Szoke Looking for Milestone Weekend at Mosport International Raceway
July 15, 2008
Kawasaki Race Team's Jordan Szoke will be looking for a milestone weekend at Mosport International Raceway on July 17-20. Not only will Szoke be on the throttle of his ZX-10R and ZX-6R to strengthen the point's lead he currently enjoys in the Parts Canada Superbike and Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike Championship, he will be gunning to tie the all time Canadian Superbike win record of 26 wins.
The Double-Header weekend at Mosport - arguably the most prestigious road race event in Canada - will provide Szoke with the opportunity to tie Crevier's record, but he will have to win both feature races to do it. Although Szoke is confident he's up to the task to win this weekend and tie Crevier, he's not losing focus on the bigger picture and that's to finish high in the points.
"I always look forward to Mosport. I consider it my home track because it's the closest to where I live. I've done well there in the past and it's always a big race for me," said Szoke. "Ideally, I would love to come out of there this weekend tied with Steve's all time wins but my goal is to win the championship. If I have to finish second and save the points, then I won't risk anything. I plan on racing for a few more years so eventually I will surpass Steve's record. It's only a matter of time."
After two rounds, Szoke has 99 points on the Superbike Championship scoreboard, which he gathered with one win and one second place finish. Second in the rankings, Kevin Lacombe, trails the multi-time champion by 14 points.
In Pro 600, victory at Rounds 1 & 2 of the series put Szoke at the head of pack with a whopping 109 points, 31 more than his teammate, Brett McCormick, who holds down second place.
In addition to tying and surpassing Crevier's record this year, Szoke aims to accomplish another one of his goals, be the first Canadian to achieve a three-peat in both the Superbike and 600 Sport Bike class. And with a successful start to the season, the Brantford, ON native is on the right track as the series heads to Mosport International Raceway.
While 2008 could prove to be the pinnacle of Szoke's career, his teammate is looking for a banner year of his own. McCormick, who received the 2007 Rookie of the Year, thanks to a season that saw him climb the podium three times and finish fourth place in both series, is intent on recording a 1-2 overall finish for Kawasaki in the Sport Bike class and top three in Superbike.
Unfortunately, the teenage sensation was taken out by another rider at Round 1 of the Superbike Championship leaving him with only one point earned during qualifying. At Round 2 in Calgary, McCormick rebounded nicely with a fifth place finish that saw him move from 21st in the rankings to 12th. Meanwhile, in 600 Sport Bike action, the Saskatoon, SK native currently holds down second place in the points, a position he will have to defend against Kevin Lacombe, who trails him by four points. At the opening round of the Sport Bike title hunt McCormick claimed second place on the podium behind Szoke and fourth at Round 2.
"In Sportbike, I'm sitting pretty good right now and there's five rounds left so it's not out of the question to start winning some races and contend for the championship, which is my goal this season. Worst case scenario for me would be runner-up to Jordan," said McCormick. "I know that in Superbike I'm no longer in a position to even entertain the thought to go for the title. I've got quite a bit of ground to make up at this point so I'm aiming for a top three finish in the series. I think that's still realistic and doable."
After the success of the first 2 rounds, the team is prepared and confident heading to Mosport and with double the points up for grabs, the Kawasaki Race Team will be relentless in its efforts to stay at the top of the podium.