SZOKE EDGES MCBAIN AT AMP SHUBENACADIE, N.S. (August 9) -- Two-time defending Parts Canada Superbike champion Jordan Szoke edged Clint McBain for a dramatic victory in the fifth round of the series at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Saturday. ...
SZOKE EDGES MCBAIN AT AMP
SHUBENACADIE, N.S. (August 9) -- Two-time defending Parts Canada Superbike champion Jordan Szoke edged Clint McBain for a dramatic victory in the fifth round of the series at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Saturday.
Riding his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R, Szoke passed McBain heading into turn one on the final lap of the 22-lap race and held on to beat the Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 by just 0.055 seconds.
Calgary's Chris Peris took third on his Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing Suzuki GSX-R750.
"He [McBain] fought me hard to the end," said Brantford, Ont.'s Szoke after his third victory of the season. "He didn't give it to me. When we got down to the last couple of laps I thought, 'I'm going for it. This is my win.'"
The victory was Szoke's 26th career Canadian Superbike triumph, tying him with Steve Crevier for the most all-time wins.
"It's an amazing feat to match Steve," Szoke said. "He was so dominant in the '90s. I feel like I still have a good 10 years left in me and I can extend that run."
Szoke also stretched his lead in the Parts Canada Superbike point standings. He now has 250 points to the 193 of Cochrane, Alta.'s McBain with two races remaining in the seven-race season, including Sunday's second half of the doubleheader weekend.
Kevin Lacombe, who came to AMP second in the Superbike standings, finished 10th on Saturday on his Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 after sustaining a suspected broken wrist in a fall earlier in the day. The Granby, Que. racer is now third in the standings with 180 points.
Szoke and McBain traded the lead throughout the race. After Szoke got the lead from the start McBain grabbed the top spot entering the hairpin on lap four. Three laps later Szoke got inside the Suzuki rider in turn two and the pair ran side-by-side up to corner three before Szoke took control.
Szoke stayed in the lead until lap 21, when McBain passed him in turn two, setting up Szoke's final lap heroics.
"I thought I had it," McBain said. "I was tight into turn one but Jordan found some room. I thought I could get him again at the end of the backstraight but I didn't have quite enough. We came up just a wee bit short today, but we'll try again tomorrow."
Peris ran close behind Szoke and McBain for the first half of the race before slipping off the pace.
After starting from his first career pole position 16-year-old Brett McCormick of Saskatoon finished fourth on the other Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Next up were the Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing duo of Francis Martin and Matt McBride, with Martin finishing just ahead of his teammate.
Right behind them was Truro, N.S.'s Brian Blaauwendraat (T.R. Petroleum Enterprises / Lougheed's Heating Oils Honda CBR600RR) in seventh. Maple Ridge, B.C.'s Steve Crevier placed eighth on the Deeley Harley-Davidson / Ruthless Racing Buell 1125R and Ross Millson of Hamilton, Ont. took ninth aboard his RMP Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000.
In other action at AMP, Andrew Nelson (Nelson Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) scored his first Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike win of the season while Szoke took a major step toward clinching his third straight class title.
Nelson took the lead when Peris (Suzuki GSX-R600) crashed on lap 11 of the 18-lap race and beat Szoke (Kawasaki ZX-6R) by 2.387 secs.
Szoke extended his championship lead to 66 points over Lacombe, who crashed his Yamaha YZF-R6 out of second place on lap nine.
McCormick (Kawasaki ZX-6R) finished third.
Valter Bartolini of Bologna, Italy extended his lead in the Canadian Thunder class with a convincing victory on his NCR-Ducati 848. Bartolini finished 9.748 secs. ahead of the KTM Canada KTM Super Duke R 990 of Beaconsfield, Que.'s Michael Leon, with Michael Ferreira of Kitchener, Ont. third on a BMW Motorrad Canada BMW HP2 Sport.
Bartolini's teammate Nelson was second in points going into the race but dropped out with mechanical troubles, allowing fourth place finisher Dave Estok (Deeley Harey-Davidson Canada / Ruthless Racing Buell 1125R) to move into second with 169. Bartolini leads with 212.
Ottawa's Jim Proulx moved a step closer to the Canadian Sport Twins title with his fourth win of the year on his Buell XB12R. He now has 264 points to the 203 of A. J. Simiana of Bowmanville, Ont., who placed fourth on his Ducati S2R / Sport Classic.
Patrick Marques took his first career win in the Armour Bodies Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championship. Riding a Suzuki GSX-R600, the Calgary racer edged the Yamaha YZF-R6 of Keene, Ont.'s Jodi Christie by 0.143 secs. Christie now leads Marques by 35 points in the standings, 200-165, with two events remaining.
Falmouth, N.S. rider Jeff O'Leary completed the podium on a Kawasaki ZX-6R after battling with Marques and Christie most of the way.
Cochrane, Alta.'s Cody Matechuk closed to within 12 points of the lead of the Suzuki SV650 National Cup standings with his third win of the year. The 15-year-old Matechuk now has 227 points to the 239 of class leader John Jarvie of Burlington, Ont., who finished second on Saturday.
Raphael Archambault of St-Colomban, Que. remained unbeaten in the Honda CBR125R Challenge.
Action at AMP continues on Sunday with practice starting at 9:00 a.m. and the first race set to go at 11:35 a.m.
This weekend's races will be shown on TSN-HD and TSN later this fall in two separate one-hour programs. The first will premier on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 1:00 p.m. and repeat on Friday, Oct. 10 at 4:00 a.m. The second will premier on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 1:00 p.m. and repeat on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 a.m. All times are Eastern.