Szoke claims 61st career victory at St-Eustache

Race day at round 3 of the 2017 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship ended as most had expected, with Jordan Szoke (Lynden, ON) winning the 22-lap Feature Race in convincing fashion at Autodrome St-Eustache.

Sunday, 25 June 2017 18:24


Szoke on pace at "Twin Peaks"

ST-EUSTACHE, QC  (June 23, 2017)  –  Jordan Szoke topped the practice sheets in Pro Superbike action during round 3 of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Autodrome St-Eustache in Deux Montages, north of Montreal, on Friday afternoon. After a wet morning, the track dried as official action in all classes got underway.

Szoke (Lynden, ON) lapped his Mopar Express Lane/Motovan BMW S1000RR around the 1.93-km Quebec track in 0:45.488 seconds, less than a tenth off his top practice time from last year despite a still-drying track, and more than a second quicker than the next-fastest racer.

"We knew we had a good dry setup," said Szoke, the current track record holder at 0:44.812 seconds. "We felt good yesterday (during the MotoNation track day), and we went even faster today, doing a bunch of 0:45-second laps, which is really good since the track had a couple of damp spots and felt a little green. Considering the track conditions, the times we did were really good."

Szoke is currently riding a six-race Pro Feature race National winning streak at this venue on the Mopar CSBK tour.

Ben Young (Collingwood, ON) finished practice in second overall despite lingering pain from a crash at Grand Bend in round 2 of the National Series 12 days earlier. "We took a gamble not going out for practice this morning since we were making some changes to the bike, but we took care of some glitches for this afternoon," said Young, who posted a 0:46.671 on his Scot-Build Developments BMW.

"Physically I'm beat up a bit (after Grand Bend); I've got an issue with my right shoulder, but we should be good for the race,” Young continued. “I'm not too worried about it. When it comes down to it, I'll just have to grit through it and push a little bit harder for the 22 laps."

Third place on the charts was claimed by Kenny Riedmann, who posted a quick 0:46.791 out of the gate before crashing his Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10RR while passing a slower rider. "I was out in the first rain session, and I was fastest, which was good considering I'm not a good rain rider," acknowledged the Belfountain, ON rider.

"I feel good. I'm bummed that I crashed, because we're a bit behind on bike setup right now, but I got some good laps in yesterday and now I've got a good rain setup, so who knows what might happen."  The Feature race program on Sunday at St-Eustache is likely to be affected by rain.

Rounding out the top five in Pro Superbike practice were Andrew Nelson (Ottawa, ON) on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 and returning local Sebastian Tremblay (Laval, QC) on a Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Earlier in the afternoon, Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike practice concluded with Frank Trombino (Etobicoke, ON) setting the fastest lap in the middleweight sport bike division with a 0:49.428 on his ProStar/White Gold Financial Services Honda CBR600RR. Yamaha R6-mounted racers Mitch Card (Ripley, ON) and Eric Richard (Sainte-Basile, QC) finished the day second and third.

"We're trying to go fast on the 600 because we're thinking of using it for the Superbike race," admitted Trombino, acknowledging the advantages of a smaller bike on the tight St-Eustache track. "My bike feels really good, and we've raced here for 15 years, so we know the track in the rain and the dry. That makes a big difference."

Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike practice was led by Ernest Bernhard (Ste-Brigide, QC) on a Yamaha R1, while Montreal's Vincent Levillain topped Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike on an R6. Amy Szoke (Lynden, ON) set the quickest time in Friday's Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series practice.

Saturday action at St-Eustache kicks off with practice and qualifying starting at 10 a.m. in all classes. Mopar Pro Superbike qualifying, including the Dalton Timmis Insurance SuperPole session, starts at 3:40 p.m. For more information, visit www.csbk.ca.

Friday, 23 June 2017 22:47


CSBK Grand Bend - photo gallery 1

A brief collection of front-runner images from CSBK round 2 at Grand Bend Motorplex, June 9-11.

Monday, 12 June 2017 17:08


Edie Ends Szoke Streak in Grand Bend

Bodhi Edie (Warman, SK) became the man to finally break Jordan Szoke's undefeated streak in Pro Superbike when he nabbed the win during round 2 of the five-round Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Grand Bend Motorplex (Grand Bend, ON). Series veteran Frank Trombino (Etobicoke, ON) made his return to the National Series a triumphant one with the win in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike support round.

