SZOKE EDGES MCBAIN
CALGARY, AB -- Parts Canada Superbike points leader Jordan Szoke made a last lap pass of local hero Clint McBain to win the third round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary Sunday.
The Brantford, ON racer drafted his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R past the Team Suzuki / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 of McBain on the long front straight as they started their final lap and held on for a 0.391-sec. victory.
With the victory, Szoke became the first rider since 1993 to win the first three races of the national season.
"I knew we had a good set-up and I knew we could set a good pace for all 20 laps," said Szoke, a two-time Canadian national Superbike champion. "I had a good drive onto the front straight on the last lap and was able to make the pass."
Kevin Lacombe completed the podium on his Picotte Performance / Yamaha Canada / Toyota Yamaha YZF-R1.
Szoke and McBain traded the lead four times, with the Calgary rider leading the most laps. McBain won both ends of a doubleheader at Race City last season.
"Our bikes were pretty even," McBain said. "Through turns 5 and 6 [on the last lap] I tried to pass him on the outside but couldn't get it done."
Lacombe was under pressure from defending Parts Canada Superbike champion Francis Martin for most of the race, but held on to take his third podium finish of the season. The Granby, QC rider is now second in the series standings with 119 points to Szoke's 160.
Martin settled for fourth aboard the Team Suzuki / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the Rock Forest, QC rider is third in Superbike standings with 112 points.
Pascal Picotte was fifth on his Picotte Performance / Yamaha Canada / Toyota Yamaha YZF-R1.
In other action at Race City, Lacombe won the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike feature on his Yamaha YZF-R6 after taking the lead from McBain on lap 2 of the 13-lap race. McBain settled for second aboard his Suzuki GSX- R600 and Tom Kipp of Chardon, OH was third riding the Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-6RR.
Class points leader Szoke finished 11th after suffering engine troubles with his Kawasaki but clings to a one-point lead over McBain in the standings, 128-127.
Karl Daigle of Granby, QC won the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike feature on his Honda CBR600RR over the Suzuki GSX- R600 of St-Jean Richelieu, QC's Dany Jourdain. Mark Carmichael of Langley, BC placed third on another Suzuki.
Brett McCormick of Saskatoon won Canadian Thunder on his Buell XB- 9R. Paul Glenn of Keene, ON took the checkered flag in Suzuki SV650 National Cup.
Action from Calgary can be seen later this summer on TSN and TSN HD.
The Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues at with a doubleheader event at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, ON July 14-16.
Results from Sunday's third round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary, showing finishing position, rider name, hometown, motorcycle and laps completed:
1.Jordan Szoke, Brantford, ON, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 20; 2. Clint McBain, Calgary, AB, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 20; 3. Kevin Lacombe, Granby, QC, Yamaha YZF- R1, 20; 4. Francis Martin, Rock Forest, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 20; 5. Pascal Picotte, St-Cecile Milton, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1, 20; 6. Tom Kipp, Chardon, OH, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 20; 7. Andrew Nelson, Kars, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1, 20; 8. Erick Beausejour, Val Senneville, QC, Honda CBR1000RR, 20; 9. Frank Trombino, Kleinburg, ON, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 20; 10. Jean-Paul Tache, North Bay, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 20; 11. Jeff Gaynor, Erin, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 19; 12. Larry Orde, Peterborough, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1, 19; 13. Shawn Jones, Coquitlam, BC, Kawasaki ZX-10R, 19;
Did Not Finish: Brad Gavey, Calgary, AB, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 14; Mike Zottmann, Calgary, AB, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 8
Did Not Start: Stephane Chabot, Oshawa, ON, Yamaha YZF-R6; Barry French, Whitby, ON, Honda CBR600RR; Jeremy Stepper, Calgary, AB, Yamaha YZF-R6; Craig Archer, Whitby, ON, Honda CBR600RR
Parts Canada Superbike Championship point standings after Sunday's third round of the series at Race City Motorsport Park in Calgary, showing position, rider name and point total:
1.Jordan Szoke, 160; 2. Kevin Lacombe, 199; 3. Francis Martin, 112; 4. Tom Kipp, 93; 5. Pascal Picotte, 90; 6. Andrew Nelson, 71; 7. Frank Trombino, 69; 8. Erick Beausejour, 69; 9. Jean-Paul Tache, 63; 10. Clint McBain, 49; 11. Larry Orde, 40; 12. Zenon Nelson, 32; 13. Sean Heydorn, 27; 14. Matt McBride, 27; 15. Csaba Werner, 19; 16. Elie Daccache, 17; 17. Jeff Gaynor, 17; 18. Jeremy Burgess, 15; 19. Shawn Jones, 13; 20. Yanick Beauregard, 12; 21. Chris Murray-Audain, 8; 22. Matthew Bushe, 6; 23. Todd Scott, 2; 24. Terry Steeves, 1