Szoke secures Edmonton Superbike sweep
Szoke secures Edmonton Superbike sweep
PHOTO: Jordan Szoke (101) beat Kenny Riedmann (42) on Sunday to complete a sweep of Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship rounds at Castrol Raceway this weekend. Bob Szoke / CSBK
EDMONTON, Alta. (July 12, 2015) – Brantford, Ont.’s Jordan Szoke took another big step toward a 10th Canadian Superbike title by winning the fourth round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Edmonton’s Castrol Raceway on Sunday and completing a sweep of the Parts Canada-presented weekend doubleheader.
Riding the Mopar Express Lane / BMW Motorrad BMW S1000RR, Szoke took the lead on lap 3 of the 16-lap race at Canada’s newest national Superbike venue when Jodi Christie fell in turn 3. The championship leader went on to take his fourth straight win of the season by 6.997 secs. from the GE Capital / Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10R ridden by Belfountain, Ont.’s Kenny Riedmann.
Trevor Daley of Mississauga, Ont. completed the podium aboard his Parts Canada / Suzuki Canada Suzuki GSX-R1000
Szoke completed the 16 laps around Castrol Raceway’s 2.7km (1.69-mile) 14-turn road course in 22 minutes, 0.127 seconds for an average speed of 117.807km/h (70.684 mph).
The win was the 36-year-old Szoke’s all-time leading 49th career Canadian Superbike triumph and gives him a solid 77-point lead over Christie, 219-142, with three races remaining in the 2015 season.
“I don’t pay a lot of attention to the record book; I just try and win every time out,” said Szoke after receiving his first place trophy from Grand Marshall and original Superbike champion George Morin for the second day in a row. “Our big goal this year has been to win the championship back.”
On another hot and humid day at Castrol Raceway Christie was the early leader on his Accelerated Technologies / Honda Canada Honda CBR1000RR with Szoke and Riedmann giving chase. But entering the sweeping turn 4 left-hander on the third lap Christie lost the front end of his bike and slid off into the gravel.
Szoke took over the lead with Riedmann close behind, but on lap 5 the BMW rider turned the fastest lap of the race, a 1:18.273, and managed to open up a gap of four seconds to the Kawasaki. From there Szoke controlled the pace on the way to his fourth straight win of the 2015 season.
“I knew Jodi would go hard from the start,” Szoke said. “I think he must have found something overnight because he was showing some good pace. After he went down I knew Kenny would be there so I just put my head down and tried to get a gap.”
Christie rejoined the race two laps down after a stop in the pits to remove gravel from his bike’s bellypan and finished 17th, picking up a critical six points toward the championship.
“I knew I was going into the turn a little hot and I just tried to get on the brakes, but it was too late,” explained the 22-year-old defending Mopar Canadian Superbike champ. “I just went over a bump and that was it.”
Riedmann followed up his first career Superbike podium finish on Saturday, when he placed third, by claiming the runner-up spot behind Szoke and moving into third place in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship standings with 140 points, just two behind Christie.
“Jordan rode a great race,” Riedmann admitted. “I tried to keep pace with him but I started making mistakes and decided it would be better to get the finish.”
Daley shook off an early challenge from Edmonton’s Justin Knapik to pull away to a clear third place finish, his best result of the 2015 campaign.
“It was pretty dicey early in the race but I knew just to stay calm,” said the 2014 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship runner-up. “We had an electronics problem that slowed us down yesterday but we got that sorted out and we had a great set-up for the bike today.”
The final five laps of the race featured a thrilling battle for fourth spot between the Kawasaki ZX-10Rs of Knapik, Mike Zottmann and Sebastien Tremblay. Knapik held on to grab the spot aboard his Echo Cycle / Dunlop-backed Ninja, with Zottmann on the Vortex / Bow Cycle bike passing Tremblay’s Laval Moto / MotoNation-sponsored Kawasaki on the final lap for fifth.
