Schouten Continues Top 10 Performance and a Solid Contender in Championship Standings
July 2, 2009
Vaughn, Ontario (July 1, 2009)- Kahuna Powersports’ Vicki Schouten enjoyed another top 10 finish in the Armour Bodies Amateur Sportbike class at the Parts Canada Superbike Round #3 in Calgary this past weekend.
After a successful career best 4th place finish at the RACE Superseries at Shannonville the weekend before, Schouten packed up her Kahuna Kawasaki ZX-6R racebikes and gear and sent them to Calgary via the OTSFF trailer. Schouten arrived in Calgary late Wednesday evening, and after a good rest travelled to Race City Speedway where her ZX-6R’s were ready and waiting.
“It was really nice to be able to fly out to Calgary for a change,” explained Schouten, who made the lengthy and scenic cross-Canada drive in 2008, “Keith from OTSFF has been really great and reliable, and I can’t thank him enough for getting my gear to Calgary safe and sound and for letting us borrow the trailer to work out of all weekend.”
Although this was only her second time to Calgary, Schouten was excited to return to the 3.2km racetrack, famous for Canada’s longest straightaway. “Everyone has their views of Calgary,” said Schouten, “but I really enjoyed the track last year and was looking forward to coming back.”
Schouten struggled a little in qualifying, and with some help from mechanic Jim Brooks and John Sharrard of Accelerated Technologies she was able to get the ZX-6R dialled and feeling more comfortable on the bumpy racetrack. She qualified 12th, but a mistake on her part during a pit lane exit saw Schouten get bumped back a row on the grid, starting from the 5th row on race day.
“I was disappointed about having to start from back,” suggested Schouten, “but in the grand scheme of things it wasn’t so bad. Calgary has a really long front straightaway and I knew the ZX-6R had the power to charge into turn one and come out ahead.” Schouten made up several positions off the start and was able to work her way up to 8th position, in a three way battle for 7th. Eventually the riders got into some lapped traffic in the keyhole, and Schouten was bumped to 9th position, where she ultimately finished the race.
“It wasn’t my greatest finish, but considering we were still top 10, I was okay with that,” said Schouten, who had overall points in mind when she rode to a conservative 9th place finish. Schouten remains 4th overall in the Armour Bodies Amateur Sportbike class in the National championship standings.
Schouten would like to thank Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Kahuna Powersports, Bell Helmets, Better Built by Brooks, Accelerated Technologies, Performance Under Gear, Motul, Pit Bull, Galfer, Bickle Racing, Giro Eyewear, Vortex, Auto Trim & Signs for all of their help and support.
Thanks so much as well to Jim Brooks for continuing to keep the Kawasaki’s running strong, and to John Sharrard for the suspension set-up and pit board help over the weekend.
Watch for Schouten on her Kahuna Kawasaki ZX-6R at Round #4 of the Parts Canada Superbike series at Mosport International Raceway near Bowmanville, Ontario from July 16-19, 2009.