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Description: The official 2017 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship program includes all the info you need to know about Canada's national road racing series, the different classes and the major players on the tour.

INTRODUCTION TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 10 14 16 mOpAr prO SupErBikE CLASS prEviEw Liqui mOLy prO SpOrT BikE CLASS prEviEw kAwASAki NiNjA 300 SEriES prEviEw 20 yEArS AGO LOOkiNG BACk AT jOrDAN SZOkE S FirST SupErBikE rACE TrACk By TrACk SChEDuLE SpONSOrS ON THE COVER Defending champion Jordan Szoke (1) has a target on his back as he tries to win a 12th Canadian Superbike Championship in 2017. photo by brian couture 20 22 CELEBRATE CANADA... SUPERBIKE STYLE ll over the country this summer people are celebrating Canada s 150th anniversary and honouring everything that makes us proud to say i Am CANADiAN This includes everything from our cultural diversity to the beauty of our natural resources the vibrancy of our major cities to the tranquility of our vast rural landscapes. This year thousands of Canadian motorcyclists will take advantage of the free entry into Canadian national parks and heritage sites and for the competition enthusiast the summer is full of two-wheeled action. The mopar Canadian Superbike Championship proudly stands as Canada s national motorcycle road racing series. Over the decades CSBk has been home to some of Canadian motorcycling s biggest icons including legends Lang hindle George morin Steve Crevier and pascal picotte. in 2017 spectators at any of the seven stops on the mopar CSBk series will have the opportunity to see a Canadian legend that is still at the top of his game 11-time pro Superbike champion jordan Szoke. Szoke is plainly and simply the winningest Canadian motorcycle road racer in the history of the sport. while he may not have achieved the international recognition of mike (michelle) Duff in the 1960s yvon Duhamel in A the 1970s or yvon s son miguel in the 1990s and 2000s Szoke is the most familiar active motorcycle road racer in all of Canada. The Bmw rider will have his hands full this year while vying for an unfathomable 12th Superbike crown with a hungry crop of young riders anxious to dethrone him. Find out who is champing at the bit to get a taste of victory this year in our pro Superbike preview starting on the next page. much like Canada itself the mopar Canadian Superbike Championship offers up plenty of diversity. Alongside Superbike the Liqui moly pro Sport Bike class showcases the best racers in the country on 600-class machinery. The magneti marelli Amateur Superbike and Shoei helmets Amateur Sport Bike divisions showcase the stars of the future while the kawasaki Ninja 300 race Series provides non-professional riders with a stepping stone to the big leagues. here s to Canada s 150th Enjoy this complimentary program and don t forget to catch post-race video of the races on TSN and at See you at the track Graeme jones Editor inside motorcycles Published by inside motorcycles inside track communications inc. 95 Trinity St. Suite 101 Toronto ON M5A 3C7 telephone 416-962-7223 Fax 416-962-7208 e-mail editor President John Hopkins john vice President Greg MacPherson greg treasurer David Weber david secretary Rob Morton rob Program Produced by copyright All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without prior written permission of Inside Track Communications Inc. is prohibited. editor Graeme Jones graeme advertising sales David Weber david Rob Morton rob Derek Rockel derek Production Graeme Jones Grace Kang writers Jeremy Fleming Graeme Jones PhotograPhers Graeme Jones Rob O Brien Adam Roberts Tim McGill MOPAR CANADIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP 3 4 CSBK.CA is well established Who can stop Jordan Szoke SUPERBIKE SHOWDOWN The big question surrounding the 2017 Mopar CSBK tour he man who has long controlled the feature Superbike class and has progressively rewritten the Canadian record book is jordan Szoke. The Canadian motorsports hall of Fame member has been unstoppable recently after winning the season-opening round at Shannonville motorsport park in may Szoke had won 15 consecutive pro Superbike races and had not been beaten on track since july of 2014. The best bet to interrupt Szoke s domination looks like third-year Superbike pilot kenny riedmann. The former king of the middleweight Liqui moly pro Sport Bike class a title he took from honda s jodi Christie will now concentrate solely of the feature Superbike division. riedmann now in his fourth year on the CSBk tour will race a brand-new 2017 kawasaki ZX-10rr. with bikes built by Scott Cameron and his ex-racer father roland riedmann moves to the new limited-edition Ninja with renewed focus and has done more preseason testing than the opposition. Last year 25-year-old riedmann led frequently as did young-gun rookie Ben young soon to turn 24. riedmann almost won the second race of the double header at Atlantic motorsport park last year changing up his style in an attempt to exploit a tire advantage over Szoke. That kind of thinking could be essential to derail the Szoke train. young was a revelation last season showing considerable pace right from the start at the Shannonville opener