SZOKE TAKES PAIR OF RUNNER-UP FINISHES
July 4, 2011
SHANNONVILLE, Ont. (July 4) – Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team rider Jordan Szoke scored a pair of runner-up finishes on his Ninja ZX-10R in the second and third rounds of the Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada at Shannonville Motorsport Park last weekend.
The results moved the seven-time national champion from Brantford, Ont. up to second in the series point standings after three of seven events as he continues his bid for an unprecedented sixth straight Canadian Superbike title.
After having limited opportunity to develop its brand new Ninja at the cold and wet opening round of the series at Circuit ICAR in late May the Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team made steady progress at Shannonville.
Szoke qualified second for the weekend’s pair of 20-lap Superbike races with a time of 1:04.664 around the 2.4km ‘Pro’ track but was into the 1:04.3 range in the races, despite extremely hot and muggy weather.
“I think I had a better motorcycle today than I showed,” the 31-year-old Szoke admitted after Sunday’s race. “I should have done a little better with the package we have today. We’re getting closer all the time and we’re at the point where little changes all add up over the course of the lap. We made a big step forward this weekend.”
Szoke is 37 points out of first place with four races left on the schedule. With a race win worth 50 points that leaves him plenty of time to move to the top. Additionally, the season wraps up with a doubleheader at Mosport International Raceway, his favorite track on the tour.
“It’s a long season and there’s a lot of racing left,” he pointed out. “I don’t get discouraged. I get mad and I bounce back.”
Team manager Mike Crompton pointed out that Szoke dropped his race time by almost exactly 14 seconds from Saturday’s race to Sunday’s event.
“That sort of improvement shows how much progress we made over the weekend and we’re still finding speed from this bike,” he said. “I don’t know if some of our rivals enjoy the same sort of opportunity.”
The Canadian Superbike Championship by Parts Canada resumes this weekend, July 8-10 at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, Que. This is the first visit by the national series to the track since 2003 and Szoke is one of the few riders on the Superbike grid with race experience there. He also has a win to his credit in 2002.
“I do have a lot of experience there and that should work to my advantage,” he said. “It’s going to be a battle. There’s no time to rest there and it’s going to be a tough, tough race.”
The Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team would like to thank the following sponsors for making their 2011 racing effort possible:
Canadian Kawasaki Motors Inc., Parts Canada, Akrapovic Exhaust Systems, HotBodies Racing (lightweight replacement bodywork), Orient Express (supplying K-Tech Suspension components and GB racing engine covers), Vortex (supplying sprockets, rear sets, handlebars and other quality chassis parts), Dynojet Research, Kawasaki S4-R Competition Lubricants, NOCO, Performance Friction Brakes, DID Racing Chains, NGK spark plugs.