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Crevier (l) clinched the XR1200 Cup title with second place behind Barnes (c), while Daccache (r) completed the podium. Crevier (l) clinched the XR1200 Cup title with second place behind Barnes (c), while Daccache (r) completed the podium. By Bob Szoke

Crevier takes second straight XR1200 crown

Written by  on Sunday, 26 August 2012 08:51

By John Hopkins

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. -- Steve Crevier saw his perfect run of Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada XR1200 Cup race wins come to an end at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Saturday, but second place was enough for him to clinch his second straight class title for the MotoSport Plus / Dominion Lending team.

After claiming the Tactical Products Canada LUMINOX Pole Award in qualifying on Friday, Michael Barnes of Boca Raton, Fla. scored the race win on his Ruthless Racing / Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada entry, finishing the 14-lap race 9.890 secs. ahead of Maple Ridge, B.C.’s Crevier.

Elie Daccache of Newcastle, Ont. completed the podium on the Harley-Davidson de l’Outaouais-sponsored entry.

Crevier got the holeshot at the start of the 14-lap race but Barnes muscled his way by into turn three and was never headed from there. He led Crevier by 4.5 secs. at half distance and continued to stretch that margin. He set the fastest lap of the race, a 1:31.223 on his fourth tour.

“Steve and I had a little dicing match at the start,” Barnes said. “I got a good run out of turn two and I thought I had room, but these wide bars must take up some space…”

Crevier admitted he couldn’t match the pace of the slender Barnes on the backstraight.

“I had nothing on the straight and it was pretty frustrating,” the six-time Superbike champ said. “But I realized I just need to survive this and win another championship. Hopefully we can do a bit better tomorrow.”

Crevier presented his number one plate to crew member Dan Thomson, himself a former racer in the XR1200 class.

John Ross MacRae started third on another of the Ruthless entries but crashed in turn five on lap two, just after snatching second from Crevier. That put Daccache into the final podium spot and gave him his best finish of the season.

“I was hoping to race with JR but after he went down I just wanted to put in six or seven clean laps,” Daccache said.

Despite breaking his femur two weeks ago at Mont-Tremblant, Toronto’s Michael Taylor put in a remarkably brave ride to claim fourth for the Mackie Harley-Davidson team.

Taylor still trails Darren James of Ruthless Racing by 35 points for second place in the XR1200 Cup standings heading into Sunday’s final race. The Deep Cove, B.C. racer, competing with a broken tibia suffered last weekend, salvaged sixth behind Don Taylor’s Clare’s Cycle of Niagara entry.

Blaise Fougere was seventh for the Maritime Harley-Davidson Dealers team, riding on a bike borrowed from Lee Kuhn after his own lost its engine in the morning warm-up.

Race Results

Pos

No.

Name

Hometown

Total distance

Laps

Best Tm

In Lap

Diff

Make

Model/Engine

Total Tm

1

34

Michael Barnes

Boca Raton, FL

55.398

14

1:31.223

4

Harley Davidson

XR1200

21:26.015

2

1

Steve Crevier

Maple Ridge, BC

55.398

14

1:31.552

3

9.890

Harley Davidson

XR1200

21:35.905

3

53

Elie Daccache

Newcastle, ON

55.398

14

1:32.713

3

25.551

Harley Davidson

XR1200

21:51.566

4

15

Michael Taylor

Toronto, ON

55.398

14

1:34.386

2

48.086

Harley Davidson

XR1200

22:14.101

5

35

Don Taylor

Port Colborne, ON

55.398

14

1:36.653

2

1:14.702

Harley Davidson

XR1200

22:40.717

6

29

Darren James

North Vancouver, BC

55.398

14

1:36.439

12

1:23.525

Harley Davidson

XR1200

22:49.540

7

80

Blaise Fougere

Dartmouth, NS

55.398

14

1:38.213

9

1:42.832

Harley Davidson

XR1200

23:08.847

8

37

Patrick Chartrand

Mississauga, ON

51.441

13

1:42.071

13

1 Lap

Harley Davidson

XR1200

22:15.861

9

369

Gump Harrison

Ailsa Craig, ON

51.441

13

1:45.264

12

1 Lap

Harley Davidson

XR1200

23:04.805

DNF

27

John Ross MacRae

Calgary, AB

3.957

1

0

DNF

Harley Davidson

XR1200

1:30.271

Point Standings

1

Steve Crevier

268

2

Darren James

193

3

Michael Taylor

158

4

Elie Daccache

149

5

Blaise Fougere

144

6

Gump Harrison

113

7

John Ross MacRae

112

8

Don Taylor

111

9

Eric Trudel

73

10

Michael Barnes

56

11

Patrick Chartrand

44

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