Szoke takes Superbike pole. CALGARY, AB - Jordan Szoke continued his mastery of Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park by claiming pole position for the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship on Friday. The Brantford, ON racer,...
Szoke takes Superbike pole.
CALGARY, AB - Jordan Szoke continued his mastery of Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park by claiming pole position for the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship on Friday.
The Brantford, ON racer, who has three Superbike wins at Race City to his credit, took his Coors Light Racing/Fast Company/Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 around the 2.1-mile track in 1:17.608, breaking the lap record of 1:17.847 set by Owen Weichel last year.
Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, QC was second quickest on the Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 with a 1:17.828 and Toronto's Michael Taylor qualified third fastest with a lap at 1:17.907 aboard the Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1.
Series points leader Frank Trombino completes the front row for Saturday's race. The Kleinburg, ON racer set a time of 1:18.671 on his Orion Motorsports Honda RC51.
"This track seems to suit my style," said Szoke, the 1998 Canadian Superbike champ. "You've got to be fairly aggressive and confident and I've always been aggressive when I've raced here."
Szoke, who was also quickest in Friday morning's unofficial practice, only completed his deal to race for the Coors Light Racing/Fast Company/Blackfoot Suzuki team earlier this week. He was scheduled to spend the year racing in the United States.
"Everybody has come together to give me this opportunity and I couldn't be more thankful," he said.
Calgary's Clint McBain will start fifth on Saturday on the Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 after recording a time of 1:19.140 in qualifying.
In other action at Race City, McBain was quickest in practice for both the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike and Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike national support classes. The Blackfoot Suzuki rider leads the point standings in both divisions after winning the season openers in Shannonville, ON last month.
Official qualifying for Open Sport Bike and 600 Sport Bike will take place Saturday afternoon, with feature races in both classes scheduled for Sunday.
Saturday's program will also include another qualifying session for the Parts Canada Superbike class to set the field for Sunday's second race of the doubleheader weekend.
Saturday's 16-lap Parts Canada Superbike feature is scheduled for a 2:05 pm start, with the day's activities beginning with practice at 9:00 am.
This weekend's Superbike races will be televised on TSN Saturday, July 6 at 1:30 pm and Sunday July 28 at 1:00 pm EDT. Action from Race City will also be shown later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.