“This is how I want to bring home championships.” says Jordan Szoke after completing a victory lap with the checkered flag. “With a win.” The newly crowned nine time Canadian Superbike Champion brought home his third championship of the season on Sunday. Having already claimed a National Observed Trials Championship and the Kelso Series Mountain Bike Championship.
“I am totally exhausted.” says Szoke “What a season, I dedicated myself to do something pretty special for our fans and sponsors and it feels incredible to have accomplished just that.”
The final round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship wrapped up on Sunday at the beautiful leCircut Mont Tremblant in the pristine village of Mont Tremblant Quebec. The 4.26 km roadcourse is surrounded by beautiful scenery nestled at the base of the mountains.
Szoke started from pole position after nearly claiming the track record during Saturdays qualifying. Szoke recorded a time of one minute, 39.207 seconds during his second lap. “It was the ideal lap, the bike was working perfectly.” says Szoke. “The weather has remained consistent throughout the weekend so we have been able to move forward with our setup. Our crew really nailed it.”
Szoke jumped to the lead early during the 16 lap race on Sunday to claim the victory. Completing the 68.16 km distance in 26 minutes, 51.253 seconds, 6.163 ahead of the rest of the field. “To win these championships means so much to me. I hope this never stops. I will be racing as long as I am bringing home results. This is what I was meant to do.”
The weekends exhilaration was mired in sadness as the motorcycle community lost one of the most promising young stars in Canadian Road Racing. John-Ross MacRae of Calgary AB crashed in turn one during Saturdays Qualifying and later succumbed to injuries in hospital. “This is a huge loss to our community.” says a somber Szoke. “JR and his family are such a positive influence to our community and to have them touched by this is heartbreaking. Blackfoot Motorsports has been one of my longest sponsors, and to know that their family is going through this is tragic. JR died doing something he loved, and he will be truly missed.”
Watch Jordan Szoke lead Team Canada through the Trials des Nations Event held in La Chatre, France on Sept 8th 2013.
To read more about Team Canada’s TDN experiences watch for an upcoming feature article in Inside Motocross& Off Road.