I’ve been warned about you. You get out front and you knock them back. Bam - bam - bam Until they can’t touch you anymore and then you bring it home.
Overheard in the pits, and closest to the truth for Round #3 of the Mopar Canadian Superbike National Championship held at Autodrome St Eustache.
Szoke started his Mopar Express Lane backed BMW S1000RR from pole position after earning the right during Saturday’s qualifying events.
The weekend was extremely challenging as Mother Nature created a perfect storm of hot and humid testing the machines, pilots and their crew to the absolute limit over the weekend. Skyrocketing temperatures in the late afternoon for the feature event was not for the weak hearted. The competitors or the fans that joined them.
“You can fold a tire easy out there.” says Szoke “I was being delicate, careful and smart. A lot can happen when you are running in conditions like these. I created a gap and maintained it. We are strong here and I wanted this win.”
“Thanks to the fans who braved this heat to come watch us put on a show today. I’m glad we didn’t disappoint. And my hats off to the crew this weekend. They busted it from sun up til down without any complaints. We ran into some issues and they really worked hard. We have a solid team and we couldn’t do it without them.”
The defending Superbike Champion heads into the CSBK Pro Double Header held at Atlantic Motorsports Park July 19-22 in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia with a 32 point lead.
Szoke’s wife Amy also competed during the last event of the day in Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Action amongst a solid field of local and national regulars. Starting from 10th position she settled into a comfortable mid pack running position ultimately bringing it home in 11th.
“I wanted to run with them, closer to the front I really felt I had it in me. After some technical issues, I lost touch with them and fatigued.” says Amy. “I ran a bunch of personal bests (lap times) at the beginning of the race, and I’m proud I brought it home today, because not everybody did. I’m learning. Lots. And wouldn’t give up this opportunity for the world. My guys in the pits always have my back and I literally couldn’t do this without them.”
Amy currently sits 5th in the National Amateur Superbike Standings after three races.
Jordan will be making the trip east to Atlantic Motorsport Park solo for Round #3. Running a limited budget, Amy prepares to rejoin the circuit strong during the season finale held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Aug 10-12.
“Running a third super bike comes out of Jordan’s existing budget, and my savings account, so there isn’t room for any extras. Some extras unfortunately bounced up this weekend and I really wanted to focus of making a solid push in August. I can’t wait to hit the backstretch at CTMP on a superbike.” smiles Amy.
From a press release