Race City I: Series race report

SZOKE TAKES SECOND STRAIGHT CALGARY, Alta. (June 26) - Brantford,Ont.'s Jordan Szoke kept his perfect Parts Canada Superbike Championship record intact with his second straight win of the 2010 season at Race City Motorsport Park on...

SZOKE TAKES SECOND STRAIGHT

CALGARY, Alta. (June 26) - Brantford,Ont.'s Jordan Szoke kept his perfect Parts Canada Superbike Championship record intact with his second straight win of the 2010 season at Race City Motorsport Park on Saturday.

The six-time national Superbike champion took his Waznie Racing / Ciclo Werks BMC / DeWildt Honda Powerhouse Honda CBR1000RR to a 3.052-sec. victory over St-Cesaire, Que.'s Kevin Lacombe riding the Lacombe Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, Que. finished third riding the radX HD / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR, giving the new bike a top three finish in only its second Canadian Superbike race.

Szoke completed the 22 laps around the 3.2km (2.0-mile) track in 28 minutes, 6.855 seconds for an average speed of 150.244 km/h (93.903 mph).

Szoke elected to ride his back-up Honda CBR1000RR in the race after trying it out in the morning warm-up session.

"I never rode the bike before this morning," he said after his 31st career Canadian Superbike win and his ninth victory at Race City. "I was just supposed to break it in, but my fastest lap was faster than my qualifying time yesterday. It was awesome."

The victory gave Szoke a perfect score of 112 points heading into Sunday's third round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship as he bids for an unprecedented fifth straight title and seventh overall. Lacombe moved into second in the standings with his runner-up finish, 30 points behind Szoke.

Szoke survived some anxious moments early in the race. After taking the lead into turn one off the start he gave up first place to the Orion Motorsports / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR of Andrew Nelson on lap three. Nelson held the lead for two laps before Szoke reclaimed the advantage and was able to stretch out a bit of a gap.

"I knew I had to get by Andrew and open up a gap," the 31-year-old Szoke said, "but on one lap I went in to turn one too hot and I basically crashed. I just managed to save it. As the fuel load came down the bike started to work very well."

Lacombe passed Nelson into the Bus Stop on lap seven and found himself about a second and a half behind Szoke. But the 27-year-old was unable to close up and then had to worry about a challenge from Martin, who moved into third on lap eight.

"I lost a bit of time in traffic," Lacombe explained. "I lost a little bit here and there. Tomorrow I have to lead with Jordan and stay on his tail. I'm missing a bit of top speed and it took me too long to get my fastest laps in."

Martin was unable to get within a second of Lacombe and eventually finished 3.8 secs. behind the Suzuki. He backed off in the final few laps when his low fuel warning light started to flash. It was his first Superbike podium finish since a third place at Mosport International Raceway in July, 2008.

"I've waited a long time to get back on the podium," said the two- time Canadian Superbike champion. "It's nice to prove that I can still do it. Tomorrow maybe we'll put a little more gas in the bike."

Cochrane, Alta.'s Cody Matechuk made a big charge from 10th on the grid to finish fourth on the Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000. The 16- year-old, who injured his left hand in a crash on Saturday, was seventh at the end of the first lap before passing the second radX HD / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR of Mike Ferreira on lap seven and then getting by both Nelson and Alex Welsh on lap 16.

"I'm still taking it easy into turn one and I was trying to conserve my tires a bit," Matechuk said. "When I saw I was catching those guys ahead of me I put my head down and tried to catch up. I felt really good today and I think with a better start tomorrow I can push the top pack."

Nelson hung on to finish fifth. The Kars, Ont. racer battled over the final laps with the Competiton Systems Kawasaki Race Team Kawasaki ZX- 10R of Uxbridge, Ont.'s Alex Welsh, who settled for sixth after running as high as fourth early on.

Mississauga, Ont.'s Ferreira was seventh and six-time Canadian Superbike champ Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, B.C. made a late pass of Calgary's Mike Zottmann to take eighth on the Mile Zero Motorsports / Rocket Leathers Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Zottmann settled for ninth on the Majik X / Red Bull Suzuki GSX- R1000 and Keene, Ont.'s Joid Christie completed the top 10 aboard his Jodi Christie Racing / Durham Honda-backed Honda CBR600RR.

In other action at Race City, Szoke held off Christie to take his second consecutive win in the Pro Sport Bike championship. The pair traded the lead before Szoke grabbed first place for good on lap 12 of the 16-lap race. He finished just 0.194 secs. ahead of his fellow Honda CBR600RR rider.

Matechuk took third on his Suzuki GSX-R600, claiming his first podium finish in only his second Pro start.

Raphael Archambault of St-Colomban, Que. scored his second straight win in the Amateur Sport Bike class on Saturday, taking his Archambault Racing / Centre Hamel Honda-sponsored Honda CBR600RR to a 10.056-sec. win over the Kawasaki ZX-6R of Tavistock, Ont.'s Bill McKay.

Kelowna, B.C.'s Marcel Irnie overcame a jump start penalty to finish third on his Kawasaki.

Laval, Que.'s Loic Viscasillas picked up his first career Honda CBR125R Challenge win after Ryan Appenrodt was disqualified for a technical infraction. Saskatoon racer Milan Jablan moved up to second and Calgary's Cody Conrad was third.

Riding a Suzuki SV650, Geoff Gerbrandt of Martensville, Sask. edged the Buell XB12R of Brantford, Ont.'s Robert Busby for the win in the K&N Filters Sport Twins race. Calgary rider Emerson Lefurgey placed third on another Suzuki.

Sunday is the final day of racing for this weekend's event, which is presented by Rocky Mountain Honda Powerhouse and feature races are once again set for all five national classes. Practice begins at 9:00 a.m. with the Pro Sport Bike race set to leave the line at 1:00 p.m.

Tickets for the day are $30 for a single day. For ticket information call (403) 975-2849 or go to www.amra.ca.

-source: cdn superbike

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Series CSBK
Drivers Jordan Szoke , Andrew Nelson , Kevin Lacombe , Francis Martin , Steve Crevier