Szoke Wins Last-Ever Superbike Race at Autodrome St Eustache
“I was going to get that win, or build a new motorcycle,” said Jordan Szoke.
During the final laps of the featured Superbike class, Jordan “The People’s Champion” Szoke and rival Ben “Braveheart” Young split the single lapped traffic headed into the left-hand corner off the back straight.
Ben chose the inside line as Jordan went around the outside, setting himself up for a perfect pass into the dog leg, earning Szoke the last-ever victory at Autodrome St Eustache before its eminent closure at the end of the season.
This is Szoke’s first win since returning to the Mopar® Express Lane Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja team.
“It took longer than expected,” said an emotional Szoke at the victory podium. “But it just makes it that much sweeter. Recovering from surgery in November to building new bikes and picking up the pieces after a nasty crash in Shannonville. We earned this one and I’m going to enjoy it.”
Szoke picked up maximum points during the weekend by also securing pole position on Saturday. He trails the championship by a mere 18-point lead with four races to go left in the 2019 campaign.
The series now travels east to Atlantic Motorsport Park next month, a circuit Szoke has won the last seven contests.
Amy Szoke prepared for her lightweight return in Quebec after a rough weekend previously at Round #2 in Grand Bend. Szoke crashed twice in Friday’s free practice and was out of Race 2 during the “Battle at the Beach.” “My goals for the weekend here in Quebec were to relearn the tire, regain some trust in my equipment and focus on getting up to speed quicker during the race.”
Amy finished in sixth place on Saturday afternoon after qualifying fifth earlier in the morning. “I felt much better after knowing how much I can push the front now, particularly early in the race.” Sunday’s event also found Szoke running a lonely sixth place after losing touch with the lead pack.
“I’m not finishing exactly where I want to be,” said Amy. “Although I had a few goals which I feel we crushed this weekend. Mad thanks to my crew, who continue to remind me we are on the right track.”
Amy sits in seventh spot in the Lightweight sport bike official standings with six races left in the calendar.
Catch the Szokes in Mopar Canadian Superbike action for Round #4 held at Atlantic Motorsports Park July 19-21.