POLE AND PODIUM FOR SZOKE AT ST-EUSTACHE
July 11, 2011
ST-EUSTACHE, Que. (July 10) – Jordan Szoke and the Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team were in contention for the race win right to the finish of the fourth round of the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada at Autodrome St-Eustache last weekend.
Riding the new Ninja ZX-10R the seven-time Canadian national champion took the Kawasaki S4-R Competition Lubricants Pole Award for Sunday’s 24-lap feature race and then finished less than 1.5 seconds shy of the race win after rebounding from a poor start.
The result was Szoke’s third runner-up finish of the season and moved him into a solid second place in the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada standings with three rounds remaining in the 2011 campaign.
“I had a decent start, but it wasn’t good enough,” said the Brantford, Ont. rider, who completed the opening lap in third place but moved into second on lap six. “I’m actually quite disappointed because I had a great motorcycle. But I used up my tire trying to get up into second and when I caught the leader I had nothing left.
“Racing doesn’t always go as planned. But we’re right in the thick of things now and everybody knows it.”
Szoke was among the pacesetters from the start of official practice on Friday. He ended the day quickest and then snatched his first pole position of the season on Saturday.
“I was really comfortable the whole time,” said Szoke of his Pirelli SuperPole qualifying effort. “I felt like we’d left a little bit of speed on the table if we needed it. Once you get comfortable with the set up here you’ve got to stop worrying and just work on riding harder.”
It took Szoke only seven laps around the 1.77km Autodrome St-Eustache circuit to turn the 45.085-second lap that would hold up for pole position.
“I think practice and qualifying proved that Jordan was going to be very hard to beat on raceday and with a slightly better start we could have had the victory,” said Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team manager Mike Crompton. “Looking ahead to the last three rounds, I don’t see any reason why we can’t contend for race wins and make a push for another Superbike championship.”
The Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada resumes at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, N.S. on Aug. 5-7 before concluding with a doubleheader at Bowmanville, Ont.’s Mosport International Raceway Aug. 19-21.
Szoke swept both ends of a doubleheader at AMP last summer and has won five of the last six Superbike nationals at Mosport.
The Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team would like to thank the following sponsors for making their 2011 racing effort possible:
Canadian Kawasaki Motors Inc., Parts Canada, Akrapovič Exhaust Systems, HotBodies Racing (lightweight replacement bodywork), Orient Express (supplying K-Tech Suspension components and GB racing engine covers), Vortex (supplying sprockets, rear sets, handlebars and other quality chassis parts), Dynojet Research, Kawasaki S4-R Competition Lubricants, NOCO, Performance Friction Brakes, DID Racing Chains, NGK spark plugs.