Szoke Wins Wet Season Ender at Mosport
SZOKE STOPS McCORMICK STREAK
BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (August 21) – Brett McCormick’s bid for a perfect season in the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada fell just short in a wet final round at Mosport International Raceway on Sunday.
In one of the wildest Superbike races seen in many years Brantford, Ont.’s Jordan Szoke scored his first victory of the season on the Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team Kawasaki ZX-10R while a day after clinching his first national Superbike crown McCormick crashed his radX / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR on the final lap.
Matt McBride of Mississauga, Ont. scored a career high second place finish on his Riders Choice / BMW Toronto Motorrad BMW S1000RR, 15.587 secs. behind Szoke, and Sherbrooke, Que.’s Francis Martin completed the podium aboard the Couturier Racing / ProPulsion BMW S1000RR.
“This is one of the greatest wins of my career,” said Szoke, who saw his five-year reign as Canadian Superbike champion end on Saturday. “It’s tough seeing your number one plate taken away, especially after having it for so long but this will make the winter a little easier.”
Szoke completed the 14 lap race around the 3.957km track in 23 minutes, 00.955 seconds for an average speed of 144.417km/h.
Szoke had taken the lead from McCormick’s radX / BMW Motorrad Canada teammate Michael Ferreira on lap five with McCormick moving into second a lap later. The Saskatoon rider made his move into the lead in turn one on the final lap, only to crash moments later.
“I didn’t think he would try going into turn one,” Szoke admitted after his 10th career Mosport Superbike win. “After that I looked back and didn’t see anybody else and told myself to just take things easy and not make any mistakes.”
McCormick said he thought it was the right time to make his move.
“It was my first moment the whole race,” explained McCormick, who had won all six races this season heading into Sunday’s finale. “I got to the apex and the back end came around on me.”
McBride was only 10th after the opening lap but took advantage of drama ahead of him and growing confidence in the wet conditions to move up the order. He passed Martin exiting turn three on the final lap.
“The first few laps the bike wasn’t feeling that great but then as it dried a little the bike felt better and I started making my moves,” McBride said.
Martin completed the podium in his final national Superbike appearance. The two-time Canadian champion had announced his retirement on Sunday morning.
“This is a good way to finish; I’m very happy to finish on the box,” said Martin, who was national champion in 1999 and 2005. “Lap after lap I was more comfortable, but when Matt passed me I tried to follow and almost crashed.”
Andrew Nelson of Kars, Ont. finished fourth on the Nelson Racing / GymMax / Monette Sports BMW S1000RR and wrapped up third spot in the final Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada standings.
Mississauga, Ont.’s Ferreira fell in turn five on lap 13 while lying third but remounted to salvage fifth.
The radX / BMW Motorrad Canada squad was named Inside Motorcycles Team of the Year for its championship season.
In other action at Mosport, Alex Welsh of Uxbridge, Ont. completed a sweep of the weekend’s Pirelli Pro Sport Bike races on his Z1 CycleTech / Kenwood Suzuki GSX-R600 but Jodi Christie clinched the title with a second place finish on the Jodi Christie Racing / Cameron Cycle / Blue Streak Racing Honda CBR600RR.
Woodbridge, Ont.’s Frank Trombino placed third on the Suzuki Canada / Hindle / Sturgess Cycle Suzuki GSX-R600 to secure third in the final point standings.
Bodhi Edie of Warman, Sask. finished fourth on his Edie Racing / Acceleration Racing / Honda Canada Honda CBR600RR and was named Pro Rookie of the Year.
Stacey Nesbitt made international racing history by becoming the first woman to clinch a national road racing title as she locked up the Honda CBR125R Challenge at Mosport on Sunday.
The St-Lazare, Que. rider edged Richmond, Ont.’s Eric Green by just 0.178 secs. for her fourth straight win while Scott Lingelbach of Wellesley, Ont. took third.
A day after wrapping up the Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup championship Maple Ridge, B.C.’s Steve Crevier won the season finale. Riding the MotoSport Plus of Kingston entry, Crevier edged Boca Raton, Fla.’s Michael Barnes by 0.202 secs. with Barnes’ Ruthless Racing / Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada teammate Darren James of North Vancouver right behind in third.
Crevier won the Performance Under Gear Performer of the Race Award for his effort on Sunday.
Kristopher Garvie of Caleon, Ont. clinched the Inside Motorcycles Amateur Sport Bike title with a fourth place finish in Sunday’s first of two races on his Tracksport Technologies / Kahuna Powersports Kawasaki ZX-6R.
