CSBK RD4: SZOKE ON ST-EUSTACHE SUPERBIKE POLE
ST-EUSTACHE, Que. (July 9) – Brantford, Ont.’s Jordan Szoke ended Brett McCormick’s run of pole positions in Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada action at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday.
The rider of the Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R turned a fastest lap of 45.085 seconds in Pirelli SuperPole qualifying to claim the $500 Kawasaki S4-R Competition Lubricants Pole Award and the top starting spot for Sunday’s fourth round of the series.
McCormick had to settle for second best on the radX / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR with a lap at 45.186 secs. and Alex Welsh of Uxbridge, Ont. made it three different motorcycle brands in the top three positions with a time of 45.224 riding the Z1 CycleTech / Kenwood Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Szoke’s average speed was 141.333km/h (84.800 mph) around the 1.77km (1.09-mile) St-Eustache circuit and shattered the old lap record of 46.463 secs. set by Jean-Francois Cyr in 2003, the last time the national series visited St-Eustache.
“I felt really comfortable the whole time,” said the 31-year-old Szoke, who is bidding for a sixth straight Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada title. “I was going to do two fast laps and then come into the pits and go over things with the crew, then I looked at my timer and saw a 45-flat and thought, ‘That’s not too bad.’”
With the pole position Szoke gained a point on series leader McCormick in the Canadian Superbike Championship standings. McCormick’s lead is 36 points, 167-131 heading into Sunday’s fourth round of the seven-race series.
“I felt like I had a little more if I needed it,” added Szoke, who was also fastest in practice on Friday but was second to McCormick in Saturday morning’s prequalifying session. “I felt like I left a little speed on the table. Yesterday we made a bunch of little changes, but nothing major.”
McCormick will be going for a fourth straight Canadian Superbike Championship win on Sunday as he tries to claim his first national title. The 19-year-old from Saskatoon claimed the season opener at Circuit ICAR and swept both ends of a doubleheader at Shannonville Motorsport Park last weekend. He started from pole position in all three of those events.
“We’ve got some stuff to try on the bike before the race tomorrow, like a little bit of a geometry change,” McCormick said. “Little things are holding me back and it’s frustrating.”
Welsh was on top of the times halfway through the 20-minute session after turning his best lap early but was unable to improve on that effort.
“I think there was a little more there; I did my time on an old tire,” said Welsh, who has a top finish of third so far this season. “I didn’t feel the need to push things and I’m happy with a front row start.”
Andrew Nelson of Kars, Ont. completes the front row for Sunday’s race after turning a lap at 45.493 secs. on the Nelson Racing / GymMax / Monette Sports BMW S1000RR.
“We’ve been faster and faster every session and we have a good set-up for the race,” said Nelson, who is third in the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada standings. “We were struggling when we tested on Thursday but we’re happy with the bike now.”
Michael Ferreira of Mississauga, Ont. set the fifth fastest time of 46.118 on the second radX / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR. He will be joined on the second row on Sunday by Jodi Christie of Keene, Ont., who recorded a 46.208-sec. lap on the Jodi Christie Racing / Cameron Cycle / Blue Streak Racing Honda CBR600RR and Sherbrooke, Que.’s Francis Martin, who turned a time of 46.425 on the Couturier Racing / ProPulsion BMW S1000RR.
The top 10 is completed by former St-Eustache Superbike race winner Cyr of Mascouche, Que. (CyRacing Suzuki GSX-R1000), St-Raymond, Que.’s Francois Dumas (BMW S1000RR) and Granby, Que. racer Jeremie Hade Precourt (JHP Racing / Picotte Motorsport Suzuki GSX-R600).
In other action at St-Eustache on Saturday, points leader Christie snatched the Kawasaki S4-R Competition Lubricants Pole Award for the Pirelli Pro Sport Bike race with a time of 46.344 on his Honda CBR600RR. Welsh was second quickest at 46.448 secs. aboard his Suzuki GSX-R600 after suffering a fall early in the session.
Cyr completes the top three starting spots with a 46.581 on his Suzuki GSX-R600.
Maple Ridge, B.C.’s Steve Crevier extended his lead in the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup by taking the Tactical Products Canada Pole Award in qualifying with a time of 50.234 secs. on the Kingston, Ont.-based MotoSport Plus-backed entry.
Darren James of North Vancouver was second fastest with a 50.583-sec. effort on the Ruthless Racing / Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada entry and Cochrane, Alta.’s Cody Matechuk qualified third with a time of 50.968 secs. on his XR1200 backed by Privateers Harley-Davidson of Halifax.
Kawasaki S4-R Competition Lubricants Pole Awards were also claimed in K&N Performance Filters Amateur Superbike and Inside Motorcycles Amateur Sport Bike.
Thornton, Ont.’s Amzy Nawaz won pole for Superbike with a time of 47.822 secs. on his Kawasaki ZX-6R and Samuel Proulx of Magog, Que. was fastest in Sport Bike at 47.880 secs. with the Sherbrooke Harley-Davidson Suzuki GSX-R600.
Ottawa’s Shay Gauthier won his second straight Honda CBR125R Challenge event at St-Eustache after a dramatic battle over the 12-lap race with Stacey Nesbitt from St-Lazare, Que., who finished second and Falmouth, N.S.’s Austin Shaw-O’Leary, who placed third. Gauthier’s margin of victory was 0.525 secs.
Shaw-O’Leary continues to lead the class point standings.
Races in all six national classes will be run Sunday. Practice begins at 10:00 a.m. with the first race, for the Honda CBR125R Challenge, set to go at 12:40 p.m.
For details call 450-472-6222 or 514-591-4388, or go to http://www.autodrome.ca.
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