Szoke Makes it a Dozen at CTMP
Saturday, August 19, 2017 – Canadian Tire Motorsports Park – Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
The Mopar® Canadian Superbike Championship returned once again to the pristine location of Canadian Tire Motorsports Park to wrap up the season in thrilling doubleheader action.
Szoke opened up the weekend with a new lap record during the Dalton Timmons Superpole session on the Dunlop "Q" tires. Circulating a flying lap at one minute, 20.520 seconds (174.367km/h) around the --- corner --- km circuit.
“I didn’t think it was there. On the first lap, I didn’t get a good drive onto the front straight, and on the second lap, I think I could have done a little better," said Szoke.
Starting from pole position for the first of the final two races of the season, Szoke had the opportunity to cinch up his 12th Superbike Title. Szoke took the lead from the pacesetter two laps from the end of the 20-lap race and held on to win by 0.251 seconds and bring back home the Canada Cup.
“I’m glad to be able to win the championship here at CTMP,” said Szoke. “It’s just a great crowd and riding around on the cool off lap is really something. I’ve been racing 20 years now and I’d love to keep going 40 more.”
A day after clinching his 12th Canadian Superbike crown, Szoke survived a last lap move to score his 65th career Superbike win and a clean sweep on the weekend points. A red flag midway through the scheduled 20-lap race turned the Pro Superbike finale into an eight-lap shootout.
“What a battle that was,” Szoke noted. “It feels good to win that way, battles like that can go either way and I’ve been on the other end too.”
Szoke’s self-managed Mopar Express Lane BMW Motorrad Superbike Team also took home the coveted Inside Motorcycles Team of the Year award.
“The success of one comes from the efforts of many. We all work hard to make this work and it is apparent with our results we have an excellent package,” noted Szoke.
Although racing has commenced in Canada, the defending BMW Motorrad Race Trophy Champion is still in the hunt for his world title.
The 2017 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy comprises 20 championships with 27 different classes, staging 293 races on 89 circuits in 26 countries on six continents.
"I've done as much as I can to collect points in my Championship to gain rank in the BMW World points. It meant so much to me, and to us (as a country) to show our level of competition to the world. Let's see if it's enough when the points close November 19th," said Szoke.