Freedom Cycle Race Report - Parts Canada Superbike Championship Rd 6
August 24, 2007
The week leading up to Round 6 of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship was exciting. With only a couple of days to prepare the bikes from the previous weekends AMCRA regional round, and the added pressures of their "home" national the weeks schedule was full with activities at the track, and at Freedom Cycle, but the team was looking forward to putting on a good show for the home fans, customers, and their friends and families.
Friday's practice schedule seemed to be quite relaxed. Jeremy Burgess on the ex-Factory Superbike circulated the 2.56 km circuit with teammate Terry Steeves in tow as the two superbikes were compared for an ideal set-up around the tight twisty track. By the end of the second free practice both Freedom Cycle, Kawasaki ZX-10R superbikes were ready to go.
With 27 bikes trying to qualify, finding a small piece of clear track was going to be paramount for both Steeves and Burgess. Burgess was able to set a personal best lap on only his second lap of the session, which was fortunate as the Hammonds Plains rider made a small error entering turn 3 on his third lap and crashed. The number 22 rider was unhurt in the incident and damage to his Superbike was minor. Steeves had a more difficult time finding clear track but with help from the number 38 crew, Terry was also able to set a personal best lap on his 14th lap of the session. Burgess and Steeves would grid 10th and 16th respectively for the feature event.
Under clear skies and on a very hot track, the race was on. Burgess got away to a clean start and effectively got himself into 8th position. For the most part, the race would be a lonely one for the defending Maritime Champion as he paced the twisty track well ahead of 9th and 10th place riders and unable to challenge the top 7. Deeper in the field, after a poor start Steeves had his work cut out for him. By midway through the race the number 38 bike had climbed into 15th place behind factory Suzuki rider Francis Martin. "I blew the start, said Steeves, we ran good, but I have to spend too much of the race making up for my bad start instead of moving forward, I'll have it sorted out for Shannonville." Freedom Cycle Racing finished the day satisfied, with an 8th place for Burgess and 15th for Steeves.
Next up for the Freedom Cycle Racing #38 machine is the final round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park from August 31 - September 2.
For race fans wanting more, the Parts Canada Superbike Championship will be available with audio feed for the final round at www.cdnsuperbike.com. TSN and TSN-HD coverage of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship broadcast begins in September, see your local listings or www.cdnsuperbike.com for times and dates.