The opening round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Shannonville Motorsport Park has been tradition for the series, and this year was no different. The fans and full paddock of racers were treated to hot and sunny weather from flag to flag.
Jordan Szoke opened up his bid for a 13th Canadian Superbike Championship by piloting his 2018 Mopar Express Lane BMW S1000RR around the Shannonville Pro track in a fast flyer of 1:04.412. Just squeaking by fellow competitor Matt McBride by 0.045 sec in Dalton Timmis SuperPole action Saturday afternoon.
Sunday’s action was no less dramatic with Szoke taking the hole shot with fellow BMW pilots Matt McBride and Ben Young hot at his heels. Tucking the front on the new pavement in turn 8 McBride took advantage and passed Szoke for the lead. McBride nursing an injured knee from a previous crash slowed and Szoke managed to pull clear of the pack for the victory.
“I got lucky today, it’s never over until it’s over. I put in some hard laps to maintain the gap to bring it home for the win. Winning is never easy, I always hit the reset button every season, regardless of how many wins or championships you have there’s always someone hungry to beat you.” says Szoke. “Now make sure you stay in your seats and cheer on my wife in her superbike debut.”
Amy Szoke started her first Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike race right after her husband Jordan’s win. It was her very first weekend on the new BMW S1000RR having stepped up from the lightweight class last season. Starting from 10th position Amy slid into 3rd place by corner two. After a brief battle for the final podium spot she succumbed to a solid fourth place defending her position to a pack of racers behind her. Just past mid point Amy ran off track on the back straight and had to rejoin, placing her right where she started in 10th spot.
“Not bad for my first superbike race.” says Amy. “I’ve now notched 6 days on this dragon so considering that I am more than pleased. It wasn’t the best finish, but it was a great ride. I’ve gone the fastest I’ve ever gone around here (at a best lap time of 1:10.092) so I’m pretty proud of that. Thank you to everyone near and far who sent me words of encouragement. I couldn’t have done it without you. That ride was for you.”
From a press release