Crevier revved up

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

The young upstart gave the veteran a run for his money but, in the end, savvy prevailed over youth.

Maple Ridge, B.C.'s Steve Crevier fended off Calgary's Chris Peris and won the Hindle Exhaust 600 Sport Bike National yesterday at race city.

And local Clint McBain won the Superbike event later in the day as the Parts Canada Super Bike Championship hit Calgary.

The Hindle race was called after the leaders had completed 12 of the 14 laps because Andrew Nelson went off the track after being bumped by Kevin Lacombe near the bus stop exit.

Crevier leads the series with 108 points and took some friendly ribbing from Peris, who referred to him as "an old man" after the race. But Crevier, 40, said he wasn't insulted by the wise-crack from the kid.

"I don't mind at all. I'm quite honoured to have had the years I've had and still earn a living racing. You can't go forever, so enjoy the days and the victories are pretty sweet, I can tell ya," said the veteran, who rides a CBR 600 for the Diablo Performance Honda team. "Peris is breathing some new life into our sport. It needs a lot more talent but it's an expensive sport and it's hard to bring kids up."

Crevier led for most of the race with Peris on his tail. The youngster managed to catch him on the ninth lap but didn't hold the lead for long as the wily vet quickly regained first place on the next trip around.

The abrupt end to the race didn't do Peris any favours as he thought he had a chance to run down Crevier in the later stages.

"I kept catching him in the draft then towards the end of the race I thought I'd make a move ... and I got ahead but Steve didn't want to wait because he was getting pressured by Clint (McBain), so he got back past me," said the 19-year-old, who was on board a Yamaha YZF-R6. "I was catching up and hoping to do something on the last lap but the race got cut short."

Peris has been competing on the American Motorcycle Association series but enjoyed racing at home yesterday.

McBain had the fastest lap, clocking one minute 19.072 seconds on the fifth, but said his Suzuki GSX-R600 didn't have the proper setup for yesterday's gloomy conditions.

"My bike wasn't set up right for here. I just didn't have the top speed to stay with the guys on the straightaway. I was all over them in the corners, that wasn't a problem," said the 32-year-old, who is now second in the overall standings with 85 points.

But for the Superbike race later in the afternoon, McBain's Blackfoot Suzuki team had his GSX -R1000 dialed in big time.

He went off the pole position, got a great start and rode to a wire-to-wire victory for his first career Superbike win.

Francis Martin (Suzuki) of Rock Forest, Que., was second, followed by Crevier.

Gates open at 11 a.m. for today's events.


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