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Jul 20, 2002

Pole Position For F-USA/Canadian 600cc Sportbike Race At Mosport Goes To Craig Connell

From a press release from the Parts Canada Superbike Championship series:<BR><BR>Connell grabs 600 Sport Bike pole with new lap record<BR><BR><BR>July 20, 2002<BR><BR> Arclight Racing Suzuki's Craig Connell from Queensland, Australia grabbed the pole position for Sunday's combined Pro Honda Oils / Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike final with a new 600 Sport Bike lap record this morning at Mosport.<BR><BR>Connell's time of 1:24.521 is almost a second faster than Jean-Francois Cyr's previous record of 1:25.405 set here last year. In fact, the top seven qualifiers were under Cyr's old lap record.<BR><BR>"We made some changes last night to the front forks that made a difference," commented Connell following the 25-minute timed qualifying session. "But, it all comes back to the tires, my Pirellis were working great."<BR><BR>Owen Weichel put his Canadian Kawasaki ZX6-R second on the grid with his time of 1:24.634.<BR><BR>Current Canadian series points leader Clint McBain set the third fastest qualifying time of 1:25.002.<BR><BR>Kevin Lacombe crashed his Orion Motorsports Honda CBR600F4i in turn 9 just past the half-way point in the session. Lacombe was unhurt in the fall and pushed his machine back to pit lane. His time at that point was good enough to hang on to a fifth place qualifying time of 1:25.232, just behind Cyr's time of 1:25.011.<BR><BR>Craig Recore of Peru, NY also fell unhurt early on in this session.<BR><BR>Final F-USA Pro Honda Oils/Yoshimura 600cc Sportbike Qualifying Results:<BR><BR><BR>1. Craig Connell, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:24.521 <BR>2. Owen Weichel, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 1:24.634 <BR>3. Clint McBain, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:25.002 <BR>4. Jean-Francois Cyr, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:25.011 <BR>5. Kevin Lacombe, Honda CBR600F4i, 1:25.232 <BR>6. Michael Barnes, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:25.256 <BR>7. Jeff Williams, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:25.344 <BR>8. Lee Acree, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:25.655 <BR>9. Larry Pegram, Suzuki GSX-R600,1:25.825 <BR>10. Jeff Wood, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:26.405 <BR>11. Matthew McBride, Honda CBR600, 1:26.554 <BR>12. Ugo Levert, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:26.565 <BR>13. Scott Greenwood, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:26.753 <BR>14. Eric Wood, Buell Firebolt XB9R, 1:27.057 <BR>15. Bruce McDonald, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:27.324 <BR>16. Chris Peris, Honda CBR600F4i, 1:27.343 <BR>17. Ray Bowman, Honda CBR600, 1:27.831 <BR>18. Francis Dubuc, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:27.886 <BR>19. Greg Boki, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:28.048 <BR>20. Cory West, Honda CBR600F4i, 1:28.442 <BR>21. Joe Temperato, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:28.451 <BR>22. Joel McDonald, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:28.457 <BR>23. Jerome Plourde, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:28.699 <BR>24. David Lamb, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:28.901 <BR>25. Martin Hamel, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:29.350 <BR>26. Victor Paiva, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 1:29.576 <BR>27. Darrin Mitchell, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:29.669 <BR>28. Peter Marsh, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 1:29.825 <BR>29. Craig Recore, Honda CBR600, 1:30.298 <BR>30. John Lounsbury, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:30.351 <BR>31. Zenon Nelson, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:30.575 <BR>32. Joseph Rozynski, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:32.060 <BR>33. Paolo Mariano, Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:33.505 <BR>34. Patrick Blouin, Honda CBR600, 1:33.863 <BR><BR>DQ* Richard Kjar, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:30.871<BR> <BR>* Disqualified due to leaving pit lane during Qualification session <BR> <BR><BR>