Raphael Archambault edged Jodi Christie for the Pro Sport Bike pole. Raphael Archambault edged Jodi Christie for the Pro Sport Bike pole. By Bob Szoke

Archambault claims first Pro pole

Written by  on Friday, 24 August 2012 17:50

From Frontline CSBK Inc.

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. -- Raphael Archambault claimed pole position for the K&N Performance Filters Pro Sport Bike class on his Team Archambault Racing / Picotte Motorsports / G Suspension Suzuki GSX-R600 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Friday.

The Terrebonne, Que. rider turned a lap at 1:25.274 right at the end of the session to edge the Jodi Christie Racing / Accelerated Technologies Honda CBR600RR of points leader Jodi Christie, who missed half the session after a crash on his first flying lap but still holds a commanding 77-point lead in the standings heading into this weekend’s races.

Michael Leon of Beaconsfield, Que. set the third fastest time at 1:26.285 on his Royal Distributing Honda CBR600RR.

Michael Barnes of Boca Raton, Fla. claimed pole position for this weekend’s pair of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada XR1200 Cup races. Riding for the Ruthless Racing / Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada team, Barnes turned a lap at 1:31.570.

Steve Crevier moved closer to repeating as class champion by qualifying second on his MotoSport Plus / Dominion Lending entry with a time of 1:31.910. The Maple Ridge, B.C. racer now has 226 points to the 166 of Deep Cove, B.C.’s Darren James, who qualified fifth on another of the Ruthless Racing / Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada machines. James is competing with a broken ankle sustained last weekend in Indianapolis.

Tim Robinson of Gatineau, Que. claimed pole position for the Bazzaz Amateur Superbike class with a time of 1:24.636 on the Robinson Racing / Gym-Max BMW S1000RR. Points leader Trevor Daley of Mississauga, Ont. was second quickest with a 1:26.902 on the OneSpeed / ProStar / Riders Choice Honda CBR600RR and goes into Saturday’s penultimate round of the season with 186 points to the 139 of St-Hyacinthe, Que.’s Philippe Masse, who qualified third on the racingphil.com / Pete’s Superbike Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Inside Motorcycles columnist Steve Hoffarth of Orangeville, Ont. qualified a season-high fourth on his BMW S1000RR with a time of 1:27.959.

Masse extended his lead in the Inside Motorcycles Amateur Sport Bike class by claiming pole position for this weekend’s races with a time of 1:27.123 on his Kawasaki ZX-6R. Masse now has 184 points in the class standings to the 137 of Sarnia, Ont.’s Will Hornblower, who qualified fifth on the Hornblower Racing / Blue Streak / ProPulsion Yamaha YZF-R6 and failed to add to his point total.

Stacey Nesbitt got a bit of breathing room at the top of the Honda CBR250R National Race Series standings by taking the four points that go with pole position. The St-Lazare, Que. native recorded a time of 1:54.183 on her Powersports Canada entry while title challenger Ryan Roche of Pickering, Ont. could only manage the fifth best time of 1:55.142.

Nesbitt now takes an eight-point lead, 364-356 over Roche into this weekend’s races.

Costa Mouzouris of Montreal padded his lead in the Media Challenge division of the Honda CBR250R series by taking pole position with a time of 1:54.871.

Inside Motorcycles managing editor Graeme Jones will start 12th on the grid.

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