“This is the race I was hoping to have yesterday,” admitted Knapik, the defending Edmonton Motorcycle Roadracing Association champion, who had finished a disappointing eighth on Saturday. “We were trying to get the bike to steer better into some of the corners and we picked up about six-tenths of a second. I’m pretty stoked because the guys on the team worked so hard this weekend.”
Zottmann lost momentum when he hurt his knee on the fourth lap. But after being passed by Tremblay the Calgary rider came back and snatched fifth spot back in turn 4.
“After Tremblay came by I told myself to suck it up and I got into my rhythm again,” Zottmann said. “I was losing ground to them [Knapik and Tremblay] on power but I was able to make up ground on the brakes.”
Tremblay’s second straight sixth-place leaves the Mirabel, Que. racer fourth in the Pro Superbike standings with 130 points.
For the second day in a row Shane Caravan of Edmonton was the top rookie Pro finisher, placing seventh on his Yamaha YZF-R1.
After battling with Caravan early in the race, Mission, B.C.’s Bez Cajee settled for eighth place riding the Modern Motorcycling / W.M.R.C. Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Another pair of rookies rounded out the top 10. Tomas Casas of Peterborough, Ont. worked his way up from 14th on the opening lap to finish ninth with his Parts Canada / Bow Cycle Yamaha YZF-R6, while St-Lazare, Que.’s Stacey Nesbitt was 10th with her Statoni Racing / OCM / Honda Canada Honda CBR600RR
In other action at Castrol Raceway, Riedmann scored his second straight win in the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike class and closed to within two points of Christie, who finished second, in the point standings after four of seven rounds.
Riding his Triumph 675, the defending class champion led all the way and finished 2.739 secs. clear of Christie’s Honda CBR600RR.
Rookie Pro Casas finished a career high third aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6.
Mike Yurko of Strathmore, Alta. took fourth on the Redline Motorsports / Dunlop Yamaha YZF-R6 and Calgary’s Rob Darlington completed the top five riding his Yamaha YZF-R6.
Christie now leads the Pro Sport Bike standings with 185 points to Riedmann’s 183.
Samuel Trepanier of St-Isidore-de-Laprairie, Que. rode his BMW S1000RR to his second straight Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike win. Trepanier led all 14 laps and finished 1.595 secs. clear of the Kawasaki ZX-10R of Oshawa, Ont.’s Derrick Whyte
Alex Coelho of Brossard, Que. placed third with his Kawasaki ZX-6R and took over the class points lead with 153 points to the 151 of St-Lin Laurentides, Que.’s Stephane Chimot, who finished fourth on Sunday with his Honda CBR1000RR.
Trepanier is now third in points with 147 and Whyte a close fourth with 141 heading into the final three rounds of the season.
London, Ont.’s Philip Leckie ended Coelho’s perfect win record in the Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike class by taking the win in round 4 at Castrol Raceway. Riding his Suzuki GSX-R600 Leckie led all the way to beat Coelho by 1.230 secs. Martin Cote of Notre Dame de L’Ile Perrot, Que. completed the podium finishers on his Honda CBR600RR.
Coelho still holds a solid lead in the Amateur Sport Bike standings with 205 points to Leckie’s 169.
Allan Millican of Millet, Alta. and his Suzuki GSX-R600 team claimed the Ipone Professionalism and Presentation Award in the Amateur Sport Bike class, while Yamaha YZF-R6 rider Owen Baba of Edmonton received the Oxford Prize Pack.
St. Albert, Alta.’s Jason Kolmatycki won the EMRA Senior Open race on his Yamaha YZF-R1 and Edmonton’s Lucas Gledhill took the EMRA Novice Open event aboard a Ducati 1098.
The official Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship website, www.csbk.ca, will have full race video coverage of both of this weekend’s Mopar Pro Superbike races, as well as Sunday’s Hindle Pro Sport Bike round.
The Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship resumes July 31-August 2 at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, N.S. Ticket information is available at www.atlanticmotorsportpark.com or www.atlanticroadracing.com, or by calling (902) 758-2237.
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