Szoke moves one step closer to Championship
August 9, 2008
Canadian Kawasaki Racing's Jordan Szoke, defending Superbike and Sportbike Champion continues to dominate the 2008 series after a very successful first day of the Atlantic Motorsport Park double header. Szoke started the day with a second place finish in the 600 Sportbike class aboard his ZX-6R. While his teammate Brett McCormick rode a solid race to take the final podium position, placing two Kawasaki's on the box. Szoke now has commanding 66 point lead in the championship and with just two races left this season, the chance to wrap up the championship in Sunday's race is quite possible. Szoke needs to maintain a minimum of 56 points after the completion of Sunday's race; if successful he will clinch his third straight 600 Sportbike Championship prior to the final round in Shannonville.
In the Superbike final the rain clouds soaked the racing surface just prior to the start of the race which caused havoc for the teams as they prepared for the change in track conditions. Thankfully the showers didn't last long and by the time the race was to get underway, the track way dry enough to revert back to dry settings. Szoke took control of the race early and had a tight race long battle with Clint McBain for the race win. In the end it was Szoke who emerged victorious and earned maximum points for is efforts including 2 bonus points for the most laps lead. The result provides a full race buffer in points heading into this Sunday's final. As with Sportbike, Szoke can secure a third consecutive Superbike championship prior to the final round if he can maintain the 56 point lead.
For McCormick, the first superbike race of the weekend ended in disappointment after just missing the final podium position. After working his was to the front of the second pack of riders, McCormick set out after the final podium position. Unfortunately an error in tire choice left him to unable to capitalize on his first ever Superbike pole set during Friday's qualifying session.
Along with the win, Szoke has now tied Steve Crevier for the most Superbike wins in Canadian history and with two races left watch for Szoke to make a run for a new record.