Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) maintains the championship points lead after completing races seven and eight of the 2010 AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike Championship held at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA this weekend.
National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Jake Zemke scored a fourth place finish on Saturday and finished sixth in Sunday’s race.
Aaron Yates’ replacement rider, Brett McCormick, was running seventh when he experienced a mechanical issue during Saturday’s race and finished thirteenth on Sunday after a minor get-off in turn ten early in the race.
On Saturday, Zemke maintained second place for a number of laps before slipping into fourth in the final stages of the race.
On Sunday, Zemke, slightly off the pace, ran in fourth place throughout most of the race until the late stages when he was passed and ended up with a sixth place finish.
Zemke holds onto a four point lead in the championship heading to the next event at Road America.
Jake Zemke says: "On Saturday, my bike was moving around quite a bit," Zemke said. "It was pretty good early on and we were able to get up to second. I didn’t have a huge gap or anything, but I felt comfortable where I was."
"We definitely started losing grip from the rear tire. I couldn’t really get off the corners. And knowing that, I was trying to push harder going into the corners to try and make up for it. That was causing the bike to move around quite a bit and it was kind of the end of our deal. We faded back from there and tried to minimize the damage and maximize what we could."
"Sunday was a long race," Zemke continued. "The times were a lot quicker in the beginning of the race and we definitely had a better pace at the beginning of it. I just ended up glazing the brakes over and I couldn’t get into the corners the way I needed to."
"But we held on and we’re still in the championship lead, so that’s an important thing. We’re constantly working and moving forward and pretty soon the 54 will be back up on top.
Wisconsin is one of my favorite tracks and I’m definitely looking forward to that – getting to something a little bit faster and flowing. I think that’ll suit our bike real well."
During the weekend, Jake Zemke’s National Guard Suzuki GSX-R1000 was proudly sporting the state patch of the California National Guard’s largest combat brigade, the 79th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
The corresponding National Guard state patches will be placed on Zemke’s Suzuki for the remainder of the 2010 season.
Look for the 2010 Michael Jordan Motorsports team at their next event at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI on June 4-6, 2010.
ABOUT MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS:
Legendary NBA star Michael Jordan formed Michael Jordan Motorsports (MJM) in 2004 as a result of his passion for motorcycle racing. His mission is to bring a new level of excellence and style to the motorcycle racing industry.
Michael Jordan Motorsports is proud to partner with: Jordan Brand (a division of Nike), National Guard, American Suzuki, Upper Deck, Hanes, Gatorade, Bazzaz, MMI – Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Vortex Racing Components, Gemini Racing, K-Tech Suspension-Orient Express Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, K & N Air Filters, Dainese Leathers, AGV Helmets, Ancra Tie-downs, Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers, Armour Bodies, DID Chains, Factory Pro Dyno, Roclun International, STAR Motorcycle School, Motion Pro Tools, Zero Gravity Windscreens, with transportation provided by Eastside Trucking.