Jordan Szoke left Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with a bittersweet taste in his mouth after the Mopar Canadian Superbike double header weekend. The 3.9 km 10 turn circuit is infamous for its gravity defying elevations, fast sweeping corners and accelerated straightaway. This is “home turf” for Szoke as he came into the weekend with a 16 point lead over his competitors and an opportunity to cinch up his ninth superbike championship. With racing on Saturday and Sunday in front of some of the biggest crowds the series entertains it was to be an electrifying weekend.
After claiming pole position during Friday qualifying Szoke added an extra 4 points by turning a lap of one minute, 21.533 seconds at a speed of 174.717 km/hr. “The crew worked super hard for the past few days making changes and having this machine perfect.’ says the series leader. “The pole lap, came easiest in comparison to other laps so I’m excited for the race to see what we can do there with a string of them.”
Szoke took the holeshot on Saturday afternoon to scrap it out with four different competitors during an exciting superbike finale. Szoke took the lead on lap 19 when a red flag stopped the competition as a rider went down. The race was then called and finishers reverted back to the last completed lap which had Szoke in second position. Despite his runner up finish, Jordan picked up another 44 points. “We still have tomorrow.” says Szoke. “I was a bit frustrated that my quickshifter stopped working around lap 4, but regardless I had a ton of fun and we picked up some important points for the championship.”
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Szoke lined up again in pole position on Sunday for the second time to round out the weekend. After breaking away from the pack early, Szoke settled for a runner up podium finish. This brings him into the final round with a 41 point lead. “I know we picked up some very important points here this weekend.” says a disappointed Szoke. “But I have to apologize to the fans that came here today to watch us win. I love this place and am pretty upset we couldn’t bring you all home a checkered.”
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Jordan takes his 251 points to the final round, which will be hosted August 23 – 25 at the beautiful Circut Mont Tremblant in Mont Tremblant Quebec, Canada.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with Christian Auger AM #13 in the hospital this evening. Godspeed in recovery Christian.