Szoke & Welsh taste the bubbly!
July 18, 2009
BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (July 18) - Brantford, Ont.'s Jordan Szoke regained the lead of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship with a victory in round four of the series at Mosport International Raceway on Saturday. Riding his factory Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, the three-time defending series champion seized the win by 0.586 seconds when the race was stopped due to rain after 11 of a scheduled 20 laps. Szoke's win was his second of the season and combined with McCormick's finish moved him into a 15-point lead in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings heading into Sunday's fifth round.
Szoke now has 199 points to the 184 of McCormick.
"I had no idea Brett had jumped the start," said Szoke, who has now won six Superbike nationals at Mosport, more than any other rider. "I just tried to settle in and get a good pace. After the first five or six laps, when the fuel load lightens, our Kawasaki really seems to come into its own."
In light of McCormick's penalties, Szoke's teammate Alex Welsh moved up from fourth to finish third on his factory Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R to earn the final podium position.
"It's not really the way you want to get it but it's an important result and we'll certainly take it," said last year's winner of the HJC Pro Rookie of the Year Award on the national tour.
In Sportbike action at Mosport, Szoke was again the victim of lapped traffic and after controlling the race for 14-laps was forced to settle for second. As the lead group entered the final series of corners, Szoke came upon a group of riders and was forced wide, opening the door for McCormick to take the win. Teammate Welsh was in impressive form on race day taking a solid third place podium and making several bold moves in the lead pack for position.
The Kawasaki Ninja's of Szoke and Welsh took 4 out of 6 possible podiums for the day.
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