Jordan Szoke, reigning and seven-time Parts Canadia Superbike champion and reigning and five-time Sportbike Champion, has been forced to withdraw from Round 9 of the AMA American Superbike Championship held this weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Unsuccessful negations for extra sponsorship money have forced the Canadian Champion to cancel his trip to New Jersey Motorsports Park located near Millville, NJ.
“I am tremendously disappointed we aren’t going to be there,” says Szoke “We were so close to getting things right while we were in Mid Ohio and Virginia it’s a, shame we aren’t competing, although we really need some continued support financially to make that happen. It was a choice of fixing my leaking roof or go to New Jersey Unfortunately, winters are long here in Canada, and the house took priority this time.”
Szoke has competed in the US Series at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course and Virginia International Raceway where he remained in the top 10 consistently. “I still want to compete in the AMA series,” says Szoke “That is where my focus for my career always has, and always will be. We will continue to remain focused to make that happen this season and in the following seasons to come.”
Jordan Szoke and his Waznie Racing Ciclo Werks BMC Honda Team is regrouping to compete in the last and final round of the AMA American Superbike Championship held at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham AL Sept 24-26.
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The Motourage crew were lucky enough to have a chance to meet reigning Canadian Superbike champion Jordan Szoke and his wife, Amy – an accomplished road racer in her own right - at this past weekend’s AMA White Lightning Nationals at Virginia International Raceway. Jordan, fresh from a perfect seven-win season and his seventh Canadian Superbike title, made the trip from Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia to Alton, Virginia to show his stuff to the American audience.
Canadian motorsports program, The Auto 123 Show caught up with Jordan before the final race of the Canadian Superbike season. Jordan and Amy are a great couple, and you can tell by this video just how exciting their lives are.
The Acceleration Suzuki Motovan Race Team traveled east to Nova Scotia for the final two rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship this past weekend. Often regarded as the most technical track in Canadian road racing, the twisty elevated roadway of Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia provided locals with some of the most spirited racing of the season. Cody Matechuk looked to secure his lead in the Pro Rookie of the Year standings as well as lock a top-three ranking in the Pro 600 Class, a first by any rookie in the Canadian series.
Thursday and Friday provided little opportunity for teams to negotiate power and handling setup as rain crashed the paddocks throughout the early hours Friday. By lunch however, the sun had track conditions back to dry and qualifying ran as scheduled. Using every minute from the Qualifiers, the Acceleration crew consistently whittled away at the lap times. Although coming short of Matechuk’s personal goal of low 109′s. The hard work did put the red and black GSX-R on the inside of the second row for the start of the Pro 600 race and inside on the third row for the Superbike Feature.
The Pro 600 race was first up both days. Saturday’s action saw some steady, level-headed racing result in the 16-year-old’s fourth visit to the pro podium this year. Matechuk challenged veteran racer J.F. Cyr for most of the 18-lap race in what looked to be the final podium position. Just four corners from the finish, a crash by current points leader Jordan Szoke graduated both warriors to the podium. Sunday’s rematch saw a less dramatic conclusion. Matechuk pushed hard throughout the event running his fastest time of the weekend to overcome Cyr midway through the race. The combined points accumulation not only locked up the Pro Rookie of the Year title, it left the young Cochrane teen with a top-three finish overall in the 2010 Pro 600 standings.
“It’s been an amazing year”, said team owner, Clint McBain. “We didn’t expect any podiums, but the kid took four. We hoped for a top-five finish; he ends up third and he’s the top Pro Rookie. That’s quite the first year.”
Matechuk later added, “I think it was an awesome season, and as a small team we did so well. I can’t believe how much I learned this season; how different it is at this level. We were so fortunate to have the Sponsors we did and I can’t thank them enough for believing in us.”
