This infamous track is one of Szoke's favourites he ironically had his Superbike debut in 1997 and has been unbeaten at the circuit in Superbike action since 2014.
Szoke started from pole position on Saturday's race after setting the fastest time and claiming the Dalton Timmis Pole Position award a day earlier. Szoke snatched the hole shot and was unchallenged for the remainder of the 22 lap race claiming the checkered 11.09 seconds clear of the field.
"Because of the way you have to set up the motorcycle here, because it is so bumpy, you can't really slow down too much," said Szoke about the rough AMP track surface. "The bike wants to beat you up, so you've got to push the whole time here. I'm just as exhausted now as if I was battling someone, but I can't complain. Obviously we had an amazing setup right out of the box.
New grid position rules came into place for Sunday, determined with input from the riders. Szoke once again started from pole position having claiming the fastest lap of the race from the day previous.
He once again maintained control of the 22 lap feature by turn 2 of the first lap. The defending champion was ahead by 10.22 seconds by the 17th lap when a red flag shortened the race giving Jordan the victory.
"I was spent. I'm not gonna lie," said a visibly fatigued Szoke during the podium presentation. "It's the most physically demanding track we go to in North America, for sure. You're white-knuckling it the whole time. it might look easy, but it's definitely not.”
Szoke set the fastest lap in every practice, qualifying and race session during the weekend, including a fast lap at 1:07.769 in Sunday’s Feature race.
"We don't stop working," Szoke noted about his dedicated crew. "We keep pushing forward; we'll look at this race and go forward from here. That's what you've got to do. These guys behind us are pushing hard, and we've got to stay on our game. Now we have to win a Championship.”
Szoke leads the championship by 62 points headed into the final Mopar Canadian Superbike double header weekend held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville ON Canada.
From a press release