Sunday, 11 June 2017 19:42


Szoke starts title defense with win at CSBK Shannonville opener

Jordan Szoke of Lynden, ON started his National motorcycle road racing title defense in powerful fashion at Shannonville Motorsport Park (Shannonville, ON) on Sunday with an aggressive victory at the CSBK Superbike Challenge presented by the Trenton MFRC.

Monday, 29 May 2017 09:49


Saturday - Pro Superbike gallery, CSBK Shannonville opening round

Pro Superbike action from the CSBK Superbike Challenge at Shannonville Motorsport Park, Saturday, May 27 2017.

Sunday, 28 May 2017 09:40


Szoke holds pole position going into raceday at Shannonville!

SHANNONVILLE, ON  (May 27, 2017)  –  The grid for Sunday's Pro Superbike feature at the Mopar CSBK Superbike Challenge presented by the Trenton MFRC has been set after a blazing Saturday qualifying session at Shannonville Motorsport Park that concluded with six riders less than half a second apart on the timing sheets.

Defending class champion Jordan Szoke came out on top after an ultra-competitive Dalton Timmis Insurance Pro Superbike Top Ten SuperPole session, setting the top time with a 1:04.121 on his Mopar Express Lane/Motovan BMW S1000RR.

Fellow BMW racer Matt McBride came back from a disastrous engine failure in Friday practice to take the second spot just 0.129 seconds behind Szoke, with Kawasaki rider Kenny Riedmann finishing third thanks to a 1:04.333. Ben Young (BMW) will take the fourth and final spot on the front row for tomorrow's 22-lap Pro Superbike feature, while Andrew Nelson (Suzuki) and Bodhi Edie (Yamaha) rounded out the six riders in the 1:04-second range during a furious SuperPole session.

For Szoke, it was a good way to start his quest for a 12th Canadian Superbike championship after limited track time leading up to Saturday's qualifying session.

"We weren't worried, but we were a little curious about how things would go," Szoke admitted after securing yet another pole position, the accompanying top-qualifier cheque and a Rockwell watch. "The track's a little bit sketchy - there's a little bit of water going into Allen's Corner - but it was a good day for us. Under the circumstances and given the track conditions, that was a really good lap time and it was really competitive all through the top ten."
Although some ways off the 1:03.795 track Superbike record set by Brett McCormick on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in 2009, Szoke's pole-earning lap was nearly three-tenths quicker than his top qualifying lap from last year's Shannonville round.
"It's a great way to start our defense," admitted Szoke. "We're going into this year with a lot of confidence, but it's going to be a tough race tomorrow, that's for sure."

McBride, who put a new bullet in his Riders Choice BMW S1000RR last night, seemed ecstatic with his second-place finish after a frustrating Friday. "Yesterday wasn't the day we planned for," admitted the Mississauga, ON native. "We got half a lap in, and then we had a lot of work ahead of us. Luckily I've got really good friends and family here, and everyone worked so hard. We're just happy to be out here.

"We always want to be ahead of Jordan, but that's a tough task. We're happy to be up here, and tomorrow's what counts, so we're going to put our heads down and try to last this year."

Riedmann made significant progress during Saturday's practice and qualifying sessions to establish himself in third at the conclusion of the SuperPole session on his new 2017 ZX-10RR.
"I've got an awesome Kawasaki motorcycle underneath me, and the times are super close at the front," said Riedmann, who finished runner-up to Szoke at last year's Shannonville opener. "It's going to be a really exciting race."

The surprise of the weekend in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike has been the quick performance of Kris Garvie, who earned his first-ever CSBK Pro pole position with a 1:06.967 on his Kawasaki ZX-6R.
"It feels amazing," admitted Garvie, who was returning to the national tour after more than a year away. "The bike does what I need it to, and I do what she needs me to, and we're able to work as one.
"Everything feels good, I'm just having fun. I'm shocked that things are coming along as well as they are."
Almost as surprising as Garvie's hot pace was that of rookie Pro Chris Brent, who will start in the second spot on the first row thanks to a 1:07.168 on his Honda CBR600RR. The front row for tomorrow's Pro Sport Bike race will also include Tomas Casas (1:07.195) and Louie Raffa (1:07.730).

In Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike, Ernest Bernhard of Ste-Brigide, QC will start his Yamaha R1 on tomorrow's pole after a 1:08.284 top qualifying effort. In Shoei Helmets Amateur Sport Bike, fellow Quebec racer Jean-Francois Aubin earned top position on his Suzuki GSX-R600 with a 1:09.537.

