Wednesday, February 23, 2011

AMA Flat Track: 2010 AMA Grand National Champion Jake Johnson Ready for 2011 Season to Kick Off in Daytona

Jake Johnson stands at the ready next to his #5 Zanotti Racing Honda CRF450 just before the main event riders are announced for the Springfield Short Track round of the AMA Pro Flat Track K&N Filters presented by Motorcycle Grand National Championship Series on September 4, 2010. Jersey Jake went on to finish second in the final on his Zanotti Racing/Leo Vince/Tucker Rocky/S Designs-sponsored machine, 5.270 seconds behind event winner Henry Wiles on his #1 Jones Brothers Kawasaki. Wiles had captured his second Singles Series Championship earlier in the evening after winning the Dash, while Johnson went on to capture the big prize just a few weeks later in winning the 2010 AMA Flat Track Grand National Championship, while also winning the season ending round in Prescott Valley, AZ.
Johnson, who had a stellar year in winning one of the season opening rounds in Daytona, as well as the spring event on the Springfield Mile (to go along with his win at the final race of the year at Yavapai Downs) won the title over Joe Kopp, 289-269 points. He scored eight podiums on the year and eleven top five finishes along the way to add to his '06 and '08 Singles Series Championships.
With the 2011 season ready to kick off at Daytona on March 10 and 11, Jake will be one of the riders to keep an eye out for in just over two weeks, let alone for the whole season. He will be returning again to the Zanotti Racing team, and you can expect them to come into the new season with the #1 plate on their bikes ready to back it up. With the determination that Jake has and the great team behind him, don't bet against them for the new season!

With the 2011 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship Series ready to launch a new season at Daytona in just over two weeks, 2010 AMA GNC Jake Johnson is geared up and ready to go along with his Zanotti Racing team to back up their super year in winning the #1 plate. With team owner Dave Zanotti joining his late Father, Mario, as the only father-son combination to win the coveted #1 plate in AMA Grand National Championship Series racing, look for this team to come out hard and strong this year when the first green flag of the season waves on Thursday, March 10. The series will also race on Friday, March 11 before heading to DuQuoin, IL. on April 16 for round three.

Johnson, who has proven to be one of the best all-around riders in the series, will be one of the riders this year (as he always is!) to watch throughout the season. His great bike control and ability to bring it home are traits that helped lead him to winning his first overall championship in 2010, and the team prepares some of the best equipment in The Rolling Thunder Show series.
Stu's Shots wishes the very best to the defending champion and team and we'll be watching from the sidelines as they try to make it two in a row in 2011!
You can read Jake's official press release about gearing up for Daytona here thanks to AMA Pro Flat Track:

And here is Jake's new webpage (which at this time is still under construction) thanks to She Loves Racing and Flat Track

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