Brett McCormick celebrated his first day back in eni Superbike World Championship action at Silverstone, United Kingdom, by taking a rare night out during a race weekend. Along with family and friends, McCormick took the train northwest to Coventry to watch the quarter-final match in Women’s Olympic Football, with the favoured home squad facing the strong Canadian National soccer team.
McCormick’s tickets were arranged for by his friend Kaylyn Kyle, who like McCormick, hails from Saskatoon, SK. 23-year-old Kyle is a midfielder with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of the W-League, and has played on the international level for several seasons. As well, Kyle shares McCormick’s favorite racing numeral on her jersey, six.
In front of a packed house of 28,000 thousand highly partisan fans, Team Canada controlled much of the play and went on to win by a score of two-nil. Kyle was an aggressive performer during the second half of the quarter-final match. Canada now goes on to play Team USA next Monday, and is in serious medal Olympic medal contention.
“It was really a great opportunity to be near an Olympic sport, and get to go and see what that is all about,” smiled McCormick, 20, hoarse from cheering with the small but energetic Canadian contingent at the stadium. “To get to see Team Canada, and Kaylyn, was really an unexpected treat – a once in a lifetime thing. They played really well; it’s always terrific to see elite athletes perform on the world stage. I was really proud of the Canadians.”
Weather permitting, McCormick expects to be on track this afternoon in Silverstone for the Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati squad, skipping the morning qualifying to ride in free practice. Experiencing some tightness in his recently injured neck, McCormick has decided not to compete in Sunday’s two scheduled World Superbike rounds at Silverstone.