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Szoke Takes a Commanding Lead of the Canadian Superbike Championship

July 8, 2013

After narrowly missing pole position on Saturday, defending 8 time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke claimed his second victory of the season in a thrilling 21 lap finale at the infamous Autodrome St Eustache. The 1.93km 10 turn roadcourse returned to the championship in 2011 after a hiatus of almost a decade.

Szoke finished the 37.170 km race distance in 16 minutes, 0.701 seconds averaging a speed of 139.286 km/hr.

“I was pretty hard on myself after missing out pole on Saturday. “ said Szoke. “So we made a specific change to the bike for Sunday. My hats off to John Cornwell because he really nailed the set up and gave me a great bike to win on today.”

Szoke joins the likeness of Steve Crevier and Francis Martin in claiming a rare repeat victory with back to back wins in 2012 and now in 2013. Szoke also won at Autodrome St Eustache in 2002.

“I really like this track.” says the series points leader. “I have always fancied myself as a big-track kind of guy like Mont Tremblant or Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, but here is one of my favorite little guys. I always seem to do really well here.”

The top three riders broke away from the field quickly with Szoke taking top spot on lap 10. He stretched out a lead of over 1.5 seconds quickly before a few scattered raindrops started to fall. Szoke eventually completed the race 0.697 seconds ahead.

“Once the drops started to hit my visor, I slowed up a little bit to preserve the lead. No one wants to throw away a win like that, particularly with the dragstrip being part of the roadcourse here, it can be pretty slippery when wet.”

The victory and the extra points for most laps lead gives Szoke a 20 point lead going onto round three held in Atlantic Motorsports Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia Canada on July 26 - 28th 2013.

“I wanted to thank Jon (Camillei) from Mopar personally for attending this event.” says Szoke. “To have our series sponsor show up personally to show their support was pretty awesome.”

Szoke still leads the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship with 111 points total.

To watch coverage of Round Two of the Mopar Superbike Race held at Autodrome St Eustache watch:

Watch for Szoke defending his points lead in the Kelso Mountain Bike Series July 9th 2013 at the Kelso Conservation Area in Milton Ontario Canada.
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