Kim Moore of Honda Canada presents Stacey Nesbitt with her number one plate and trophy. Kim Moore of Honda Canada presents Stacey Nesbitt with her number one plate and trophy. By Bob Szoke

Nesbitt claims CBR250R crown

Written by  on Monday, 27 August 2012 12:41

By John Hopkins

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. -- Stacey Nesbitt wrapped up the Honda CBR250R National Race Series title with a second place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday.

The St-Lazare, Que. rider ended the year with 448 points to the 425 of Pickering, Ont.’s Ryan Roche, who took fourth in the season finale.

Peterborough, Ont.’s Tomas Casas claimed his fourth straight win for the Peterborough Cycle Salvage team, finishing 7.408 secs. ahead of Nesbitt, who won a battle with Oakville, Ont.’s Cameron Walker for the runner-up spot.

“I’m glad I was able to go for this title,” said Nesbitt, who was last season’s CBR125R Challenge national champion. “It was fun to come out and race with this group again.”

Nesbitt got the holeshot at the start of the 10-lap race on her Powesports Canada-backed CBR250R but Casas was in front by the end of the first lap and steadily pulled away for his sixth win in 10 events this year.

“I’ve been comfortable ever since we got to the track this weekend,” said Casas, who finished third in the final point standings. “I wanted to pull a gap in front and then at the end I just eased up a bit.”

Needing only to finish ahead of Roche to be assured of the title, Nesbitt was expected to play it cautious on Sunday. But she got locked into a good fight with Walker and admitted she would have had a go at Casas if not for an unusual setback.

“My hair got in my eyes at the beginning and it was all downhill from there,” she admitted. “My bangs were in my face and that distracted me just enough. I wanted to go for the win and I’m kind of disappointed Tomas got away. Maybe I should have played it safe, but the racer got a hold of me.”

Walker scored an impressive podium finish in his second ever national appearance. The 14-year-old was fifth in his series debut on Saturday.

Roche was forced to compete on a hastily prepared back-up bike after he was involved in a frightening three-rider incident that brought out the red flag on the opening lap of the race.

Sean Smith went down in front of a pack of riders in turn nine and one racer was launched over his bike, while another ran over the Calgary rider. Smith was transported to hospital in nearby Oshawa with undisclosed injuries, although he was conscious and communicating with rescue crews at the scene of the crash.

Media Challenge competitor Costa Mouzouris was caught up in the crash and suffered an arm injury, although he was able to walk to the medical centre. Roche was unhurt but his bike was wrecked.

Laval, Que.’s Pascal Bastien of Moto 123 repeated as winner of the Media Challenge division. Mouzouris, riding for CMG Online, clinched the Media title on Saturday.

Inside Motorcycles managing editor Graeme Jones improved on his sixth place finish from Saturday to take fourth on Sunday after a race-long scrap with Roche and David Booth.

Race Results

Pos

No.

Name

Hometown

Total distance

Laps

Best Tm

In Lap

Diff

Make

Model/Engine

Total Tm

1

10

Tomas Casas

Peterborough, ON

31.656

8

1:48.480

2

Honda

CBR250R

13:05.479

2

1

Stacey Nesbitt

St-Lazare, QC

31.656

8

1:49.319

2

7.408

Honda

CBR250R

13:12.887

3

112

Cameron Walker

Oakville, ON

31.656

8

1:50.396

2

7.877

Honda

CBR250R

13:13.356

4

2

Pascal Bastien

Laval, QC

31.656

8

1:53.909

2

20.665

Honda

CBR250R

13:26.144

5

4

Kevin Duke

Westminster, CA

31.656

8

1:52.106

2

20.764

Honda

CBR250R

13:26.243

6

19

Neil Graham

Toronto, ON

31.656

8

1:54.524

2

32.009

Honda

CBR250R

13:37.488

7

386

Ryan Roche

Pickering, ON

31.656

8

1:56.408

8

42.442

Honda

CBR250R

13:47.921

8

11

Graeme Jones

Toronto, ON

31.656

8

1:57.007

8

42.878

Honda

CBR250R

13:48.357

9

6

David Booth

Toronto, ON

31.656

8

1:56.530

6

43.428

Honda

CBR250R

13:48.907

10

18

Matt Chandler

Oak Ridges, ON

31.656

8

1:58.110

6

53.530

Honda

CBR250R

13:59.009

11

3

Alex Crookes

Toronto, ON

27.699

7

2:09.235

2

1 Lap

Honda

CBR250R

13:11.076

DNS

7

Costa Mouzouris

Montreal, QC

-

0

DNS

Honda

CBR250R

DNS

195

Sean Smith

Calgary, AB

-

0

DNS

Honda

CBR250R

Point Standings

1

Stacey Nesbitt

448

2

Ryan Roche

425

3

Tomas Casas

393

4

Sean Smith

282

5

Ballie Ives

134

6

Connor Warnell

121

7

Matt Chandler

109

9

Cameron Walker

68

8

Leah MacInnis

27

Media Challenge

1

Costa Mouzouris

371

2

Alex Crookes

277

3

Pascal Bastien

269

4

Neil Graham

219

5

David Booth

131

6

Rob Harris

108

7

Kevin Duke

83

8

Jean-Pascal Schroeder

76

9

Derreck Roemer

70

10

Graeme Jones

59

11

Didier Constant

56

12

Bertrand Gahel

45

13

Dominic Aubry

33

14

Eric Moffette

32

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