2010 Canadian Superbike Atlantic Park Results

August 7, 2010
Courtesy of Canadian Superbike
Round 6

Jordan Szoke clinched his fifth straight Parts Canada Superbike Championship and seventh career national title in style with a victory in the penultimate round of the series at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Saturday. Starting from pole position on the Waznie Racing / BMC Ciclo Werks / DeWildt Honda Powerhouse Honda CBR1000RR Szoke led all 20 laps of the red- flag shortened race around the 2.56km (1.6-mile) AMP circuit, finishing 2.817 seconds ahead of Andrew Nelson on the Orion Motorsports / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR. Szoke completed the distance in 22 minutes, 54.474 seconds for an average speed of 134.102 km/h (83.814 mph). The win was Szoke’s sixth of the season and he can complete an unprecedented perfect year with a victory in Sunday’s season finale.

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Szoke’s closest challenger for the championship coming into the weekend, Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, Que. was involved in the crash that brought out the red flag and was classified 13th in the results. Szoke now has 324 points in the standings to the 207 of Martin.

“It’s been a dream come true this season with the success I’ve had,”
said the 31-year-old Szoke, from Brantford, Ont. “We’ve got one more race tomorrow and I want to win that one bad. The pressure’s off now and we’re going to do everything we can.”

For the first half of the race Szoke led a four-rider battle for the first place that included Martin’s radX HD / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR, Nelson and Frank Trombino on the ProStar Motorsports / Sturgess Cycle Honda CBR1000RR. By lap 11, however, the championship leader was able to open a margin and despite a charge from Trombino stayed in front for his record- extending 35th career national Superbike win.

“I had a good start and I wanted to try to win,” explained Szoke, who turned the race’s fastest lap of 1:08.176 on lap five. “But I didn’t want to fall and lose the championship. I slowed down mid race and Frank was able to catch up, and I had to pick it up again.”

After running as far back as fourth Nelson took over second spot on lap 18 to claim his best career national Superbike finish.

“I had the worst start I think I’ve ever had,” admitted the 25-year-old Nelson, who closed to within five points of Martin for second in the Parts Canada Superbike standings heading into Sunday’s season finale. “I should have tried to pass Francis a few laps earlier. I had a few opportunities in turn three.”

Trombino was running third on lap 21 but struggling with a throttle issue that forced him to slow suddenly on the back straight, and he was hit by Martin. The resulting accident caused the race to be red flagged two laps before the scheduled completion. Both riders were transported to hospital in Halifax with leg injuries. The incident moved Martin’s team-mate Michael Ferreira up to third place in the final results on his radX HD / BMW Motorrad Canada S1000RR.

“It’s unfortunate the way I got here but that’s part of racing,” said the Mississauga, Ont. rider after his first career Superbike podium result. “It was a long race, very physical. We had a bit of a tire issue in the later part of the race so I really put my head down the last couple of laps.”

Ferreira was almost caught in the closing laps by Alex Welsh on the Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team Kawasaki ZX-6R and Jodi Christie’s Jodi Christie Racing / Durham Honda Powerhouse Honda CBR600RR. After running second off the start Uxbridge, Ont.’s Welsh finished fourth while Christie, from Keene, Ont. took fifth.

Top rookie Cody Matechuk of Cochrane, Alta. completed the top six finishers on his Acceleration Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.

In other action at AMP, Szoke also wrapped up the Pro Sport Bike title, although he lost his shot at a perfect season when he crashed while trying to take the lead on the final lap. Instead victory went to Welsh, who led all 18 laps on his Kawasaki ZX- 6R. Jean-Francois Cyr of Ste-Adele, Que. took second on the CyRacing Suzuki GSX-R600, 16.296 secs. behind, with Matechuk third on his Suzuki GSX-R600.

Szoke restarted to cross the line fourth and clinch the title with 302 points to the 233 of Christie, who crashed earlier in the race and finished 11th on his Honda CBR600RR. Brantford, Ont.’s Rob Busby secured the K&N Filters’ Sport Twins title on Saturday with his fifth win of the season on his Buell XB12R. Busby crossed the line 2.938 secs. ahead of the Suzuki SV650 of Mississauga, Ont.’s Brent Strong while his closest title challenger, Olivier Spilborghs of White Rock, B.C., settled for third on a Buell XB9R.