with his Scot-Build Developments Bmw S1000rr. with lots of experience on a wide variety of bikes at a multitude of venues the always-smooth young settled in on the Superbike with impressive ease. he made few mistakes in 2016 and until the final races at Canadian Tire motorsport park had barely made a false step. At mosport he had an engine failure and then a huge crash but bounced back strong in Sunday s final race. This year the only track new to young is Grand Bend also unknown to most of the regulars. The 2016 Brooklin Cycle racing rookie of the year will be looking to make the top step of the podium against regular rivals Szoke and riedmann. veteran racer michael Leon had a strong season in 2016 although he didn t get as close to winning as in 2015 when he came oh-so-close in the rain at Autodrome St-Eustache. Leon has picked up the pace as the CSBk series has grown and is a strong example of a racer who is getting the most from his setup day in and day out. T MOPAR CANADIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP 5 Defending Pro Sport Bike champion Kenny Riedmann is focusing solely on the Pro Superbike class in 2017 and is a major title contender with his new 2017 Kawasaki ZX-10RR. With backing from Royal Distributing Leon will have a spare BMW Superraces in 2016 Lawrence has support from Parts Canada and Pro 6 Cycle bike for the first time in 2017 and is looking to up his game in terms of and is eager to work his way to the front and is certainly attracting lots of chassis developments. The reigning No. 1 plateholder in the Ontario RACE attention with his pace and attitude. SuperSeries at Shannonville Leon is a dark horse--especially in the wet. In the last few seasons Sebastien Tremblay has shown well on BMW and Bodhi Edie of Saskatchewan has beaten Szoke at CTMP but missed the more recently Kawasaki equipment earning podiums with backing from tour for a couple of years due to lack of finances. A shoestring Yamaha pro- Laval Moto and MotoNation. Running on a shoestring budget The Shaker gram wasn t a great success in 2016 but Edie showed promise at Shan- earned sixth in points last year. Tremblay makes few mistakes and is also nonville and CTMP. a successful racing school teacher in Quebec and Ontario. For 2017 the still-young-at-21 Edie is back with Z1 Tuning and Yamaha s For the past couple of seasons former CSBK ace Jeff Williams has made potent R1 and has enough backing and support to make a chalBen Young BMW lenge as his win at the RACE regional opener in May indicated. With a little luck the Parts Canada-supported Edie could interrupt the Szoke-Riedmann-Young podium parade. Suzuki makes its official return to the Canadian Superbike national tour with the potent all-new GSX-R1000 for 2017 a bike showing very well against the all-conquering Yamahas down south in the MotoAmerica series. With the more restrictive Canadian rules--and the late arrival of bikes in Canada--Andrew Nelson and rookie Pro contender Doug Lawrence may take a while to get up to speed. Nelson a former Honda prot g who has been retired for the past few years won the Shannonville opener in 2012 on a BMW and rode his sorta-completed new Suzuki with speed at the RACE regional opener at SMP in May. Kimpex-supported Nelson is capable of scoring an upset especially if it rains and that s probably true of Lawrence too. Former Flat Track Canada champion Fresh Lawrence is no stranger to very close competition and has shown well during his four road racing weekends so far in his career. A Pro in 2017 by virtue of winning three Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike 6 CSBK.CA occasional national starts and then got serious aboard an Accelerated Technologies honda CBr1000rr at CTmp last August. A front runner for honda in the 90s and 2000s and a feature race winner in Calgary for kawasaki in 1999 williams is back with a vengeance in 2017. The kingston ON resident has built a new Bmw S1000rr and should have a seriously competitive bike for his return to premier-class completion. he and Szoke have certainly spent lots of time together on track in the past. 2015 magneti marelli Amateur Superbike champ Derrick whyte made a strong pro debut for Lucas Oils Snow City Cycle last year on a kawasaki ZX-10r and would have finished even higher than his eventual eighth overall if not for a big crash at CTmp. whyte now 32 has updated his kawasaki arsenal for 2017 and testing indicates he will step closer to the front of the feature race pack in 2017. whyte s former Amateur-class rival Samuel Trepanier had similar pace when he stepped up to pro with his Elle Skin Care Bmw S1000rr last season and wound up just in front of whyte with an Bodhi Edie Yamaha attention-grabbing seventh overall in the mopar CSBk points standings. 