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Aug 11, 2001

Trombino Takes Second Straight Pole In Canadian Series, At Atlantic Motorsports Park

Yamaha Canada's Frank Trombino earned his second consecutive Parts Canada Superbike Series pole position Friday on the 1.46-mile Atlantic Motorsports Park road course, with a time of 1:09.396 on a Yamaha YZF-R1. Trombino's pole position earned 10 bonus Championship points, moving him up to fifth in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings with 139 points.

Michael Taylor qualified second-fastest with a time of 1:09.428 on his Honda RC51. For his efforts, Taylor earned six bonus points Friday, enough to keep Taylor, fourth in the standings, two points ahead of Trombino in the Championship.

1999 Canadian Superbike Champion Francis Martin lapped the circuit in 1:09.706 on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 for third on the grid and four bonus points. Martin, second in the standings, closes the gap to point leader Steve Crevier. Crevier now leads Martin in points 252 to 214.

Crevier suffered engine troubles with his Honda RC51 and was forced to qualify on his CBR600F4i. Despite the power deficit, Crevier still managed to grab the final spot on the front row with a time of 1:09.829. Unfortunately, Crevier earned no bonus points for qualifying fourth.

Crevier also set the fastest practice times in International Motorcycle Supershow Open Sport Bike, with a time of 1:10.716, and in Yoshimura 600cc Sport Bike, with a 1:10.449. Crevier did both times on his Honda CBR600F4i.

Kawasaki Canada's Owen Weichel, third in series point standings, just missed the front row Friday with a 1:10.186 on his ZX-7RR.

The remainder of the Parts Canada Superbike grid will be set during a final qualifying session on Saturday. Open Sport Bike and 600cc Sport Bike grids will also be set Saturday with all three races taking place on Sunday.

Friday's Parts Canada Superbike Qualifying Results:

1. Frank Trombino, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:09.396
2. Michael Taylor, Honda RC51, 1:09.428
3. Francis Martin, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 1:09.706
4. Steve Crevier, Honda CBR600F4i, 1:09.829
5. Owen Weichel, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 1:10.186
6. Jeff Williams, Honda CBR600F4i, 1:11.138
7. Andrew Nelson, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 1:11.550
8. Kevin Lacombe, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:11.649
9. Greg Boki, Yamaha YZF-R1, 1:11.862
10. Michael Leon, Honda CBR600F4i, 1:12.201