For the 22-lap featured Superbike race, the Acceleration team was looking for a strong showing inside the top ten even with the lower power of the smaller GSXR600. Saturday’s penultimate round challenged Matechuk to better his 11th-place grid position against the larger horsepower of his opponents. A phenomenal launch and scrappy racing effort moved the young rookie’s GSX-R into eighth position before a few anxious mistakes from those around him started to thin the field. Two more racers crashing out promoted Matechuk to an impressive sixth-place finish.
The follow-up event on Sunday played out similarly with the exception of fewer crashes. Winding through the field, Matechuk again rode his fastest pace of the weekend to claim a seventh-place finish in the final Superbike round adding valuable overall points. Getting slightly edged out by Factory BMW racer Michael Ferreria, Matechuk ended up sixth overall in the Superbike standings.
“It was the fastest we ran all weekend”, smiled a content Matechuk. “You know it’s a great weekend when you finish that way. Our Race Tech set up just got better every day as Clint & I worked on lines and technique. He’s a great coach and I understand much better how fast and how good a racer he really is.”
The stellar 2010 season performance earned the Pro Rookie of the Year Title, coupled with an unprecedented four podium visits from the teenage rookie and third-place finish in the Pro 600 class. Overwhelmed with the success and accomplishments this year McBain shared, “It’s phenomenal to see someone so young achieve so much in their rookie year. Before McCormack it had been a long time since the series had produced any young promising talent. Now with Cody progressing at this rate and more kids coming behind, it’s a very exciting time for racing in Canada.”
The Atlantic Roadracing League is gearing up for the busiest two weeks of its five-month race calendar. The next two weeks will see Atlantic Motorsports Park in Shubenacadie, NS and surrounding areas explode with racers from all over the country as ARL holds Round 4 of its Atlantic Championship and then plays host to the final rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship the following weekend.
July 30 – August 1 will see ARL holding Round 4 of the Atlantic Championship at the 1.6 mile (2.5 km) Atlantic Motorsport Park. This will be the second year ARL has organized Round 4 of its regional series to be held the weekend prior to its national event. This is to allow away riders to come down a week early and get as much track time in as they can, plus it gives spectators a great chance to get into the swing of things before the big national the following week. So, far away riders have taken full advantage of this opportunity, also relishing the chance to soak up some of that famed East Coast hospitality.
The following weekend, August 5 – 8, will see the country’s best riders make their annual pilgrimage east for the Atlantic stop on the Parts Canada Superbike tour. This time, things are slightly different. Traditionally, the east coast stop on the tour was the penultimate stop on the calendar; though this time it will be the final stop. All season a championship battle has been brewing and is set to come to a boil at AMP in August. All five national titles are still up for grabs, and if the past is any indication, AMP will provide some great races to decide the final title standings.
Adding to the excitement is a strong mix of fast local riders looking to show well in their home event. The east coast is home to some of Canada’s fastest riders with multi-time Canadian Champion Don Munroe hailing from Bedford, NS – just 40 minutes from AMP. One of the main reasons ARL keeps organizing the Atlantic stop of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship is to provide its riders with a chance to showcase their talent on the national level without having to travel halfway across the countr – something that is not feasible for most local riders. This is a great opportunity for all local riders to show well against the country’s best and leave their mark on the National series – one we sincerely hope everyone takes advantage of.
With established national stars Jordan Szoke, Jodi Christie, Francis Martin, Alex Welsh, Steven Nickerson, Raphael Archambault and co. all ready and rearing to go, the stage is set for some great racing. Throw in local fast men Todd Scott, Andrew Dunlap, Ron Munroe, Charlie Legere, Austin Shaw-O’Leary and Mark Goodwin and things get even more exciting.
Speed Channel announcer Greg White will once again be joining Alex Welsh under the Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team canopy at Mosport, competing in the 4th and 5th round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship. White will be aboard a Richard Winter-built ZX600 Ninja with the backing of Parts Canada, Kahuna Cycle, and Schouten Racing. His machine will be maintained by the talents of seasoned race tuner Mark Orchard. Greg was called in by the injured Vicki Schouten to fill her seat on her team at the previous Calgary rounds last weekend.
