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Stacey Nesbitt took her second win of the season at AMP. Stacey Nesbitt took her second win of the season at AMP. By Bob Szoke

Nesbitt wins second CBR250R national

Written by  on Sunday, 22 July 2012 22:10

By John Hopkins

SHUBENACADIE, N.S. – Stacey Nesbitt of St-Lazare, Que. claimed her second victory of the season in the Honda CBR250R National Race Series at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Sunday and closed the gap to points leader Ryan Roche with the season half over.

Nesbitt actually crossed the line second, right behind Roche, but the Pickering, Ont. rider was penalized for rough riding, as he made a sudden cut across Nesbitt’s bow in the run to the checkered flag.

Connor Warnell of Dartmouth, N.S. completed the podium.

Nesbitt grabbed the holeshot for the 12-lap race and held off Roche and Peterborough, Ont.’s Tomas Casas as the laps wound down. Casas, who won Saturday’s race at AMP crashed in turn two on the final lap, leaving Nesbitt and Roche to settle matters. Roche pulled alongside on the backstraight with his Brooklin Cycle-backed machine and completed the move for the lead with a daring run around the outside into the turn nine Carousel. But as they accelerated onto the front straight Roche made a sudden move to the left in front of Nesbitt, for which he was penalized.

“It was a good race and I love Shubie,” said Powersports Canada-backed Nesbitt, who swept a pair of CBR125R Nationals at AMP last year. “The lead is never the best place to be at the start of the last lap. I had wanted to save it until then.”

Roche now has 278 points to Nesbitt’s 274 at the halfway point of the CBR250R season.

“It didn’t turn out the way I wanted but it was still a fun race,” he said. “There were a few times I thought I was going to go down in turn two but I managed to hold on.”

Ballie Ives of Hants County, N.S. grabbed third spot at the start from Casas and Warnell, and it took Casas two laps to work his way into third. He then did an impressive job of whittling down the gap to Nesbitt and Roche, setting the race’s fastest lap at 1:20.618 on lap six.

After Casas pulled clear Ives came under pressure from Pro Cycle-backed Warnell, who finally got ahead two laps from the end.

Ives settled for fourth while Sean Smith of Calgary took fifth and reclaimed third place in the series point standings.

For the second day in a row Rob Harris of CMGOnline won the Media Challenge, but Costa Mouzouris from Inside Motorcycles, who didn’t make the trip east, continues to lead the standings.

Race Results

Pos

No.

Name

Hometown

Total distance

Laps

Best Tm

In Lap

Diff

Make

Model/Engine

Total Tm

Comment

1

1

Stacey Nesbitt

St-Lazare, QC

30.720

12

1:21.274

9

0.016

Honda

CBR250R

15:00.113

2

386

Ryan Roche

Pickering, ON

30.720

12

1:21.234

9

Honda

CBR250R

15:00.097

Penalty for Rough Riding - 1 Position

3

38

Connor Warnell

Dartmouth, NS

30.720

12

1:21.535

11

8.057

Honda

CBR250R

15:08.154

4

11

Ballie Ives

Hants County, NS

30.720

12

1:21.696

12

9.063

Honda

CBR250R

15:09.160

5

195

Sean Smith

Calgary, AB

30.720

12

1:24.507

8

47.357

Honda

CBR250R

15:47.454

6

2

Leah MacInnis

Charlottetown, PEI

30.720

12

1:25.232

10

1:06.411

Honda

CBR250R

16:06.508

7

4

Rob Harris

Sackville, NB

30.720

12

1:26.591

8

1:18.030

Honda

CBR250R

16:18.127

8

3

Alex Crookes

Toronto, ON

28.160

11

1:33.400

7

1 Lap

Honda

CBR250R

15:55.041

DNF

10

Tomas Casas

Peterborough, ON

28.160

11

1:20.618

6

DNF

Honda

CBR250R

13:38.055

Point Standings

1

386

Ryan Roche

278

0

2

1

Stacey Nesbitt

274

4

3

195

Sean Smith

192

86

4

10

Tomas Casas

186

92

5

38

Connor Warnell

67

211

6

11

Ballie Ives

64

214

7

2

Leah MacInnis

27

251

Media Challenge

1

7

Costa Mouzouris

215

0

2

3

Alex Crookes

165

50

3

2

Pascal Bastien

87

128

4

2

Neil Graham

81

134

5

6

Jean-Pascal Schroeder

76

139

6

11

Derreck Roemer

70

145

7

4

Didier Constant

56

159

8

4

Rob Harris

52

163

9

6

David Booth

46

169

10

11

Eric Moffette

32

183

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