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Tomas Casas (10) edged Stacey Nesbitt for the win at CTMP. Tomas Casas (10) edged Stacey Nesbitt for the win at CTMP. By Bob Szoke

Nesbitt stretches CBR250R points lead

Written by  on Sunday, 26 August 2012 11:13

By John Hopkins

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. -- The battle for the Honda CBR250R National Race Series title will go down to Sunday’s season finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park after championship contenders Stacey Nesbitt and Ryan Roche finished second and third, respectively in Saturday’s race.

Tomas Casas of Peterborough, Ont. claimed his third straight win on the Peterborough Cycle Salvage-backed entry, beating the Powersports Canada entry of Nesbitt by 0.586 secs. As a result, St-Lazare, Que.’s Nesbitt takes a 13-point lead over Pickering, Ont. racer Roche, 406-393, into Sunday’s race.

Pascal Bastien of Laval, Que., representing Moto 123, took the Media Challenge division win in the CBR250R class but CMG Online’s Costa Mouzouris from Montreal locked up the title with second place.

Casas led all 10 laps on Saturday despite constant pressure from Nesbitt, and these two were able to pull clear of the rest of the field.

“I was trying to pull away,” said the 13-year-old Casas. “My Dad was showing me a gap of one second, so I had to keep pushing to the end.”

Nesbitt admitted to losing some ground in lapped traffic that dropped her just far enough behind Casas to prevent a last lap move for the win.

“He [Casas] gapped me when we were going by a lapped rider and I just couldn’t make it back up.”

Roche was part of a four-rider pack disputing third overall, as he battled Calgary’s Sean Smith and top Media Challenge competitors Bastien and Mouzouris. Roche led that pack across the line with Smith next up, while Bastien nipped Mouzouris for the Media win. Kevin Duke of Westminster, Calif., representing motorcycle.com, took third in the Media Challenge.

Inside Motorcycles managing editor Graeme Jones was sixth in the Media Challenge, battling regular series competitor Matt Chandler in his road race debut.

Race Results

Pos

No.

Name

Hometown

Total distance

Laps

Best Tm

In Lap

Diff

Make

Model/Engine

Total Tm

Comment

1

10

Tomas Casas

Peterborough, ON

39.570

10

1:51.477

10

Honda

CBR250R

18:46.635

2

1

Stacey Nesbitt

St-Lazare, QC

39.570

10

1:51.589

10

0.586

Honda

CBR250R

18:47.221

3

386

Ryan Roche

Pickering, ON

39.570

10

1:52.748

3

14.877

Honda

CBR250R

19:01.512

On Probation

4

195

Sean Smith

Calgary, AB

39.570

10

1:53.024

4

15.330

Honda

CBR250R

19:01.965

On Probation

5

112

Cameron Walker

Oakville, ON

39.570

10

1:53.773

2

21.226

Honda

CBR250R

19:07.861

6

18

Matt Chandler

Oak Ridges, ON

39.570

10

1:57.956

9

1:06.945

Honda

CBR250R

19:53.580

1

2

Pascal Bastien

Laval, QC

39.570

10

1:53.082

2

Honda

CBR250R

19:02.132

2

7

Costa Mouzouris

Montreal, QC

39.570

10

1:53.475

7

0.410

Honda

CBR250R

19:02.542

3

4

Kevin Duke

Westminster, CA

39.570

10

1:54.050

10

5.424

Honda

CBR250R

19:07.556

4

19

Neil Graham

Toronto, ON

39.570

10

1:53.601

3

6.409

Honda

CBR250R

19:08.541

5

6

David Booth

Toronto, ON

39.570

10

1:56.855

3

38.889

Honda

CBR250R

19:41.021

6

11

Graeme Jones

Toronto, ON

39.570

10

1:57.689

10

51.094

Honda

CBR250R

19:53.226

7

3

Alex Crookes

Toronto, ON

35.613

9

2:08.393

8

1 Lap

Honda

CBR250R

19:27.750

Point Standings

1

Stacey Nesbitt

406

2

Ryan Roche

393

3

Tomas Casas

341

4

Sean Smith

282

5

Ballie Ives

134

6

Connor Warnell

121

7

Matt Chandler

80

9

Cameron Walker

31

8

Leah MacInnis

27

Media Challenge

1

Costa Mouzouris

371

2

Alex Crookes

250

3

Pascal Bastien

219

4

Neil Graham

182

5

Rob Harris

108

6

David Booth

102

7

Jean-Pascal Schroeder

76

8

Derreck Roemer

70

9

Didier Constant

56

10

Bertrand Gahel

45

11

Kevin Duke

39

12

Dominic Aubry

33

13

Eric Moffette

32

14

Graeme Jones

27

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