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Parts Canada Superbike: McCormick's week-end (+photos)


by Parts Canada Superbike Championship

MIRABEL, Que. – 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.

Brett McCormick completed a dominant weekend at Circuit iCAR with a victory in Sunday's second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship.

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.”
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