Jordan Szoke added another win to his undefeated streak by taking the season-opening CSBK Pro Superbike win at Shannonville today aboard his BMW.
Szoke, who won Superpole on Saturday, proved he’s still the guy to beat by ending the race with a four-second gap over second-place finisher Kenny Riedmann (Kawasaki). Ben Young rode his Beemer to third, and Matt McBride (also on a BMW), who’d looked good in qualifying after an engine meltdown, ended up in fourth. Bodhi Edie rounded out the top five on his Yamaha R1.
Edie was involved in an incident with Michael Leon (6th on his BMW) on the last lap (a tight pass), but CSBK says no further action will be taken.
Andrew Nelson (Suzuki) ended the race in ninth; it was his first CSBK race in a long time, so we might see better results in the future. The other new Suzuki was ridden by flat track wizard Doug Lawrence. Lawrence finished second-to-last, in 15th, but it was his first Pro Superbike race. He’s another rider who could make a transformation and grab some points this season.
Tomas Casas, fresh from his trip to Yamaha’s VR46 Master Camp, won the Pro Sport Bike race. Casas has done his time in the trenches, working hard to get to the front of the pack, and with two new Yamaha R6 sportbikes this year, he’s likely ready to move his career to the next level. He finished 10th in the Pro Superbike race aboard the Yamaha, the only 600-class bike to enter that race.
Kris Garvie finished second on his Kawasaki, and Mitch Card was third on his Yamaha. Chris Brent and Louis Raffa, both reckoned to be contenders for the win, finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Jared Walker won the first Kawasaki Ninja 300 race on Saturday, with Johann Plancque in second and Xavier Paradis in third. Amy Szoke (Jordan’s wife) was fifth; Amy used to race in CSBK’s amateur series, and has also run in the Ninja 300 series in the past. Who knows? If she races the full season, maybe there will be more than one Szoke ending the year as a CSBK champ.
Notorious squid Jacob Black ended ninth in Saturday’s 300 race.
On Sunday, Paradis won the 300 race.
Samuel Desmarais won the opening Amateur Sport Bike race and also took the Amateur Superbike win, so no doubt he’s feeling quite chuffed this weekend.
2017 CSBK Pro Superbike Top 10
- Jordan Szoke, 56 points
- Kenny Riedmann, 44 points
- Ben Young, 38 points
- Matt McBride, 35 points
- Bodhi Edie, 29 points
- Michael Leon, 27 points
- Jeff Williams, 25 points
- Samuel Trepanier, 23 points
- Andrew Nelson, 21 points
- Tomas Casas, 19 points