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Szoke wins rain-delayed race two at AMP

Shubenacadie, ON – July 21, 2019 – Four-time defending Mopar Pro Superbike champion Jordan Szoke rebounded from a tough Saturday to record his second win of the season on Sunday, holding off rival Ben Young in changing conditions at round four of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park, presented by Pro Cycle, LS2 Helmets, and Liqui Moly.

After a severe storm delayed the start of the feature race, the grid finally got going in wet conditions, with Young grabbing the holeshot and pacing the field through the opening laps. The Collingwood, ON native appeared set to extend his championship lead as he began to pull away, but it wasn’t long before Szoke had managed to work his way up from fourth on the grid and settled into second place.

With the track drying and the rain tires beginning to wear, Szoke managed to make his move on lap nine, taking the race lead from Young just a day after crashing out of race one. The Lynden, ON veteran briefly came under pressure from Young once more, but ultimately managed to stretch his lead and secure a much-needed victory aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.

“I didn’t get the best of starts, but I typically do pretty well in wet races, so I was able to work my way to Ben just as the track started to dry out a bit and the tires really came together,” Szoke said. “It’s going to be an uphill battle, because Ben would really have to make some big mistakes to throw this one away, but anything can happen and this is a good start so now all we can do is look forward to CTMP.”

It was a smart ride for Young, who looked close to battling Szoke for the weekend sweep before ultimately settling for second place aboard his Barrie Trim/Scot-Build BMW S1000RR, leaving the East Coast with a 59-point lead over his rival.

“I actually didn’t think we were going to get to race because the weather was so bad. Then when it did start, I was able to get the holeshot which is normally pretty great, but it’s actually hard to lead sometimes in the wet,” Young said. “I sat with Jordan for a few laps and thought maybe I could pull it off, but I didn’t want to push too hard and once we ran into lapped traffic I decided to just bring home as many points as possible and play the long game heading into CTMP.”

Stealing the spotlight of Sunday’s race was the youngster who joined the two front-runners on the podium, as Tomas Casas scored the best result of his Pro Superbike career with a historic third-place finish aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1.

The 20-year old out of Peterborough, ON became the youngest podium finisher since Bodhie Edie in 2013, and the first Yamaha to finish inside the top-three since Edie’s third-place finish at CTMP in 2017.

“It’s hard to even put anything into words, because it just feels so awesome to be up here with these guys that I basically grew up watching,” Casas said. “I got an okay start, but I was able to pick off a few guys as the race went on, and I honestly think the rain did me a favour because I was able to relax a little and just ride a smart race.”

The result moves the youngster back into fourth in the overall standings and just five points behind Samuel Trepanier, who nearly caught Casas on the final lap as the St. Isidore, QC native mounted a late comeback aboard his Blysk Racing BMW.

Rounding out the top five for the second time this weekend was Inverary, ON veteran Jeff Williams, as the former Superbike race winner climbs to sixth in the standings after a strong round four aboard his G. Williams Paving BMW.

The top rookie of race two was Ottawa, ON native Vivian Mathews, as the Windmill Motorsports Yamaha rider capitalized on the changing conditions to record a career-best finish of ninth.

As a result, Mathews will pull within just ten points of top rookie Nicolas Meunier in the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year fight, after the Verdun, QC youngster elected not to participate aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.

Will Hornblower extended his points lead in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, leading from start to finish for his second victory of the season and first since the season opener.

After costing himself with a cautious approach on Saturday, the Sarnia, ON native said he was planning to be more aggressive in race two, and made good on that promise after getting a brilliant start aboard his Bluestreak Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.

“That aggressive strategy seemed to work I guess,” Hornblower joked after the race. “Yesterday was really frustrating, because if you try to follow here then you just tire yourself out. I knew I needed a good start, and I got a really great one, so from there I just tried to lay it down early and pull away.”

Hornblower also benefited from a strong performance behind him, as Sebastien Tremblay was able to put himself between the points leader and Casas to score his best finish of the season.

The Mirabel, QC native continues to recover from a broken collarbone suffered in round two but showed no signs of pain on Sunday, surpassing Casas at the midway point and settling into a comfortable second-place finish aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.

“I didn’t really get a good start, so I tried to hang with them in third for the first half and then plan something after that,” Tremblay said. “But then Tomas began to lose his pace a bit, and I didn’t want to let Will get away, but he didn’t make any mistakes so I was forced to settle for second. It’s not the result we wanted, but we’re happy.”

