McCORMICK EDGES SZOKE FOR WILD WIN CALGARY, Alta. (June 28) -- Saskatoon's Brett McCormick passed Jordan Szoke two turns from the finish to win Sunday's third round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, presented by Turple Bros. Ltd. and...
McCORMICK EDGES SZOKE FOR WILD WIN
CALGARY, Alta. (June 28) -- Saskatoon's Brett McCormick passed Jordan Szoke two turns from the finish to win Sunday's third round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, presented by Turple Bros. Ltd. and Suzuki, at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park.
The rider of the Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing Suzuki GSX- R1000 nipped inside Szoke's Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R and then held him off in the run to the finish line to claim his second straight win by just 0.080 secs.
The Brantford, Ont. racer started from pole position and led the first 21 laps of the 22-lap race around the 3.2km (2.0-mile) track with McCormick never more than a second or two behind.
"It was a pretty long race and I just wanted to study him and not show him anything," said McCormick, who extended his lead in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship to 11 points over Szoke, 157-146. "On the last lap he left the door open and I had some room so I took a chance."
The bikes of Szoke and McCormick made contact as McCormick made his inside pass.
"I'm a little annoyed right now," said the three-time defending Parts Canada Superbike Champion. "The bike was perfect. I'm mad at myself for leaving the door open. I know rubbing is racing but I consider that a little much."
Kevin Lacombe finished third on the Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF Yamaha YZF-R1 after a race-long battle with fellow Yamaha rider Andrew Nelson. The Granby, Que. racer was third at the end of the opening lap but accidentally hit his kill switch at the start of the second and dropped back to fourth behind Alex Welsh.
Lacombe got back ahead of Welsh's Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R on lap four only to come under pressure from Nelson, who grabbed third place on lap 14. But Nelson got a pair of false neutrals at the start of lap 17 and Lacombe got back ahead, holding off Nelson's Nelson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 by just 0.602 secs.
"It was a really intense race," Lacombe said. "I was getting really exhausted at the end but I put my head down and pulled it out."
Despite having to settle for fourth place in the race Nelson maintained third in the Parts Canada Superbike standings with 96 points.
"I had the pace and the bike to finish third," said the Kars, Ont. rider, who worked his way up from sixth on the opening lap. "I guess it was not meant to be, unfortunately. It's a lot of work for fourth place."
Local ace Clint McBain of Cochrane, Alta., who won this race last year, battled serious front suspension problems to finish fifth on his Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Maple Ridge, B.C.'s Steve Crevier placed sixth on the Deeley Racing Powered By Buell / Buell 1125R, passing Uxbridge, Ont.'s Welsh five laps from the finish.
Despite incurring a five-second jump start penalty Banff, Alta.'s Peter Holzinger took eighth place behind Welsh on his Zinger Racing / Toloco Fibreworks Suzuki GSX-R1000 and 14-year-old Royce McLean of Coaldale, Alta. was the top rookie finisher in ninth on his Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF Yamaha YZF-R6.
Calgary's Dave Stokowski completed the top 10 aboard the Blackfoot / Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R after holding off McLean for the first half of the race and another Calgary rider, Michael Zottmann was 11th on the Mountain Toys Racing / Majik X Suzuki GSX-R1000 after suffering a late race fall while running eighth.
In other action at Race City, Szoke held off McCormick in another close battle for the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike win. Szoke led every lap on his Kawasaki ZX-6R with McCormick right behind aboard his Suzuki GSX-R600. The Saskatoon rider also made a move for the lead in the second last corner, only this time he slid wide after getting ahead and Szoke was able to repass him and win by 0.085 secs.
"I thought he might try me going into there but I knew he would have to go pretty deep," said Szoke, who was on his back-up bike after crashing his primary mount in morning practice. "The bike was phenomenal. It isn't really much of a 'B' bike."
With the win Szoke regained the points lead over McCormick, 155-146.
Szoke's team-mate Welsh was third on another Kawasaki ZX-6R for his best career Pro finish and McLean finished fourth on a Yamaha YZF-R6 after passing Crevier's Buell 1125R two laps from the end.
Cochrane, Alta.'s Cody Matechuk led all 14 laps to win the Armour Bodies Amateur Sport Bike race by 13.105 secs. on his Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.
West Kelowna, B.C.'s Marcel Irnie took second on his Irnie Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R after a race-long battle with the A. Perusse Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-6R of Longueuil, Que.'s Sebastien Tremblay, who placed third.
After his second win in three races Matechuk now leads Tremblay by 21 points in the Amateur Sport Bike standings, 155-134.
Steven Nickerson of Hamilton, Ont. also led all the way to win the 10-lap Honda CBR125R Challenge event at Race City. Warman, Sask.'s Bodhi Edie placed second, 6.280 secs. behind and Karl Robitaille of Ste-Julie, Que. took third.
Edie now trails Nickerson by 11 points in the standings, 156-145 heading into Monday's second half of a doubleheader for the class, which will be held at the Varsity Chrysler Speed Park adjacent to Race City.
Raphael Archambault of St-Colomban, Que. won his first Suzuki SV650 National Cup round by 16.272 secs. over Philippe Masse of St-Dominique, Que. Polesitter Jeremie Hade Precourt of Granby, Que. took third.
Archambault picked up the Tirox Won Bigtime Award for enjoying the largest margin of victory of the weekend and took over the class points lead.
Action from Race City will be shown on TSN HD and TSN on Tuesday, July 21 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern and repeated on Saturday, July 25 at 4:00 a.m. Eastern. The races will also appear in Quebec on RDS. Please check local listings for dates and times.
The Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues with its midseason doubleheader at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont. July 17- 19.