Closing in on another Championship for Kawasaki
August 15, 2007
After a bitterly disappointing weekend at Mosport in July, the Canadian Kawasaki Factory Road Race Team rebounded with an exceptional performance at Atlantic Motorsport Park in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship. Aboard the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, 2006 champ Jordan Szoke scored valuable points by finishing just off the podium in 4th place while team-mate Brett McCormick continued his exceptional rookie season by coming home 5th. The Yoshimura PRO600 Sport Bike race was action packed and saw Szoke bring his ZX-6R across the finish line in 1ST, his 4th win of the season. McCormick was just over one second behind the championship leader in 4th place.
Near Shubenacadie NS, Atlantic Motorsport Park is a rough race track, but that didn’t bother Szoke. The 28 year old grabbed yet another pole, this one coming late in the 45 minute qualifying session for the Superbike race. Despite falling back during the race, Szoke wasn’t too concerned with his 4th place. “The weekend actually went well. We qualified on pole and the ZX-10R was quite good. In the race, we wanted to stay out of trouble and protect our points lead. I tried to stay right with the guys up front, in case they made a mistake. No one made a mistake so I finished fourth.” Szoke still remains atop the points standings, with a 26 point lead on his nearest competitor. As for McCormick, his race began from the 8th spot but that quickly changed to 5th by the end of the opening lap. The Saskatoon native clinched the HJC Pro Rookie of the Year title with his 5th place. An early present for the 15 year old who is about to be celebrating his 16th on August 20th! “It’s a special feeling to have that title, Rookie of the Year. I’m very pleased with how the whole Kawasaki Factory Road Race Team has performed this year. I also believe I’ve exceed my own expectations a little bit.”
Round 6 of the Yoshimura PRO600 Sport Bike championship was a thrilling race from start to finish. Starting from 2nd, Szoke quickly moved into the lead that he would trade with throughout the race with Steve Crevier. On the final lap, just a few turns from the finish, Szoke took his Kawasaki ZX-6R past Crevier to snatch the win and extend his lead to 19 points in the standings. McCormick just missed out on a podium by finishing 4th. Kawasaki Team Manager Jeff Comello summed up the championship chase. “If Jordan can finish 5th or better at the final event in Shannonville, no one can touch him in the race to the Superbike championship. As for the 600’s, a third place finish and no matter what anybody else does, Jordan will be the champ.”
So both championships will be decided during Round 7 at Shannonville Ontario August 31st-September 2nd. Fans can get all the latest news at www.kawasakiracing.ca and www.cdnsuperbike.com. In addition, all seven races on the 2007 calendar will be broadcast on TSN.