Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jake Zemke to Run British Superbike EVO Series for WFR Honda

Eric Bostrom on the #32 Ducati Austin/Parts Unlimited/Michelin-sponsored Ducati 999R leads then 4-Time (and future 7-Time) AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin on the #1 American Suzuki/Yoshimura/Motorex/Dunlop-backed Suzuki GSX-R1000 early in race two action of the AMA Superbike Championship Series at Road America in June of 2004. 
Right behind Mladin, a partially obscured Miguel Duhamel on the #17 American Honda/Shoei/Dunlop-sponsored Honda CBR1000RR tries to keep the duo close, while Jake Zemke on the #98 Erion Honda/Parts Unlimited/PJ1/MTX-sponsored Honda CBR1000RR and Ben Bostrom on the #155 American Honda CBR1000RR (and team mate to Duhamel) try to keep the action close during the final premier event of the weekend at the Suzuki Superbike Doubleheader at the Elkhart Lake, WI. track.
Duhamel would go on to take the victory while Zemke and Mladin would follow him home to round out the race two podium.  Mladin went on to clinch his 5th of 7 total AMA Superbike Championships for the 2004 year with Duhamel, Zemke and BBoz rounding out the top 4 in the 2004 championship battle.

Great news for Jake Zemke fans comes from the great folks at Cycle  Zemke, who put the Project One Yamaha on the pole for the Daytona 200 back in March, and came home a respectable 3rd in the shortened race, has accepted a ride on a WFR Honda CBR1000RR in the British Superbike Championship EVO Series.  The EVO Series is essentially a 'Superstock'-spec series similar to what used to run as one of the campanion classes in the AMA Road Racing Series back before the '09 season, running closer to stock chassis and engine mods, but with slick tires mounted ala the superbike class.

After the downturn in the economy and the U.S.-based AMA Road Racing Series of the last several years, Zemke went from winning the '08 AMA Formula Xtreme Championship to signing with the Michael Jordan Motorsports team in the 2010 season in the premier AMA Superbike Championship Series on Suzuki GSX-R1000s sponsored by The National Guard.  Taking his first two maiden wins for the team at Daytona in March of 2010, Zemke struggled to equal his early-season results and ended up 3rd in the year-end standings behind eventual champion Josh Hayes and runner-up Tommy Hayden.  When the 2011 season rolled around, he wasn't offered another year with the team and was left without a ride except for the Daytona one-off riding for the Project One team.

You can read the story here thanks to Paul Carruthers at Cycle and we'll be behind Jake all the way when he lifts a leg over the WFR CBR for the first time on June 17.  Read on:

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