In 2010, Jordan Szoke set a record by taking every win in the Parts Canada Superbike series. This season, it looks like that record will be matched.
Saskatoon teen Brett McCormick, 19, edged a step closer to his first Canadian Superbike Championship national title by taking his fifth win of the season, with only two races left, at Atlantic Motorsport Park north of Halifax on Sunday August 7.
McCormick led all 22 laps around the 2.56 km AMP circuit on his radX / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR Five-time defending series champion Jordan Szoke of Brantford, Ont. placed second aboard the Competition Systems Kawasaki Race Team Kawasaki ZX-10R, 5.829 seconds. behind McCormick, and Jodi Christie of Keene, Ont. completed the podium riding the Jodi Christie Racing / Cameron Cycle / Blue Streak Racing Honda CBR600RR.
That’s a perfect five wins in five races for McCormick and the BMW team, giving him a 55-point lead over Szoke heading into the season ending doubleheader at Mosport International Raceway August 20-21.
“I had a tough weekend overall,” said McCormick, who bounced back from a fall in Saturday qualifying to ride his back-up bike to the win. “But [it seems] that I can have an off weekend and still wind up on top. But Jordan didn’t make it easy for me today.”
McCormick stormed into the lead from second on the grid off the start and was able to open a slight gap to Szoke after five laps. His only tense moment came on the final lap, when he and the Wolf BMW S1000RR of Rob Busby made slight contact while Busby was being lapped on the backstraight. “I got a bit of luck back there on the last lap,” McCormick admitted.
Szoke, who took the Kawasaki S4-R Competition Lubricants award for pole position, grabbed second before the end of the opening lap, but was unable to challenge McCormick for the win. “It’s a disappointing day, we seem to keep getting second place,” said Szoke after his fourth straight runner-up finish of the year. “I thought we had him this weekend. … we just need to find a bit more.”
Christie, another teenage wonder, came out on top of a wild battle for third with Suzuki riders Alex Welsh and Frank Trombino. The Honda rider got around Trombino entering the Carousel near the end of lap 10 and then took third from Welsh at the same spot four laps later to get his first Pro Superbike podium finish.
“It was a pretty wild race; I certainly wasn’t expecting to get on the box,” said Christie. “I spent a lot of time waiting but I knew I needed to get by Alex and put in some strong laps.”
Michael Ferreira of Mississauga, Ont. placed sixth on his radX / BMW Motorrad Canada BMW S1000RR and moved into a tie for third in the standings with Andrew Nelson of Kars, Ont., who could only manage 13th despite his front-row qualifying after a first lap incident on his Nelson Racing/GymMax/Monette Sports BMW.
In the Pirelli Pro Sport Bike Championship standings, Christie extended his lead by scoring his second win of the year on Sunday. The Honda rider passed Alex Welsh in turn two on lap nine of the 18-lap race and went on to score a 4.027-sec. victory over the Suzuki GSX-R600 rider. Rookie Pro Bodhi Edie of Warman, Sask. finished third on the Edie Racing / Acceleration Racing / Honda Canada Honda CBR600RR.
Stacey Nesbitt of St-Lazare, Que. won her second straight race in the Honda CBR125R Challenge, a double-header event at the Nova Scotia track, and took over the class points lead after Falmouth, N.S. racer Austin Shaw-O’Leary was penalized for a jump start and relegated to third in the results. Nesbitt, at 14, is the first female to lead a National series since Kathleen Coburn back in 1986.