SHUBENACADIE, NS - Jordan Szoke gave Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki the Parts Canada Superbike title with a dramatic victory at Atlantic Motorsport Park Sunday. The Brantford, ON rider recovered from an off-course excursion on the...
SHUBENACADIE, NS - Jordan Szoke gave Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki the Parts Canada Superbike title with a dramatic victory at Atlantic Motorsport Park Sunday.
The Brantford, ON rider recovered from an off-course excursion on the opening lap and charged through the field to claim his fifth victory in six races this season and his fifth win in a row on the Scott Miller-tuned Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Sherbrooke, QC's Francis Martin was second on another Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki GSX-R1000, giving the squad its second 1-2 finish of the year.
Although there is still one round left to go at Shannonville Motorsport Park Sept. 1 Szoke has an insurmountable 102-point lead over Owen Weichel in the Parts Canada Superbike standings, 316-214. Weichel finished third on Sunday.
"Scott's been here a long time and I think he's always built the best bikes," said Szoke, who also won the national title in 1998. "I feel that he's been robbed of championships in the past. I knew what I had to do this year to turn that around."
Szoke escaped disaster on the opening lap of the race when Frank Trombino fell in turn 2 and nearly collected the Suzuki as he slid off the track. Szoke managed to stay upright but rejoined the race in 11th. He quickly worked his way through the field, taking the lead from Martin on lap 10 of a scheduled 24.
The race was red flagged on lap 18 and called official, with Szoke finishing 0.291 secs. ahead of Martin.
"I like a challenge and charging through the pack was a lot of fun," Szoke said. "There's a lot of talented riders out there and coming through the pack was pretty satisfying."
Martin grabbed the lead when Trombino went down and led impressively for the first nine laps of the race. He gained nine points on Weichel in the Parts Canada Superbike standings and is now only 23 points out of second place.
Martin's bid to clinch the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike crown will have to wait another race. His Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki GSX-R1000 suffered a mechanical failure on lap 10 of the 18-lap race and he failed to finish. Title rival Clint McBain placed fourth and moved to within 11 points of Martin heading to Shannonville.
Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki is sponsored by Coors Light Racing, Suzuki Canada Inc., Fast Company, Dunlop, Akrapovic, The Mortgage Centre, Blackfoot, Stebbins, Joe Rocket, Fast Riding School, Pro Fuels, Motul, Race Tech, Ohlins, Ferodo, Steen Hansen and Body Double.