Szoke leads razor-thin FP3 in Edmonton

Another name jumped to the top of the GP Bikes Pro Superbike leaderboard on Sunday morning, as Jordan Szoke took his turn at the top in FP3 at RAD Torque Raceway.

The third round of the Bridgestone Canadian Superbike Championship already saw three different riders top the first three sessions of the feature class, with Alex Dumas leading FP1, Ben Young qualifying on pole position (and later winning race one), and Torin Collins topping FP2 earlier in the weekend, but Szoke would join the group on Sunday morning to make it four in five sessions.

Szoke put in a blazing time of 1:17.764 with ten minutes to go in the 30-minute practice, putting his CKM Kawasaki marginally ahead of Collins and staying at the top the rest of the way.

It will mark the first official session where Szoke was fastest since his race three victory at CTMP in 2021 (though he did top the 2023 winter test in Florida), a major step for the 14-time champion as he eyes a return to the top step of the podium in race two.

Collins would be displaced by Sam Guérin in the final moments, as the EFC Group BMW rider broke into the 1:17 mark for the first time all weekend and just 0.032 seconds off Szoke at the front, a significant step forward for the current championship runner-up.

Guérin’s late improvement was only marginally clear of Collins, as the Novalda Kawasaki rookie wound up just 0.053 seconds behind Szoke as he chases his maiden victory in his second CSBK race this afternoon.

Dumas would end the morning fourth-fastest for Economy Lube Ducati, gradually improving his times in the last third of the session to finish 0.195 seconds off the top and ahead of rival Young in fifth.

Young ended FP3 in an unusual fifth but the Van Dolder’s Home Team BMW squad will not be too concerned with the result, as just 0.349 seconds blanketed the top five in what is shaping up to be a spectacular race two battle on Sunday.

The feature GP Bikes Pro Superbike class will return for their final race of the weekend at roughly 3 pm local time (5 pm ET) at RAD Torque Raceway.

Full results can be found here.