McBain wins at Calgary


Nine second victory for McBain

The second event in the Canadian series went to Clint McBain (Acceleration Racing Suzuki), with a healthy 9.2 second victory over pole-sitter and two-time defending series champion Jordan Szoke. Third went to Kevin Lacombe on the Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing Yamaha R-1.

"After what happened last year (he crashed a few corners from the end while leading — Ed.), to do this in front of everybody is tremendous," McBain said. "It couldn’t be better. I really felt like it was my turn."

Pole-sitter Szoke said, "I didn’t win, but I finished ahead of the people I needed to. On the third lap I almost highsided onto the front straight, then I got messed up in traffic and then my tires went off again. Not taking anything away from Clint, but I didn’t have the set-up." Szoke extended his series lead to 14 points over Lacombe.


Szoke leading Lacombe

Lacombe said his bike was suffering from overheating and he felt lucky to finish the race. He dropped back early, then came back in the second half of the race finally catching Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing entry Chris Peris for third just two laps from the end. Peris’ two team-mates, Francis Martin and Matt McBride, finished sixth and seventh, with Szoke’s team-mate, teenager Brett McCormick, using his Canadian Kawasaki ZX-10R to break up the Suzuki trio.

Eighth through 10th went to local riders, Jeremy Stepper on his GSX-R1000 leading Dave Stokowski’s Calgary Motorsports ZX-10R and Peter Holzinger on another GSX-R1000. Holzinger battled with Steve Crevier on the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada / Ruthless Racing Buell 1125R for the first half of the race before Crevier retired with mechanical troubles.

In 600 action, Szoke repeated his Calabogie win, just ahead of Peris with Lacombe a close third.
The Canadian Thunder action went to Andrew Nelson of Kars, Ont., taking his NCR-Ducati 848 to the top of the podium ahead of Calgary’s Chad Pasowisty on a Ducati 749R. Dave Estok of Florida was third on the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada / Ruthless Racing Buell 1125R.

In the "second-division" of Thunder, Jim Proulx of Ottawa won the Canadian Sport Twins race on a Buell XB12R. His 18-second triumph over the Buell XB9R of Surrey, B.C.’s Olivier Spilborghs earned him his second straight Tirox Winning Big Award.

Jodi Christie of Keene, Ont. won the Armour Bodies Amateur 600 Sport Bike race on his Yamaha YZF-R6, beating the Suzuki GSX-R600 of Calgary’s Patrick Marques by 4.909 secs.

Clint McBain’s stepson Cody Matechuk completed a great day for the family by winning the Suzuki SV650 National Cup race, coming out on top of a battle for the victory with Burlington, Ont. rider John Jarvie.

The Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues with a doubleheader at Mosport International Raceway July 17-20.


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