In addition to claiming his record eighth national number one plate, Szoke’s Waznie Racing / Parts Canada / BMW Motorrad Canada squad also picked up the Inside Motorcycles Team of the Year award. Szoke enjoyed a near-flawless season with his BMW S1000RR, qualifying fastest at four of the five Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship rounds, winning three of six races and finishing on the podium at every event.
“This sport is coveted as an individual sport,” said the 33-year-old from Brantford, Ont., “but you cannot win something like this on your own. You have an entire crew behind you that provides you with a safe motorcycle that you can win on and an atmosphere to feel comfortable in.
“Thank you to my entire team: Jon Cornwell, Derek Uttley, Matt Van Tilborg, Jean Bancroft, Dan Fargo, my mom Sandy, my dad Bob, and my wife Amy. We also can’t forget our sponsors that made this team a reality.”
This is the second time in three years that Waznie Racing has claimed the Inside Motorcycles Team of the Year award. The squad also picked up the honour in 2010, when Szoke produced a perfect season en route to his seventh Canadian Superbike national title.
Szoke made his debut on the BMW S1000RR this season and he has now won national titles representing four different manufacturers.
“The Waznie Racing / Parts Canada / BMW Motorrad Canada crew was strong right out of the gate, despite having to familiarize themselves with a whole new bike and setup,” said Inside Motorcycles Managing Editor Graeme Jones. “Some riders and crews would have taken a long time do so, but the Waznie Racing team hit the ground running. The crew was consistently at the top of its game, and that’s what winning championships is all about.”
In addition to honouring the Team of the Year in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship, Inside Motorcycles also sponsors the Amateur Sport Bike Championship, which was won this year by Philippe Masse.