Jordan Szoke’s Remarkable Career
In every sport there are athletes that start out early in their careers achieving goals of the highest honors and subsequently engrave their names in history books. Canadians might compare NHL hockey player Sydney Crosby’s early years to the beginnings of Jordan Szoke’s career, both athletes gained the attention and recognition of their peers at a very young age and inspired others as they set new standards in both of their respected disciplines; they continue to strive for greatness today.
A year later in 1995, Jordan prepared to race his first professional race season and he had already made history as the youngest professional road racer in Canada . By the end of his introductory season as a pro, Jordan won both the RACE 125 Grand Prix and the RACE Unlimited Twins regional Championships. He was also awarded the “Rookie Pro of the Year Award”
At 17, Jordan set himself into the Pro 600 class aboard the Pennzoil Honda CBR600F3 and dominated the ’96 National Pro Twins Championship. At the end of the season he was chosen along with other young upcoming top riders Francis Martin & Jean François Cyr, to race in Guyana South America and compete in the GMRC round of the Caribbean Championship. This would be the first time Jordan set foot out of the country and ended up being an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.
During the nineties, Kawasaki dominated the national series winning nine consecutive national superbike titles. At that time, every inspiring pro rider would have given their right arm to get a Factory ride on the green team. As you have it, Jordon was offered that chance after only three years in the professional ranks. This was a pivotal point in his career as he brought Kawasaki to their 8th consecutive national superbike championship. By the end of the 1998 season making him the youngest rider in Canadian history to carry the number one plate in superbike.
The following years brought Jordan south of the border to ride the Harley Davidson VR1000 and with the Corona Suzuki team. Other projects brought him as far as Japan to compete at the Suzuka Eight Hour Endurance Race. Jordan’s vast motorcycling skills not only include road racing, he’s also an excellent trials rider ranking alongside some of the best professional trials competitors in country. His trials experience has taken him as far as Portugal and the Isle of Man to compete with Team Canada at the World Observed Trials Des Nations.
Now at the age of 29 Jordan’s statistics are staggering, a total of 5 National superbike Championships and 3 National 600 Championships. Established as Kawasaki’s most successful rider Jordan is within one race of beating 42 year old veteran rider Steve Crevier’s career record total race wins. He’s no longer the young kid on the grid and is on the verge of breaking all records set to date.
Exactly what makes him tick we may never know; whether it’s genetics that produce highly successful athletes or just plain blood, sweat, and tears, focused discipline and working alongside experienced people over the years are an enormous part of the equation. I truly believe that the support a young athlete gets from his/her family in the early years are essential building blocks and in Jordan’s case, a large part of what molded this iconic Canadian motorcycle racer into the champion he is today.