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McCormick takes ICAR Superbike win

MIRABEL, Que. (June 14) - Saskatoon's Brett McCormick completed a dominant weekend at Circuit ICAR with victory in Sunday's second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, presented by Moto Journal.

The 17-year-old started from pole and led 15 of the 16 laps around the 2.81km (1.74-mile) 14-turn circuit on his Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing / Suzuki GSX-R1000 to score his second career national Superbike win and take over the lead of the Parts Canada Superbike series standings.

Three-time defending series champion and opening round winner Jordan Szoke of Brantford, Ont. placed second on his Canadian Kawasaki Motors / Kawasaki ZX-10R, 2.218 secs. behind McCormick. Andrew Nelson of Kars, Ont. was third riding the Nelson Racing / Yamaha YZF-R1. "This is a huge win for me. I'm really at a loss for words," said McCormick, who earned his first Superbike national win at last year's season finale. "It's not like last year at the last round, where Jordan was riding for a championship. He gave me a fight today."

McCormick was third off the start behind the Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF / Yamaha YZF-R1 of Kevin Lacombe and Szoke. But Lacombe crashed on lap two and McCormick was able to get around Szoke at the same time. Szoke managed to close back in on the Suzuki in the closing stages of the race but was delayed while working through lapped traffic on the penultimate lap.

"I settled into a nice pace and I didn't have to work too hard for a while," said McCormick, who set the race's fastest lap at one minute, 25.337 seconds on lap three. "My front tire was going off a bit near the end but the bike was set-up well enough so I could get around it."With his perfect weekend of claiming pole position, leading the most laps and earning the race win McCormick leads the Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings for the first time in his career with 104 points to the 98 of Szoke.

"I made a mistake when Kevin crashed," Szoke said. "I did a double downshift and went into first gear instead of second and Brett was by both of us. I got a gift from Kevin but I couldn't take advantage. "We've won a lot of championships though and we're not done yet."

Nelson moved into third when Lacombe fell and stayed there the rest of the way to score his first career national Superbike podium. "By lap five my tires went off and I was just trying to be careful the rest of the way," the 26-year-old said. "But I'm stoked with my first podium and hopefully it's the first of many more."

Six-time Canadian Superbike champion Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, B.C. finished fourth on his Deeley Racing Powered By Buell / Buell 1125R after passing Clint McBain just two laps from the finish.

McBain, from Cochrane, Alta., settled for fifth on his Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing / Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Sixth placed went to the second of the Canadian Kawasaki Motors / Kawasaki ZX-10Rs of Uxbridge, Ont.'s Alex Welsh, who held off a race-long challenge from 14-year-old Royce McLean of Coaldale, Alta. McLean was the top finishing rookie on his Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF / Yamaha YZF-R6.

Karl Daigle had been part of this battle but the Granby, Que. racer dropped back in the closing stages to an eighth place finish aboard the A. Perusse Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Ste-Adele, Que.'s Jean-Francois Cyr was ninth on the CyrRacing / Honda CBR600RR after passing the Blackfoot / Canadian Kawasaki Motors /Kawasaki ZX-10R of Calgary's Dave Stokowski two laps from the end.

Stokowski rounded out the top 10 finishers.

In other action at Circuit ICAR, McCormick led every lap of the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike race on his Suzuki GSX-R600 to claim his first career victory in that class and take over the points lead from Szoke, who finished second on his Kawasaki ZX-6R, 3.061 secs. behind.

Nelson again completed the podium on his Yamaha YZF-R6. "It was a pretty awesome race and the team's been working really hard," said McCormick, who now has 101 points to Szoke's 99. "I busted out a bit of a gap and was able to put down some fast laps early."

Lacombe was fourth on his Yamaha YZF-R6 and Welsh took fifth aboard a Kawasaki ZX-6R despite a late charge from Crevier and McLean.

Longueuil, Que.'s Sebastien Tremblay outduelled opening round victor Cody Matechuk to win the Armour Bodies Amateur Sport Bike race. Riding the A. Perusse Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-6R Tremblay took the lead from Matechuk (Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing / Suzuki GSX-R600) on lap seven of the 14-lap race and held on to beat the Cochrane, Alta. rider by just 0.342 secs.

Jeffrey Dion of Granby, Que. completed the podium aboard his Robitaille Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Rob Busby of Brantford, Ont. earned his second straight Suzuki SV650 National Cup win of the season, beating St-Colomban, Que.'s Raphael Archambault by 7.651 secs. Jeremie Hade Precourt of Granby, Que. completed the podium.

Warman, Sask.'s Bodhi Edie won the Honda CBR125R Challenge race by 10.634 secs. over Hamilton, Ont. racer Steven Nickerson. Edie earned the Tirox Won Big Time Award for enjoying the largest winning margin of the
day.

Pickering, Ont.'s Ryan Roche placed third.

Natalie-Catherine Provost of Laval, Que. won the Pro Honda Oils Women's Cup race on her Honda CBR600RR.

Action from Circuit ICAR will be shown on TSN HD and TSN on Tuesday, July 7 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern and repeated on Friday, July 10 at 4:00 a.m. Eastern. The races will also be televised on RDS. Check local listings for dates and times.

The Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary June 26-28.


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