SHUBENACADIE, N.S. – Jordan Szoke took another step toward winning his 10th national Superbike title by qualifying on pole Saturday for this weekend’s third round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park.
Riding the Waznie Racing / BMW Motorrad / Mopar Express Lane BMW S1000RR the Brantford, Ont. racer turned a lap at one minute, 7.610 seconds (136.311km/h) in Magneti Marelli SuperPole to keep his perfect 2014 qualifying record intact and earn four more points toward the Mopar Canadian Superbike title.
His closest rival in the championship, Jodi Christie qualified second with a time of 1:07.730 on the Jodi Christie Racing / Honda Canada / Accelerated Technologies Honda CBR1000RR and picked up three championship points. The Keene, Ont. rider now trails Szoke by 23 points, 116-93, with 50 points on the line in Sunday’s 22-lap race.
“The weather was nice and hot going into the session and we knew that would work well with the Dunlop tires,” said the 35-year-old Szoke, who is going after a record-tying seventh Superbike win at AMP. “In the session before the SuperPole we did some work with the electronics and found one engine map we really liked. After that it was just a matter of trying to find a clear track.”
Szoke put in his fast lap early in the 15-minute Magneti Marelli SuperPole session and then waited to see if Christie could top it.
“When I saw the lap time I thought we had it for sure,” Szoke admitted. “But my hat’s off to Jodi. He made it close. He’s going really fast and showing a lot of confidence. It should make for a great race tomorrow.”
Christie edged Szoke and Alex Welsh in last year’s Mopar Canadian Superbike round at AMP for his first national Superbike win. The 22-year-old has finished second to Szoke in the first two rounds of this year’s series.
“I was making little mistakes during SuperPole and I stayed out and kept trying to put in a fast lap when really I should have come into the pits and taken a minute to regroup,” Christie said. “It was mostly in the first half of the track, a few times in turn one and also exiting turn two. But being on the front row is important and tomorrow getting a good start will be all that matters. It’s going to be between Jordan and I.”
Trevor Daley recovered from mechanical issues on Friday to qualify third fastest in SuperPole with a time of 1:09.649 aboard the ProStar Motorsports / One Speed Honda CBR1000RR.
“We had a problem with the fuel pump and it was really hard to diagnose,” said the Mississauga, Ont. racer, who is third in the Mopar Canadian Superbike point standings heading into Sunday’s race. “Fortunately Jodi’s team had an extra pump, so thanks to them for helping us out. Considering that we only got things sorted out this morning I’m pretty happy overall and excited for tomorrow.”
Belfountain, Ont.’s Kenny Riedmann completes the front row for Sunday’s race after turning a lap at 1:10.303 on his Riedmann Racing / Castrol Triumph 675.
“The tires had a lot of laps on them and we tried some set-up changes that didn’t work,” Riedmann said. “We’ll work on some things tonight to try and improve the stability over the bumps.”
Sarnia, Ont.’s Will Hornblower was fifth fastest in qualifying with a time of 1:10.406 on the Hornblower Racing / Blue Streak Yamaha YZF-R6. He will be joined on the second row of the grid by St-Lazare, Que. racer Franklyn Dominguez, who recorded a time of 1:11.244 on the OCM Motor Sports / egopay.com Kawasaki ZX-10R, and the MotoNation / Laval Moto / CrossfitLaval.com Kawasaki ZX-10R of Longueuil, Que.’s Sebastien Tremblay, who lapped at 1:11.699.
Kristopher Garvie of Caledon, Ont. (Honda Canada / Fast Company / Platinum Painting Honda CBR1000RR) and Schomburg, Ont.’s Marco Sousa (Z1 Cycletech BMW S1000RR) will line up on the third row of the grid alongside top local riders Caleb Noiles of Upper Coverdale, N.B. (C&C Racing / Capstan Haulage / Toys For Big Boys Honda CBR600RR) and Beaver Bank, N.S.’s Ron Munroe (Freedom Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10R).
1.Jordan Szoke, Brantford, Ont., BMW S1000RR, 1:07.610 (136.311km/h)
2. Jodi Christie, Keene, Ont., Honda CBR1000RR, 1:07.730
3. Trevor Daley, Mississauga, Ont., Honda CBR1000RR, 1:09.649
4. Kenny Riedmann, Belfountain, Ont., Triumph 675, 1:10.303
5. Will Hornblower, Sarnia, Ont., Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:10.406
6. Franklyn Dominguez, St-Lazare, Que., Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:11.244
7. Sebastien Tremblay, Longueuil, Que., Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:11.699
8. Kristopher Garvie, Caledon, Ont., Honda CBR1000RR, 1:11.772
9. Marco Sousa, Schomberg, Ont., BMW S1000RR, 1:13.984
10. Caleb Noiles, Upper Cloverdale, N.B., Honda CBR600RR, No Time
11. Ron Munroe, Beaver Bank, N.S., Kawasaki ZX-10R, 1:14.584
12. Crowdis Roberts, Dartmouth, N.S., Suzuki GSX-R600, 1:14.743
13. Louie Raffa, Ste-Marthe, Que., Honda CBR600RR, No Time
–From Professional Motorsports Productions