SZOKE WINS WILD PRO 600 RACE BOWMANVILLE, Ont. -- Brantford, Ont.'s Jordan Szoke came back from a fall to win a wet and wild Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship race at Mosport International Raceway Saturday. Heavy rain played havoc with...
SZOKE WINS WILD PRO 600 RACE
BOWMANVILLE, Ont. -- Brantford, Ont.'s Jordan Szoke came back from a fall to win a wet and wild Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship race at Mosport International Raceway Saturday.
Heavy rain played havoc with the race schedule for the fourth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship and only the Pro 600 Sport Bike and Thunder classes were able to run their scheduled events. The Superbike feature class will run a pair of races on Sunday.
Michael Taylor dominated the 10-lap Thunder race aboard his BMW R1200S.
Szoke was the early leader of the Pro 600 Sport Bike race but the Canadian Kawasaki Motors rider crashed his ZX-6R in turn 5, bringing out a red flag. Szoke restarted from the back of the grid and proceeded to march his way to the front, finally edging Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Performance rider Francis Martin and Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company's Steve Crevier for the win.
The victory was Szoke's third in the Pro 600 class this season. He extended his lead in the standings to 39 points over Crevier, 203-164, heading into Sunday's second race in the doubleheader.
"I don't know what to say. I just feel so lucky today," said Szoke, whose margin of victory was 0.171 secs. "The crash winded me but I didn't let it bother me."
Martin led most of the race on his Suzuki GSX-R600 but was passed by Szoke at the end of the backstraight on the final tour of the 10-lap race.
Taylor was third off the line in the Thunder race but was into the lead by the end of the first lap and continued to ease away. The Toronto rider took the checkered flag 28.385 secs. ahead of North Vancouver's Darren James on his Buell XB9R. James just held off Kitchener, Ont.'s Michael Ferreira on his BMW R1200 after Ferreira made a spectacular charge from eighth place at the end of the first lap.
"We didn't change that much from our dry set-up for the bike," said Taylor, whose fastest lap was almost a second quicker than anyone else in the field. "I was just trying to end the race fast so I could get back to a warm hot tub."
With the win Taylor took over the lead in the Thunder standings with 148 points to the 146 of Beaconsfield, Que.'s Michael Leon, who finished fifth on Saturday aboard his Buell XB9R.
Both the Parts Canada Superbike and Suzuki SV650 National Cup competitors will run a pair of feature races on Sunday. The first of the Superbike events will go green at 11:00 a.m. and has been shortened from 20 laps to 14.
The second Superbike race will be held at its originally scheduled time of 2:55 p.m. and will run over the full 20 laps.
Maple Ridge, B.C.'s Crevier qualified on pole for both Superbike races during timed qualifying Friday aboard his Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Yamaha YZF-R1.
Sunday's schedule will also feature the second races for the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike and Thunder national classes, as well as rounds for the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike and Pro Honda Oils Women's Cup Challenge.
The rain on Saturday forced the cancellation of qualifying for the Amateur 600 Sport Bikes and practice times will be used to set the grid for Sunday afternoon's race.
Results of Saturday's fourth round of the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont.:
Pos Name From Bike Lap Status
1. Jordan Szoke Brantford, Ont. Kawasaki ZX-6R 5 82.83 mph 2. Francis Martin Sherbrooke, Que. Suzuki GSX-R600 5 Running 3. Steve Crevier Maple Ridge, B.C. Yamaha YZF-R6 5 Running 4. Kevin Lacombe Granby, Que. Yamaha YZF-R6 5 Running 5. Pascal Picotte Granby, Que. Suzuki GSX-R600 5 Running 6. Matthew McBride Mississauga, Ont. Suzuki GSX-R600 5 Running 7. Erick Beausejour Val Senneville, Que. Honda CBR600RR 5 Running 8. Brett McCormick Saskatoon, Sask. Kawasaki ZX-6R 5 Running 9. Karl Daigle Granby, Que. Honda CBR600RR 5 Running 10. Sean Heydorn Stouffville, Ont. Honda CBR600RR 5 Running 11. Zenon Nelson Bowmanville, Ont. Suzuki GSX-R600 5 Running 12. Andrew Nelson Nepean, Ont. Yamaha YZF-R6 5 Running 13. Alain Larouche St-Bruno, Que. Honda CBR600RR 5 Running 14. Stephane Chabot Oshawa, Ont. Yamaha YZF-R6 5 Running 15. Craig Atkinson Toronto, Ont. Yamaha YZF-R6 5 Running 16. Alain Campagna Macouche, Que. Yamaha YZF-R6 5 Running 17. Simon Blue London, Ont. Kawasaki ZX-6R 5 Running 18. Junior Dallaire Drummondville, Que. Suzuki GSX-R600 5 Running DNF Yoshi Hamaguchi Toronto, Ont. Yamaha YZF-R6 1 Accident
Margin of Victory: 0.171 secs. Average Speed: 82.83 mph Fastest Lap: 1:46.851 by Jordan Szoke on lap 5
Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike point standings after 4 of 7:
Pos Name Points
1. Jordan Szoke 203 2. Steve Crevier 164 3. Francis Martin 132 4. Brett McCormick 119 5. Andrew Nelson 114 6. Kevin Lacombe 110 7. Matt McBride 79 8. Pascal Picotte 74 9. Karl Daigle 69 10. Jeremy Stepper 61 11. Craig Atkinson 59 12. Stephane Chabot 52 13. Erick Beausejour 46 14. John-Ross MacRae 44 15. Alain Larouche 40 16. Sean Heydorn 38 17. Steve Bourdeau 31 18. Zenon Nelson 29 19. Andrew Dunlap 25 20. Ross Millson 22 21. Alain Campagna 16 22. Adam Roberts 15 23. Simon Blue 6 24. Louie Raffa 4 Junior Dallaire 4 26. Darren James 2 27. Elie Daccache 1 </pre>