BOWMANVILLE, ON The Honda Canada / Fast Company racing team enjoyed its best outing of the 2004 Parts Canada Superbike Championship season as Jordan Szoke scored a pair of podium finishes at Mosport International Raceway last weekend. The ...
BOWMANVILLE, ON The Honda Canada / Fast Company racing team enjoyed its best outing of the 2004 Parts Canada Superbike Championship season as Jordan Szoke scored a pair of podium finishes at Mosport International Raceway last weekend.
The Brantford, ON rider took his Honda CBR1000RR to a second place finish in Sunday's second Superbike race of the doubleheader weekend, while a day earlier he scored a third in the first of two Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike races.
Szoke had a fourth in the opening Superbike race at Mosport and ended the weekend second in the Parts Canada Superbike standings after five of eight events.
"I consider Mosport one of my favourite tracks," said Szoke. "We were so close today. It's sad we didn't get it [the win]."
Szoke was race winner Pascal Picotte's closest challenger on the CBR1000RR and was in front when a red flag halted action after seven of a scheduled 16 laps.
He didn't get as strong a start when action resumed but fought his way up from fourth at the end of the opening lap to move into second two laps from the end.
Szoke is 89 points behind Picotte, 259-170 with three races remaining in the Parts Canada Superbike season but the CBR1000RR, which debuted this year is starting to show its abundant potential.
Teammate Andrew Nelson of Kars, ON had a ninth and a sixth in the two Superbike races on his Honda CBR1000RR. In the second race he took advantage of an excellent start after the red flag to run fifth after one lap, but was in a fierce five-way battle for the spot. He is now seventh in the Parts Canada Superbike standings with 121 points.
Szoke also challenged for the lead in the first Pro 600 Sport Bike race at Mosport and ran at the front for five of the 14 laps on his Honda CBR600RR before settling for third. Nelson, who had qualified second was forced out after only two laps with a rare mechanical problem.
On Sunday, Szoke and Nelson set the early pace in the wet conditions on the CBR600RR's, with Nelson leading the first five laps. But as the track dried their rain tires started to wear and they slipped to sixth and seventh at the finish, Nelson ahead of Szoke.
Szoke is now fifth in the Pro 600 Sport Bike standings, just 15 points out of second, while Nelson is sixth.
The Honda Canada / Fast Company team will be back in action at Nova Scotia's Atlantic Motorsport Park Aug. 6-8.
The Honda Canada Fast Company Team is sponsored by Dunlop, Arata, Hotbodies, Honda Pro Oils, Pro Racing Fuels, Spiegler Brake Systems, Race Tech, Snap On, Ohlins, Steen Hansen's, Vesrah, Zero Gravity and Bickle Racing.