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Novice class rider Joanne LeBlanc

By Josh Penner, reporter

The 2010 CMRA Open Superbike Championship was locked up last weekend in yet another phenomenal performance by Expert Rider Mikal Zottmann. Much like most of the previous rounds of racing, the former champion took the checkered flag nearly 20 seconds ahead of second place.

Zottmann’s seemingly inescapable stranglehold on this year’s championship is a flashback to the 06-08 seasons where the points lead was large enough to leave him with a two-round buffer zone. Zottmann’s average lap times of 1:16:5 was highlighted with 1:15.80 with the on-board lap timer.

“We locked up the championship points for the Endurance Championship, the Heavyweight, and Superbike Championship this weekend. We’re pretty pleased about that. It was an awesome weekend,” said Zottmann.

Second place in the limited 190 horsepower class was Pete DeGraaf, with Cody Matechuk in third. Matechuk’s performance was all the more notable having served his racing duties on a 600CC motorcycle in a class dominated by 1000CC machines.

With Zottmann checked out in First, DeGraaf holding strong in second, and Matechuk firmly in third, Stu McColl’s signature voice could be heard announcing the fourth place battle between Gavey and Lindenbach. Lindenbach managed to hold strong and cross the finish line in fourth with Gavey a mere bike-length behind in fifth.

“I was following Matechuk for a little bit, but then he checked out. I got pretty tired towards the end of the race and ended up battling with Gavey for fourth,” Lindenbach said.

Novice class

Novice racing with the CMRA is typically a place to ease in to the road-racing lifestyle. A competitor brings a mildly setup race bike, their helmet and leathers, and races against other newer riders looking to get comfortable on the Race City road course. You could dare to call it a “beginner” class.

Don’t tell that to the #85 Suzuki GSXR-600 rider Joanne LeBlanc.

LeBlanc managed to scoop two back-to-back Novice wins, setting the pace at an average of 14 seconds ahead of second place. LeBlanc held steady near the 1:30.00 mark, with a 1:29.90 in her second race on Sunday. LeBlanc’s stellar weekend performance earned her a promotion to the Amateur middleweight class.With LeBlanc’s Saturday endurance race times as low as 1:26.80, she should fit in just fine.

“My favorite part of the weekend was getting to do two victory laps … that, and dropping 5 seconds off of my previous personal best. This is my second season of racing, I’m doing a bit better this year, I’d say; I crashed quite a bit last year,” said LeBlanc. 

There are different levels of dedication when it comes to motorcycle enthusiasts; some enjoy watching races from the stands, some attend track days, some race a weekend every month and hang up their leathers for another four weeks until the next race, but others take it to an entirely different level; people like novice racer, #99, Chandelle Webber.

Webber, after completing an 11,000 kilometer road trip from Calgary to North Carolina and back (with stops in between), was only in town three days before she was out on the track testing for round 4.

“I love riding. I missed my race bike and was looking forward to getting back on her. She’s a lot faster than my 750 Katana street bike,” Webber told the Beacon.

Webber said that 2010 was her first year on the track, and that she’d managed to cut six seconds off of her first rounds best laps.

“I got down to a minute and thirty-six seconds, I obviously want to be faster than that. I’ve talked with a few of the fast people out there who gave me some good pointers. We’ll be better next time,” Webber said.

The next round of CMRA competition is a double head race, with events on Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19.

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