29-year-old Trepanier has struggled to convert good results in the Dalton Timmis insurance pole sessions into good starts for the races so a revised starting-line plan should enhance his career-building efforts. matt mcBride hasn t run the full CSBk tour in several years but when he shows up in Ontario he runs at the front. The former works Suzuki and kawasaki pilot has competed aboard a riders Choice Bmw in the past few years and almost won the Shannonville opener in 2016. Now 32 mcBride is a major threat in the wet and is certainly overdue to earn his first national triumph. montreal-based Franklyn Dominguez has run near the front on various equipment in recent years and last season netted ninth overall aboard a new kawasaki Ninja ZX-10r. his sole podium result in pro Superbike was achieved at his home venue of Autodrome St-Eustache the tight and technical track that serves as the quebec stop on the national tour. A race-within-a-race that fans will follow closely this year is the chase for Brooklin Cycle pro rookie of the year based on results in the feature pro Superbike class. The obvious choice for the award should be 2016 magneti marelli Amateur Superbike national champ jean-marc Bilger. having switched from Bmw to an ex-riedmann kawasaki Bilger should have the equipment to Michael Leon BMW make a strong impression. Amateur ace Tim Toldness took a year off from competition but is rejoining the tour for his pro debut season with an inglis CyclerECENT CANADiAN SupErBikE ChAmpiONS supported kawasaki Ninja ZX-10r. Toldness is expected to feature at Grand 2016 jordan Szoke Lynden ON Bmw S1000rr Bend motorplex the London-based racer s home venue. 2015 jordan Szoke Lynden ON Bmw S1000rr Some venues on the CSBk tour are tight enough to allow 600 cc class 2014 jodi Christie keene ON honda CBr1000rr racers to show well against the big bikes and it is worth mentioning the 2013 jordan Szoke Brantford ON Bmw S1000rr stars of the 2016 Shoei premium helmets Amateur Superbike series as they 2012 jordan Szoke Brantford ON Bmw S1000rr step up to the pro division. The honda pair of Chris Brent and jacob Shaw2011 Brett mcCormick Saskatoon Sk Bmw S1000rr O Leary battled for the Am Sport Bike title (Brent took the crown) and then 2010 jordan Szoke Brantford ON honda CBr1000rr switched positions to go second and third in Am Superbike. This year both 2009 jordan Szoke Brantford ON kawasaki ZX-10r will return with CBr600rr equipment Brent already warming up at Shan2008 jordan Szoke Brantford ON kawasaki ZX-10r nonville while Shaw-O Leary is active at his home track of Atlantic motor2007 jordan Szoke Brantford ON kawasaki ZX-10r sport park in Nova Scotia. Both should show very well as rookies in Liqui 2006 jordan Szoke Brantford ON kawasaki ZX-10r moly pro Sport Bike. 2005 Francis martin Sherbrooke qC Suzuki GSX-r1000 Other riders expected to feature in middleweight action include double 2004 pascal picotte St-Cecile de milton qC yamaha yZF-r1 CTmp victor mitch Card likely to concentrate on his yamaha r6 but with a 2003 pascal picotte St-Cecile de milton qC yamaha yZF-r1 strong 1 000 cc r1 at his disposal. Card could also do some damage on his 2002 jordan Szoke Brantford ON Suzuki GSX-r1000 smaller yamaha in round 2 at his home track of Grand Bend. 2001 Steve Crevier maple ridge BC honda rC51 Speaking of home track advantages Shaw-O Leary should be in fine form 2000 Steve Crevier maple ridge BC honda rC51 when the CSBk tour hits the halfway mark at his home venue in the mar1999 Francis martin Sherbrooke qC kawasaki ZX-7rr itimes at an event backed by jacob s personal sponsor pro Cycle of halifax. 1998 jordan Szoke Brantford ON kawasaki ZX-7rr So who s missing One Speed s Trevor Daley is taking the year off after 1997 Don munroe halifax NS kawasaki ZX-7rr recent quick-but-troubled seasons with honda Suzuki and last year s 1996 michael Taylor Toronto ON kawasaki ZX-7rr yamaha equipment. 2011 CSBk champ and 2012 world Superbike con1995 Don munroe halifax NS kawasaki ZX-7r tender Brett mcCormick is almost finished with engineering studies at the 1994 michael Taylor Toronto ON kawasaki ZX-7r university of Saskatchewan and the sometimes-motocrosser and ranked 1993 Steve Crevier port Coquitlam BC kawasaki ZX-7r hockey player is looking to return to national road race duty. Both will add 1992 Steve Crevier port Coquitlam BC kawasaki ZX-7r to the show when they return. 8 CSBK.CA liqui moly pro sport bike class preview MIDDLEWEIGHT Bike champion in 2017. Who will start the next streak MADNESS The path is paved for a new Pro Sport n the last 11 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship seasons the opener at Shannonville Motorsport Park in May where the 2015 Brooklin Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike title has been won by one of three ace rac- Cycle Rookie of the Year marched to an unusually dominant 9.03-second ers Jordan Szoke Jodi Christie or Kenny Riedmann. Riedmann the victory. defending class champion won the last three crowns on Triumph and Casas one of the most ambitious young stars on the tour got the expethen Kawasaki machinery Christie had his own three-peat from 2011rience of a lifetime prior to the season when the Yamaha rider was invited 2013 on Honda CBR600RR equipment and before that Szoke won a record five straight Pro Sport Bike titles--four for the factory Kawasaki team and his last in 2010 for his own Honda squad. With Riedmann opting out of the middleweight production class in 2017 to focus on his Pro Superbike effort a new champion this season is guaranteed. What that means is the Pro Sport Bike class just may be the most competitive of the series this year and therefore the most exciting for Canadian road racing followers. That excitement is compounded by a rule change that sees Pro Sport Bike competitors on slick tires in 