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Zemke Holds Third After Laguna Seca Superbike

Michael Jordan Motorsports holds onto third place in the championship points race after completing round seven of the 2010 AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike Championship held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey:

National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Jake Zemke scored a sixth place finish and Aaron Yates’ replacement rider, 18-year-old Brett McCormick, finished eighth.

Zemke started in seventh and quickly worked his way up to fifth place. Zemke ran in fifth for 10 laps before falling back to sixth place, which is where he finished. Zemke remains a solid third in the championship point’s race heading into the next event at Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

“The boys did a good job,” Zemke said. “We’ve been struggling since we got here, but we definitely got the bike a lot better for the race. It was good enough to be close to the guys in the beginning. Maybe not the top guys, but that group from third to fifth. We should have had a little better shot at that. I got by Larry Pegram but by then I’d pretty much used up everything I had and the tyres had gone off pretty bad. He was able to get back by me and I was having a few issues. We brought it home, but it’s been a frustrating two weeks and it’s definitely not where we want to be. We should be up at the front racing with those guys – not back where we are at.”

McCormick started in 10th and made his way up to eighth place in three laps. He maintained his eighth-placed position until lap 16, when he engaged in a battle that put him back to 10th before fighting back to an eighth-placed finish. McCormick sits in ninth place in the championship point’s race.

During the weekend, Zemke’s National Guard Suzuki GSX-R1000 was once again 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.