SZOKE TAKES POLE AT RACE CITY CALGARY, Alta. (June 27) -- Jordan Szoke ended Brett McCormick's run of pole positions in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park on Saturday. The Brantford, Ont. racer turned a lap at...
SZOKE TAKES POLE AT RACE CITY
CALGARY, Alta. (June 27) -- Jordan Szoke ended Brett McCormick's run of pole positions in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Race City Motorsport Park on Saturday.
The Brantford, Ont. racer turned a lap at one minute, 15.126 seconds around the 3.2km (2.0-mile) course on his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R during the Pirelli SuperPole session to earn his first $500 Inside Motorcycles Pole Position Award of the 2009 season.
Szoke also picked up four points toward the Parts Canada Superbike Championship and closed to within five points of series leader McCormick heading into Sunday's third round of the season, which is presented by Turple Bros. Ltd. and Suzuki.
Saskatoon's McCormick was second fastest at 1:15.540 aboard the Team Suzuki / Blackfoot / Picotte Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 and saw his string of pole positions snapped at four, going back to last season.
"I really shouldn't complain," said Szoke, the three-time defending Parts Canada Superbike champion who has won eight Superbike events at Race City. "I had some problems on my downshifts into turn one and that lost me a bit of time, but not much. The rest of my lap was going great but I wheelied in the Bus Stop Chicane and that screwed up my drive out of there. I was surprised I managed that good a lap."
McCormick had been fastest in the morning pre-qualifying session, which established the 10 racers for the Pirelli SuperPole session. His time of 1:15.079 eclipsed the previous track record of 1:15.751 set last year by Clint McBain. He was unable to match that pace later in the day, however.
"I put together not a great lap," said the 17-year-old, who enters Sunday's race with 107 points to the 102 of Szoke. "In the fast sections I rushed getting on the throttle. When you mess those up your lap is pretty much caked.
"But I'm not too worried. Our race pace will be in the low [one minute] 15s. We'll get them tomorrow. We know our set-up and tires will last the whole race."
Andrew Nelson qualified third fastest on his Nelson Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 with a time of 1:16.294.
"I made two little mistakes but I don't think I would have been able to take pole anyway," said the Kars, Ont. racer, who lies third in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship. "I'm riding the bike hard and it seems to be paying off. I think we have a quality race set-up."
Granby, Que.'s Kevin Lacombe completes the front row for Sunday's race after turning a lap at 1:16.740 on his Team Toyota Yamaha / OTSFF Yamaha YZF-R1.
"We keep improving but we're struggling like crazy," Lacombe said. "But we'll shoot for the podium tomorrow and if possible we'll go for the win. It will be tough for everybody to make their equipment last for 22 laps."
Last year's winner of this race, Cochrane, Alta.'s Clint McBain qualified fifth fastest on the Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 with a time of 1:16.843.
He will be joined on the second row by Alex Welsh (Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R) and Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, B.C. (Deeley Racing Powered By Buell / Buell 1125R).
Three more Alberta riders fill out the top 10 for Sunday's 22-lap Superbike race. Mike Zottmann qualified eighth on his Mountain Toys Racing / Majik X Suzuki GSX-R1000 and fellow Calgary racer Dave Stokowski was next up aboard the Blackfoot / Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Banff's Peter Holzinger will start 10th on the Zinger Racing / Toloco Fibreworks Suzuki GSX-R1000.
In other action at Race City, Szoke also qualified on pole position for the Yoshimura Pro Sport Bike division on his Kawasaki ZX-6R with a class record time of 1:16.780.
"This bike is so good and every time I get off it I feel like I could have gone quicker," said the three-time defending class champion. "I think with another session we could go even quicker and the tire wear has been awesome."
Current class points leader McCormick was second fastest on his Suzuki GSX-R600 with a time of 1:17.291. He now leads Szoke by just one point, 104-103, heading into Sunday's race.
"I waited a little too long to go out again at the end of the session," McCormick said. "I definitely had more in the tank. We have a couple of things to try for tomorrow."
Nelson was third fastest on his Yamaha YZF-R6 and Crevier completes the front row aboard his Buell 1125R.
Another lap record tumbled in the Armour Bodies Amateur Sport Bike class where Cochrane, Alta.'s Cody Matechuk qualified fastest with a time of 1:19.878 on his Suzuki Dealers / Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.
Sebastien Tremblay of Longueuil, Que. qualified second at 1:22.004 on his A. Perusse Kawasaki / Kawasaki ZX-6R and Calgary's Thomas Bodrovics was third fastest at 1:22.905 on the Majik X / Mountain Toys Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.
Hamilton, Ont.'s Steven Nickerson was fastest in qualifying for the Honda CBR125R Challenge with a time of 1:47.150. His main championship rival Bodhi Edie of Warman, Sask. was second quickest with a time of 1:47.676.
The CBR125R Challenge competitors have a doubleheader this weekend, with a race Sunday and one Monday at the Varsity Chrysler Speed Park adjacent to Race City.
Granby, Que.'s Jeremie Hade Precourt will start from pole position in Sunday's Suzuki SV650 National Cup after recording a time of 1:26.576 in qualifying.
Races in all national classes will go Sunday. Practice starts at 9:00 a.m. with the first race set get to go green at 12:45 p.m.
For ticket information go to www.calgarysuperbike.com.