After clinching the Amateur Sport Bike title on Friday Raphael Archambault saw his bid for a perfect season end with a crash in Saturday’s race. Instead victory went to Jeremie Hade Precourt of Granby, Que. on the JHP Racing / Picotte Performance Suzuki GSX-R600.

Charlie Legere of Kinsac, N.S. took second on the Walter Chappell Well Drilling Honda CBR600RR and Hamilton, Ont.’s Steven Nickerson placed third riding the STN Racing / DeWildt Honda Powerhouse Honda CBR600RR.

Will Hornblower of Sarnia, Ont. claimed his first victory in the Honda CBR125R Challenge, finishing 3.590 secs. ahead of Calgary’s Cody Conrad in Saturday’s race. Austin Shaw-O’Leary completed the podium after a dramatic run through the grass when he lost control of his bike exiting the final corner. Laval, Que.’s Loic Viscasillas finished fifth to stay in the hunt for the series title heading into Sunday’s last round. He is 38 points behind Ryan Appenrodt of Quesnel, B.C., who placed 14th on Saturday after a crash.

This weekend’s action at Atlantic Motorsport Park concludes with another set of feature races in all five national classes on Sunday.
Canadian Superbike Atlantic Motorsport Park Round 6 Results:
1. Jordan Szoke (Honda)
2. Andrew Nelson (BMW)
3. Michael Ferreira (BMW)
4. Alex Welsh (Kawasaki)
5. Jodi Christie (Honda)
6. Cody Matechuk (Suzuki)
7. Jean-Francois Cyr (Suzuki)
8. Kenny Riedmann (Triumph)
9. Franklyn Dominguez (Kawasaki)
10. Andrew Dunlap (Kawasaki)
11. Todd Scott (Honda)
12. Frank Trombino (Honda)
13. Francis Martin (BMW)
14. David Young (Suzuki)
15. Ron Munroe (Kawasaki)
2010 Canadian Superbike Championship Points:
1. Jordan Szoke, 324
2. Francis Martin, 207
3. Andrew Nelson, 202
4. Jodi Christie, 165
5. Cody Matechuk, 157
6. Mike Ferreira, 149
7. Alex Welsh, 138
8. Franklyn Dominguez, 91
9. Frank Trombino, 86
10. Kevin Lacombe, 82

Round 7

Jordan Szoke made Canadian motorcycle racing history at Atlantic Motorsport Park on Sunday as he won the final round of the Parts Canada Superbike Championship. The victory gave the Brantford, Ont. rider a perfect season of seven race wins from seven starts. No other rider has ever accomplished the feat in the 30-year history of the national Superbike championship. Szoke rode his Waznie Racing / BMC Ciclo Werks / DeWildt Honda Powerhouse Honda CBR1000RR to a 9.116-second victory over the Orion Motorsports / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR of Kars, Ont.’s Andrew Nelson. Michael Ferreira of Mississauga, Ont. completed the podium on the radX HD / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR.

Szoke completed the 22 laps around the 2.54km (1.6-mile) circuit in
25 minutes, 7.925 seconds for an average speed of 134.458 km/h (84.036 mph). On Saturday Szoke clinched his record seventh Canadian Superbike title and his fifth Parts Canada Superbike crown in a row.

“At the start of the year I thought we’d be able to put together a good challenge for the championship, but to do this is unbelievable,” said Szoke after his 36th career Canadian Superbike win. “When you think back on the whole year, it’s so easy to make just one mistake that could cost you a race. To do what I did is still shocking to me.”

As he did on Saturday, Szoke led every lap from pole position, shaking off early pressure from Nelson.

“I got a bit of a gap early and then I slowed it down a little,” Szoke said. “I tried to get enough of a lead that if something did happen I’d be able to bring it home. But Andrew was on me the whole race. These guys have kept me honest all season.”

Nelson latched onto Szoke off the start but a mistake on lap five cost him time and he was never able to get close enough to challenge Szoke for the lead. His second consecutive runner-up finish was enough to move up to second in the final Parts Canada Superbike Championship standings with 244 points, his best ever year-end ranking. Szoke completed the season with 376 points.

“I finally got a pretty good start,” said the 25-year-old Nelson. “But I got into turn three a little hotter than I wanted to and lost some ground. I put in a few hard laps to try and catch back up but I think I overworked myself and my bike. But I can’t complain about my weekend. Everybody’s been finishing second to Jordan this season.”

