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Jul 6, 2002

Szoke On Pole For Canadian Superbike In Quebec

From a press release issued by event organizers:<BR><BR>SZOKE STORMS TO POLE<BR><BR>ST-EUSTACHE, QC - Jordan Szoke saved his best for last at Autodrome St-Eustache on Saturday.<BR><BR>The Brantford, ON rider waited until the final lap of qualifying to set a new track record of the 1.2-mile circuit and secure pole position for Sunday's fourth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, the Suzuki Superbike Challenge.<BR><BR>Szoke took his Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a time of 46.641 secs. That broke the two-year-old record of 46.723 secs. set by his current teammate Francis Martin.<BR><BR>"Out of all the laps I did at the end I'm kind of surprised that one got the lap record," said Szoke, the current Parts Canada Superbike points leader. "I had a big tank slapper just before the braking marker at the end of the straight. I truly believe I could have gone faster."<BR><BR>Szoke receives the MPM Array Pole Award for his performance, a Swiss Force Carbon Fiber embellished watch.<BR><BR>Toronto's Michael Taylor ended the session second fastest with a time of 47.250 secs. on his Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1. Frank Trombino of Kleinburg, ON was third on the Orion Motorsport Honda RC51 with a lap at 47.332 secs. and Martin completes the front row for Sunday's race. The Sherbrooke, QC rider managed a top time of 47.435 secs. on his Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000.<BR><BR>With pole position Szoke earned four points towards the Parts Canada Superbike Championship and extended his lead in the standings. He now has 154 points to the 121 of Huntington Beach, CA resident Owen Weichel. Weichel will start sixth in Sunday's race on his Canadian Kawasaki ZX-7RR after setting a qualifying time of 47.618 secs.<BR><BR>Granby, QC's Kevin Lacombe is third in points with 91. In his debut with the Orion Motorsport Honda team Lacombe qualified fifth for Sunday's Superbike race with a time of 47.564 secs.<BR><BR>In other action at St-Eustache series leader Clint McBain claimed pole position for the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike event. The Calgary rider set a time of 47.896 secs. on his Coors Light Racing/Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000.<BR><BR>Lacombe grabbed the pole for Sunday's Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike feature with a time of 48.523 secs. aboard his Orion Honda CBR600F4i.<BR><BR>Practice Sunday begins at 10:00 am with the first race scheduled to go at 12:45 pm.<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>Starting line-up for Sunday's Suzuki Superbike Challenge, the fourth race in the Parts Canada Superbike Championship at Autodrome St-Eustache, showing starting position, rider name, hometown, type of motorcycle and qualifying time:<BR><BR>1. Jordan Szoke, Brantford, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 46.641; 2. Michael Taylor, Toronto, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1, 47.250; 3. Frank Trombino, Kleinburg, ON, Honda RC51, 47.332; 4. Francis Martin, Sherbrooke, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 47.435; 5. Kevin Lacombe, Granby, QC, Honda RC51, 47.564; 6. Owen Weichel, Huntington Beach, CA, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 47.618; 7. Benoit Pilon, St-Jerome, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1, 48.132; 8. Jean-Francois Cyr, Joliette, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1, 48.701; 9. Ugo Levert, Lorraine, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000 48.801; 10. Jeff Williams, Harrowsmith, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 48.871; 11. Jerome Plourde, St-Hubert, QC, Suzuki GSX-R600, 49.142; 12. Darryn Wilbur, Maple, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1, 49.414; 13. Matthew McBride, Toronto, ON, Honda CBR600F4i, 49.887; 14. Bruce McDonald, Mt. Albert, ON, Yamaha YZF-R6, 49.949; 15. Joel McDonald, North York, ON, Yamaha YZF-R6, 50.052; 16. Philip Onisto, Bolton, ON, Suzuki GSX-R750, 50.073; 17. Tony Bouffard, Longueuil, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 50.140; 18. Dave Young, Woodstock, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 50.338; 19. Gaston Labrie, Brossard, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 50.522; 20. Jim Proulx, Ottawa, ON, Kawasaki ZX-7RR, 50.988; 21. John Brundl, Toronto, ON, Honda CBR954RR, 51.005; 22. Derek Vammus, Brampton, ON, Honda RC51, 51.874; 23. Marc Tremblay, Lac St-Charles, QC, Suzuki GSX-R600, 52.343<BR><BR> <BR>
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