For now, Jordan Szoke is leading a pack of riders from around the world in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy standings.
When he wrapped up another undefeated season at the CSBK double-header at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Szoke also pulled into a commanding lead in BMW’s in-house competition.
Every year, BMW runs this competition for roadracing privateers who use their equipment in the world’s many pro roadracing series. It pro-rates the points from each race (the six-race CSBK season means a win there is worth more than a victory in a Euro series with more races), and ranks all the privateers on that basis. In late fall, when most of the world’s superbike racing seasons are done, the winner by BMW’s formula is crowned at an event in Germany.
Right now, Jordan Szoke (410 points) is sitting on a 47.55-point lead over second-place Vincent Lonbois (362.45 points)– a pretty safe margin, you’d think. But, Szoke’s season is over and Lonbois still has an IRRC race left next month in Frohburg, Germany, which might let him gain ground (assuming that race win is worth enough to take the lead).
Third-place Michael Dunlop (332.30 points) is also theoretically a threat, with the Macau GP ahead (again, depending how many points BMW allots for that event).
Last year, Szoke finished second in the BMW competition, losing the trophy by only a narrow margin. The Brazilian racer who won had the advantage of a longer season allowing him to rack up more points; Szoke had tried to gain a few extra points in AMA competition, but didn’t get the results he wanted.