Double for McCormick


McCormick leading Szoke

Brett McCormick of Saskatoon waxed his competition at the ICAR track at Mirabel airport near Montreal in June 14’s Parts Canada Superbike series, taking victories in both the Pro Superbike and Pro Sport Bike contests in the second of seven scheduled events (nine races counting double-headers).

The racing wasn’t that close — lots of time between most competitors at the end of the races at the concrete and Armco-lined track, perhaps indicating some maturity in our Pro racing ranks — but getting best qualifying time, leading the most laps, and taking the race win vaulted the 17-year-old Blackfoot Suzuki rider into a narrow points lead over his former team-mate Jordan Szoke on his Canadian Kawasaki machines.

McCormick was third off the line behind Szoke and Yamaha Canada’s Kevin Lacombe, but Lacombe crashed on the second lap and McCormick got by Szoke during the incident and headed off unchecked. "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."

Szoke shrugged it off: "I made a mistake when Kevin crashed. 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."

Kars, Ontario, racer Andrew Nelson, fresh from racing in the World Supersport race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah two weeks ago, gathered up thirds in both the Superbike and Pro Sport Bike races.

In other Parts Canada action, Sebastien Tremblay of Longeuil, Quebec, 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 on lap seven of the 14-lap race and held on to beat the Cochrane, Alberta, rider by just 0.342 seconds.

Rob Busby of Brantford, Ontario, earned his second straight Suzuki SV650 National Cup win of the season, beating St-Colomban, Quebec’s Raphael Archambault by 7.651 seconds. Archambault, 13 years of age, started racing only last year in the Honda CBR125 Challenge.

Warman, Saskatchewan’s Bodhi Edie won the Honda CBR125R Challenge race over Hamilton, Ontario, racer Steven Nickerson. Edie earned the Tirox Won Big Time Award for enjoying the largest winning margin of the day. Pickering, Ontario’s Ryan Roche placed third.

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

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