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Jodi Christie won his second straight Pro Sport Bike race at AMP. Jodi Christie won his second straight Pro Sport Bike race at AMP. By Bob Szoke

Christie stretches Pro Sport Bike lead

Written by  on Sunday, 22 July 2012 14:54

By John Hopkins

SHUBENACADIE, N.S. – Jodi Christie extended his lead in the K&N Performance Filters Pro Sport Bike class with his second victory in a row at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Sunday.

The Keene, Ont. rider took the lead from title rival Frank Trombino on lap five of the 18-lap race and pulled away to an 8.339-sec. victory on his Jodi Christie Racing / Accelerated Technologies Honda CBR600RR.

Trombino took second on the Acme Slate / Dua Bodywork / G Suspension Suzuki GSX-R600 and local rookie Pro Caleb Noiles completed the podium on his G-Bourque Racing / Absolute MMA / Letterman Glenn Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Christie made his move for the lead entering turn one.

“The pass kind of presented itself to me,” said Christie, who started from pole but was beaten off the line by Trombino and Raphael Archambault’s Team Archambault Racing / Picotte Motorsports / G Suspension Suzuki GSX-R600. “I got a better drive onto the straight and went then. From there everything was good. I tried to just put down consistent laps and be smooth.”

The win gave Christie 164 points at the halfway mark of the Pro Sport Bike season while Trombino is second with 144.

Trombino stayed close to Christie but a near highside aggravated an old right shoulder injury and the Kleinburg, Ont. veteran had to back off. He was also troubled by a sick engine in his Suzuki, and the bike could be heard popping and banging at full throttle on the front straight.

According to Trombino the motorcycle was down to 97 horsepower on the dyno after the race, having run as high as 115 hp.

“I had a near highside in turn four and my shoulder gave out,” said Trombino of his injury. “It goes back to an accident I had in 2000. It’s bothered me before, but this is the first time it happened during the race. It just felt numb.”

Fortunately Trombino was under no threat from behind. Archambault crashed out of second spot exiting the last turn on lap one, and fellow front row starter Ron Munroe crashed his Freedom Cycle / Beta CNC Technologies / Podium One Kawasaki ZX-6R out of third place in turn one on lap six.

Paul Whitehead of Baddeck, N.S. placed fourth on his Honda CBR600RR after a racelong battle with the Suzuki GSX-R600 of Milford, N.S.’s Richard Thompson.

Ste-Marthe, Que.’s Louie Raffa was sixth on the Team Couturier Racing / Centre Hamel Honda CBR600RR and moved up to third in the standings with 85 points.

Race Results

Pos  No. Name             Hometown   Total distance                 Laps            Best Tm In Lap               Diff            Make        Model/Engine        Total Tm

  1. 1     1    Jodi Christie   Keene, ON    46.080     18    1:08.070 2               Honda     CBR600RR       20:37.610
  2. 2     31   Frank Trombino                Kleinburg, ON   46.080    18   1:08.660           6                   8.339       Suzuki     GSX-R600      20:45.949          
  3. 3     17   Caleb Noiles  Upper Coverdale, NB    46.080           18   1:10.242           3                   38.954      Kawasaki  ZX-6R    21:16.564     
  4. 4     131 Paul Whitehead                Baddeck, NS    43.520    17   1:12.479           2                   1 Lap       Honda     CBR600RR      20:40.252          
  5. 5     3    Richard Thompson             Milford, NS      43.520    17   1:12.505           3                   1 Lap       Suzuki     GSX-R600      20:41.706          
  6. 6     76   Louie Raffa    Ste-Marthe, QC           43.520           17   1:12.917           7                   1 Lap       Honda     CBR600RR      20:59.151          
  7. 7     164 Laurent Feuiltault             Cookstown, ON 43.520    17   1:14.278           6                   1 Lap       Kawasaki  650R      21:13.688     

DNF 261 Ron Munroe   Beaver Bank, NS         12.800           5     1:09.294           3                   DNF         Kawasaki  ZX-6R    5:44.399

DNF 85   Raphael Archambault         Terrebonne, QC -                           0           DNF               Suzuki      GSX-R600                

Point Standings

  1. 1         1    Jodi Christie                   164
  2. 2         31  Frank Trombino             144
  3. 3         76  Louie Raffa                     85
  4. 4         85  Raphael Archambault    79
  5. 5         74  Michael Leon                 60
  6. 6         164 Laurent Feuiltault    50
  7. 7         707 Aubrey Bailey           38
  8. 8         17  Caleb Noiles                  37
  9. 9         131  Paul Whitehead        32
  10. 10       3    Richard Thompson         29
  11. 11       41  Amzy Nawaz                   27
  12. 12      261 Ron Munroe             2
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