Szoke Fastest on First Day at Jennings GP
April 16, 2008
JENNINGS, Fla. – Jordan Szoke ended the opening day of testing for the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at the top of the table in both the Superbike and Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike classes at JenningsGP in Jennings, Fla.
The Brantford, Ont. rider took his Canadian Kawasaki Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R around the 2.01-mile JenningsGP circuit in a scorching one minute, 15.259 seconds late in the afternoon. His time was over a second quicker than the next best rider, Granby, Que.’s Kevin Lacombe, who clocked a 1:16.415 on the Team Toyota Yamaha Fast Company Racing Yamaha YZF-R1.
"At the end of the day I felt I should put my head down a little and see what we could come up with,” said Szoke, the two-time defending Parts Canada Superbike champion. “We found a little something with the front end and it felt good. But we’re still out from where we want to be, funny as it sounds.”
Szoke’s lap was also the fastest time recorded by a Parts Canada Superbike competitor at JenningsGP during the official preseason test, beating the 1:15.444 set by Pascal Picotte in 2006.
Szoke’s teammate Brett McCormick of Saskatoon was third in Superbike with a 1:17.419 on his Kawasaki ZX-10R.
“I’m shaking the cobwebs out,” said last year’s HJC Pro Rookie of the Year. “I haven’t been riding all winter, except for some ice racing, so it’s a little tough when they hand you a 180-horsepower motorcycle and let you loose. But each time out it’s a little better, and I’m riding a little better.”
Szoke turned a best lap of 1:16.454 on his Kawasaki ZX-6R 600 Sport Bike, with Lacombe again second on the Yamaha YZF-R6 at 1:16.951 and McCormick also third, turning a 1:17.455 on another Kawasaki.
Course conditions were much improved for the afternoon after morning testing was held in chilly weather.
The Parts Canada Superbike riders will complete their two days of testing at JenningsGP on Wednesday. The 2008 season opens at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Calabogie, Ont. May 23-25.
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