Apr 28, 2011
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by David Swarts
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Jake Holden (59) in action on the DNA Energy Drink/Roberson Motorsports Ducati 848EVO at Daytona.
The DNA Energy Drink/Roberson Motorsports team, which entered Jake Holden on a Ducati 848EVO in the Daytona 200, has run into a major problem. Team Owner Robbie Roberson has informed Roadracingworld.com that he cannot continue to go racing due to financial difficulties.
"I wish it wasn't the case but due to the current economic situation I can't continue to field the team," Roberson was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the team. "I've basically been funding it on my own for two years, and I just can't do it anymore. I've agreed to let team manager Breeann Poland, crew chief James Compton and rider Jake Holden use the team truck, bikes and equipment if they can find the money to continue to run in AMA Pro Racing events on their own, and I wish them luck."
"James and I appreciate everything Robbie has done for us," Poland wrote in an e-mail to Roadracingworld.com. "It's unfortunate that he can't continue funding the team, but James and I aren't going to let this stop us. We are going to do everything we can to keep this team going! Hopefully, we will be seeing everyone at the next round."
"I got a phone call from James Compton saying Robbie's finances are getting short and he's letting go of the team," Jake Holden, a three-time AMA Pro race winner, told Roadracingworld.com in a telephone interview Thursday. "We're not going to be at the test [at Miller Motorsports Park], but more than likely we will be at Infineon."
Holden, who has been doing intensive physical training in Florida ever since the AMA season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in early March, said the team does not need much to continue for the rest of the 2011 season.
"Robbie is willing to help out with whatever the team has left, which is cool," said Holden. "We can do it on a pretty low budget since everything's already paid for. The hard part's out of the way. It's just fuel to the track and maybe tires and stuff. It's gonna cost money, but we already have the truck and the bikes and a parts allotment. We can probably finish out the rest of the season with just a little bit of money.
"We've got a good program. I've worked well with James [Compton] before, and we did well at Daytona, even though we had an electrical problem. Going to the real tracks, I think the Ducati is going to work really good and we're ready to win some races."
Anyone interested in getting in touch with the remnants of the DNA Energy Drink/Roberson Motorsports team can reach Poland at Breeann81@live.com .