger, Ladysmith, BC, Yamaha YZF-R1; 16. Francois Dumas, Charlesbourg, QC, Kawasaki ZX-9R; 17. Tim Johnson, Calgary, AB, Yamaha YZF-R1; 18. Martin Hamel, Drummondville, QC, Kawasaki ZX-9R; 19. Derek Vammus, Brampton, ON, Honda CBR600F4; 20. Ron Baker, Calgary, AB, Honda; 21. Chris Lacy, Calgary, AB, Suzuki GSX-R750
Time of Race: 21 minutes, 22.40 seconds Average Speed: 89.83 mph Margin of Victory: 0.38 secs.
Point standings for the seven-race Toyota Canada Superbike Championship after the second round at Race City Motorsports Park in Calgary, AB Sunday, showing position, rider name and points total:
1. Jeff Williams, 85; 2. Michael Taylor, 79; 3. Francis Martin, 79; 4. Martin Gaudreault, 74; 5. Benoit Pilon, 70; 6. Neil Jenkins, 66; 7. Frank Wilson, 50; 8. Frank Trombino, 46; 9. Jordan Szoke, 42; 10. Csaba Werner, 38; 11. John Sharrard, 32; 12. Jean-Francois Cyr, 32; 13. Kevin Graham, 21; 14. Ryan Schwartz, 21; 15. Mark Kruger, 20; 16. Philippe Cantin, 18; 17. Dale Yamada, 13; 18. Dave Marcella, 12; 19. Francois Dumas, 10; 20. Tim Johnson, 6; 21. Kevin Lacombe, 4; 22. Martin Hamel, 4; 23. Derek Vammus, 2; 24. Michel Lavallee, 1; 25. Ron Baker, 1