Szoke paces practice ST-EUSTACHE, QC - Brantford, ON's Jordan Szoke led the way in practice Friday for this weekend's round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Autodrome St-Eustache. The Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki ...
Szoke paces practice
ST-EUSTACHE, QC - Brantford, ON's Jordan Szoke led the way in practice Friday for this weekend's round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Autodrome St-Eustache.
The Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki rider set a time of 47.292 secs. around the 1.2-mile track on his Suzuki GSX-R1000. Szoke leads the Parts Canada Superbike Championship point standings coming into this weekend's Suzuki Superbike Challenge, the fourth event of the seven-race series.
Frank Trombino of Kleinburg, ON was a close second on an Orion Motorsport Honda RC51 with a time of 47.295 secs. and Szoke's Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki teammate Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, QC placed third with a lap of 47.864 secs. on another GSX-R1000.
"We just spent the day trying to get a good set-up, then the times will come," said Szoke, the 1998 Canadian Superbike champion. "We're just climbing back up to where we want to be."
Qualifying for the national Superbike class will be held Saturday afternoon. The fastest qualifier will receive the MPM Array Pole Award, a Swiss Force Carbon Fiber embellished watch.
Martin holds the lap record of 46.723, which he set two years ago.
Toronto's Michael Taylor finished the day with the fourth fastest time, a 47.901, aboard the Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1. Orion Motorsport Honda's new recruit Kevin Lacombe of Granby, QC completed the top five with a time of 48.167 secs. on another RC51.
Practice sessions were also run for the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike and Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike national support classes.
Trombino was quickest in Open Sport Bike with a time of 47.931 secs. on his Orion Motorsports Honda CBR954RR.
Joliette, QC's Jean-Francois Cyr led the 600 Sport Bike division with a time of 49.070 secs. on his Brooklin Yamaha YZF-R6.
Official qualifying for the Open Sport Bike and 600 Sport Bike divisions will also be held Saturday. Practice begins at 10:00 am with 600 Sport Bike qualifying session scheduled for 1:00 pm.
Feature races will run Sunday afternoon.
This weekend's event will be televised on TSN on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 1:00 pm EDT and later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.