Szoke wins wet race. CALGARY, AB - Jordan Szoke outduelled Owen Weichel for victory in the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at a wet Race City Motorsport Park Saturday. The Brantford, ON rider, aboard the Coors Light ...
Szoke wins wet race.
CALGARY, AB - Jordan Szoke outduelled Owen Weichel for victory in the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at a wet Race City Motorsport Park Saturday.
The Brantford, ON rider, aboard the Coors Light Racing/Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000, took the lead from Weichel's Kawasaki ZX-7RR on lap 10 of the 16-lap race and held on for a 1.759-sec. win over the Huntington Beach, CA resident.
Sherbrooke, QC's Francis Martin placed third in the cold and rainy conditions riding the Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000. Kevin Lacombe of Granby, QC was fourth on a Diablo Suzuki GSX-R1000.
"It took me a couple of laps to settle in," said Szoke after his fourth Superbike win at the Calgary venue. "We definitely had more power than Owen and I was able to run it in deeper into turn 1."
Despite starting from the second row of the grid Weichel grabbed the lead before the end of the opening lap and held it until Szoke, the MPM Array Pole Award winner in qualifying, passed him at the end of the front straight at the start of lap 5.
Weichel regained the lead under braking for the Bus Stop chicane on lap 9, only to have Szoke repass him into turn 1 again on lap 10.
"With a couple of more laps maybe I could have got him again," said Weichel, the winner at Race City last year. "But he was pushing hard and he rode great."
Szoke's win gave him the lead in the Parts Canada Superbike standings heading into Sunday's second half of the weekend doubleheader. He has 98 points to the 79 of Frank Trombino and Weichel.
Trombino, riding the Orion Motorsports Honda CBR954RR, finished eighth in Saturday's race.
The heavy rain resulted in the cancellation of qualifying for the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike and Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike national support classes on Saturday.
The starting line-ups for both features will be set based on Friday afternoon practice times, putting Calgary's Clint McBain on pole for each race on Sunday. McBain leads the standings in both classes thanks to wins in the season openers in Shannonville, ON.
Practice on Sunday begins at 9:00 am with the first race scheduled to go at 1:00 pm.
This weekend's Superbike races will be televised on TSN Saturday, July 6 at 1:30 pm and Sunday July 28 at 1:00 pm EDT. Action from Race City will also be shown later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.