Imagine if you will that you were a young superbike racer back in say, 1998. You had dreams of being a Canadian Champion, standing at the top of the podium, having a giant bottle of champagne sprayed on you, winking at the umbrella girls, lining up sponsorships for the next season…. basically just enjoying the adulation of the fans and industry. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Well there is good news and bad news about this scenario. If your name was Jordan Szoke, congratulations your dreams came true. Over the past weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the 12th time and for the 10th time in 12 years, Jordan was crowned CSBK Superbike champion. The crowning actually occurred after the first race of the weekend’s double header (he also won the second race just for good measure). While Szoke has ridden a BMWS1000RR to his last six championships, he has also won aboard a Honda CBR1000RR, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Suzuki GSX-R1000 among others.
The 2nd round of the 2017 Canadian Superbike Championship will descend this weekend upon the Grand Bend Motoplex in Grand Bend, ON. The Motoplex features among its other facilities a short 2.2km road race course that has never before hosted a national CSBK series race. Defending champion (x11), Jordan Szoke will again be the rider to beat although ending his winning streak that now encompassed parts of three seasons after his win at the inaugural 2017 race will be a challenge but perhaps the unfamiliar environs and some skilled local riders familiar with the track will bump the odds slightly upwards. With only five rounds encompassing the season, there is no time to relax.
For more information about the series visit www.csbk.ca
You may have seen him displaying his trials riding skills at one of the motorcycle shows in January or February but if you want to watch to find out if Jordan Szoke will capture his 12 CSBK title in 2017 (his first one was way back in 1998) the five race weekends will be available for viewing on TSN.
The 2017 Schedule is:
Round 1 Shannonville Motorsport Park, ON – Pro Track May 26-28
Round 2 Grand Bend Motorplex, ON – Technical Track June 8-11
Round 3 Autodrome St-Eustache, Montreal, QC June 23-25
Round 4 Atlantic Motorsport Park, Halifax, NS July 13-16
Round 5 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, ON August 18-20
Visit the Canadian Superbike Championship website for more info – www.csbk.ca
Jordan Szoke won his 11th Canadian Superbike title this past weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. He had clinched the title after the first race of the doubleheader weekend but put an exclamation point on the year with a win in the second race as he completed his second straight perfect season. A challenger was introduce to make the perfect season a little more of a challenge as Italian Claudio Corti was brought in to ride a Aprilia but that didn’t seem to make much of a difference. A full wrap of the season including points totals and support classes can be found on the Canadian Superbike Championship website at www.csbk.ca
In a quickly concluding 2016 CSBK season, rounds 4 and 5 where run in Shubenacadie, NS this past weekend. Jordan Szoke continued his long uninterupted streak of race wins – now at 12 – finishing at the top of the podium in both weekend races. As a matter of fact, the podium was identical for both finishes as Kenny Reidmann of Belfountain, ON and Ben Young of Collingwood, ON finished 2nd and 3rd in each race. It wasn’t clear sailing for Szoke the entire weekend as he was forced to come from behind to win the second race while he had lead wire to wire for the first race. Szoke stands clear of Reidmann by 51 points going into the last weekend of racing in August.
The Canadian Superbike series heads to St Eustache, QC for its second weekend of racing this coming Saturday and Sunday. The Autodrome St. Eustache is a very compact facility (check it out at www.autodrome.ca) featuring a road section incorporated with a oval track for a course length of 1.93km. It might be easy to expect that Jordan Szoke will win both races of the event’s doubleheader as he has (a) won 8 straight races dating back to last year’s series sweep and (b) won the last four races held at St. Eustache. That being said there are several racers including Kenny Riedman and Matt McBride who would be keen to disrupt Szoke’s streak.
The weekend’s schedule looks like this:
Saturday, June 25
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec Series Qualifying
12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. — Dalton Timmis Insurance Pro Superbike Top 10 Qualifier
2:00 p.m. — Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec Series Race (10 laps)
2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. – Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Qualifying
3:10 – 3:30 p.m. – Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike Qualifying
3:40 p.m. – Mopar Pro Superbike Race (22 laps)
4:20 – 4:40 p.m. – Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Qualifying
Sunday, June 26
12:55 p.m. – Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec Series Race (10 laps)
1:55 p.m. – Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Race (18 laps)
Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike Race (16 laps)
3:00 p.m. – Mopar Pro Superbike Race (22 laps)
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Race (16 laps)
For a short while it looked as perhaps the 2016 season wouldn’t start as the 2015 season ended but last year’s champion Jordan Szoke did win the first round on the CSBK season in Shannonville, ON. Szoke took the lead on lap 18 of the 22 lap race after passing Matt McBride who would ultimately take 3rd place after being passed by Kenny Riedmann . All three riders hail from Ontario. To see all the details from this race as well as the photos and information on all the supporting classes from an action packed weekend of racing visit the CanadianSuperbike Championship website at www.csbk.ca. The next race in the series happens June 24-26 in St. Eustache.
The Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) released the dates for the six rounds of the 2016 season. To condense the season the six rounds actually take place over four weekends with one each month from May to August. For western fans of the series you will have to watch the races on TSN or make your way east as the westernmost round will be in Ontario.
Last year’s CSBK series winner was Jordan Szoke – almost but not quite as usual.
Round 1 May 27 -29th Shannonville Motorsport Park in Shannonville, ON
Round 2 June 24-26th Autodrome St. Eushache in St. Eustache, QC
Round 3 & 4 July 15 -17th Atlantic Motorsports Park in Shubenacadie, NS
Round 5 & 6 August 19 – 21Canadian Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, ON
For more information visit the CSBK website at www.csbk.ca
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