Roadracing roundup: CSBK opening round, Jonathan Finn vs. Catalunya

Jordan Szoke, seen here leading Matt McBride, is returning to CSBK next season, and is still the man to beat.

Jordan Szoke once again proved dominant at last weekend’s CSBK opener in Shannonville, taking pole and then the win in Sunday’s Pro Superbike showdown.

Szoke, the defending champion, led the race for almost its entirety, with Matt McBride taking the lead for a few seconds before falling back. At race’s end, it was Szoke in first, Ben Young in second, and Matt McBride in third. Trevor Daley was fourth, and Samuel Trepanier was fifth. Michael Leon, who’d looked like he’d pick up a decent finish, ended up a DNF after crashing out (he’s OK), and Tomas Casas, who’s still piloting an R6 in the Superbike class, earned a respectable eighth on the slower machine.

Casas’s bike was good enough to take him to first in Pro Sport Bike, though, where he holds the championship from last year. Mitch Card was second, David MacKay was third. Will Hornblower, then Louie Raffa rounded out the top five.

The Amateur Superbike win went to Michael Van Ek, with Dave Natale in second and Luc LaBranche in third. Amateur Sport Bike saw LaBranche won the Amateur Sport Bike race, followed by Max Kathron, then Nicolas Meunier.

In the new Amateur Lightweight Sportbike event, Jake Leclair took the win in both Saturday’s race and Sunday’s race. Johann Plancque was second in Race 1, Neil Graham third. In Race 2, Alex Berthiaume was second and Ryan White was third. CMG’s Jacob Black was 11th in Race 1 and 9th in Race 2.

Check out CSBK’s site for the weekend’s full racing results.

It was a tough weekend for Jonathan Finn, with a DQ and a 16th-place finish.
Jonathan Finn takes on Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Canada’s Jonathan Finn was back in action in Spain’s Pre-Moto3 championship over the weekend, and it was a tough battle. Practice and qualifying sessions were plagued by wet conditions, but Finn actually managed to hold the P1 spot for a while in Saturday’s first qualifying session. By the time the weekend’s first race had arrived, Finn was struggling with some tire chatter issues, though, and from his 12th place starting position he ended up in a battle for ninth that prevented him from working up the track.

Eventually, Finn crossed the line in 11th place, but a post-race dyno test revealed his machine was 0.2 hp over the allowed limit. The result was disqualification.

In his second race, Finn’s team made special efforts to ensure there were no more horsepower snafus, but an off-track excursion in Turn 1 meant he ended up finishing in 16th—certainly not what he wanted, as he’d been battling for 10th before he ran wide.

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