Oct 3, 2001
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From a press release issued by American Honda:<BR><BR>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<BR><BR>October 3, 2001<BR><BR>Torrance, CA -- American Honda is pleased to announce the 2002 Bruce Transportation Group riders for the 2002 racing season.<BR><BR>Anchoring the Honda-supported Bruce Transportation Group effort will be Jake Zemke. Zemke takes the lead for the Bruce team after a very competitive season with Honda-supported Erion Racing. Zemke, who finished the 2001 AMA Formula Xtreme series tied for fourth in points with Erion teammate Josh Hayes, will ride Honda's new CBR954RR next year and will campaign a Honda CBR600F4i in the AMA 600 SuperSport series.<BR><BR>Joining Zemke on both the 954 and F4i will be Australian Alex Gobert. The 18-year-old Gobert first gained attention in the U.S. when in 1998, at age 15, he finished second at Laguna Seca in the Aprilia Cup Series. Gobert finished eighth in the 2000 Australian Superbike series riding for Team Mobil Honda and is completing a strong 2001 season riding for Honda Australia's Redwing HRC Racing team in the Formula Xtreme and 600 SuperSport series.<BR><BR>The Bruce Transportation Group rider announcements complete a formidable lineup of talent and machinery for American Honda's road racing efforts in the U.S. for 2002. Honda Racing will field three RC51s in AMA Superbike competition in 2002 piloted by Nicky Hayden, Miguel Duhamel and Erion Racing's Kurtis Roberts. All three riders will also race the CBR600F4i at the Daytona and Laguna Seca rounds of the AMA's 600 Supersport series. Erion Racing riders for 2002 are Roger Hayden and Mike Hale; they will contest the 600 SuperSport series on the F4i and will race the new 954 in the AMA's Formula Xtreme competition.