SZOKE ON ST-EUSTACHE SUPERBIKE POLE
July 9, 2011
ST-EUSTACHE, Que. (July 9) – Brantford, Ont.’s Jordan Szoke ended Brett McCormick’s run of pole positions in Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada action at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday.
The rider of the Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R turned a fastest lap of 45.085 seconds in Pirelli SuperPole qualifying to claim the $500 Kawasaki S4-R Competition Lubricants Pole Award and the top starting spot for Sunday’s fourth round of the series.
McCormick had to settle for second best on the radX / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR with a lap at 45.186 secs. and Alex Welsh of Uxbridge, Ont. made it three different motorcycle brands in the top three positions with a time of 45.224 riding the Z1 CycleTech / Kenwood Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Szoke’s average speed was 141.333km/h (84.800 mph) around the 1.77km (1.09-mile) St-Eustache circuit and shattered the old lap record of 46.463 secs. set by Jean-Francois Cyr in 2003, the last time the national series visited St-Eustache.
“I felt really comfortable the whole time,” said the 31-year-old Szoke, who is bidding for a sixth straight Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada title. “I was going to do two fast laps and then come into the pits and go over things with the crew, then I looked at my timer and saw a 45-flat and thought, ‘That’s not too bad.’”
With the pole position Szoke gained a point on series leader McCormick in the Canadian Superbike Championship standings. McCormick’s lead is 36 points, 167-131 heading into Sunday’s fourth round of the seven-race series.
“I felt like I had a little more if I needed it,” added Szoke, who was also fastest in practice on Friday but was second to McCormick in Saturday morning’s prequalifying session. “I felt like I left a little speed on the table. Yesterday we made a bunch of little changes, but nothing major.”
Races in all six national classes will be run Sunday. Practice begins at 10:00 a.m. with the first race, for the Honda CBR125R Challenge, set to go at 12:40 p.m.