Legendary motorcycle road racer Jordan Szoke joined the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame at their 22nd Gala Induction Ceremony at the Glenn Gould Studio Theatre at the CBC Building in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Saturday evening, October 22. Born in Bradford, ON., and recently moved to Lynden, ON., Szoke has won the Canadian National Pro Superbike crown a record 11 times, as well as further success in numerous pavement support categories and off-road activities.
Reigning Mopar CSBK Champion Szoke, riding for Express Lane/BMW Motorrad Canada aboard a S100RR, has also earned three perfect seasons on the National tour, unbeaten in 2010 (with Honda) and 2015 and 2016 for BMW. The 37-year-old won his first career Superbike Feature National at Race City in Calgary, Albert in 1998, winning the title for Kawasaki at the end of the same season.
Since then, Szoke has built a record total of National Superbike events, with a running total of 59 successes, including 14 consecutive wins heading into the 2017 season.
Szoke was presented to the Hall of Fame Gala audience by Fiat Chrysler/Mopar Executive Jim Kiritsis, one of the key supporters for the Waznie Racing squad.
“When you start racing, you think about the next race, maybe the next win, the next Championship, the next season,” explained Szoke from handsome CBC stage. “Then you get to a certain point, and you consider what you have achieved, how far you have come – and it makes you feel old!”
“I think that most people know that with motorcycle racing, the wear and tear is a major issue with your career, with the amount of time you can compete at a top level having so much to do with injuries, recovery, and all those factors.
“I am very fortunate, that things have gone very well for me over all the years at all the tracks in all the series,” smiled Szoke. “I might limp a little when I get up in the morning, but by the afternoon everything is working fine! I want to race as long as I can be competitive at a high level, for a few more years.
“I think when you listen to all the of the other inductees in their speeches, there is a clear theme of the help and guidance of our mechanics, for the technical side, as well as the important support of family of friends. Some of those people belong in the Hall of Fame too.”
The last motorcycle roadracer to join the Canadian Hall of Fame was British Columbia’s Tom Walther, a star in the late 1980s who died racing Superbikes in Japan. Walters was inducted in 2012. Three-time Canadian Superbike Champion Michel Mercier, currently the owner of the FAST Racing Scholl, joined the Hall in 2008.
The year before, 1980s AMA Formula One/G.P. class star Alan Labrosse, also a successful car racer and currently the owner of Autodrome St-Eustache, was inducted.
Szoke’s induction marks the first 1990s (and later) era motorcycle racer to be inducted, and the rare acknowledgement of a competitor still active and at peak form.
The Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame have their next Ceremony next year in Montreal, Quebec on February 25. Among the roadracers entering the two-wheeled Hall in their 11th annual event is Miguel Duhamel, Pascal Picotte and Peter Hurst.
Sunday, 23 October 2016 15:33 Published in News
@jordanszoke • Muskoka, ON (October 4, 2016)- With the roadracing season complete and another Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship wrapped up, fall is the season to change gears and compete in the remaining Observed Trials competitions.
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 09:34 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@jordanszoke • Horseshoe Valley ON (September 18, 2016) SMART Trials- Sherco 300 - Expert Class- 11 time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke competed in the first ever SMART Trial held at the motorcycle haven of SMART Adventure Programs in the beautiful Horseshoe Valley just outside of Barrie ON.
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 09:11 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@jordanszoke • #atatrials • Saturday Sept 10th 2016 With the road racing season wrapped up and another championship tucked safely on the shelf, 11 time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke changes gears to one of his other favorite motorcycle disciplines Observed Trials.
Tuesday, 13 September 2016 07:44 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@jordanszoke •@cdnsuperbike •@BMWMotorrad • Munich (DE), 24th August 2016. Jordan Szoke is the second BMW S 1000 RR racer to be crowned champion in the 2016 season.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:54 Published in News
@jordanszoke • @CTMPOfficial • @cdnsuperbike •#CSBK •TORONTO, Ont. (August 17, 2016) – A perfect season in any sport is considered a once-in-a-lifetime achievement. The National Football League’s Miami Dolphins went 17-0 in 1972 and have been waiting for someone to match them ever since.
Thursday, 18 August 2016 08:22 Published in News
@cdnsuperbike •@jordanszoke •SHUBENACADIE, N.S. (July 17, 2016) – Jordan Szoke took his Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship winning streak to 12 races with a dramatic victory in the fifth race of the 2016 season at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Sunday, sponsored by Honda Canada and Pro Cycle.
Monday, 18 July 2016 19:07 Published in Reports, Results & Points
ST-EUSTACHE, QC – Jordan Szoke completed a sweep of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader at Autodrome St-Eustache with victory in Sunday’s 22-lap race aboard his Express Lane / Motovan / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR.
Thursday, 30 June 2016 10:36 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@jordanszoke • @MC_SuperShowTO •#MotorcycleSupershow •(January 7, 2016)- Jordan Szoke will be attending the North American International Motorcycle Supershow, North America’s largest retail show for motorcycle enthusiasts, held on Jan 8, 9, 10 2016 at the International Centre (Toronto).
Thursday, 07 January 2016 13:35 Published in News
@jordanszoke •@BMWMotorrad •@cdnsuperbike • Munich (DE) (November 28, 2015)- The winner has been decided.
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 17:23 Published in Reports, Results & Points