“Mosport is one of the best racing venues in North America and I was surprised that Greg had never been there. I discussed it with the crew and we thought let’s show him the track from the best seat in the house.” said Mike Crompton, team owner. “Greg was a lot of fun to have under the tent and we are looking forward to working with him again. We hope all the fans will get the chance to drop by our pit and say hi to Alex and Greg this weekend.”
Time to get out your sundial.
The Parts Canada Superbike Doubleheader Weekend comes to Mosport International Raceway July 9-11. Headlining the weekend is the Superbike class, as defending Series champion Jordan Szoke of Brantford, ON continues his pursuit of a record seventh Superbike crown and fifth in a row. The 31-year-old is off to a great start, winning the first race of the season – his 30th career Superbike win – at Quebec’s Circuit ICAR. The series veteran was able to hold off teammate Jodi Christie, 17, of Keene, ON, who finished less than a second behind Szoke.
Szoke and his Honda CBR1000RR will face stiff competition from a number of riders who will be looking to halt his title run. Kevin Lacombe on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 finished third in the season opener, and Alex Welsh will have extra motivation as it will be a home-race for the 22-year-old. The BMW S1000RRs will be making their North American debuts this summer, with two-time Superbike champion Francis Martin of Sherbrooke and teammate Mike Ferreira of Mississauga aboard Rush HD/BMW Mortorrad motorcycles.
Szoke will also compete in the Pro SportBike class as he looks win a fifth straight title in that division. He was able to take an early lead in the points standing by again edging his teammate, Christie. As Szoke continues his pursuit of another title, he will be chased by Jean-Francois Cyr on his Suzuki GSX-R600, James Collins on his Yamaha YZF-R6 and the Deely Harley-Davidson/Ruthless Racing Buell 1125R combo of Darren James and David Estok.
The first-ever electric motorcycle race in Canada will take place at Mosport over the weekend. The TTXGP eGrand Prix will hold four rounds in North America this season. It will be the only Canadian stop for the Series, with Mosport hosting round three. These bikes are powered without the use of carbon-based fuels and have zero toxic/noxious emissions. When they hit the 10-turn road course, they will be out to prove that being clean and green can be lean and mean.
The Honda CBR125R Challenge supplies riders with an excellent venue for development, teaching riding technique and racing skill. All participants use the same type Honda CBR125R single-cylinder motorcycles. Many of the young racers go on to the higher levels of competition such as the Amateur Sport Bike. Ryan Appenrodt of Quesnel, British Columba won both races at Mosport in 2009. He kicked off his 2010 campaign by winning both dashes in the season opener and has put himself out in front for the series title. Loic Viscasillas finished second at Circuit ICAR and Will Hornblower rounded out the top-three.
Also on the schedule for the Doubleheader Weekend will be the Amateur Sport Bike, the all-new K&N Filter’s Sports Twins Pro/Am and the Pro Honda Oils Women’s Cup.
Off track, BMW Motorrad Summerfest returns to Mosport for its fourth year. Designed to cater to the motorcycle enthusiast, Summerfest is a motorcycle lifestyle experience that features the BMW Marketplace, on and off-road test rides and an off-road skills course. Once you’ve had the chance to try your skills, sit back and enjoy performances by the Streetbike Freestyle World Champion, Chris Pfeiffer. The German ace thrilled audiences when he last performed at Mosport in 2007. Music is a big attraction at Summerfest, and the area will be rocking on Saturday afternoon and evening with a live concert showcasing Canadian music talent.
Along with BMW Motorrad, Honda and Suzuki will also be offering demo rides on their latest models around the neighboring roads near Mosport throughout the weekend. Registration is in the paddock and participants must have a valid motorcycle license, riding gear and helmet. Be sure to sign-up early because all of the time slots go quickly.
The two-wheel action Begins on Friday, July 9 with a full-day of practice. Qualifying and races in all classes will take place on Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11.
