Shannonville: Season finale preview

Round 7 of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship will be held at Shannonville Motorsport Park in Shannonville, Ont. Aug. 29-31. This is the final round for Canada's premier motorcycle road racing series, with national titles still up for ...

Round 7 of the 2008 Parts Canada Superbike Championship will be held at Shannonville Motorsport Park in Shannonville, Ont. Aug. 29-31. This is the final round for Canada's premier motorcycle road racing series, with national titles still up for grabs in four classes, including the headline Pro Superbike division.

Classes: The Parts Canada Superbike Championship consists of seven classes for Pro and Amateur racers. The headline Pro division is Parts Canada Superbike.

Other classes include the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship for motorcycles up to 600cc and the Canadian Thunder and Canadian Sport Twins categories for twin-cylinder motorcycles.

The Armour Bodies Amateur 600 Sport Bike Championship is the top class for Amateur racers in the series.

The Suzuki SV650 National Cup and Honda CBR125R Challenge are starter classes designed for up and coming racers.

The Track: The Parts Canada Superbike Championship competitors will use Shannonville Motorsport Park's 'Pro' layout, a 2.45km (1.53-mile), 11-turn road course. This weekend's race will be the 43rd Canadian Superbike event at Shannonville. No other Canadian race track has held more national events.

Favorites: Riding for the Canadian Kawasaki Motors team, Jordan Szoke of Brantford, Ont. is trying to clinch his third straight Parts Canada Superbike title, and fifth overall. He comes to Shannonville with a 42-point lead over Clint McBain in the standings and has won three times this season.

McBain, of Cochrane, Alta. (Acceleration Racing Suzuki), is the only racer who can beat Szoke to the Canadian title. He also has three wins to his credit this season and is enjoying a career year, despite missing the opening event due to injury.

Kevin Lacombe of Granby, Que. (Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing) is third in the series standings. A crash at the previous event in Nova Scotia derailed his title hopes, but he has won twice at Shannonville in the past.

Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, B.C. finished a superb third in the season opener in the debut of the Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada / Ruthless Racing Buell. Crevier is a six-time Canadian Superbike champion.

Defending HJC Pro Rookie of the Year Brett McCormick of Saskatoon is considered one of Canada's most exciting up and coming racing talents. Just turned 17 years old, McCormick is Szoke's teammate on the Canadian Kawasaki Motors team.

Local Talent: Kingston's Tiberius Trifu comes to Shannonville tied for sixth in the Suzuki SV650 National Cup point standings, with an excellent shot at cracking the top five. He has two fourth place finishes to his credit this season.

Other Stories: Montreal's Marie-Josee Boucher is the only female competing in the Pro ranks. Riding for the Excel Moto Honda team, the 27-year-old is third in the Pro Rookie of the Year rankings.

Jordan Szoke claimed his 26th career national Superbike victory at Atlantic Motorsport Park earlier this month, tying him with Steve Crevier for first place on the all-time list.

What's in the water? Jodi Christie of Keene, Ont. is poised to win the Armour Bodies Amateur 600 Sport Bike title at Shannonville next weekend, which would make him the second straight racer from this hamlet outside of Peterborough to claim the national title. Paul Glenn was last year's champ and now rides for the BMW Motorrad Canada factory team in Canadian Thunder.

The closest championship fight heading into next weekend is in the Suzuki SV650 National Cup, where John Jarvie, a native of New Zealand living in Burlington, Ont., leads 15-year-old Cody Matechuk of Cochrane, Alta. by just two points.

In addition to the four national class titles still to be settled, there is also a tight fight for the HJC Pro Rookie of the Year crown coming into Shannonville. Truro, N.S.'s Brian Blaauwendraat leads Alex Welsh of Uxbridge, Ont. by just three points in the standings.

Dubbed the "Birthplace of Champions" Shannonville Motorsport Park has been hosting Canadian national Superbike rounds since 1980. The venue is synonymous with the sport of motorcycle racing and has seen many magic moments.

Weekend Schedule: Practice will be held Friday, Aug. 29 with qualifying set for Saturday, Aug. 30. Feature races in all classes will go Sunday afternoon, Aug. 31.

Tickets: Visit www.shannonville.com, or call 1-800-959-8955 or (613) 966- 7223. Weekend tickets are available for $50, Sunday only for $30. Children under 12 are free.

-credit: www.cdnsuperbike.com

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Series CSBK
Drivers Jordan Szoke , Clint McBain , Kevin Lacombe , Steve Crevier , Brett McCormick , Marie-Josee Boucher