Szoke drives for five. TORONTO, ON - Brantford, ON's Jordan Szoke hopes to make a little bit of history as the Parts Canada Superbike Championship heads to Atlantic Motorsport Park, near Halifax, this weekend. The Coors Light Racing/Fast...
Szoke drives for five.
TORONTO, ON - Brantford, ON's Jordan Szoke hopes to make a little bit of history as the Parts Canada Superbike Championship heads to Atlantic Motorsport Park, near Halifax, this weekend.
The Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki rider will be gunning for his fifth straight series win, matching the record for victories in a season and consecutive race wins in one year set by Steve Crevier in 1992.
A win would also guarantee the 23-year-old his second Parts Canada Superbike crown with one race still to go in Shannonville, ON Sept. 1. He also took the title in 1998.
Szoke comes to AMP 85 points ahead of Huntington Beach, CA's Owen Weichel in the Parts Canada Superbike standings, 262-177, with 112 points available in the final two races. A win is worth 50 points, while a rider can also collect two points for leading the most laps and four more for being the fastest qualifier. Szoke has already performed the sweep three times this year.
Weichel will be looking for his first series win of 2002 aboard the Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki. He has placed second to Szoke in two events this year.
Szoke's Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki teammate Francis Martin leads a tight four-way battle for third in the Superbike standings. The Sherbrooke, QC racer has 145 points, just one more than Orion Motorsport Honda's Kevin Lacombe. Lacombe's teammate Frank Trombino is fourth with 141 points and Brooklin Cycle Yamaha rider Michael Taylor is fifth with 138.
The challenging 1.6-mile, 11-turn Atlantic Motorsport Park circuit has a tradition of serving up spectacular Superbike races. Last year eventual champion Crevier edged Taylor and Trombino for the race win, the 20th of his career. In 1999 Szoke held off Taylor and Jeff Williams for a narrow victory.
Crevier is expected to make his return to the series this weekend for the Orion Honda team after injuring his knee in a practice fall at the season opener in Shannonville.
This weekend's event will also feature the penultimate rounds of the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike and Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike national support classes.
In Open Sport Bike Martin holds a 43-point lead over Blackfoot Suzuki's Clint McBain, 172-129. Calgary's McBain leads the 600 Sport Bike standings with 189 points to the 165 of Lacombe.
This weekend's races will be televised on TSN Saturday, September 14 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Action from AMP will also be shown later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.