2017 for the first time in the history of the class. Series spec tire supplier Dunlop is offering two front and three rear slick options to PSB racers this year as opposed to the previously mandated DOT rubber. The Pro Sport Bike class is designed for 600-class fourcylinder bikes like the Honda CBR600RR Yamaha YZF-R6 and Kawasaki ZX-6R and slightly larger triples like the Triumph Daytona 675. Peterborough ON teenager Tomas Casas would certainly have been considered the favourite going into 2017 although that pick wasn t necessarily clear cut. The 17-year- 2015 Brooklin Cycle Pro Rookie of the Year Tomas Casas is a favourite amongst fans and fellow racers old had never won a Pro National race until this year s season and is a clear title contender in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike division on his Yamaha YZF-R6. 10 CSBK.CA I lIqUI mOly pRO spORT bIke Class pRevIew to attend valentino rossi s vr46 master Camp in italy. The intense week of training and development contributed to Casas success at round 1 and should serve him well as the 2014 Shoei helmets Amateur Sport Bike champion continues his rise in the pro ranks. Fellow yamaha racer mitch Card has shown plenty of promise in his young career the ripley ON racer having won both the Amateur Superbike and Sport Bike championship in 2013. The son of former national racer Bill Card mitch served notice last August when he returned to the series after a brief hiatus and won both of the pro Sport Bike races during the doubleheader weekend at Canadian Tire motorsport park. more recently Card finished third after a challenging opener at Shannonville and will be a contender at every round in 2017. By virtue of winning the Amateur Sport Bike championship Kristopher Garvie Kawasaki in 2016 Ottawa s Chris Brent graduated to pro status for 2017. The honda CBr600rr rider was a model of consistency last season qualifying in the top two and finishing on the podium in every round of Am Sport Bike while putting in a valiant thirdplace effort in Am Superbike at the same time. Brent impressed everyone at the Shannonville opener qualifying second in pro Sport Bike and finish- ing just shy of the podium in fourth. Flying the flag for the quebec contingent at the front of the middleweight production class is St-marthe s Louie raffa. After earning his breakthrough first pro victory at St-Eustache in 2015 raffa broke his collarbone in a vrrA crash early last season and missed the double-points round at Atlantic motorsport park but still finished the season fifth overall Louie Raffa Honda Mitch Card (12) Yamaha and Chris Brent (68) Honda rECENT CANADiAN prO SpOrT BikE ChAmpiONS 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 Kenny Riedmann Kenny Riedmann Kenny Riedmann Jodi Christie Jodi Christie Jodi Christie Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Jordan Szoke Steve Crevier Belfountain ON Belfountain ON Belfountain ON Keene ON Keene ON Keene ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Lynden ON Maple Ridge BC Kawasaki ZX-6R Triumph Daytona 675R Triumph Daytona 675R Honda CBR600RR Honda CBR600RR Honda CBR600RR Honda CBR600RR Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6RR Honda CBR600RR 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 Pascal Picotte Pascal Picotte Clint McBain Steve Crevier Owen Weichel Linnley Clarke Don Munroe Don Munroe Don Munroe Don Munroe Don Munroe Steve Crevier Linnley Clarke St-Cecile de Milton QC St-Cecile de Milton QC Calgary AB Maple Ridge BC Toronto ON Barrie ON Halifax NS Halifax NS Halifax NS Halifax NS Halifax NS Port Coquitlam BC Barrie ON Yamaha YZF-R6 Yamaha YZF-R6 Suzuki GSX-R600 Honda CBR600F4i Kawasaki ZX-6R Yamaha YZF-R6 Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6R Kawasaki ZX-6 Kawasaki ZX-6 Yamaha FZR600 12 CSBK.CA on his honda CBr600rr. After more than a year away from the national series Caledon ON s kristopher Garvie showed up at the 2017 opener at Shannonville and immediately showed the fastest pace of the class on his ex-factory kawasaki ZX-6r. The 2011 Amateur Sport Bike champion and 2013 pro rookie of the year qualified on the pole at Smp but couldn t fend off Casas on raceday leading early but eventually finishing second. The affable veteran is a paddock favourite and a welcome re-addition to the series in 2017. jacob Shaw-O Leary a maritime racer from Falmouth NS is another Amateur sensation that has moved up to the pro ranks in 2017. Shaw-O Leary won four races in Amateur Sport Bike last year but an early-season crash put him at a point disadvantage that he couldn t make up and he eventually finished second overall to Brent. Like his older brother Austin jacob has a quick pace and remains a threat at every round. Caribbean champion Elliot vieira from Georgetown Guyana is campaigning the CSBk series in pro Sport Bike this season. Showing strides at the 2017 opener vieira s well-travelled kawasaki suffered a DNF that put him at a disadvantage going into the heart of the season. Alex Coelho (Brossard qC) finished last season as runner-up to riedmann on his Black Sheep racing kawasaki ZX-6r. he struggled at the Shannonville opener qualifying ninth and finishing 10th on a borrowed yamaha so it remains to be seen whether the 2015 Amateur Sport Bike champion has enough to hang with the big