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Jul 7, 2002

Szoke Wins Again In Canadian Superbike

From a press release issued by series organizers:<BR><BR>SZOKE WINS THIRD STRAIGHT<BR><BR>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<BR>July 7, 2002<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>"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."<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>"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."<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>Calgary's Clint McBain, the points leader before the race, crashed his Coors Light Racing/Blackfoot Suzuki GSX-R1000 but was unhurt.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>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.<BR><BR>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:<BR><BR>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<BR><BR>Margin of Victory: 0.440 secs.<BR>Fastest Lap: Frank Trombino, 46.868 on lap 12<BR><BR>Parts Canada Superbike Championship point standings following the fourth round at Autodrome St-Eustache, showing position, rider name and point total:<BR><BR>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<BR><BR>