Szoke Starts Strong in New Jersey

Newly crowned Mopar CSBK overall National motorcycle roadracing Champion Jordan Szoke made his debut at New Jersey Motorsport Park today, in opening practice for the deciding event in the 2015 MotoAmerica Series.  Aboard his regular Express Lane/Joe Rocket/BMW Motorrad S1000RR, but sporting the number 110 on a red background rather than his typical number 1 or 101, Szoke was 15th quickest in Practice two for the featured Superbike/Superstock 1000cc division, improving on his 18th best set in his morning debut around the “Thunderbolt” layout with a 12 turn, 2.25 mile long layout.

Szoke’s effort put him 9th best in the 19 rider strong Superstock class-within-a-class, the category closest to rules with the Canadian National tour.  27 riders set times during the hour long second session.

“Fifteenth isn’t my goal, but around two seconds off the top factory Superbike isn’t too bad,” smiled Szoke after practice in New Jersey, his first U.S. appearance since 2010.   Szoke lapped at 1:23.56, while quickest overall belonged to the works Monster Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike of series points leader Cameron Beaubier, with a lap at 1:21 flat.  Beaubier’s team-mate and title rival Josh Hayes, the current Champ, was second quickest with a lap at 1:21.69.

“You really notice the difference that $ 60,000 worth of electronics can provide,” continued Szoke about one of the advantages that the top U.S. machines enjoy against the more heavily restricted bikes used in CSBK north of the border, such as Szoke’s BMW.  “Through the esses the top guys just pin it and the bikes just do not move around, it’s just such a big, noticeable difference.”

“Early on I was by myself learning the track, went over a bump, got spit right off the bike, my whole leg was draggin’, but somehow I managed to hang on!  But overall the BMW feels really food, and I’m having fun out there with my bike.”

“So far, this track is really physically demanding.  I did a bunch of consistent laps, 26 on one tire, more than the race, so I feel like we already know a lot about what the race will require.  My set-up allows me to ride the bike consistently, and I just have to work on my lap times.”

“Still, it’s only Friday, and I’ve never been here, so I have to set realistic goals.  I was a little sluggish in the morning, but the afternoon session was solid.  My goal is to be the first BMW, and we will see how it goes tomorrow, where we can go from there.”

Szoke is scheduled to take part in two SuperPole sessions on Saturday, at 2:10 and 2:35 in the afternoon, to establish the grid for Sunday’s pair of 25 lap races.

In the opening session of SuperSport qualifying, Joe Roberts set the pace (1:22.16) aboard his Wheels in Motion Yamaha YZF-R6, while Canadian young gun Ben Young was 12th quickest with a 1:24.7 on his RoadRace Factory Yamaha.

Bazzaz Superstock 600 Qualifying was headed by Bryce Prince on the Tuned Racing Yamaha at 1:24.54.  In her second career start in the U.S., recently crowned co-BCR Rookie Pro of the Year in CSBK, Stacey Nesbitt, placed 34th aboard the Satoni Racing Honda CBR600RR.   

Friday, 11 September 2015 19:00

First Ride: Honda’s 2015 CBR models

Honda Canada invited a large contingent of Canadian media to Savannah, Georgia in late March for an event focused on the company’s broad CBR lineup for 2015.

Monday, 06 April 2015 15:22

Laverty Completes SBK Double over Champ Sykes in Spain

Eugene Laverty finished his career with Aprilia racing in style, earning victory in the second race of the 14th and final round of the 2013 eni Superbike World Championship at Jerez, Spain.

Sunday, 20 October 2013 11:51

Laverty Wins Spanish SBK Opener But Sykes is 2013 World Champ for Kawasaki

Eugene Laverty of Ireland on an Aprilia staged a thrilling last lap battle to beat Italian Marco Melandri’s BMW at the eni World Superbike Championship opener at Jerez, Spain. 

Sunday, 20 October 2013 07:45

Carlos Checa Announces Retirement from Racing

Famed Spanish motorcycle road racer Carlos Checa has announced his retirement from the sport.  The 41 year old made the much anticipated call today at the 14th and final round of the 2013 eni Superbike World Championship at Jerez, Spain.

Saturday, 19 October 2013 11:42

Laverty Edges Sykes For Spanish World SBK SuperPole

Ireland’s Eugene Laverty won the Tissot SuperPole for Aprilia in final SuperPole qualifying for round 14 of the eni Superbike World Championship at Jerez, Spain. 

Saturday, 19 October 2013 11:01

Giugliano Sets SBK Pace In Spain

Top Italian privateer Davide Giugliano aboard the Althea Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory set the pace in Friday’s opening Qualifying for the 14th and final round of the eni Superbike World Championship at Jerez, Spain. 

Friday, 18 October 2013 08:51

Canadian Pension Plan Buys Into MotoGP and WSBK

The last few weeks have been confusing for those who follow the business end of the sport of international motorcycle road racing.  Last Friday’s announcement that the Toronto-based Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) had purchased a 39% stake in Dorna was the icing on a very complicated cake.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012 20:16

Melandri's Rough Ride in France

BMW Motorrad Superbike racer Marco Melandri put in a solid, last ditch Championship effort at the 14th and final round of the eni Superbike World Championship at Magny Cours in France.

Sunday, 07 October 2012 12:00

Sykes Wins But Biaggi is Champ at Final World Championship SBK Counter

Tom Sykes took the battle but Max Biaggi won the war in race two of the 14th and final round of the 2012 eni Superbike World Championship at Magny-Cours in France.

Sunday, 07 October 2012 11:32

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