Round 2 Report: Jordan and Amy Szoke

That Was a Close One!

The Battle by the Beach was just that this past weekend at Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship's Round #2 at Grand Bend Motorplex.

The Mopar Pro Superbike feature morphed into a battle Royale with heavy hits and back and forth blows fighting for every 10th of a second and each millimetre of racetrack.

12 time defending Superbike champion Jordan Szoke was inched out for the Dalton Timmis SuperPole spot by fellow BMW Motorrad mounted competitor Ben Young.

“We’re riding our new bike out there. It was challenging conditions today because the track was warm in places and cool in others. It was difficult to throw one fast lap in there.” said Szoke. “The new bike isn’t there yet but we’re really really close with it.”

Starting from second spot in Sunday's feature race. Szoke snatched an early lead with the hole shot and remained out front for most of the race, collecting points for most laps lead. Young passed Szoke for the lead late in the race and appeared to be on his way to his first victory when lapped traffic came into play. Szoke’s experience placed him in perfect passing position and propelled him to his second victory of the season.

“I knew this was a strong track for Ben. When I was out front I wanted to control the pace and catch most laps lead. We’ve got a championship to win here and that’s always the end goal. In the last corner I was able to put myself in a good position and get by for the win.”

Szoke rolls into the third round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship with a 12 points lead. Autodrome St Eustache will be hosting the championship during the Canada Day long weekend just outside of Montreal Quebec.

“Now make sure you keep the stands full and wait to watch my wife in her Amateur Superbike race.” says Szoke to the fans from the podium.

Amy Szoke started her BMW S1000RR off the line clean and entered into the back straight in 5th position. After a lengthy race battle with two other riders Amy brought herself and her motorcycle home in 6th.

“It was a bit of a rough weekend for me mentally. I felt very shy on track time and was scrambling for comfort even up until I gridded. Although I am really fortunate to have this motorcycle under me and our crew helping me every step of the way. It’s not my best personal performance but I suppose you have to appreciate the races for what they are and how they teach you. Thanks everyone for screaming for me, giving me a squeeze when I needed it and a swift kick in the butt when I needed that too.”

The Battle by the Beach second race of the premier Mopar Pro Superbike class will be televised on TSN. Keep your eyes peeled (or keep up to date on social media) for listings.

Catch the Szoke’s in Mopar Canadian Superbike action when they meet up with their rivals in “La Belle Province” St Eustache Quebec Canada.

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