guns over the course of the season. Always a favourite with fans 20-year-old Stacey Nesbitt is currently the only regular female pro rider on the CSBk national tour. major success as a teenager saw her win the 125 and 250 cc honda CBr spec-class championships in 2011 and 2012 respectively but the St-Lazare qC rider has struggled to fight up front since stepping into the pro ranks. A stint in the European junior Cup series in 2016 gave Nesbitt the opportunity to compete with some of the fastest young riders in the world and Canadian fans are anxious to see the Statoni racing motovan honda ace back on the podium. Alex Coelho kawasaki ninja 300 series preview KAWASAKI nInjA 300 RACE SERIES Spec class continues to showcase the stars of the future in 2017 he Ninja 300 series became an official national class of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship in 2016 and continues to grow in 2017. In this entry-level spec class for Amateur racers nearly identical race-prepped Kawasaki Ninja 300 motorcycles governed by strict spec rules compete head-to-head in a class designed to keep costs down and competition high. As with all spec racing the tight rules restrictions mean that deep pockets don t get an advantage and the inviting performance level of the Ninja 300 platform makes for a welcome way to cut one s teeth in road racing. Last year s championship came down to the very last race of the year with three riders from three different provinces in the hunt for the inaugural crown. If that doesn t show you how competitive the Ninja 300 class is the action on track certainly will. Brandon Pemberton (Windsor NS) won the 2016 championship by just 10 points over Eric Quintin (Notre Dame de I lle Perrot QC). Jared Walker (Oakville ON) won both races at last year s season-ending doubleheader at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Pemberton has moved up into the Amateur division for 2017 leaving room for a new champion. Walker showed tremendous speed at this year s season opener at Shannonville winning the first race and setting the fastest lap in race 2 after a crash. 15-year-old Xavier Paradis walked away with race 2 setting the stage for an exciting battle up front. Former national competitor Amy Szoke will contest the full series in 2017 and should threaten for the podium at every round. Would-be racers can opt to modify their stock Ninja 300 individually within the rules or call their local Kawasaki dealership 14 CSBK.CA T to inquire about one of the race-ready models available for 7 500 including suspension upgrades a Hindle exhaust and a Dynojet Power Commander. In race trim the Ninja 300 is fun unintimidating and yet very race-competent. The 286 cc inline twin will push the motorcycle to 180 km h on the long back straightaway at CTMP yet the subdued power output is perfect for the young teen rider pursuing a passion in Canadian motorcycle competition. To find out how to get involved visit special feature historical spotlight jordan szoke LOOKInGabout the 20th anniversary of his first Superbike race BACK SZOKE S SUPERBIKE DEBUT Current champ talks In August of 1997 Jordan Szoke entered his first race on a full-spec (although well-travelled) Superbike an outdated Kawasaki Ninja ZX-7RR at Atlantic Motorsport Park. ordan Szoke is a fan of bike racing. Beyond his own part in the history of the sport he has his heroes and villains as well as favourite bikes tracks and eras. His recent induction into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame last fall--joining a host of elite auto racers--has encouraged Szoke to consider the arc of his own career. We asked the reigning CSBK champion about an important event in the history of Canadian National competition his first-ever ride on a full-blown Superbike. That was way back in the day --August of 1997 in fact--at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Nova Scotia and the penultimate round of the Toyota Canada Superbike Championship better known as CSBK. I started 1997 on a Honda CBR600F3--our second Honda F3--and we were sponsored by Pennzoil at the time starts Szoke. We were struggling really badly in the 600 class. I guess they were off-and-on results. I put it on pole in Calgary early in the season but crashed in the race at the bus stop and fractured my heels. We crashed a lot on that 600 because back then the tires of the era just weren t that good in the DOT class. The forks had lots of flex too. I grew up as a Grand Prix rider and I was riding on slicks in those classes. When I got on the 600 I just couldn t ride it the way I wanted to or needed to. It was mostly issues at the front front tire front end. Nowadays there are times when the support class tires can be better than the Superbike slicks but that didn t happen 20 years ago. That has changed a lot. But we were having great success on the 600 in the RACE 16 CSBK.CA J series I actually won the No. 1 plate in the SuperSeries running slicks on aftermarket wheels on our 600. I was pretty fresh at Daytona and I stepped on a few toes admits Szoke about his preseason visit to Daytona International Speedway for that year s Daytona 200. I still have the set of tires I used at the Speedway on my wall at home The exact specifications of the Superbike that Szoke got mid-season from Kawasaki