The K&N Sport Twins class is similar to the now defunct Thunder class in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship and Moto-ST endurance series in the U.S. It is open to liquid-cooled twin cylinder motorcycles producing no more than 75 horsepower and air-cooled twins of up to 90 horsepower. As with all national classes, horsepower is regulated by the official series Dynojet Dynamometer.
Rob Busby of Brantford, Ont. won the opening round of the 2010 K&N Filters’ Sport Twins season at Circuit ICAR, near Montreal, on board a Buell XB12R.
The Parts Canada Superbike Championship, along with the K&N Filters Sport Twins class, resumes at Calgary’s Race City Motorsport Park with a doubleheader weekend June 25-27. The series then moves on to doubleheaders at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont. July 9-11 and Atlantic Motorsport Park, near Halifax, Aug. 6-8.
Round One, Parts Canada Superbike Championship, Mirabel, Quebec, May 28-30, 2010
The final weekend in May – round one of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship – marked road racer Rheanna Christie’s first national race. She entered her Durham Honda Powerhouse CBR125R in the CBR125R Challenge Series’ double header at Mirabel, QC’s Circuit ICAR, located about 40 miles west of Montreal. ICAR hosted rounds one and two of the 10-round series, which will travel across the country to Calgary, and then return to Mosport, ON and on to Shubenacadie, NS for the final two rounds on Aug 5-8.
The heat and a new track made for some nervous moments Thursday, but after an orientation with head instructor Ed Sorbo, she was ready to take to the track. With instruction to take her time and learn the course, she did well and placed 11th in the first session with a time of 206.171. After a good night’s rest, a track walk the following day and a talk with her brother, Jodi, she felt more confident. In the Friday sessions, her times dropped to the 1.58 mark. With ongoing track instruction and more one-on-ones with some of the local racers, Rheanna was optimistic about Saturday qualifying and felt she could better her times. She ended qualifying on the third row with a time of 156.775 – a full 10-second improvement from her first day
Lining up for her first national race, Rheanna got a great start and was through the first corner in 8th place Riding a great race, she slowly picked off three more riders and ended her race in 5th place dropping another second off her time with a new personal best of 155.313.
“It took me a while to get my confidence at this track,” said Rheanna. “It’s a lot different than Shannonville; it’s very flat yet still quite bumpy. The track walk helped me a lot and I was able to improve over yesterday. It was a great battle for position out there, and my Durham Honda Powerhouse CBR125R was working great; traction on the Pirelli tires was good throughout the race” She was also happily surprised to see that 5th place paid $250.00.
By Sunday morning, there was one more practice session before the final race in the afternoon, and Rheanna decided to only turn a few laps and try a couple of changes in lines then come in and rest for the afternoon final.
Starting one row farther back proved to be a bit of a challenge. Off the fourth row she got a good start, but on the equally powered machines it was hard to make up time. She picked her way through the pack and ended up 10th, running times of 153.039 through the race.
“To have dropped that much time through the weekend was great; it sure felt a lot faster in the last race,” said Rheanna. “I have to be happy with my weekend. It’s a long series and all the tracks are new to me; I can’t wait for Calgary.”
The teams second development rider Giselle Philp had to sit out Icar but attended the weekend to support her fellow competitors, she is recovering from an ankle injury she received at the last Regional round and will be on track for Calgary’s triple header.
CSBK Team Release: BMW Motorrad Canada’s ICAR Report
June 7, 2010
RUSH HD / BMW MOTORRAD CANADA SUPERBIKE TEAM SHOWS POTENTIAL AT ICAR
Let’s talk about pressure, the pressure on a new team racing in Canadian Superbike for the first time, the pressure of a French Canadian rider racing in his home province, the pressure to live up to the hype created by the new BMW S1000RR and finally the pressure of a rookie superbike racer competing in his first race. That’s a lot of pressure and it was only the first round of the 2010 Parts Canada Superbike Championship.
