Szoke scorched to pole position on Friday afternoon during a heat wave that was affecting the area, putting temperatures in the 30 degree Celsius (86 degree Fahrenheit) range. “Our Dunlop spec tires work best when they are hot, really, really hot.” Says Szoke. “I was a bit surprised we went that fast, that quick. I lost a few tenths when I blew the chicane at the end of the lap, but the rest of the lap was perfect so I am pretty happy with our results.” Szoke hit the pavement on the newly-paved road course just the morning before.
Szoke achieved Castrol Raceway’s lap record around the 2.7 km (1.69-mile) 14 turn track with a 1:17.7 during the final top 10 shootout, shattering the previous track record of 1:19.60 set by local ace Justin Knapik in 2014.
Szoke grabbed maximum points throughout the weekend by claiming both victories in the championship double header held on Saturday and Sunday afternoons during pristine conditions. “This is the first weekend we’ve had our data package working and we have the electronics working beautifully,” said Szoke after he pulled a 10-second gap from the rest of the field during Saturday’s victory. “I didn’t think it was going to be a runaway that’s for sure.”
Szoke also claimed is 49th Superbike career victory on Sunday, sweeping the weekend and claiming all the maximum points available.
“I don’t pay a lot of attention to the record books, I just try and win every time out,” said Szoke, who also catapulted himself to fifth position in the international BMW Motorrad Race Trophy challenge, an innovative project in motorcycle racing comprised of 19 championship series in 23 countries on six continents. “My big goal this year is to win the championship back.”