The first Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series round of the year went to Jared Walker (Oakville, ON), who claimed the top spot on the podium by finishing nearly 15 seconds ahead of second-place Johann Plancque (St-Jerome, QC), who narrowly edged out third-place teenager Xavier Paradis of Shannon, QC.

Sunday's action at Shannonville starts with morning practice for all classes, followed by national rounds starting at 1:00 pm. For full qualifying results and a schedule of Sunday's events, visit www.csbk.ca.

Sunday, 28 May 2017 09:07


Press launch: Kawasaki Versys-X 300 in Utah

Kawasaki has given the Versys-X 300 somewhat of an identity crisis. The all-new 2017 model is positioned as a street bike, and is listed as such on Kawasaki’s Canadian website. But then there are the dirt-leaning dual sport looks, and the marketing imagery of the bike being ridden in the dirt and splashing through mud. You’d be forgiven for being as perplexed as I was about who exactly this motorcycle is intended for.

Friday, 12 May 2017 13:36


Flat Track Canada Season Kick-Off Party - May 13

Join Flat Track Canada and Inside Motorcycles as we celebrate the start of the 2017 Flat Track Canada national racing season on Saturday, May 13 at Barangas on the Beach on the shores of Lake Ontario in Hamilton, ON!
 
Come and hang out for a few hours beachside! See new 2017 motorcycles and race bikes on display, mingle with racers and fellow enthusiasts, check out our video and photo displays, and take in the waterfront view as we stir up some excitement for 2017's nine-race national championship series.

WHEN: SATURDAY, MAY 13, 6-10 PM

LOCATION: BARANGAS ON THE BEACH
380 Van Wagners Beach Rd, Hamilton (map below)

FREE ENTRY AND FREE PARKING!*
DESIGNATED PRIORITY MOTORCYCLE PARKING!
EXCELLENT FOOD AND BEVERAGES AVAILABLE!
VENDORS, NEW MODELS, RACE BIKES, PHOTO AND VIDEO DISPLAYS!
*Paid parking across from venue - refundable with food or drink purchase. Free parking located in nearby municipal lots north and south of venue. Free bike parking available on site.

RIDE IN
Grab some friends and ride into Hamilton. Priority parking for motorcycles is available at the venue!
 
LEARN ABOUT FLAT TRACK
Find out about races in your area, sign up for a race school, check out the race bikes or just learn more about one of North America's fastest-rising motorsports!
 
HARLEY-DAVIDSON JUMPSTART PROGRAM
Harley-Davidson Canada will bring its Jumpstart program, which allows anyone to twist the throttle and run through the gears on a stationary Harley-Davidson Street 750!
 
HAVE A BITE
Barangas has a reputation for good food to go with the atmosphere. Come hungry!

INSIDE MOTORCYCLES
Snag a free copy of the latest issue, plus the first 100 people to drop by the booth and say "Flat Track Canada rocks!" will receive a FREE, no-strings-attached, 6-month subscription to Inside Motorcycles!
 
EVENT FACEBOOK PAGE
Stay updated on happenings and info by visiting the Facebook event page here! https://www.facebook.com/events/120997798452487/
 
For more information or to inquire about becoming a vendor, please contact Graeme Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (416) 526-0042.


About Flat Track Canada: The mission of Flat Track Canada is to promote and build awareness of flat track motorcycle racing in Canada and rebuild the former glory of the sport; to captivate an audience in such a way that they become true, dedicated race fans. In 2017 the organization will run a nine-race national Canadian championship series and also sanction provincial series in five provinces. Visit www.flattrackcanada.com for more info.

About Inside Motorcycles: Published 10 times per year, Inside Motorcycles is a Canadian motorcycle magazine based in Toronto, ON. Since 1998, Inside Motorcycles has been bringing readers across the country a Canadian perspective on motorcycling. Coverage includes new models tests, Canadian racing, touring, adventure riding, vintage motorcycles, spotlights and lifestyle pieces. Inside Motorcycles celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018. For more information, visit www.insidemotorcycles.com.

Friday, 05 May 2017 14:56


FIRST RIDE: 2017 HONDA REBEL 300 AND REBEL 500 (with photos!)

For the international launch of its fresh, youthful 2017 Rebel 300 and 500 models, Honda chose the oceanfront neighbourhood of Venice Beach, California. The vibrant location, what with its trendy restaurants, cafés and free-spirited community, served as the perfect backdrop for the exciting new Rebel series.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017 17:06


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