It was a tough race for Casas, who was feeling the effects of the extreme heat as he battled through his third of four races of the weekend. It even looked like the two-time defending champion would be forced to miss the podium, as he came under fire from Samuel Desmarais in the late stages before the Lasalle, QC native crashed out.

While the youngster was able to hang on to secure his fourth consecutive podium aboard his Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R6, the result see’s his deficit grow to 34 points entering the season-finale doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

“The pace was fast, and it was really, really hot, and after a while I just hit a wall,” the visibly exhausted Casas said. “This weekend’s taking a lot out of me, and Will was so consistent. I hope Sam’s okay, he was all over me, so it’s good to at least get the podium out of it.”

Desmarais would wind up 13th aboard his Playground Poker Club Kawasaki as a result of having caused a red flag, promoting Meunier to the best result of his Pro career in fourth. The 17-year old moved comfortably into sixth in the season standings as a result, as he continues to enjoy perhaps the most productive rookie campaign for a teenager since Casas in 2015.

Hornblower wasn’t the only Yamaha rider to win in convincing fashion on Sunday, however, as hometown favourite Avery Hart took another commanding victory in the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike class.

The Princeville, NS native jumped out to an early start and never looked back, winning by over five seconds aboard his WRBF Yamaha YZF-R3. As a result, Hart trims his points deficit to just 14 points behind Ben LeClair, and didn’t hold back when mentioning his recent hot streak in comparison to LeClair.

“This championship is a perfect example of not starting something you can’t finish,” he said. “It’s going to be really close at CTMP, but winning at your home track is amazing, and this helps us out a lot, so I’m looking forward to winning that championship in a couple weeks.”

The comments had an even bigger impact considering LeClair’s third-place finish, as the Blackstock, ON teenager came out on the losing side of a terrific battle with fellow youngster Matthew Simpson. The Bowmanville, ON native managed to secure his best career finish in second place, as he returned to the podium for the first time since round one aboard his Evans Racing Honda CBR500.

As for LeClair, the younger brother of last year’s champion will return home in the midst of a brutal late-season slide, as he has not won since the very first race of the season aboard his bLU cRU Yamaha machine.
Christian Allard propelled his way to a dominant victory in the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike race, winning by over 13 seconds in wet conditions aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja sport bike.

Allard was the lone front-row rider who elected to start after a second burst of rain, and the Chambly, QC native used the extra asphalt to his advantage, cruising to his first Superbike victory of the year to climb to second in the overall standings.

Allard also continued to stretch his lead in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, as he scored his second victory in a row and second of the day in dominant fashion over Jake LeClair.

The Turcotte Performance Kawasaki rider was able to grab the holeshot from third on the grid and never looked back, cruising to a comfortable win over LeClair and his bLU cRU Yamaha YZF-R6 machine as he takes an even 20-point lead into the season finale doubleheader at CTMP.

Allard wasn’t the only “winner” in the race on Sunday, however, as Sarah-Michelle Cotton was named the round four recipient of the Parts Canada Hard Charger Award. The Mont-St-Gregoire, QC rider was able to improve her time by over four seconds from qualifying to the race aboard her Kawasaki, the biggest improvement of the season.

The series will return to action for the final time in 2019 at the BMW Motorrad Doubleheader Weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, August 9-11.

Full results from the weekend’s action can be found at the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca.

Monday, 22 July 2019 09:45 Published in Reports, Results & Points


DP Brakes Signs an Impressive Number Road Racers in 2019

BUFFALO, NY- - DP Brakes, the leader in sintered braking technology, has announced the signing of many of the top Pro and Amateur road racers in North America.

Our impressive racer lineup is as follows:
13-time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke with wife and fellow competitor, Amy Szoke.
Runners Up Ben Young, Samuel Trepanier and Trevor Daley

Canadian Sportbike Champion Tomas Casas
Runner Up Mitch Card

Plus, the following great competitors competing in the Canadian CSBK and SOAR Series:
Kenny Riedmann, Samuel Desmarais, Mack Attack Racing’s David, Glenn and Shannon Mackay, Nicolas “Nico” Meunier, Guillaume Fortin, Slightly Stoopid’s Drew Morrisey and Sunny Park, Team Tenacious Mike Heggarty, Vincent Levillain and Connor Campbell.