Both races were won by Magog, Que.’s Samuel Proulx on the Sherbrooke Harley-Davidson Suzuki GSX-R600. Aubrey Bailey of Parry Sound, Ont. took second each time on his HT Motorsports / ProStar / Velocity Yamaha YZF-R6 and Thornton, Ont.’s Amzy Nawaz was third in both races aboard the Velocity Sportsgear Kawasaki ZX-6R.
Jody Greening of Burlington, Ont. rode a cautious race to seventh to clinch the K&N Performance Filters Amateur Superbike title on his BFE / ProStar / Strugess Cycle Honda CBR600RR.
Toronto’s Edward Rudkowski took the race win from Blaine Groves of Dumas, Ont. and Rouyn-Noranda, Que.’s Alain Lefebvre. All three rode Suzuki GSX-R600s.
Coverage of this weekend’s racing will be shown later this year on radX HD as part of its Monday night block of motorcycle racing programming, ‘Parts Canada Motorcycle Mania’. The first show premiers on Nov. 7.
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BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (August 21) – Results of Sunday’s seventh round of the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada at Mosport International Raceway showing finishing position, rider name, hometown, type of motorcycle in brackets and laps completed:
1. Jordan Szoke, Brantford, Ont. (Kawasaki ZX-10R) 14
2. Matt McBride, Mississauga, Ont. (BMW S1000RR) 14
3. Francis Martin, Sherbrooke, Que. (BMW S1000RR) 14
4. Andrew Nelson, Kars, Ont. (BMW S1000RR) 14
5. Michael Ferreira, Mississauga, Ont. (BMW S1000RR) 14
6. Ross Millson, Hamilton, Ont. (Kawasaki ZX-10R) 14
7. Jodi Christie, Keene, Ont. (Honda CBR600RR) 14
8. Alex Welsh, Uxbridge, Ont. (Suzuki GSX-R600) 14
9. Billy Shields, Unionville, Ont. (Yamaha YZF-R1) 14
10. Franklyn Dominguez, Hudson, Que. (Kawasaki ZX-10R) 13
11. Marie-Josee Boucher, Montreal, Que. (Honda CBR1000RR) 12
12. Rob Busby, Brantford, Ont. (BMW S1000RR) 11
Did Not Finish
Brett McCormick, Saskatoon, Sask. (BMW S1000RR) 13
Francois Dumas, St-Raymond, Que. (BMW S1000RR) 9
Frank Trombino, Woodbridge, Ont. (Suzuki GSX-R600) 8
Sebastien Tremblay, Sherbrooke, Que. (BMW S1000RR) 2
Did Not Start
Matt Cooper, Guelph, Ont. (Yamaha YZF-R1)
Bodhi Edie, Warman, Sask. (Honda CBR600RR)
Raphael Archambault, Terrebonne, Que. (Suzuki GSX-R600)
Kenny Reidman, Belfountain, Ont. (Triumph 675)
Martin Ricard, Montreal, Que. (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
Steve Walker, Carleton Place, Ont. (BMW S1000RR)
Darren James, North Vancouver, BC (Buell 1125R)
Dean Plater, Cumberland, Ont. (Kawasaki ZX-10R)
Time of Race: 23:00.955 (144.417km/h)
Margin of Victory: 15.587 secs.
Fastest Lap: 1:36.565 by Brett McCormick on lap 13
Lap Leaders: Jordan Szoke 1, Michael Ferreira 2-4, Szoke 5-14
Final Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada Point Standings, showing position, rider name and point total:
1. Brett McCormick, 328
2. Jordan Szoke, 318
3. Andrew Nelson, 226
4. Michael Ferreira, 216
5. Jodi Christie, 195
6. Alex Welsh, 164
7. Francis Martin, 133
8. Marie Josee-Boucher, 123
9. Matt McBride, 120
10. Rob Busby, 120
11. Franklyn Dominguez, 118
12. Frank Trombino, 97
13. Steve Walker, 87
14. Sebastien Tremblay, 63
15. Ross Millson, 45
16. Sylvain Dery, 38
17. Billy Shields, 37
18. Jean-Francois Cyr, 25
18. Bodhi Edie, 25
20. Ron Munroe, 21
21. Matt Cooper, 21
22. Francois Dumas, 17
23. Sean Huffman, 8
24. Martin Ricard, 4
25. Dean Plater, 2