Szoke chases historic fourth St-Eustache Superbike win
TORONTO, Ont. (July 2, 2014) – Jordan Szoke has developed a habit of making Canadian Superbike history. The Brantford, Ont. racer has won more nationals than anyone, with 44, and his nine Canadian Superbike crowns is also a record.
At this weekend’s second round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship he will try to add another line to his remarkable racing resume by becoming the first racer to win the feature event four times at Autodrome St-Eustache in St-Eustache, Que.
The 35-year-old Szoke brings plenty of momentum into this weekend’s event. He rode his Waznie Racing / BMW Motorrad / Mopar Express Lane BMW S1000RR to an impressive victory in the Mopar season opener at Shannonville Motorsport Park last month, and he enjoys an 11-point lead in his quest for a 10th national number one plate.
But the tight and technical 1.93km (1.2-mile) 10-turn Autodrome St-Eustache is a tricky challenge for any racer. Last year Szoke became only the third rider ever to claim back-to-back victories at the venue, joining Steve Crevier, who won in 1991 and ’92, and Francis Martin, victor in 1999 and 2000. Szoke’s other win came in 2002.
The biggest obstacle between Szoke and St-Eustache history is no doubt Keene, Ont.’s Jodi Christie, who lies second in the Superbike point standings after a runner-up finish at Shannonville. The 21-year-old rider of the Jodi Christie Racing / Honda Canada / Accelerated Technologies Honda CBR1000RR scored his first career national Superbike pole at St-Eustache last year and will be looking to build on that as he tries to end Szoke’s Superbike supremacy.
St-Eustache is noted for producing an upset winner, however, and one of the underdogs to watch will be second-year Pro Trevor Daley on the One Speed Chop Shop / Z1 Cycletech Suzuki GSX-R1000. The Mississauga, Ont. racer scored his first career podium finish with a third at Shannonville last month.
Popular veteran Frank Trombino of Kleinburg, Ont. should also be running at the front as the Trombino Racing / Royal Plumbing Aprilia RSV4 continues to show improved form. At last weekend’s RACE regional event at Shannonville Trombino scored an impressive second place after battling Christie for the win.
The Autodrome also has a history of favouring Quebec racers, and there is no more likely candidate than Sebastien Tremblay. The Longueuil, Que. rider placed fifth at Shannonville despite development delays with his new MotoNation / Laval Moto Kawasaki ZX-10R, but he qualified on the front row at St-Eustache last year and has established himself as one of the Mopar series’ rising stars.
This weekend’s racing also includes the second rounds of the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike, Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike, Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike and Honda CBR250R National Race Series.
Belfountain, Ont.’s Kenny Reidmann comes to St-Eustache with the Pro Sport Bike points lead after scoring his first career national win at Shannonville last month on the Reidmann Racing / Castrol Triumph 675.
Christie will be aiming to regain the advantage on his Honda CBR600RR as he bids for a fourth national class crown, while other riders to watch will include Sarnia, Ont.’s Will Hornblower aboard the Hornblower Racing / Blue Streak Yamaha YZF-R6 and Daley, who makes his 2014 class debut with the ProStar Motorsports-entered Honda CBR600RR.
London, Ont.’s Tim Toldnes leads the Amateur Superbike standings after taking his Inglis Cycle / Blue Streak Kawasaki ZX-10R to victory in the Shannonville season opener, while St-Lazare, Que.’s Stacey Nesbitt will attempt to win her second straight in Amateur Sport Bike with the OCM Racing / FTR / Honda Canada Honda CBR600RR.
Jacob Shaw-O’Leary of Falmouth, N.S. comes into the weekend leading the Honda CBR250R class standings after a win and a runner-up finish in the Shannonville doubleheader aboard his Pro Cycle-backed entry.
Action at Autodrome St-Eustache opens Friday with a full day of practice. Qualifying for all five national classes, including the Magneti Marelli SuperPole in the Pro Superbike division, will take place Saturday. Saturday’s action also includes the opening race for the CBR250R series. Feature races in all five national classes will run Sunday.
For ticket information call (450) 472-6222 or (514) 591-4388, or visit www.autodrome.ca.
The official Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship website, www.csbk.ca, will have full race coverage of Saturday’s opening round of the Honda CBR250R National Race Series, as well as Sunday’s Hindle Pro Sport Bike and Mopar Pro Superbike feature events.
2014 Point Standings
Mopar Pro Superbike: 1. Jordan Szoke (BMW) 56; 2. Jodi Christie (Honda) 45; 3. Trevor Daley (Suzuki) 37; 4. Frank Trombino (Aprilia) 33; 5. Sebastien Tremblay (Kawasaki) 29
Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike: 1. Kenny Reidmann (Triumph) 56; 2. Jodi Christie (Honda) 45; 3. Will Hornblower (Yamaha) 39
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike: 1. Tim Toldnes (Kawasaki) 55; 2. Pedro Sousa (Honda) 46; 3. Steve Hamer (Yamaha) 38
Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike: 1. Stacey Nesbitt (Honda) 53; 2. James Moore (Triumph) 44; 3. Tomas Casas (Yamaha) 37
Honda CBR250R National Race Series: 1. Jacob Shaw-O’Leary 100; 2. Cameron Walker 97; 3. Eric Quintin 75
Recent St-Eustache Superbike National Wins
2013 – Jordan Szoke (Brantford, Ont.) BMW
2012 – Jordan Szoke (Brantford, Ont.) BMW
2011 – Brett McCormick (Saskatoon, Sask.) BMW
2003 – Jean-Francois Cyr (Ste-Adele, Que.) Yamaha
2002 – Jordan Szoke (Brantford, Ont.) Suzuki
2001 – Steve Crevier (Maple Ridge, B.C.) Honda
St-Eustache Fast Facts
…Joining Jordan Szoke as three-time Autodrome St-Eustache Superbike winners are Steve Crevier of Maple Ridge, B.C. (1991, 1992, 2001), Halifax legend Don Munroe (1994, 1995, 1996) and Toronto racer Michael Taylor (1995, 1996, 1998). In 1994, 1995 and 1996 the venue staged two national events.
…Three racers have scored their only career national Superbike wins at Autodrome St-Eustache. Montreal’s Marco Ferland did it in 1994, St-Jerome, Que.’s Benoit Pilon was the winner in 1996 and Jean-Francois Cyr of Ste-Adele, Que. managed the feat in 2003.
…Despite the one-off successes of Ferland, Pilon and Cyr, the Superbike result at Autodrome St-Eustache is a fairly reliable indicator of the outcome of the national championship. In 10 of the 15 years the venue has hosted at least one national round, a St-Eustache winner has also taken the Canadian title. That has also been the case for five of the last six years, the exception being 2003, when Pascal Picotte was champ but Cyr won at St-Eustache.
Provisional Weekend Schedule
Saturday, July 5
9:00 a.m. – 9:20 a.m. – Honda CBR250R National Race Series Qualifying
12:30 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. – Hindle Pro Sport Bike Qualifying
1:00 p.m. – Honda CBR250R National Race Series Race (14 laps)
1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. – Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike Qualifying
2:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. – Mopar Pro Superbike Magneti Marelli SuperPole Qualifying
2:50 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. – Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Qualifying
Sunday, July 6
12:00 p.m. – Honda CBR250R National Race Series Race (14 laps)
1:00 p.m. – Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike Race (18 laps)
Bell Helmets Amateur Sport Bike Race (16 laps)
2:30 p.m. – Mopar Pro Superbike Race (22 laps)
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Race (16 laps)