Szoke Sizzles At Jennings As Two-Day Test Closes
April 18, 2008
April 16, 2008
JENNINGS, Fla. – Two-time defending Parts Canada Superbike champion Jordan Szoke showed he’s in no hurry to give up his crown as the official Pirelli tire test wrapped up at JenningsGP Wednesday.
The Canadian Kawasaki Motors factory rider took his Kawasaki ZX-10R around the 2.01-mile track in one minute, 14.740 seconds late in the afternoon to end the two days of testing with the fastest overall time.
Running Pirelli’s latest qualifying tire at the end of Wednesday afternoon’s session, Szoke came close to beating the overall track record of 1:14.51 set by Geoff May on an M4 EMGO Suzuki GSX-R1000 in February, 2007.
“I’m a little disappointed,” said the Brantford, Ont. rider. “I’d have liked to break the lap record, but for our second day on a brand new bike it’s pretty awesome.”
Szoke’s Canadian Kawasaki Motors teammate Brett McCormick recorded the fourth best lap on Wednesday afternoon right at the end of the session with a 1:16.133. That was easily the Saskatoon rider’s best effort of the two-day Pirelli test.
While most riders elected to concentrate on their Superbikes Wednesday afternoon, Lacombe was quickest of the Yoshimura Pro 600 Sport Bike competitors with a lap at 1:15.725 on the Fast Company-prepared YZF-R6. That was just off Szoke’s fastest from the morning, and of the test, a 1:15.687 on his Kawasaki ZX-6R.
McCormick turned a 1:16.998 on his ZX-6R Wednesday afternoon.
The 2008 Canadian nationals open at Calabogie Motorsports Park in Calabogie, Ont. May 23-25.