are difficult to detail since parts of the machine had been used by Mean Green stars of the era Steve Crevier Don Munroe Michael Taylor and Kevin Graham. The chassis is thought to be the same one Taylor and Munroe shared at Shannonville in the fall of 1994 to win the WERA Six-Hour Endurance National. Later Graham borrowed the bike and badly damaged it at Autodrome St-Eustache. When it was rebuilt it wound up parked in the lobby at Canadian Kawasaki Motors in the Don Mills area of Toronto. You have to remember that in 600 back then to get a top ten finish at a National was a really big deal acknowledges Szoke now 38. It was so competitive more than Superbike because so few really good Superbikes were available. We weren t getting the results we wanted in 600 but we were showing well we were competitive we had the speed and we were starting to get attention. So Kawasaki approached me to take that bike out of their foyer and try it out if I wanted. So we did. It was a beat-up old Superbike from around 1993 and it had four hard special feature years of racing on it. First of all we were just trying to get it running Szoke laughs. I took it to Scott Miller (of Fast Company) and he was laughing at us making fun of me with this bike I d been working with him with the F3--he had fixed that for us--and he helped us get started with this Kawasaki. There was only so much you could do. When we first started it when you blipped the throttle you could see the fork spring adjuster spinning around Sure there were trick parts but some of them were damaged or broken. Everything about it was super trick. It is still the fastest-feeling bike I ve ever ridden in some ways. These things were so vicious the power delivery with those flat-slide carburetors... 135 horsepower is what it would have on a Dynojet dyno not really anything special these days but it was like riding a 500 cc Grand Prix two-stroke racer. It would just light the tire up and I just loved the way it made power. I thought it was awesome. Szoke s first time aboard his new Ninja was during Friday practice at the Atlantic Szoke on a Pennzoil-backed CBR600F3 leads Pro Sport Bike ahead of eventual champ Don Munroe (1 Kawasaki) Jeff National event though the Shubenacadie Sneyd (34 Honda) Jeff Williams (Honda) and Andrew Trevitt (Suzuki) at Calgary s Race City in 1997. Szoke was running in track was not considered a good place to Pro Sport Bike in 1997 when he got the chance to try his hand at Superbike for the first time. try an aggressive peaky all-out racer of the jetting played with the rear shock and just rode it harder and harder. era. Every part of it was rough but it was a light-switch rocketship. It re We did okay I took my time and we really need to figure some ally was a unique machine an odd mixture of parts. I didn t want to keep things out Szoke recalls. We did well on it I think we were fourth and riding a 600 so I was pumped to go the Superbike route at least I was that was a good result for us at the time against those guys. In the end I on proper slicks the forks didn t flex the brakes were way better and I just rode it. I did what we could with the little things we had. Did some could just ride it properly. Big power has always suited me even in the woods I feel more comfortable riding with my wrist and coming out of a corner pinned. I struggle with this to this day with the fuel injection and traction control. I like to ride it on the pipe. I want me to be in control not the computer. With the 600 20 years ago you had to hope that it didn t step out. I like to step it out with the overall throttle feel one-toone with the rear tire traction. That old Kawasaki suited my style. I ended up really liking the 600s enjoyed that class but that was when they got way more serious with the chassis side of performance in the middleweight category. Szoke is a multi-time Pro Sport Bike National Champion with an incredible string of 600 cc class victories aboard Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R equipment. That 1997 round at Atlantic Motorsports Park was won by the king of that venue in the 1990s twice National Superbike champ Don Munroe on a newer Kawasaki ZX7R Superbike. The next race the last round at It would just light the tire up and I just loved the way it made power. It was awesome said Szoke about his first Superbike ride a Shannonville well I m still mad that beat-up Kawasaki 750 plucked from the showroom at the factory s Canadian HQ. Here in only his second Superbike race a teenage we didn t win that thing fires Szoke leads Michael Taylor at the season finale in Shannonville in 1997. MOPAR CANADIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP 17 special feature Szoke an 18-year-old rising Canadian star in 1997 opened that campaign in AMA Supersport action at Daytona aboard a brand new Pennzoil-backed Honda CBR600F3. Szoke. It was wet and I was battling for the lead but I had a slide and slammed my foot on the ground coming off the back straight. It was drying a little as the race went on and I ran off mid-race had to go through the escape road and lost a lot of time. I came back out really pushed those old Dunlop rains and battled back to third. So we decided to go to Loudon for the final Formula USA round of the season. The (Superbike) class was a