SZOKE ON SUPERBIKE POLE CALGARY, Alta. -- Jordan Szoke continued his hot streak in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship by claiming pole position for this weekend's doubleheader at Race City Motorsport Park on Friday. The 28-year-old from...
SZOKE ON SUPERBIKE POLE
CALGARY, Alta. -- Jordan Szoke continued his hot streak in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship by claiming pole position for this weekend's doubleheader at Race City Motorsport Park on Friday.
The 28-year-old from Brantford, Ont. took his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R around the 3.2km (2.0-mile) 11-turn track in a record one minute, 15.772 seconds, giving him his second straight Inside Motorcycles Pole Position Award of the season. He also claimed the award at the season opener at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, which he followed up with the race win.
Granby, Que.'s Kevin Lacombe recorded the second fastest time of 1:15.880 on the Team Toyota Yamaha / Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1 and Clint McBain of Cochrane, Alta. was third quickest with a time of 1:15.928 on the Suzuki Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000.
All three riders were under Szoke's previous lap record of 1:16.052 set in qualifying for last year's event.
Pascal Picotte of Granby will complete the front row for Saturday and Sunday's Superbike feature races after recording a lap time of 1:16.138 on his Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Performance Suzuki GSX-R1000.
"Everything's sweet," said Szoke, who won last year's event at Race City on his way to his third Canadian Superbike national title. "The race pace is there for us but I don't think I'll be able to run away from everybody."
Pole position also gives Szoke four more points toward the Parts Canada Superbike Championship. He now has 56 points to the 43 of Picotte and Lacombe's 40.
After struggling through testing on Thursday Lacombe made major improvements to his motorcycle to claim second spot on the grid.
"We changed everything on the bike so to be starting from second is pretty good," he said. "We need to improve a little bit for tomorrow and Jordan has got his bike dialed in just like last year."
McBain thought he had a shot at a faster time but came across slower traffic in the closing stages.
"The bike was working really well but I just didn't get a run at the end," said McBain, who swept both ends of the Race City doubleheader in 2005. "But we're on the front row, which is where we need to be, and we have a good race set-up already."
Picotte's Suzuki teammate Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, Que. will head the second row for this weekend's races after recording a time of 1:16.606. Maple Ridge, B.C.'s Steve Crevier is in the middle of the second row on the Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Yamaha YZF-R1 and 15-year-old Brett McCormick of Saskatoon completes the row on the Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Saturday's feature will be the 25th Superbike national event to be held at Race City. The first was in 1987, when Vancouver's Gary Goodfellow won. Only Shannonville Motorsport Park near Belleville, Ont. has staged more events, with 41.
Qualifying for the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike, International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike, Thunder and Suzuki SV650 National Cup classes is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Feature races will go Saturday and Sunday, with practice starting at 9:15 a.m. and the first race scheduled for 1:00 p.m.