CSBK RD2/3: Jordan Szoke Race Report
Szoke Moves to Second in Shannonville
Brantford ON Canada – July 5th 2011 – The Competition Systems/Canadian Kawasaki team rolled into Shannonville Motorsports Park under sunny skies for Round 2 & 3 of the Canadian Superbike Championship. Szoke was prepared to make up a points deficit after a third place finish at Round #1 Circuit ICAR. With the brand new Kawasaki ZX10 in their stable, Jordan Szoke and the crew prepared to continue to develop aspects of their brand new equipment during the Canada Day long weekend.
After some much needed sunny practice sessions, the 7 time Canadian Superbike Champion locked himself into a second place front row position for Saturday and Sunday’s races during Friday afternoon’s exciting Superpole event with a time of 1:04.664.
Race #1 scheduled for Saturday afternoon started right on time and with ideal temperatures much to the fans and competitors delight. Szoke managed a great start and settled in to second place. Jordan completed the 20 lap race in 21:57.445 to secure second step on the podium and second place in the championship with 85 points. “Once I knew I couldn’t catch Brett, I thought to myself: “Play it safe Jordan, there’s more on the line here.” I want the fans to know there’s more great racing to come, so watch for us tomorrow, we’re going to put our heads together tonight to find that little bit more.”
Race #2 found ambient temperatures reaching well into the 30 degree range, and with the overnight showers the humidex was high. Starting once again on the front row, Szoke was pinched off the start, but squeaked by quickly to finish the race around the 2.4 km Shannonville “Pro Track” in 21:43.506. Szoke and the Competition Systems/Kawasaki team managed to improve their overall race time by almost 14 seconds. “We had a better motorcycle today and I think I should have done better with the package I had,” said Szoke, who is going for his sixth straight national title. “But we made some big strides today, championships are won over the course of a season, and we still have 4 more rounds to go.”
Szoke leaves Shannonville Motorsports Park in second place with 127 points in the Canadian Superbike Championship. With 4 more rounds left in the season, Szoke has a 37 points deficit to make up. “I don’t get discouraged, I get mad and I bounce back. We made a big step forward this weekend and there’s a lot of racing left.” says Szoke.
Watch for Szoke furiously defending his #1 plate during Round #4 of the CSBK series July 8-10 at Autodrome St Eustache.
Jordan Szoke would like to thank:
Waznie Racing Inc, Parts Canada, Alpinestars, HJC, Monster Energy, Competition Systems/Kawasaki, Oakley, Ogio, BK Designs, Medical Information Carrier Systems, KTech Suspension, Strodes, Just Transmissions, Bicycle Works, Robot Pirate Ninja Productions, photobOb, PUG, Gas Gas Pacific
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