Szoke shoots for six. TORONTO, ON - He may have already clinched the 2002 title, but there is still plenty left on the agenda for Jordan Szoke at this weekend's final round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport ...
Szoke shoots for six.
TORONTO, ON - He may have already clinched the 2002 title, but there is still plenty left on the agenda for Jordan Szoke at this weekend's final round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park.
The Brantford, ON rider comes to Shannonville poised to rewrite the national record book. A win in Sunday's feature race would be the sixth of the season for the Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki rider and his sixth in a row, breaking the records he currently shares with Steve Crevier. Crevier won the first five races of the 1992 season on his way to the second of three consecutive titles.
After finishing third in the Parts Canada Superbike season opener, also at Shannonville, Szoke began his winning streak with a sweep of the doubleheader at Calgary's Race City Motorsports Park June 8-9. He then added wins at Autodrome St-Eustache, Mosport International Raceway and Atlantic Motorsport Park.
The AMP win was Szoke's most dramatic, as he charged up from 11th on the opening lap to score the victory and clinch his second national Superbike crown with an untouchable 316 points.
While the title is decided second place in the series standings is still up for grabs. Canadian Kawasaki Motors' Owen Weichel leads Szoke's Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki teammate Francis Martin by 23 points, 214-191, with 56 points available at this weekend's final round.
There is also a tight race for fourth. Kevin Lacombe leads fellow Orion Motorsports Honda rider Frank Trombino by just one point, 145-144, with Brooklin Yamaha's Michael Taylor and Jean-Francois Cyr close behind on 138 and 132 points, respectively.
This weekend's event will also decide the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike and Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike national support classes.
In Open Sport Bike, any one of four riders could realistically claim the title. Martin leads the standings with 172 points but Blackfoot Suzuki's Clint McBain is close behind with 161. Also in contention are Cyr, with 153 points and Taylor on 148.
McBain holds a slim six-point advantage over Lacombe, 219-213, heading into the 600 Sport Bike finale. Official practice for this weekend's races begins Friday with qualifying on Saturday and all three national class races Sunday afternoon.
This weekend's races 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.