By Darryl G. Smart
It wasn’t where Jordan Szoke is used to being, but the 14-time and defending Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) champion was still on the podium this weekend at Calabogie Motorsports Park.
In both races Sunday, Szoke finished behind 18-year-old Alex Dumas and 2019 champion Ben Young.
In both races, Szoke, 42, from Brantford, was in the mix on his General Warranty Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja, and kept pace with Dumas and Young, but couldn’t capitalize on the two riders ahead of him.
“I was struggling with grip out there which was really hurting our drive, but I thought our corner speed was really strong,” Szoke said. “The new Kawasaki’s were phenomenal, so I think we’ll get better as the season goes on.”
Szoke gives full credit to the teenager who took both races.
“Alex has been riding really well in the U.S., and obviously those are some of the best guys in the world, but we aren’t slow up here either,” Szoke said.
With his 76 points accumulated over the weekend, Szoke is only 29 out of first. Szoke will have to wait until August 14, 15 to get back at it, when he and the team head to the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville. The July 31, August 1 races were to be held at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, NS., but were cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions.