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Kawasaki Kings of Calgary

July 3, 2007

July 3, 2007 

Fans at Calgary’s Race City Motorsport Park double header saw a record setting Canada Day long weekend by the Canadian Kawasaki Factory Road Race Team. Aboard his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Jordan Szoke scored back to back victories in rounds two and three of the 2007 Parts Canada Superbike Championship. It was his 22nd and 23rd career Canadian National Superbike win, an achievement that puts Szoke atop the all-time class wins list, tied with Steve Crevier’s record. It was also Szoke’s third straight win to start the 2007 season. Meanwhile, Brett "The Kid" McCormick etched his own substantial mark by piloting the ZX-6R to a third place finish in Round 2 of the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike race on Saturday. The outstanding ride by McCormick was his first National Pro podium of his young career.

On Friday’s qualifying for both rounds, the Kawasaki Factory Team proved they would be the team to beat when Szoke grabbed pole for both feature races over the weekend. In the process, the Brantford Ontario native set a new lap record at Race City, clocking in with a fastest lap of 1:15.772 around the 3.2-KM circuit.

In Saturday’s Round 2 Superbike race action, Szoke fell back to 5th at the start but quickly moved up the field to run in 2nd. Unfortunately for Szoke, he was already 4 seconds behind leader Clint McBain. Through grit and determination, the Kawasaki rider began to close the gap and reeled in the local favorite. With just two laps to go, Szoke surged ahead and placed his ZX-10R in front for the remainder of the race. "I knew coming into the weekend, it would be a battle between me and McBain, and sure enough, that’s how it went! In the first race, when I was in 2nd I thought let’s not doing anything stupid, we have the points lead and finishing runner-up wouldn’t be all that bad. But I just went for it, caught up to McBain and passed him for the win."

Round three of the Superbike chase for the championship saw the same two at the front of the field. On the final lap, Szoke slipped by McBain when he lost control of his bike while running into lapped traffic. Szoke scored his 3rd Superbike win in the three races this season.

His Kawasaki teammate, 15 year old McCormick, had two hugely impressive races and finished one place off the podium placing 4th in both Superbike races over the weekend. The Kawasaki rookie did battle with series veteran Crevier in both rounds, swapping spots through out the races and finished ahead with his well earned 4th place. His performance earned him top honors, scoring both Top HJC Pro Rookie of the weekend awards.

Rounds two and three of the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike races were just as exciting. On the final lap of Saturday’s race, running first and second, Szoke was able to draft by Crevier to take the lead. In a bold move, Crevier tried to re-pass the Kawasaki resulting in the two riders making contact but both pilots were able to keep their bikes upright. Szoke held on to score his second Sport Bike win of the season. In the same race, also on the final lap, McCormick was able to stick a pass on Crevier, finishing 3rd on the ZX-6R. "I still can’t believe it," beamed a jubilant McCormick, "It was pretty amazing. The team worked so hard every day during the weekend. To raise the 3rd place trophy on the podium was phenomenal." The event in Calgary is the closest the series comes to McCormick’s hometown of Saskatoon. 50 family members made the trek across the Saskatchewan/Alberta border to support the 15 year-old pro rider. "I had a whole section cheering me on! Knowing my family witnessed my 3rd place, well it was pretty emotional standing on the podium."

Sunday afternoon’s Pro 600 final results saw Szoke finishing 2nd and McCormick finishing 4th. Szoke summed up his Canada Day saying, "It was almost a perfect weekend. We won three out of four races which is exceptional." Kawasaki Team Manager Jeff Comello was equally thrilled with the results over the weekend. "After our success in the opening event and with such long gap between rounds, we knew that our competition would be working hard during the break. Our team worked just as hard to raise our game to the next level and I couldn’t be happier with the success of both riders."

Moving into the upcoming double header, Szoke holds the point’s lead in Superbike while McCormick sits in 4th just a mere four points from 2nd spot. In 600 Sport Bike standings, Szoke is atop the points list with teammate McCormick in 4th one point away from 3rd position.

The 2007 Parts Canada Superbike Championship continues for the Canadian Kawasaki Factory Road Race Team with rounds four and five July 12th – July 15th at Mosport International Raceway in Mosport Ontario. Fans can make their way to what will undoubtedly be an action packed race weekend as the team looks to solidify Szoke’s hold of the top spot and continue McCormick’s progress in his rookie year. 

 

Updated series info can be found on cdnsuperbike.com and on kawasakiracing.ca. All seven races on the schedule will be broadcast on TSN, see your local listings.

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