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Jul 5, 2002

Visa-less Szoke Leads Home-country Superbike Series

From a press release issued by organizers of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship:<BR><BR>SZOKE STREAKS INTO ST-EUSTACHE<BR><BR>TORONTO, ON - Brantford, ON's Jordan Szoke is the man to catch as the Parts Canada Superbike Championship reaches its halfway point at Autodrome St-Eustache this weekend.<BR><BR>The Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki rider holds a 29-point lead over Canadian Kawasaki's Owen Weichel after three races in the seven-round series.<BR><BR>After originally planning to spend his summer on the U.S. Superbike tour Szoke has made a stunning return to the Canadian scene. The 1998 national champion won the two most recent races at Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park June 8-9.<BR><BR>But the 23-year-old Szoke will be hard pressed to keep his winning streak intact on the tight 1.2-mile St-Eustache circuit.<BR><BR>Chief among his rivals will be Huntington Beach, CA resident Weichel, who finished second in both Calgary races after challenging Szoke relentlessly for the lead.<BR><BR>Another threat will be Szoke's own Coors Light Racing/Fast Company Team Suzuki teammate Francis Martin. The Sherbrooke, QC racer has won two of the last three Parts Canada Championship rounds at St-Eustache and is still the circuit lap record holder.<BR><BR>Orion Motorsport Honda rider Frank Trombino, winner of the opening race of the season will try to regain his form at St-Eustache after a disappointing weekend in Calgary that dropped him to fourth in points.<BR><BR>The Kleinburg, ON rider will have a new teammate as Granby, QC's Kevin Lacombe moves over from the Diablo Suzuki squad. After an impressive start to the season that sees him third in points, Lacombe replaces two-time defending champion Steve Crevier, who is still recovering from a knee injury sustained at the opening round.<BR><BR>Yamaha's effort in the feature class is led by Brooklin Cycle riders Jean-Francois Cyr and Michael Taylor, who sit sixth and seventh in points respectively.<BR><BR>Action at St-Eustache will also feature the third rounds of the International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW Open Sport Bike and Yoshimura 600 Sport Bike national support classes.<BR><BR>Blackfoot Suzuki rider Clint McBain of Calgary is unbeaten in both divisions and leads the points in each coming to St-Eustache.<BR><BR>Practice in all three national classes will begin Friday with the grids set in Saturday afternoon qualifying. Feature races run Sunday afternoon.<BR><BR>Action from this weekend's races will be televised on TSN Sunday, Aug. 4 at 1:00 pm EDT. They will also be shown later this year on Quebec's RDS and across Canada on the Outdoor Life Network.