Jordan Szoke became the first racer in history to claim four National Superbike victories at Autodrome StEustache over the weekend. Since the re introduction of the venue in 2011 Szoke has claimed three out of the four victories that have been up for grabs.
“The bike is working better than ever this year,” said Szoke after his 45th career Canadian Superbike race win. “The changes we have made in the off-season have made a big difference and I feel like I’m braking better than I ever have.”
Szoke started from pole position on Sunday after asserting the fastest lap around the 1.92 km (1.2 mile) circuit during the Magneti Marelli SuperPole with a time of 45.195 seconds. Szoke was within 0.183 of the lap record set in 2011.
“There was a strong wind blowing across the back-straight and I had some head shake and had to get out of it a bit,” says Szoke. “But I think a record lap was there. For me, it’s very positive with the bike and the new Dunlop spec tires.”
Szoke was beaten off the line, but quickly got ahead to set the race’s fastest lap of 45.771 sec during lap three. He then took the lead on lap five of the 22 lap race to stay the victory, completing the race in 16 minutes, 49.798 seconds.
“The plan was to get a good start and grab the hole shot but that obviously didn’t work,” Szoke said. “I didn’t want everyone to get away. Once I took the lead I tried to slow the pace down, into the 46s, and then I was going to put my head down at the end.”
This is Szoke’s second win if the season, and second pole position. He leads the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship with 112 maximum points and a 22 point lead.
The next round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship takes place July 25-27 at Atlantic Motorsports Park in Shubenacadie Nova Scotia, Canada.
To view coverage of Round TWO of the Mopar Superbike Race held at Autodrome StEustache watch: CSBKTV on Youtube