MONT-TREMBLANT, Que. -- Defending Parts Canada Superbike champion Jordan Szoke edged Pascal Picotte for victory in the first round of the 2007 season at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant on Sunday. The Brantford, Ont. racer took his Canadian Kawasaki ...
MONT-TREMBLANT, Que. -- Defending Parts Canada Superbike champion Jordan Szoke edged Pascal Picotte for victory in the first round of the 2007 season at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant on Sunday.
The Brantford, Ont. racer took his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R past the Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Performance Suzuki GSX- R1000 of Picotte on lap 8 of the 16-lap race and held off the Granby, Que. racer by 1.724 seconds for his third win at the 4.275km (2.65-mile) circuit.
"It's an awesome feeling whenever you can beat Pascal," said the 28- year-old Szoke. "He's a great competitor and he's been around a long time. He's so much fun to race with."
Kevin Lacombe completed the top three finishers on his Team Toyota Yamaha / Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1 and set the race's fastest lap of one minute, 40.291 seconds.
Szoke started from pole position but was beaten into the first corner by Picotte. Early on the lead battle consisted of Picotte, Szoke, Francis Martin on the second Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Performance Suzuki, Lacombe and Clint McBain's Suzuki Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX- R1000. By lap 6, however, Picotte and Szoke had pulled clear and Szoke made the pass on Picotte two laps later.
"I saw his tires were starting to slip a little and I managed to get by him," Szoke said. "I got a few breaks in traffic, and on the last lap I just pinned it."
Picotte said he started to have trouble with rear traction in the second half of the race.
"We're a little bit green with the new GSX-R and we need to figure out the suspension a little bit better," the St-Cecile de Milton, Que. racer explained. "The first half of the race the traction was OK but then it dropped off and there was not much I could do with Jordan."
Lacombe passed Martin on lap 6 and then pulled clear of McBain. Martin later retired with engine trouble, and McBain faded in the last few laps with a flat rear tire. He lost fourth place to the Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Yamaha YZF-R1 of Maple Ridge, B.C.'s Steve Crevier two laps from the end.
Fifteen-year-old rookie Pro Brett McCormick of Saskatoon was sixth on his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R.
In other action at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Szoke held off Picotte and Crevier for the win in the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike division. Along with Martin, the three were part of a racelong battle for first place. Szoke took advantage of a break in lapped traffic in the final turn to claim the win while Picotte nipped Crevier for second in the run to the checkered flag.
Paul Glenn of Keene, Ont. led all the way to win the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championship race on his Suzuki GSX-R600. Lachine, Que.'s Catherine Nadeau became the first woman in 22 years to stand on a national event podium when she placed second on her Yamaha YZF-R6 and Montreal's Martin Ricard was third on his Kawasaki ZX-6R.
Toronto's Michael Taylor was declared victor of the Thunder "big twins" event on his BMW R1200S after race winner Darren James was penalized five places for not passing post-race technical inspection, and Orangeville, Ont.'s Derek Vammus won the Suzuki SV650 National Cup race.
The Parts Canada Superbike Championship resumes with a doubleheader at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park June 30-July 1.