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Zemke Holds Onto Third Place After Road America

Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki holds onto third place in the 2010 AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike Championship after completing races nine and 10 in this weekend’s double-header at Road America at Elkhart Lake.

National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Jake Zemke scored a fifth place finish on Saturday and took third in Sunday’s race. Brett McCormick – injured Aaron Yates’ replacement rider – had his best result of the season scoring two top-10 finishes with a ninth-place finish on Saturday and an eighth on Sunday.

On Saturday, Zemke ran in third place for a number of laps before dropping back and eventually finishing fifth. On Sunday, he initially ran with the leaders before settling into a solid third place for the entire 13-lap race. Zemke dropped to third in the championship point’s race heading into the next event at Mid-Ohio.

Said Zemke: “I got a decent jump off the line. The first lap, these guys – Josh Hayes and Tommy Hayden – were setting a great pace. Josh, I saw him jump to the front and I knew exactly where he was going. He was going to go as hard as he could to separate the pack; that’s what he likes to do. Unfortunately, I got mixed up with Blake Young there and we passed each other back and forth a couple of times and that let Tommy Hayden and Josh Hayes get away. They had a little bit of a gap. And I just put my head down as hard as I could to catch them; it was just to no avail. The pace was too fast for me, but my guys did a great job.”

“Friday in qualifying,” Zemke continued, “I made one lap and then completely totalled my bike, so my boys had a lot of work to do. They built me a brand new bike that night out of parts out of the trailer. So my hat goes off to my whole crew, because they had a hard weekend in front of them. In yesterday’s race, we were fighting the bike quite a bit and had been all weekend. Last night they put their heads together and came out this morning and the bike was really good. I just wish I could have ‘gotten off the line so I could’ve made it a three-rider battle instead of two.”

During the weekend, Zemke’s National Guard Suzuki GSX-R1000 was proudly sporting the state patch of the Wisconsin National Guard’s 64th Troop Command, one of the state’s four major commands responsible for providing command level support to subordinate units. The corresponding National Guard state patches will be placed on Zemke’s Suzuki for the remainder of the 2010 season.

Saturday Results:

1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Tommy Hayden (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
3. Blake Young (Rockstar Suzuki)
4. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
5. Jake Zemke (Michael Jordan Suzuki)
6. Jake Holden (Suzuki)
7. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha)
8. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki)
9. Brett McCormick (Michael Jordan Suzuki)
10. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)

Sunday Results:

1. Tommy Hayden (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
3. Jake Zemke (Michael Jordan Suzuki)
4. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
5. Jake Holden (Suzuki)
6. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha)
7. Blake Young (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
8. Brett McCormick (Michael Jordan Suzuki)
9. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
10. Geoff May (Buell)