big deal back in those days in the States. That field was deep and one of the riders to beat back then was Dave Sadowski (Daytona 200 winner and factory rider). He had those trick Labelle Honda CBR900s built by Mike Velasco. He was ripping still and I remember beating him in one of the races. I went sliding by him sideways. He talked to me later he loved that bike because it really lit up I was going by on this old relic a beat-up bike. He wasn t mad. We did really well with it it did the job Szoke summarizes about that historic Kawasaki Superbike. His success with it allowed us him get a lot more help from Kawasaki for the next year 1998 when he earned his first overall National Championship. So who impressed a teenaged Szoke 20 years ago when he stepped up to the feature Superbike class for the first time There are people who grab your attention right away because of how they ride and then there are people who don t attract attention with the way they ride says Szoke. Don Munroe is so boring to watch ride that you never really pay much attention to him. You watch people like Michael Taylor or a guy like Mark Kowalski riding a Yamaha 0W01 Superbike sideways tank-slapping down the road. So I would always try to watch everyone and see how they were doing how they managed to ride the motorcycle hard. I remember watching a race with Taylor us watching Munroe on track and commenting on how fast Don was going at that time and Taylor said to me Don Munroe could ride a wheelbarrow fast. I ve never forgotten that so my goal was to put myself somewhere between Munroe and Taylor in terms of how I ride the bike you could learn so much from each of them but they were so different. It s great to think back to those days those riders guys I was fortunate enough to ride with like Steve Crevier the people who really built the sport of Superbike racing here in Canada. In just his second Superbike race Szoke (right) led the 97 CSBK finale at SMP and eventually finished third behind Kawasaki star Don Munroe (centre) and Honda s Jeff Williams (left). 18 CSBK.CA track layouts and schedule SHANNONVILLE MOTORSPORT PARK - SHANNONVILLE ON Tickets 1-800-959-8955 613-969-1906 or info Website Location 7047 Old Hwy 2 Shannonville ON K0K 3A0 (20 km east of Belleville) Track Length (Pro Track) 1.53 miles 2.45km (11 turns) National Superbike Events 50 National Lap Records Pro Superbike 1 03.795 (Brett McCormick Suzuki GSX-R1000 September 5 2009) Pro Sport Bike 1 04.590 (Brett McCormick Suzuki GSX-R600 September 5 2009) AM Superbike 1 07.384 (Aubrey Bailey Honda CBR600RR Jul 3 2011) AM Sport Bike 1 07.050 (Cody Matechuk Suzuki GSX-R600 Sep 5 2009) ROUND 1 MAY 26-28 Why You Should Go 40th anniversary and new promoters for enhanced show. The track was designed in 1976 with motorcycle racing in mind and features a wide variety of challenges for racers. For spectators it offers excellent viewing opportunities almost the entire layout is visible from the main grandstand. GRAND BEND MOTORPLEX - GRAND BEND ON Tickets or 419-238-7223 Website Location 70292 Grand Bend Line Grand Bend ON (65 km southwest of London) Track Length 1.37 miles 2.20 km National Superbike Events n a (inaugural event in 2017) National Lap Records n a Why You Should Go Inaugural visit to southwestern Ontario track should equalize the competition. The picturesque beach in the nearby destination town of Grand Bend is worth seeing. ROUND 2 JUNE 9-11 AUTODROME ST-EUSTACHE - ST-EUSTACHE QC Tickets 450-472-6222 or 514-591-4388 Website Location 1016 Boulevard Arthur-Sauv St-Eustache QC J7R 4K3 (45 km northwest of Montreal) Track Length 1.2 miles 1.93 km (10 turns) National Superbike Events 20 National Lap Records Pro Superbike 45.012 (Brett McCormick BMW S1000RR July 10 2011) Pro Sport Bike 45.872 (Jodi Christie Honda CBR600RR July 11 2011) AM Superbike 46.989 (Eric Gagnon BMW S1000RR July 7 2013) AM Sport Bike 47.386 (Philippe Masse Kawasaki ZX-6R July 7 2012) Why You Should Go Its tight and technical nature has traditionally guaranteed extremely close racing at Autodrome St-Eustache. ROUND 3 JUNE 23-25 ATLANTIC MOTORSPORT PARK - SHUBENACADIE NS Tickets 902468-2518 Website Location 266 Race Track Rd Mill Village NS B0N 2H0 (70 km northeast of Halifax) Track Length 1.6 miles 2.56 km (11 turns) National Superbike Events 32 National Lap Records Pro Superbike 1 06.031 (Brett McCormick Suzuki GSX-R1000 August 8 2009) Pro Sport Bike 1 06.905 (Brett McCormick Suzuki GSX-R600 August 8 2009) AM Superbike 1 09.878 (Austin ShawO Leary Honda CBR600RR July 21 2012) AM Sport Bike 1 09.292 (Austin ShawO Leary Honda CBR600RR July 21 2012) ROUND 5 JULY 14-16 Why You Should Go With tight corners sweepers and a backstraight dubbed The Rollercoaster AMP is a great venue for spectators. CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK - BOWMANVILLE ON Tickets 1-800-866-1072 or 905-983-9141 info Website Location 3233 Concession Rd 10 Bowmanville ON L1C 3K6 (30 km northeast of Oshawa) Track Length 2.459 miles 3.9 km (10 turns) National Superbike Events 35 National Lap Records Pro Superbike 1 20.778 (Jordan Szoke BMW S1000RR August 19 2016) 20 CSBK.CA Pro Sport Bike 1 22.653 (Jordan Szoke Kawasaki ZX-6R July 17 2009) AM Superbike 1 24.240 (Tim Robinson BMW S1000RR August 20 2011) AM Sport Bike 1 25.166 (Cody Matechuk