Crevier out, Szoke back in for Calgary. TORONTO, ON - Two-time defending Parts Canada Superbike champion Steve Crevier's bid for a third straight crown has been dealt a critical blow. The Maple Ridge, BC rider will not take part in this ...
Crevier out, Szoke back in for Calgary.
TORONTO, ON - Two-time defending Parts Canada Superbike champion Steve Crevier's bid for a third straight crown has been dealt a critical blow.
The Maple Ridge, BC rider will not take part in this weekend's second and third rounds of the seven-race series at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary as he continues to recover from injuries sustained at the season opener three weeks ago.
Jordan Szoke, meanwhile, the 1998 Canadian Superbike champ, will be in action at Race City after completing a deal earlier this week to ride for the Coors Light Racing/Fast Company/Blackfoot Suzuki team for the remainder of the Canadian season.
Crevier crashed his Orion Motorsport Honda RC51 during practice at Shannonville Motorsport Park May 19, breaking his right kneecap. The legendary racer underwent surgery May 24 and had a second round of surgery last Monday after complications arose.
"The kneecap had shifted," Crevier explained. "It's a mess. I'm pretty upset. The Honda team's got a big push on to win championships and I want to be a part of that."
Crevier may return to action for the next round in St-Eustache, QC July 5-7.
Szoke made a surprise appearance with the Calgary-based Blackfoot Suzuki team at Shannonville and finished second in the Superbike race to Frank Trombino. The Brantford, ON racer is scheduled to compete in the U.S. with the Corona Extra Suzuki team, but visa problems have forced him to miss the past three events.
"I just want to be riding," said Szoke, who won both Calgary Superbike races in 2000. "Right now I'm committed to the rest of the season up here."
Trombino comes to Calgary with the Parts Canada Superbike Championship points lead. The Kleinburg, ON racer has 55 points to the 42 of Szoke and the 37 of Kawasaki rider Owen Weichel, last year's Race City winner.
In addition to the pair of Superbike races, this weekend's event will also feature the second round of the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike and Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike national support classes.
Calgary's Clint McBain leads both divisions after winning the opening event for each at Shannonville on his Blackfoot Suzukis.
The two Superbike races will be held on Saturday and Sunday. Both the Open Sport Bike and 600 Sport Bike features will take place Sunday afternoon.
This weekend's races will be televised on TSN Saturday, July 6 at 1:30 pm and Sunday July 28 at 1:00 pm EDT. They will also be shown later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.