Mother Nature gave the paddock full of racers limited track time to practice and set up their new machinery for 2017. Jordan Szoke is very familiar with his BMWS1000RR, and his strict training regime throughout the off-season prepared the 11-time Canadian Superbike champion well for the weekend.
Szoke earned the Dalton Timmins pole position award on Saturday afternoon with a 1:04.121 around the 11-turn, 2.45 km Pro Track and took home the Rockwell Watch fast qualifier award.
"Under the circumstances and given the track conditions, that was a really good lap time and it was really competitive all through the top ten," says Szoke. The top six riders were less than half a second apart during the competitive top ten 15-minute SuperPole session.
Sunday’s 22-lap race was greeted with sunny Canadian skies. Szoke snatched the lead just before the halfway mark and won the race to the checkers with a commanding 4.056-second gap against the rest of the field. It was Szoke's 15th straight Pro Superbike victory in Canada's premier class, having not been beaten since 2014.
"Everybody's taking it 100 percent seriously, and we're running at a very high level of competition, and that's what I'm here for," Szoke added. "I feel great. I'm comfortable. I feel like I have nothing to prove like when you're younger, so I'm just trying to enjoy it, and it's taken a bit of pressure off me so I can focus on riding well."