The 2012 Canada Cup winner is back on board
The 2012 Canada Cup winner is back on board the Waznie Racing / BMW Motorrad Canada / Parts Canada BMW S1000RR that took him to three wins and the number one plate last year. The Brantford, Ont. ace made an excellent preseason impression by winning the first event in the RACE Super Series at Shannonville in mid-May.
But despite Szoke’s strong preseason status, there are at least two riders expected to give him a run for his money on Shannonville’s 2.45km (11-turn) ‘Pro’ track this weekend.
Alex Welsh ended last year with his first career national Superbike win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and finished fourth in the final Mopar Canadian Superbike point standings. The Uxbridge, Ont. racer is back with his AW7R Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 and again will receive support from Kenwood Electronics Canada and Parts Canada.
Big things are also expected of Keene, Ont.’s Jodi Christie. Although he only finished seventh in last year’s national Superbike standings the Superbike class was not Christie’s focus, as he concentrated on a repeat in the Pro Sport Bike division. Nevertheless, he scored two impressive podium finishes. Christie is now dedicated to the Superbike division and will ride a Honda CBR1000RR with increased support from Honda Canada and the continued backing of Accelerated Technologies.
There are a couple of interesting dark horses in the Pro Superbike class as well. Last year’s Amateur Superbike champ Trevor Daley makes the step up and should be a contender for the Sunoco / BCR Pro Rookie of the Year Award. Although scheduled to race a Suzuki GSX-R1000 with backing from One Stop Chop Shop, the Brampton, Ont. racer competed at May’s Shannonville RACE opener on a ProStar Motorsports-prepared Honda.
An intriguing entry will be longtime fan favourite Frank Trombino riding the Trombino Racing / G-Suspension Aprilia RSV4. The Kleinburg, Ont. racer has not competed regularly in the Superbike class lately but has four national feature wins to his credit. This will mark the debut for the Aprilia in Canadian National competition.
Christie will be trying to tread in the footprints of legends in this year’s Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike championship as he attempts to become the third racer to take the title three years in a row. Only Szoke and Don Munroe, each with five straight successes, have managed the feat previously.
Debuting the latest Honda CBR600RR, Christie should get a good fight from fellow Honda rider and former Amateur Sport Bike champ Kristopher Garvie of Caledon, Ont., Calgary’s John Ross McRae on a Triumph 675, and the Leon Racing / Royal Distributing MV Agusta F3 of Beaconsfield, Que. veteran Michael Leon.
Canadian racing legend Steve Crevier will also begin the fight for a third straight national title this weekend as he leads the Harley-Davidson Canada XR1200 Cup competitors into Shannonville. The Maple Ridge, B.C. veteran is again backed by MotoSport Plus. Leading challengers should include Toronto rider Michael Taylor on the Mackie Harley-Davidson-backed entry and Ruthless Racing’s Darren James from Vancouver.
Shannonville will also see the opening rounds for the Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike and Bazzaz / Inside Motorcycles Amateur Sport Bike classes. Austin Shaw-O’Leary of Falmouth, N.S. is preseason favourite in both divisions on his Dua Motorsports / GoLo Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 after an injury cut short his 2012 campaign.
National action at Shannonville is rounded out by a doubleheader for the Honda CBR250R National Race Series.
Practice for this weekend’s event, which is co-promoted with Belleville’s West City Powersports Honda, gets underway Friday. Qualifying, including the battle for Magneti Marelli SuperPole in the Mopar Pro Superbike division, takes place on Saturday. The first of two Honda CBR250R National Race Series rounds goes Saturday afternoon, with feature races in all six national classes set for Sunday.
Video coverage of the Mopar Pro Superbike, Harley-Davidson Canada XR1200 Cup and Saturday’s Honda CBR250R National will be available on www.csbk.ca, as well as highlights from the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike race.
For ticket information call 1-800-959-8955 613-969-1906. Or go to www.shannonville.com .
Final 2012 Point Standings
Mopar Pro Superbike: 1. Jordan Szoke (BMW) 294; 2. Andrew Nelson (BMW) 204; 3. Kevin Lacombe (BMW) 193; 4. Alex Welsh (Suzuki) 187; 5. Bodhi Edie (BMW) 174
Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike: 1. Jodi Christie (Honda) 321; 2. Frank Trombino (Suzuki) 216; 3. Raphael Archambault (Suzuki) 210
Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup: 1. Steve Crevier 320; 2. Darren James 220; 3. Michael Taylor 188
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike: 1. Trevor Daley (Suzuki/Honda) 260; 2. Philippe Masse (Kawasaki) 223; 3. Tim Robinson (BMW) 217
Bazzaz/Inside Motorcycles Amateur Sport Bike: 1. Philippe Masse (Kawasaki) 288; 2. Will Hornblower (Yamaha) 216; 3. Nuno Almeida (Triumph) 182
Honda CBR250R National Race Series: 1. Stacey Nesbitt 448; 2. Ryan Roche 425; 3. Tomas Casas 393
Recent Shannonville Superbike National Wins
2012 – Andrew Nelson (Kars, Ont.) BMW
2011 – Brett McCormick (Saskatoon, Sask.) BMW; Brett McCormick (Saskatoon, Sask.) BMW
2009 – Brett McCormick (Saskatoon, Sask.) Suzuki
2008 – Brett McCormick (Saskatoon, Sask.) Kawasaki
2007 – Steve Crevier (Maple Ridge, B.C.) Yamaha
Shannonville Fast Facts
…Does victory in the season opener lead to a national Superbike title? Last year marked the first time since 2004 that the winner of the first race of the season didn’t claim the number one plate, as Andrew Nelson had to settle for second in points. The last time that happened was back in 2004, when Steve Crevier won the first event (also at Shannonville) but finished fifth in the standings. Pascal Picotte won the crown.
…Does Jordan Szoke have a Shannonville jinx? Incredibly, the winningest rider in Canadian national history has only scored three of his 40 triumphs at SMP. And only one of those victories came in a year in which he would go on to claim the Canadian national title. That was in 2006. The series did not visit the venue in 2010, the year Szoke pulled off his perfect season.
Provisional Weekend Schedule
Saturday, June 8
11:55 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Honda CBR250R National Race Series Qualifying
1:00 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. – Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike Qualifying
2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. – Bazzaz/Inside Motorcycles Amateur Sport Bike Qualifying
2:30 p.m. – Honda CBR250R National Race Series Race (10 laps)
3:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. – Mopar Pro Superbike Magneti Marelli SuperPole Qualifying
3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. – Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Qualifying
4:45 p.m. – 5:05 p.m. – Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Qualifying
Sunday, June 9
11:30 a.m. – Honda CBR250R National Race Series Race (10 laps)
1:00 p.m. – Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike Race (18 laps)
Bazzaz/Inside Motorcycles Amateur Sport Bike Race (14 laps)
Harley-Davidson XR1200 Cup Race (16 laps)
3:20 p.m. – Mopar Pro Superbike Race (22 laps)
Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike Race (14 laps)
Supporters of the 2013 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship are:
Chrysler Canada, Mopar; BMW Motorrad Canada, Deeley Harley-Davidson® Canada, Pirelli, Honda Canada, Suzuki Canada, Canadian Kawasaki, Yamaha Motor Canada, MV Agusta, Aprilia, Triumph, Hindle, Magneti Marelli, Dyno Jet, Bazzaz, Design Junkies, Inside Motorcycles, MMIC, Medical Data Carrier Inc.
source: Frontline CSBK Inc., insidemotorcycles.com