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May 22, 2014

GEICO Honda Riders Looking For Better Results At Arai Mountain Nationals, Round Three Of The GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout

GEICO Honda rider Jake Zemke (98). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy of GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing.

Redemption is on the minds of GEICO Honda riders Zemke, Ulrich

SALT LAKE CITY -- After a wreck in Sonoma, GEICO Motorcycle Honda Sportbike rider Jake Zemke is looking for redemption when he makes his way to the third round of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout at Miller Motorsports Park, May 24-25, in Salt Lake City.

"The last round of the Superbike Shootout was a tough pill for us to swallow," Zemke said. "As a team we really felt like we were making progress and moving in the right direction. Accidents happen and I know that. It's just hard to be in such a great position and then have the day end, not only early but with a wrecked bike as well.

"Sonoma is in the past though. The entire GEICO Honda team has worked nonstop to get us ready and competitive for the last round in Salt Lake City. I feel like we have a great chance to go out there and redeem ourselves. That's all I can really ask for at this point."

While Zemke's teammate, GEICO Motorcycle Honda American SuperBike rider Chris Ulrich, had a better weekend in Sonoma, he really wasn't satisfied with his overall performance and is ready to try his luck on a track he has seen before.

"It's going to be a fun event," Ulrich said. "The race is on a little bit different course than most of the guys are used to, but I've been there before in the past, which should help. The racetrack has some of the faster, more fun sections included, which should make for some good racing. I definitely would like to not only improve on my finishing position from Sonoma but work on decreasing the gap between the leaders as well.

"We found some things on the bike after Sonoma that just weren't right and caused us problems all weekend. We think we have that figured out now, and I'm ready to get on a bike again and make progress from there. I look forward to finishing out the Superbike Shootout Series with a strong effort and then move on to the rest of the AMA Pro Road Racing Series season."

Racing action in Salt Lake City begins May 24 with a full day of practice and qualifying for both pro classes starting at 2:30 p.m. PT. Road racing continues on May 25 with practice at 9:35 a.m., followed by the Dynojet Pro Sportbike race at 1:25 p.m. and the RaceFuelZ Pro Superbike race at 2:10 p.m.