CALGARY, AB - Jeff Williams scored his first career Toyota Canada Superbike Championship victory in dramatic fashion at the season opener here at Race City Motorsport Park on Saturday. The 24-year-old from Kingston, ON passed fellow Kawasaki...
CALGARY, AB - Jeff Williams scored his first career Toyota Canada Superbike Championship victory in dramatic fashion at the season opener here at Race City Motorsport Park on Saturday. The 24-year-old from Kingston, ON passed fellow Kawasaki rider Michael Taylor entering Turn 1 on the final lap and held on from there to beat the Toronto rider by just 0.52 secs. Benoit Pilon of St-Jerome, QC was third on a Yamaha, less than a second behind the two Kawasakis. "What can I say? It's an amazing feeling," said Williams. "I had a pretty good feeling in my stomach this morning. I thought something special was going to happen today." Williams and Taylor exchanged the lead four times in the 16-lap race, which featured a spectacular four-bike battle for the lead between Williams, Taylor, Pilon and Calgary's Murray Clift on a Yamaha. Clift pulled off the track with just four laps to go, leaving the top three to settle the race. The lead group set a torrid pace, with Williams breaking the two-year-old Race City Canadian Superbike track record with a lap at one minute, 19.84 secs on his third tour. He completed the race in 21 minutes and 31.00 seconds for an average speed of 89.23 miles per hour around the 2.0 mile track. Martin Gaudreault of Laval, QC placed fourth on his Honda, narrowly beating the Kawasaki of North Hatley, QC's Francis Martin to the checkered flag. Kitchener, ON rider Neil Jenkins made a remarkable charge from 31st in the 35-bike field to place sixth on his Suzuki. Defending champion Owen Weichel won the opening round of the Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike Championship on his Hyd Mech Saws/Janna Systems/Transpro Freight Honda CBR600F4. The Toronto rider just held off the Yamaha YZF R6 of Barrie, ON's Linnley Clarke for his fourth career Race City victory. Round 2 for all three national classes will take place tomorrow at Race City Motorsport Park. Practice begins at 9:00 am with the first qualifying heat scheduled to go at 10:10 am. Action from the first round of the Toyota Canada Superbike Championship can be seen on Speedvision, premiering on Tuesday, June 29 at 8:00 pm eastern, on RDS Wednesday, June 23 at 8:00 pm eastern and on CTV Sportsnet.
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Results from Saturday's opening round of the Toyota Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary, AB, showing finishing position, rider name, hometown and type of motorcycle:
1. Jeff Williams, Kingston, ON; 2. Michael Taylor, Toronto, ON, Kawasaki; 3. Benoit Pilon, St-Jerome, QC, Yamaha; 4. Martin Gaudreault, Longueuil, QC, Honda; 5. Francis Martin, North Hatley, QC, Kawasaki; 6. Neil Jenkins, Kitchener, ON, Suzuki; 7. Frank Wilson, Rockwood, ON, Suzuki; 8. Frank Trombino, Woodbridge, ON, Kawasaki; 9. Kevin Graham, Agincourt, ON, Yamaha; 10. Csaba Werner, North York, ON, Kawasaki; 11. Jean-Francois Cyr, Ste-Adele, QC, Yamaha; 12. John Sharrard, Blackstock, ON, Yamaha; 13. Dale Yamada, Calgary, AB, Suzuki; 14. Dave Marcella, Kitchener, ON, Yamaha; 15. Mark Kruger, Ladysmith, BC, Yamaha; 16. Ryan Schwartz, Calgary, AB, Suzuki; 17. Philippe Cantin, St-Laurent, QC, Honda; 18. Kevin Lacombe, Granby, QC, Honda; 19. Francois Dumas, Charlesbourg, QC, Kawasaki; 20. Michel Lavallee, St-Adolphe, QC, Suzuki; 21. Scott Spicer, Pickering, ON, Honda; 22. Martin Hamel, Drummondville, QC, Kawasaki; 23. Tim Johnson, Calgary, AB, Yamaha; 24. Ron Baker, Calgary, AB, Honda; 25. Derek Vammus, Brampton, ON, Honda; 26. Chris Lacy, Calgary, AB, Suzuki; 27. Trent McLean, Burnaby, BC, Suzuki
Point standings for the seven-race Toyota Canada Superbike Championship after the opening round at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary, AB Saturday, showing position, rider name and points total:
1. Jeff Williams, 56; 2. Michael Taylor, 42; 3. Benoit Pilon, 37; 4. Martin Gaudreault, 32; 5. Francis Martin, 29; 6. Frank Wilson, 29; 7. Neil Jenkins, 27; 8. Frank Trombino, 23; 9. Kevin Graham, 21; 10. Csaba Werner, 19; 11. Jean-Francois Cyr, 17; 12. John Sharrard, 15; 13. Dale Yamada, 13; 14. Dave Marcella, 12; 15. Jordan Szoke, 10; 16. Mark Kruger, 10; 17. Ryan Schwartz, 8; 18. Philippe Cantin, 6; 19. Kevin Lacombe, 4; 20. Francois Dumas, 2; 21. Michel Lavallee, 1