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Jul 7, 2002

Szoke Wins Again In Canadian Superbike

From a press release issued by series organizers:

SZOKE WINS THIRD STRAIGHT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2002

ST-EUSTACHE, QC - Jordan Szoke of Brantford, ON scored his third straight Parts Canada Superbike Championship win at Autodrome St-Eustache on Sunday, winning the Suzuki Superbike Challenge.

Riding the Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000, Szoke took the lead from Frank Trombino halfway through the opening lap and held off challenges from Trombino and his Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki teammate Francis Martin.

Martin finished 0.440 secs. behind Szoke on his GSX-R1000 to complete the Suzuki 1-2. Trombino, from Kleinburg, ON was third on his Orion Motorsport Honda RC51.

"Our bike was so fast down the straights," said Szoke, the series leader. "Every lap Frank would try to come around the outside but once I turned the power on I was OK."

Szoke now leads the national Superbike rankings with 206 points to the 138 of Huntington Beach, CA's Owen Weichel. Weichel placed 11th on his Canadian Kawasaki ZX-7RR after running off the track on lap 4 of the 22-lap race.

Trombino pushed Szoke for the lead until lap 17, when Martin was able to get ahead after the Honda rider appeared to miss a gearshift on the front straight. The Sherbrooke, QC rider then hounded Szoke but was unable to make a move for the lead.

"Jordan did a really good job and it's hard to pass a fast rider here," said Martin after his second straight runner-up finish at St-Eustache. "He found really good places to pass slower traffic. He had better opportunities."

In his debut with Orion Motorsport Honda Kevin Lacombe of Granby, QC passed Michael Taylor's Brooklin Cycle Yamaha YZF-R1 four laps from the end to place fourth on his Honda RC51. Lacombe is third in Parts Canada Superbike points with 123.

In other action at St-Eustache, Martin took over the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike series points lead with a victory aboard his Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Suzuki GSX-R1000. Diablo Suzuki's Jeff Williams placed second on another GSX-R1000 and the Orion Honda CBR954RR of Trombino was third.

Calgary's Clint McBain, the points leader before the race, crashed his Coors Light Racing/Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 but was unhurt.

Riding the Orion Honda CBR600F4i Lacombe claimed his first ever national win in the Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike feature. Points leader McBain, riding the Coors Light Racing/Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R600 finished second and Owen Weichel of Huntington Beach, CA was third on the Canadian Kawasaki ZX-6R.

This weekend's races will be televised on TSN Sunday, Aug. 4 at 1:00 pm EDT. Action from St-Eustache will also be shown later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.

Results of Sunday's fourth round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship, the Suzuki Superbike Challenge at Autodrome St-Eustache, showing finishing position, rider name, hometown and type of motorcycle:

1.Jordan Szoke, Brantford, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000; 2. Francis Martin, Sherbrooke, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000; 3. Frank Trombino, Kleinburg, ON, Honda RC51; 4. Kevin Lacombe, Granby, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000; 5. Michael Taylor, Toronto, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1; 6. Benoit Pilon, St-Jerome, QC, Yamaha YZF-R1; 7. Ugo Levert, Lorraine, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000; 8. Jeff Williams, Harrowsmith, ON, Suzuki GSX-R1000; 9. Jean-Francois Cyr, Joliette, QC, Yamaha YZF-R6; 10. Darryn Wilbur, Maple, ON, Yamaha YZF-R1; 11. Owen Weichel, Huntington Beach, CA, Kawasaki ZX-7RR; 12. Bruce McDonald, Mt. Albert, ON, Yamaha YZF-R6; 13. Philip Onisto, Bolton, ON, Suzuki GSX-R750; 14. Tony Bouffard, Longueuil, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000; 15. Jerome Plourde, St-Hubert, QC, Suzuki GSX-R600; 16. Gaston Labrie, Brossard, QC, Suzuki GSX-R1000; 17. John Brundl, Etobicoke, ON, Honda CBR954RR; 18. Jim Proulx, Ottawa, ON, Kawasaki ZX-7R; NF. Marc Tremblay, Lac St-Charles, QC, Suzuki GSX-R600

Margin of Victory: 0.440 secs.
Fastest Lap: Frank Trombino, 46.868 on lap 12

Parts Canada Superbike Championship point standings following the fourth round at Autodrome St-Eustache, showing position, rider name and point total:

1.Jordan Szoke, 206; 2. Owen Weichel, 138; 3. Kevin Lacombe, 123; 4. Frank Trombino 113; 5. Francis Martin, 113; 6. Michael Taylor, 93; 7. Jean-Francois Cyr, 90; 8. Benoit Pilon, 77; 9. Darryn Wilbur, 75; 10. Philip Onisto, 72; 11. Bruce McDonald 64; 12. Ugo Levert, 54; 13. Tim Easton, 49; 14. John Brundl, 29; 15. David Klassen 27; 16. Jeff Williams, 23; 17. Nick Ienatsch, 21; 18. Michael Leon 21; 19. Matthew McBride 19; 20. Dave Young 17; 21. Clint Hines 13; 22. Tony Bouffard, 12; 23. Dave Hodge 12; 24. Mike Desmarais 10; 25. Jerome Plourde, 10; 26. Gaston Labrie, 8; 27. Steve Crevier 4; 28. Jim Proulx 4