SZOKE CLINCHES THIRD TITLE SHANNONVILLE, ON -- Brantford, ON's Jordan Szoke clinched his third career Parts Canada Superbike Championship with an eighth-place finish in the final round of the season at Shannonville Motorsport Park on...
SZOKE CLINCHES THIRD TITLE
SHANNONVILLE, ON -- Brantford, ON's Jordan Szoke clinched his third career Parts Canada Superbike Championship with an eighth-place finish in the final round of the season at Shannonville Motorsport Park on Sunday.
The 20-lap race was won by Szoke's closest rival in the title chase, Kevin Lacombe, but Szoke hung on to claim the title by 11 points, 319-308.
Szoke became just the third rider in the 26-year history of the Canadian national Superbike series to win three championships. He also won in 1998 and 2002.
"It's a great feeling," said Szoke, who won five of the season's seven races aboard his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R. "You don't have too many years like this. It's something unbelievable. We deserved it. The team worked so hard this year."
Szoke qualified seventh and spent most of the race, which was held in very wet conditions, running just ahead of fellow Kawasaki rider Jeff Williams in ninth, a position that would guarantee him the title no matter what Lacombe managed. He moved up to eighth in the results when Frank Trombino was penalized four positions for a jump start.
"I had a little moment in turn 2 just a few laps in but after that I settled in and got a good pace going," Szoke said. "The track seemed to get a little faster near the end and I picked it up a little."
Lacombe grabbed the lead off the start on his Team Toyota Yamaha / Picotte Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 and spent most of the race battling with outgoing Parts Canada Superbike champion Francis Martin. The Granby, QC rider took the lead for good three laps from the end and edged Martin's Team Suzuki / Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 by 1.152 secs.
It was Lacombe's second straight victory after Szoke claimed the opening five events of the year.
"With about four laps to go I got him [Martin] in the hairpin and after that I gave it all I had," Lacombe said. "I'm used to riding in the wet and I think we had a little advantage today because of that."
Lacombe's teammate Pascal Picotte of St-Cecile Milton, QC finished third on the other Team Toyota Yamaha / Picotte Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 after running off the track at the end of the backstraight on lap 12. Although Picotte didn't lose any positions in the incident he did lose touch with the lead duo.
Vicious-I Pole Position Award winner Matt McBride finished fourth aboard the Riders Choice Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Tom Kipp completed the top five on the second Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R.
In other action at Shannonville, Szoke also locked up the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship with an 11th-place finish on his Kawasaki ZX-6RR. His nearest title rival Lacombe placed second on a Yamaha YZF-R6, leaving him 18 points behind Szoke in the standings, 309-291.
Lacombe's teammate Picotte dominated the 16-lap race, leading every lap and winning by 6.241 secs. on another Yamaha. Martin finished third on his Suzuki GSX-R600.
Stephane Chabot of Oshawa, ON won the HJC Pro Rookie of the Year award after finishing ninth in the Pro 600 Sport Bike race on his Acme Slate Yamaha YZF-R6.
The Canadian Kawasaki Motors team was named Inside Motorcycles Team of the Year.
Karl Daigle of Granby, QC finished third in a dramatic race to clinch the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike title on his Honda CBR600RR.
For most of the race polesitter Brett McCormick of Saskatoon battled with St-Jean Richelieu, QC rider Dany Jourdain. Jourdain fell on the final lap but managed to rejoin the race and still finish second behind McCormick on the track. But McCormick was penalized four positions for a jump start and the Yamaha YZF-R6 rider was relegated to fifth in the results, giving Jourdain his first victory of the year on his Suzuki GSX-R600.
Hamilton's Ross Millson finished second on another Suzuki GSX-R600 and took second in the championship, 22 points behind Daigle.
A fourth-place finish was enough to give Buell XB9R rider Darren James his second consecutive Thunder title. The North Vancouver racer ended the season with 303 points in the twins class, seven more than Victoria's Oliver Jervis, who won the 14-lap race on his BMW RS1200.
Despite running off the track on lap 4 Dave Bagshaw of Kincardine, ON clinched the Suzuki SV650 National Cup title with a seventh-place finish at Shannonville. Brantford, ON's Rob Busby dominated the 12-lap race.
Racing from Shannonville this weekend will receive extended coverage on TSN and TSN HD. The one-hour show premiering Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 1:30 p.m. ET will feature action from the Hindle Exhaust Pro 600 Sport Bike event and the first ever national television coverage of the Thunder class. That show will repeat on Friday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 a.m. ET.
A second one-hour program with action from the Parts Canada Superbike and International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Amateur 600 Sport Bike events will premier on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 1:30 p.m. ET and repeat on Friday, Oct. 6 at 3:30 a.m. ET.
The races will also be shown on RDS in a half-hour program premiering Monday, Sept. 11 at 1:30 a.m. and repeating Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 2:00 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 21 at 11:30 p.m. All times are ET.