BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Shannonville, Canada, 01/06/2016, Canadian Superbike Championship
The BMW S 1000 RR resumed its hunt for wins and the title in Canada at the weekend: The 2016 season of the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) got underway in Shannonville. As in many other championships around the world, more and more riders in Canada are relying on the power of the BMW S 1000 RR.
More RR bikes than ever before contested the CSBK in Shannonville. BMW Motorrad Canada supports the racers at events. And some riders got to know the RR at track days, where they were convinced of the machine’s potential. So no fewer than seven BMW riders contested the opening race – with success. They claimed four of the top five positions in the first race of the season.
A familiar face got the win: Jordan Szoke. With the perfect streak of seven wins in seven races, the 37-year-old clinched his tenth championship title overall last year, and with it, second place in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. He continued his run of success seamlessly. “I still have plenty of fighting spirit in me,” said Szoke after his opening win. Was this the first step on his way to winning his 11th title? Szoke was as reserved as ever: “We still have a long road ahead of us. It will be a long, hard season.”
In Matt McBride another member of the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family also made it onto the podium. He only received his RR at BMW Toronto on the Tuesday before the race weekend and went on track on it for the first time on Friday. In the qualifying session, McBride was the second-fastest rider on his first outing with the new bike; in the actual race, he temporarily took the lead and ended up clinching third place on the podium. “A strong finish for a week-old bike,” commented a thrilled McBride. Ben Young is contesting his first season on a Superbike in 2016. He finished in fourth place on his racing debut on the RR. “I just love riding the BMW S 1000 RR,” said Young. “I know that we have plenty of work left to do, but the podium is definitely within reach, and a win is also possible.”
The top five was rounded off by Michael Leon, who competed on an RR last season, but is now in action on a new 2016 version.