BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Bowmanville, Canada, 19/08/2015, Canadian Superbike Championship
The most impressive way to make a mark on a championship: BMW Motorrad privateer Jordan Szoke has been crowned champion of the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) for the tenth time after a perfect season on his BMW S 1000 RR – getting seven wins in seven races. Szoke was quick off the mark once again at the final at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville near Toronto, and won both races. The Canadian has taken the lead in the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy after his most recent wins. His fellow BMW riders rounded off the successful end to the season for the brand with more strong results.
After a lengthy injury last year, Szoke started the 2015 season with the clear goal of regaining the CSBK title. The 36-year-old achieved this with a sensational clean sweep on his BMW S 1000 RR. The Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team rider underlined his ambitions right at the start of the season in Calabogie, where he made his comeback after his compulsory break with a win. It was the start of an impressive series of victories: Szoke also won the four races that followed in St. Eustache, Edmonton and Shubenacadie.
The results saw the BMW rider reach the final in Bowmanville with a comfortable lead of 91 points. The fact that he last won on his home track in 2011 provided that extra bit of motivation– he only lives about 180 kilometres away from the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Szoke wanted to rectify that on the way to his tenth title. No sooner said than done: he got his sixth and seventh wins of the season at the finale and further extended his own record with the 51st and 52nd Superbike wins of his career. Szoke is also a record holder in terms of titles: In the 35-year history of the CSBK, he is the only rider to have been crowned champion ten times. Furthermore, he is the only rider in the series to have won every race of a season. 2015 was the second time that he achieved this feat: He was also unbeatable in 2010.
Races six and seven of the season were scheduled for the finale in Bowmanville at the weekend. Szoke had already clinched the title win on Saturday when he won the sixth race of the year. With the job completed on Saturday, he could relax and revel in his seventh win in the seven races of the season on Sunday. The fans experienced a thrilling duel at the front between Szoke and Kawasaki rider Kenny Riedmann on both days. Both times the two riders were wheel to wheel as they raced around the track and both times Szoke made a terrific final surge. On each of the final laps, he set the fastest lap time on his RR, and in both races, Szoke won the duel a few turns before the finish line.
“It’s one thing to win a race; it’s another thing to win a perfect season. What an amazing feat for the whole team! Most of the races this year have been wicked just like this one,” said an over-the-moon Szoke, who went on to declare: “I’m looking forward to repeating this next year.”
In the final standings of the Pro Superbike (CSBK PR) class, Szoke as champion has 378 points to his name and an impressive lead of 110 points over his closest rival. Furthermore, his Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team was crowned “Inside Motorcycles Team of the Year”. Szoke now also tops the ranking of the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy: he has taken the lead with a considerable advantage of 40 points.
The successful end to the season for BMW was rounded off by good results from the other RR riders. A strong squad of BMW privateers contested the finale. This saw five other BMW riders, in addition to winner Szoke, cross the finish line in the top 10 in both races. Chris Murray-Audain secured fifth and fourth place, Sean Huffman finished in seventh and fifth, Matt McBride ended the races in sixth and seventh place, Tim Robinson achieved ninth and eighth place, and Michael Leon rode his RR for the Royal Distributing Superbike Team into tenth and ninth place.
There were almost two champions on the BMW S 1000 RR in Canada – BMW privateer Samuel Trépanier fought for the title right down to the wire in the amateur class (CSBK AM) but the final was dramatic. Trépanier finished in second place on his RR in the first race on Saturday, which saw him defend the lead in the overall standings but made an early exit in the second race on Sunday. His rival Derrick Whyte won, thereby securing the championship. Trépanier finished the season in second place overall.
BMW privateer Jason Thoms also rode onto the podium, finishing second in race two. He came fifth in the first race. Steve McGregor finished in ninth and seventh place on his BMW S 1000 RR.