Szoke sets early pace. SHANNONVILLE, ON - Newly crowned Parts Canada Superbike champion Jordan Szoke led the way in practice Friday for the final round of the series at Shannonville Motorsport Park. The Brantford, ON rider took his Coors Light...
Szoke sets early pace.
SHANNONVILLE, ON - Newly crowned Parts Canada Superbike champion Jordan Szoke led the way in practice Friday for the final round of the series at Shannonville Motorsport Park.
The Brantford, ON rider took his Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a time of 1:46.290 in the second of two 45-minute sessions.
Toronto's Michael Taylor was second quickest with a lap of 1:46.354 on the Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1 and Frank Trombino of Kleinburg, ON was third on the Orion Motorsports Honda RC51 at 1:46.513.
Szoke clinched the national title at the previous round of the series in Halifax but is aiming to become the first rider to win six races in a season and six in a row.
"I'm still trying to get used to some new things on the bike," Szoke said. "We're going to make some small changes and that will make a big difference for tomorrow."
Taylor slowly worked his times down through the afternoon session. His last flying lap was his fastest, but he said he would have been quicker on the next one had the checkered flag not come out to end the session.
"We've been working on the suspension," Taylor said. "I'm really excited about Sunday. Nobody has anything to lose and I think it'll be a great race for the fans."
Owen Weichel was fourth in Friday practice on the Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-7RR with a time of 1:46.839. The Huntington Beach, CA resident is second in the Superbike standings.
The last rider to break into the 1:46 range was Orion Motorsports Honda's Kevin Lacombe. The Granby, QC racer recorded a 1:46.948 on his RC51.
Trombino led International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike practice with a time of 1:47.523 on his Orion Honda CBR954RR. Points leader Francis Martin of Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki was fourth and his closest challenger, Blackfoot Suzuki's Clint McBain, placed eighth.
In his first Canadian appearance this season Kars, ON's Andrew Nelson paced Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike practice with a time of 1:49.309 on his Honda CBR600F4i. Title rivals Lacombe and McBain were second and third, respectively.
Qualifying sessions for all three national classes will be held Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. Feature races will run Sunday.
This weekend's action will be televised on TSN Sunday, Oct. 13 at 3:30 p.m. EDT and on Quebec's RDS Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m. Extended hour-long coverage will air on the Outdoor Life Network on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:00 p.m eastern.