Race samples taken from the top five bikes at the conclusion of Sunday’s race were all the correct colour of the supplied fuel - with the exception of Lacombe's Couturier Racing BMW S1000RR. Stephane Couturier, head of Couturier Racing, said the team tried the Sunoco fuel during morning practice but “the bike overheated in practice (with the spec fuel)… I don’t want to kill my rider or anybody following him, so I had to choose to either go home or take a chance with the pump gas (that the team ran all year).”
A source within the series indicated that the decision to disqualify Lacombe was based on the fact that his team had not complied by running the provided fuel. Couturier appealed the ruling within two days of the event via a formal e-mail to series organizers.
With Lacombe's DQ, Pro Superbike rookie Bodhi Edie was officially moved to a third place standing in Sunday's race.
As per CSBK rules, the series will appoint a three-person independent board to hear the appeal and make a final decision. Inside Motorcycles will report back with results of the appeal process. A date has not yet been set.