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
@WorldSBK • @DucatiMotor • @ArubaRacing • #JerezWorldSBK •Jerez (October 16, 2016)- Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati) won Race 2 at Jerez in a similar fashion to his victory on Saturday, while also taking out the overall Pirelli Best Lap Award.
Sunday, 16 October 2016 13:42 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@WorldSBK • @ArubaRacing • @DucatiMotor • #JerezWorldSBK • Jerez (October 15, 2016)- Race 1 at the Gaerne Spanish Round saw Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) decimate the field by over three seconds, while a podium for the Kawasaki Racing Team duo was enough for the Japanese marque to secure the Manufacturers Award.
Sunday, 16 October 2016 13:34 Published in Reports, Results & Points
#FrenchWorldSBK • @WSBK • (October 2, 2016)- Race 2 of the 2016 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship got underway at Magny-Cours on Sunday with almost perfect conditions setting the scene for a magnificent day of racing.
Monday, 03 October 2016 09:25 Published in Reports, Results & Points
#FrenchWorldSBK • @WSBK • October 1, 2016)- At 13:00 local time in France, the stars of WorldSBK took to the track for Round 11 of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship with points leader Jonathan Rea from Kawasaki Racing Team starting from pole.
Monday, 03 October 2016 09:20 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@benyoung_86 •@cdnsuperbike •@CTMPOfficial •BOWMANVILLE, Ont. - August 23, 2016 – Collingwood, Ont.’s Ben Young wrapped up his Pro MOPAR Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) rookie season this past weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park securing third in the Championship standings and was honoured with the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year Award.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:39 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@StatoniRacing • @cdnsuperbike •@CTMPOfficial •BOWMANVILLE, ON. – August 19-21 saw the final rounds of the 2016 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:24 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@cdnsuperbike •@CTMPOfficial • Bowmanville, ON (August 23, 2016)- Royal Distributing’s Michael Leon had another strong weekend, with fifth and sixth place finishes in the final two races of the season at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 21:17 Published in Reports, Results & Points
@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
Discount Tickets Still Available For The Superbike Doubleheader Weekend For CTMP's Preferred Members
@cdnsuperbike •#CSBK • @CTMPOfficial •Bowmanville, ON (August 17, 2016)- Have you ordered your tickets for the Canadian SuperbikeDoubleheader Weekend yet?
If not, you are in luck! The Advanced pricing deadline has been extended for our preferred members until tomorrow (August 18) at 12 pm ET. For more info and to purchase your tickets, call (905) 983-9141.
The national champions will be crowned in the season finale for the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. Canada's top motorcycle riders including ten-time champion Jordan Szoke, Kenny Redimann, rookie of the year contender Ben Young and many more competing for wins in five classes. Besides the top level Mopar Pro Superbike, races will also be held in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike, Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike, Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec Racing Series.
Advanced Weekend SuperTickets are just $50 ($60 at the gate). Advanced General Camping (tents and pop-up trailers) is $40 ($50 at the gate) and RV Camping is only $60 ($70 at the gate).
Don't miss any of the on-track action while you are at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend.
There's lots to do off-track this weekend as well. BMW Motorrad Days returns for its tenth year and features on and off-road demo rides, freestyle stunt shows by Mattie Griffin, Saturday night concerts and much more.
Honda and Suzuki will also be offering demo rides on their latest models around the neighbouring roads near Canadian Tire Motorsport Park throughout the weekend. Registration is in the paddock and participants must have a valid motorcycle license, riding gear and helmet. Be sure to sign up early because the time slots go quickly.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 18:59 Published in News