Plus:
Former AMA Champion and 2019 Daytona 200 competitor – Jason DiSalvo
NHRA’s Top Fuel Racing’s – Shark Racing’s Rickey House
ASRA Super Stock, Team Challenge and F-4 National Champion Lloyd Bayley
Long Time DP Sponsored Road Racer and XSBA Long Distance Stoppie Record Holder, Ryan Cramer
WERA Superbike Expert Tyler King

“Riders will be racing with our New High Performance RDP X-Race Titanium brake pads. Results so far prove that we have a compound available to be competitive with all other brands and even show an upgrade over those. The superb initial response, incredible feel and fade free performance puts us at the top of the charts,” stated Larry Mills, President of DP Brakes and Clutches North America.

Mills added, “Not only will they experience all those features, but also receive the DP Brakes long reputation of no brake dust and quiet performance.”

Mills concluded, “We are truly honored to be part of their program for 2019 and wish them tremendous success. Their constant feedback will enable DP Brakes to be on the leading edge of sintered metal brake pad technology and further our growth in the Road Race and Sportbike market”.

RDP X-Race Titanium Brake pads are available exclusively through Parts Unlimited, Parts Canada.

For more information on the complete line-up of DP Brakes brake pads, shoes and clutch kits, contact DP Brakes North American Headquarters at 4401 Walden Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086, (716) 681-8806, or visit them on the web at www.dp-brakes.com.

 

Thursday, 30 May 2019 16:21 Published in Rider and Team Releases


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 Published in Reports, Results & Points


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 Published in Reports, Results & Points


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 Published in Reports, Results & Points


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 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Superbike champion Jordan Szoke to attend Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo, March 11

11-time Canadian Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke will be attending the Motorama Custom Car & Motorsports Expo on Saturday, March 11th at the International Centre near Pearson International Airport in Toronto, ON. Additionally, you will be able to find Szoke’s 2016 Mopar Express Lane BMW Motorrad Superbike on display all weekend in the Mopar exhibitor booth.

Szoke, the winningest racer in Canadian Superbike history and a 2016 inductee into the Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame, will be on hand to greet fans and enthusiasts alongside other Mopar racers and vehicles.


Event Information:

Mar 10-12, 2017

International Centre

6900 Airport Road

Mississauga, ON

Show Times: Friday: 10am - 9 pm / Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm / Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

Visit www.motoramashow.com for more information.

Friday, 03 March 2017 10:08 Published in Industry News


Photo gallery - Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader finals - Photos by Tim McGill

Tim McGill was one of the shooters on the scene for Inside Motorcycles at the 2016 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on August 20-21. Check out a sampling of his fine work in this gallery!

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:55 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Szoke completes perfect season, wins 11th Superbike crown

@CTMPOfficial • @cdnsuperbike • BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (August 21, 2016) – For the second year in a row, and the third time in his career, Jordan Szoke completed a perfect season in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship.

A day after wrapping up his 11th career title and second in a row the 37-year-old from Lynden, Ont. scored his seventh win from seven races this season in the back-end of the traditional season-ending doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday.

Monday, 22 August 2016 09:50 Published in Reports, Results & Points


DP Brakes-sponsored Jordan Szoke continues winning streak

BUFFALO, NY - DP Brakes, the leader in sintered braking technology, proudly reports that DP Brakes-sponsored Jordan Szoke swept the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader at the Autodrome St-Eustache, QC on Sunday, June 26, 2016 with a victory in the 22-lap race.

Szoke is in his third year of DP Brakes sponsorship.

Szoke said, "I'm excited to work with DP Brakes this season. They are a quality product.”

He continued,"DP carries a lineup of brake pads that translates into other aspects of our program outside of road racing such as MT biking and off-road, which I am really pumped about.  Cross promotion and branding is important to us so this relationship we have started already works really well."

“Jordan is racing with our New High Performance RDP X-Race Titanium brake pads. Results so far prove that we have a compound available to be competitive with all other brands and even show an upgrade over those. The superb initial response, incredible feel and fade-free performance puts us at the top of the charts,” stated Larry Mills, President of DP Brakes and Clutches North America.

Mills added, “Not only will Jordan experience all those features, but also receive the DP Brakes long reputation of no brake dust and no brake squeal.”

Szoke took the lead for good on lap nine and raced to his sixth straight Superbike win at St-Eustache and his tenth consecutive Mopar CSBK win.

Szoke covered the nearly 25.5-mile distance at at average speed of over 151 mph.

Thursday, 30 June 2016 09:55 Published in Industry News


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