Steve Crevier (c) held off Michael Barnes (l) to win at CTMP, with John Ross MacRae (r) claiming third. Steve Crevier (c) held off Michael Barnes (l) to win at CTMP, with John Ross MacRae (r) claiming third. By Bob Szoke

Crevier beats Barnes in XR1200 Cup

Written by  on Monday, 27 August 2012 12:06

By John Hopkins

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. -- Steve Crevier outdueled Michael Barnes for the victory in the final round of the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada XR1200 Cup at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday.

Riding for the MotoSport Plus / Dominion Lending team, the Maple Ridge, B.C. veteran finished 0.909 secs. ahead of Boca Raton, Fla.’s Barnes, riding for the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada / Ruthless Racing team.

John Ross MacRae of Calgary, on another of the Ruthless Racing entries, placed third after passing the Mackie Harley-Davidson XR1200 of Toronto’s Michael Taylor on the final lap.

Crevier had clinched his second straight series title on Saturday.

“Yesterday we got spanked in a big way,” said Crevier, who had finished a distant second to Barnes in Saturday’s race. “We’ve been having a bit of trouble with the bike, but today it had a little more ‘oomph’ on the backstraight and we were able to stay with ‘Barney.’”

By the second lap of the 14-lap race Crevier and Barnes were alone in the lead fight and they traded the top spot repeatedly. The 47-year-old champion made the decisive pass in turn three on lap 11, and then was able to hold off a bid by Barnes at the end of the backstraight on the final lap to secure his fifth win in six races this season.

“Steve really hung it out on that last lap in [turn] eight,” admitted Saturday’s winner. “It was good clean racing from a wily old veteran. We had a lot of fun.”

MacRae, Taylor and Saturday’s third place finisher Elie Daccache battled for the final podium spot the whole race. The Ruthless Racing rider grabbed the position through the fast turn four on the final lap and then was able to stay in front over the final half of the lap.

“I was getting a better drive out of turn three so I made my move down the hill,” explained MacRae, who had crashed out of Saturday’s race. “I held him [Taylor] up through Moss’s [turn five] and then didn’t take my normal line into turn eight. Once we got through eight I knew I had it.”

Despite missing out on the podium Taylor produced another heroic ride on the badly broken leg he injured just two weeks ago at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

Daccache lost touch with MacRae and Taylor briefly at half distance, apparently through lapped traffic, and the Harley-Davidson de l’Outaouais rider never seemed quite able to challenge from there.

Darren James of Deep Cove, B.C., racing with a broken tibia, passed Donald Taylor on the final lap to grab sixth on his Ruthless Racing entry and lock up second spot in the XR1200 Cup point standings, ahead of Michael Taylor.

Race Results

Pos

No.

Name

Hometown

Total distance

Laps

Best Tm

In Lap

Diff

Make

Model/Engine

Total Tm

1

1

Steve Crevier

Maple Ridge, BC

55.398

14

1:31.759

5

Harley Davidson

XR1200

21:28.550

2

34

Michael Barnes

Boca Raton, FL

55.398

14

1:31.943

9

0.909

Harley Davidson

XR1200

21:29.459

3

27

John Ross MacRae

Calgary, AB

55.398

14

1:31.855

5

6.513

Harley Davidson

XR1200

21:35.063

4

15

Michael Taylor

Toronto, ON

55.398

14

1:32.069

8

6.812

Harley Davidson

XR1200

21:35.362

5

53

Elie Daccache

Newcastle, ON

55.398

14

1:31.851

4

7.245

Harley Davidson

XR1200

21:35.795

6

29

Darren James

North Vancouver, BC

55.398

14

1:35.134

14

54.272

Harley Davidson

XR1200

22:22.822

7

35

Don Taylor

Port Colborne, ON

55.398

14

1:35.553

6

54.642

Harley Davidson

XR1200

22:23.192

8

80

Blaise Fougere

Dartmouth, NS

55.398

14

1:37.449

2

1:18.173

Harley Davidson

XR1200

22:46.723

9

369

Gump Harrison

Ailsa Craig, ON

51.441

13

1:45.394

5

1 Lap

Harley Davidson

XR1200

23:06.294

DNS

37

Patrick Chartrand

Mississauga, ON

-

0

DNS

Harley Davidson

XR1200

Point Standings

1

Steve Crevier

320

2

Darren James

220

3

Michael Taylor

190

4

Elie Daccache

178

5

Blaise Fougere

167

6

John Ross MacRae

149

7

Don Taylor

136

8

Gump Harrison

134

9

Michael Barnes

98

10

Eric Trudel

73

11

Patrick Chartrand

44

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