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Jul 5, 2002

Canadian Superbike: Szoke Fastest In Friday Practice At St. Eustache

From a press release issued by event organizers:<BR><BR>SZOKE PACES PRACTICE<BR><BR>ST-EUSTACHE, QC - Brantford, ON's Jordan Szoke led the way in practice Friday for this weekend's round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Autodrome St-Eustache.<BR><BR>The Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki rider set a time of 47.292 secs. around the 1.2-mile track on his Suzuki GSX-R1000. Szoke leads the Parts Canada Superbike Championship point standings coming into this weekend's Suzuki Superbike Challenge, the fourth event of the seven-race series.<BR><BR>Frank Trombino of Kleinburg, ON was a close second on an Orion Motorsport Honda RC51 with a time of 47.295 secs. and Szoke's Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki teammate Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, QC placed third with a lap of 47.864 secs. on another GSX-R1000.<BR><BR>"We just spent the day trying to get a good set-up, then the times will come," said Szoke, the 1998 Canadian Superbike champion. "We're just climbing back up to where we want to be."<BR><BR>Qualifying for the national Superbike class will be held Saturday afternoon. The fastest qualifier will receive the MPM Array Pole Award, a Swiss Force Carbon Fiber embellished watch.<BR><BR>Martin holds the lap record of 46.723, which he set two years ago.<BR><BR>Toronto's Michael Taylor finished the day with the fourth fastest time, a 47.901, aboard the Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1. Orion Motorsport Honda's new recruit Kevin Lacombe of Granby, QC completed the top five with a time of 48.167 secs. on another RC51.<BR><BR>Practice sessions were also run for the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike and Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike national support classes.<BR><BR>Trombino was quickest in Open Sport Bike with a time of 47.931 secs. on his Orion Motorsports Honda CBR954RR.<BR><BR>Joliette, QC's Jean-Francois Cyr led the 600 Sport Bike division with a time of 49.070 secs. on his Brooklin Yamaha YZF-R6. <BR><BR>Official qualifying for the Open Sport Bike and 600 Sport Bike divisions will also be held Saturday. Practice begins at 10:00 am with 600 Sport Bike qualifying session scheduled for 1:00 pm. <BR><BR>Feature races will run Sunday afternoon.<BR><BR>This weekend's event will be televised on TSN on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 1:00 pm EDT and later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.<BR><BR>Friday Afternoon Canadian Superbike Practice Times From Autodrome St. Eustache:<BR><BR>1. Jordan Szoke, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 0:47.292<BR>2. Frank Trombino, Honda CBR954RR, 0:47.295<BR>3. Francis Martin, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 0:47.864<BR>4. Michael Taylor, Yamaha YZF-R1, 0:47.901<BR>5. Kevin Lacombe, Honda RC51, 0:48.167<BR>6. Owen Weichel, Kawasaki, 0:48.225<BR>7. Jeff Williams, Suzuki, 0:48.708<BR>8. Benoit Pilon, Yamaha, 0:48.962<BR>9. Clint McBain, Suzuki, 0:48.977<BR>10. Ugo Levent, Suzuki, 0:49.009<BR>