First Race, First Win for Szoke on the 2008 ZX-10R

May 27, 2008

CALABOGIE, Ont. – Two-time defending Parts Canada Superbike Champion Jordan Szoke won the opening race of the 2008 season at Calabogie Motorsports Park on Sunday.

The Brantford, Ont. racer rode his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R to a 5.325-second victory over the Team Toyota Yamaha / Fast Company Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 of Granby, Que.’s Kevin Lacombe.

“I want to defend my number one plate as best I can,” said the 29-year-old Szoke, who is gunning for his fifth national Superbike title. “This is a new bike and it’s great to start off with a victory.”

Szoke was third after the opening lap but he passed Lacombe for second on lap 2 of the 20-lap race and took the lead from the Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Michael Barnes on lap 12. He stayed in front the rest of the way. “I’ve got to work on my starts,” said Szoke, who started second on the grid. “I really wanted to get off the line cleanly. But I thought as long as I got off in the top three I could hang in there.”

Szoke’s win was his 24th career Canadian Superbike Championship victory, pulling him to within two wins of Crevier for the all-time lead.

Szoke takes a seven-point lead over Lacombe to the second round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Calgary’s Race City Motorsport Park June 27-29. He has 53 points to Lacombe’s 46, with Crevier third on 37.

In other action at Calabogie, defending class champion Szoke won the 14-lap Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike feature on his Kawasaki ZX-6R. The Brantford, Ont. rider took the lead from Peris on lap 9 and held off his teammate McCormick by less than a second at the line.

“I had a terrible start, and this is a very tough track to pass on,” said Szoke. “But my bike felt pretty good today. We’ve worked hard on it. Chris went a little wide in turn 1 and I was able to get a run on him and get past.”

McCormick took over second when Peris crashed his Suzuki GSX-R600 just two laps from the finish. The Calgary rider was unhurt.

In the Canadian Sport Twins class, Kawasaki 650R rider of Mississauga, Ont Laurent Feuiltault earned a second place podium finish.

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