By Darryl G. Smart
Jordan Szoke may have had a hiccup to start Sunday’s Canadian Superbike Championship triple header at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, but that certainly didn’t stop the veteran rider from Lynden.
After finishing sixth in the first race of the day, the reigning Canadian champ rode his Kawasaki ZX10R two a pair of victories to put himself in the hunt for another title.
In the opener, Szoke was already behind the eight ball thanks to a ninth-place finish in qualifying. But calm as always, that didn’t stop him from moving up the ladder once the race got going. After getting up as high as third and into the lead pack, Szoke ran into problems and had his worst finish on the track since 2008.
But that didn’t faze Szoke one bit.
In the second race the 14-time national champion patiently rode his way through to the lead pack, and took the race, passing and holding off current championship leader Alex Dumas for the victory.
With all of the momentum on his side, Szoke was again in a four-way battle for the lead throughout the race, but used his experience to hold off Tomas Casas and Ben Young for his second-straight checkered flag.
“The day certainly didn’t start that well, but everything felt great, so we knew to hang in there and stay positive,” Szoke said. “The depth of the field is so strong, there’s like ten guys fighting for the win every race, so we’re just happy to shake the bad luck off and grab a couple of wins for the fans.”
With the two victories, Szoke puts himself into contention for his 15th CSBK Championship title. With 203 points, Szoke is 10 behind 20 behind Young and 30 behind Dumas. The next and final round of action will be announced soon.