Ferreira came out on top of a wild three-rider battle to claim the final spot on the podium. For most of the race he was able to hold off the Jodi Christie Racing / Durham Honda Powerhouse Honda CBR600RR of Jodi Christie and Alex Welsh on the Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team Kawasaki ZX-6R. But on lap 18 Welsh got around Christie and he and Ferreira traded third spot over the closing laps. Exiting the last turn on the final lap, Ferreira got under the Uxbridge, Ont. rider and won a drag race to the finish line, while Keene, Ont.’s Christie also managed to squeeze ahead of Welsh for fourth spot.The three were covered by just 0.277 secs. at the line.

“It was a good battle all along,” said Ferreira, who ended the season fifth in the Superbike standings. “When Alex got by me I knew I’d have to do it in the final corner, and I was worried he’d block it. When we got here on Thursday this was the last thing on my mind. I’ve never ridden a Superbike here before and I thought I’d be lucky to get into the top five.”

Francis Martin of Sherbrooke, Que. took sixth on his radX HD / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR, despite riding with a sprained left ankle sustained in a crash in Saturday’s Superbike race. The two-time national champion placed third in the final standings, 10 points behind Nelson with 234. Christie finished fourth in the rankings with 197 points.

Kleinburg, Ont.’s Frank Trombino was left on the sidelines on Sunday. The ProStar Motorsports / Sturgess Cycle Honda rider suffered broken bones in his left hand and right foot following crashes on Saturday.

In other action at AMP, Szoke also won the Pro Sport Bike season finale on his Honda CBR600RR, finishing 4.396 secs. ahead of the Kawasaki ZX- 6R of Welsh. Christie completed the podium on another Honda. Szoke had already clinched the title on Saturday and finished the season with six wins from seven events.

Amateur Sport Bike champion Raphael Archambault dominated the final round of the season on his Archambault Racing / Centre Hamel Honda CBR600RR. The St-Colomban, Que. racer finished 13.427 secs. clear of the Walter Chappell Well Drilling Honda CBR600RR ridden by Kinsac, N.S.’s Charlie Legere. Bobby Baldwin of Frankville, N.S. completed the podium aboard the Babins Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.

Quesnel, B.C.’s Ryan Appenrodt wrapped up the Honda CBR125R Challenge at AMP with a sixth place finish in Sunday’s race. The result left him with 398 points to the 357 of runner-up Loic Viscasillas from Laval, Que., who took seventh in Sunday’s race.

Will Hornblower of Sarnia, Ont. took his second straight victory with Calgary riders Cody Conrad and Ian McWhirter second and third, respectively.

Newly-crowned K&N Filters’ Sport Twins champion Rob Busby of Brantford, Ont. won the final round on his Buell XB12R. Mississauga, Ont.’s Brent Strong placed second and Blackstock, Ont. racer Stuart Pilkington was third, both on Suzuki SV650s.

Cochrane, Alta.’s Cody Matechuk, of the Acceleration Racing Suzuki team secured the HJC Pro Rookie of the Year award and Waznie Racing / BMC Ciclo Werks / DeWildt Honda Powerhouse took the Inside Motorcycles Team of the Year award.

This weekend’s action from Atlantic Motorsport Park will air in three one-hour episodes on TSN HD and TSN. The first will premier on Sept. 21, the second will air on Sept. 28 and the third will be shown on Oct. 5. All episodes are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. Eastern. Please check local listings to confirm dates and times or visit the series website at www.cdnsuperbike.com.

Canadian Superbike Atlantic Motorsport Park Round 7 Results:
1. Jordan Szoke (Honda)
2. Andrew Nelson (BMW)
3. Michael Ferreira (BMW)
4. Jodi Christie (Honda)
5. Alex Welsh (Kawasaki)
6. Francis Martin (BMW)
7. Cody Matechuk (Suzuki)
8. Andrew Dunlap (Kawasaki)
9. Franklyn Dominguez (Kawasaki)
10. Kenny Riedmann (Triumph)
11. Todd Scott (Honda)
12. Ron Munroe (Kawasaki)
13. David Young (Suzuki)
2010 Canadian Superbike Championship Points:
1. Jordan Szoke, 376
2. Andrew Nelson, 244
3. Francis Martin, 234
4. Jodi Christie, 197
5. Mike Ferreira, 186
6. Cody Matechuk, 182
7. Alex Welsh, 167
8. Franklyn Dominguez, 112
9. Frank Trombino, 86
10. Kevin Lacombe, 82

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