Even before the bikes had hit the track at Circuit ICAR, a 2.8 km (1.78 mile) 14 turn cement racing facility just outside Montreal near Mirabel Quebec, there was a buzz in the pits about the new BMW and its potential. A couple very successful tests under the teams belt showed the S1000RR in the capable hands of two time Canadian Superbike Champion #16 Francis Martin and the rookie Superbike racer #210 Michael Ferreira.
Friday May 28th
The weekend started slow for the Rush HD / BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team as the riders were still sorting out the different feel of the S1000RR race bikes. Lap times were improving with each pass of the start/finish line as the riders made subtle changes to suspension and gearing options. Both Martin and Ferreira ended the day comfortably inside the top 10 for times.
Saturday May 29th
Saturday morning practice times set the top 10 for eligibility into the Pirelli Superpole held Saturday afternoon. Every racer picked up their times including both Martin and Ferreira from the day before. The top ten was only separated by 1.4 seconds which included 6 riders being separated by only 2/100 of a second. This is where both BMW riders were and the positions were swapping every lap. This was heart stopping for the crew of the Rush HD / BMW Motorrad squad.
As Superpole got underway Ferreira was the third rider to get a chance at grabbing pole position and he grabbed the bull by the horns putting down his best time of the weekend. Martin was next up and not to be out done by his rookie teammate, Francis took the lead by .5 seconds to hold the #1 spot temporarily with his best time of the weekend. As the balance of the riders took turns trying to beat the time set by Martin, our qualifying results ended with Francis Martin in the 3rd starting position on the front row and Ferreira in the 6th spot on the second row. A very good result for both riders and giving hope to the team for Sunday’s race.
Sunday May 30th
Race day and all the excitement of the team’s first Pirelli Superpole now behind us, both riders settled into focusing on the afternoon race. This was going to be 18 laps and physically demanding on the tight and bumpy ICAR track. The biggest concern for the riders now was the start of the race because neither of them had practiced launching the new Superbikes very much and every bike is different. As the crew was preparing to go out and line up for the main race, a funny noise was detected when warming up Martin’s “A” bike. The crew quickly went to work to swap some of the suspension over to the backup bike which was already on tire warmers just as a precaution. The biggest challenge for Martin now was hoping the feel of the bike would be good as he had only done a few laps on the “B” bike all weekend.
On the pre-grid the entire team was nervous but only showing their serious faces as the riders were preparing to compete. The new countdown lights went out and the riders launched into turn one. Both Rush HD / BMW Motorrad riders got great starts and were sitting 3rd and 5th entering turn 2. By the end of lap one Martin was 3rd and Ferreira had dropped to 8th position overall. By the half way point Martin was still holding his own in third place, and Ferreira was tangled in a five rider battle that saw position changes occurring every corner.
As lap 11 started Martin started to encounter rear tire wear problems and started to fade. He was caught by Kevin Lacombe on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 and continued to fade until being passed by Frank Trombino on a Honda CBR1000 then in the closing stages of the race his teammate Michael Ferreira. The positions held until the end of the race with Ferreira in 5th overall in his first Superbike National and Martin right behind in 6th spot.
For a team with two riders it is always difficult to be extremely happy for one riders result and sympathetic to another rider’s disappointment. Round one was a valuable learning experience for the entire team and successful at showing the potential of the new S1000RR for the next rounds of the Canadian Superbike Championship.
For images of the Rush HD / BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team and video thoughts from the riders, please visit our team Facebook page (BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team) or our web site www.bmw-motorrad.ca for additional updates.
The next race will be rounds 2&3 from Race City in Calgary Alberta the weekend of June 25-27, 2010.
The Rush HD / BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike Team are proudly supported by its racing partners High Fidelity HDTV & Rush HD, Joe Rocket Canada, Pirelli, Original BMW Parts, Hotbodies Racing, Hindle Exhausts, and Acceleration Racing.