Suzuki GSX-R600 July 19 2009) ROUNDS 6 & 7 AUGUST 18-20 Why You Should Go This doubleheader season finale is held on a legendary Canadian racetrack and features lots of off-track activities including demo rides and live music. MOPAR CANADIAN SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP 21 sponsors MOPAR After starting its involvement with Canada s national road racing series in 2011 FCA USLLC s Mopar brand expanded its involvement to become title sponsor for the 2012 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship and continues in that role for 2017. Mopar is FCAUS LLC s service parts and customer-care brand. Mopar distributes approximately 280 000 parts and accessories in more than 90 countries and is the source for all original-equipment parts for Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram Truck vehicles. DALTON TIMMIS INSURANCE Returning TSN presenting sponsor the Dalton Timmis Group is focused on unique insurance solutions and prides itself on thinking outside the box. As Canada s largest motorcycle insurance broker Dalton Timmis is proud of its long history of support for the sport of motorcycling in Canada. DTI also offers specific insurance packages for race participants race teams and their sponsors and well as off-track and storage programs. Dalton Timmis has a solution for you MOTOVAN The Motovan Corporation returns to CSBK in a big way for 2017 continuing with sponsorship of two of the four national divisions. Boucherville QC-based Motovan distributes Liqui Moly new backer of the Pro Sport Bike class as well as Shoei premium helmets now the title sponsor for the Amateur Sport Bike division. As well Motovan offers support product giveaways through social media and at the track for both fans and competitors with product lines including Ogio Motion Pro and Hitcase. DUNLOP For the fourth year in a row Dunlop is the official tire of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship and will supply tires for all classes of Canada s national road racing series. The Dunlop brand has a long and proud history with motorcycle racing around the world and particularly in Canada. The company s affiliates are also spec tire suppliers to the MotoAmerica series in the United States and enjoy strong involvement with the American-based WERA regional racing series and the Australian Superbike Championship. Pro 6 Cycle Inc. of Etobicoke ON the Canadian Dunlop motorcycle race tire distributor will handle supply and service for racers on the national tour and attend all rounds of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship. MAGNETI MARELLI Famed Italian aftermarket manufacturer Magneti Marelli continues its sponsorship support of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship in 2017. The versatile and innovative company remains the title sponsor for the Magneti Marelli Amateur Superbike National Championship Series as well as the presenting sponsor for the Magneti Marelli Pro Superbike SuperPole Award. Magneti Marelli Aftermarket N.A. is responsible for the Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar All Makes Parts Program. Magneti Marelli Aftermarket N.A. is a business line of Magneti Marelli. Founded in Italy in 1919 Magneti Marelli is a leader in component manufacturing in electronics and in the production of other technologically advanced products for today s automakers and for the aftermarket. KAWASAKI Canadian Kawasaki Motors continues to sponsor the recently-established Kawasaki Ninja 300 Race Series spec class in 2017. The goal of the new low cost spec series is to provide a showcase for the riders as well as the Kawasaki Ninja 300 equipment. To find out more about Kawasaki and the brand s entire lineup of sport street touring and cruiser motorcycles visit the company s website below. TSN Launched in 1984 and based in Toronto owned by Bell Media and ESPN The Sports Network is a Canadian Englishlangauge sports specialty service. TSN is the largest specialty channel in Canada in term of gross revenue and now includes five separate networks. Among the properties currently handled by TSN are the Formula 1 auto racing series and the American-based NASCAR tour as well as the NASCARPinty s series. INSIDE MOTORCYCLES Inside Motorcycles magazine returns as the official media partner of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship for 2017 and producer of the official series program. Since 1998 Inside Motorcycles has been Canada s source for motorcycle news. With its in-depth coverage of Canadian racing new model reviews adventure touring stories and tech articles Inside Motorcycles has become an indispensable resource for riders and racing enthusiasts across the country. PRO CYCLE Pro Cycle of Dartmouth NS continues its association with the East Coast motorcycle road racing scene and the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship in 2017. Pro Cycle is a partner in the national series website and online entities as well as putting support behind the Society of the Atlantic Roadracing League and the national round at Atlantic Motorsport Park. Pro Cycle was formed in 1983 and has since grown to over 30 employees. They take competition seriously and do their very best to provide the most competitive pricing and service in the industry. 22 CSBK.CA