FONTANA, Calif. (April
22) -- GEICO Motorcycle Honda SportBike rider Jake Zemke will be one of
many motorcycle road racers battling it out for a victory in race one of
the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout when it kicks off at the Yamaha
SoCal Nationals at Auto Club Speedway, April 26-27.
As part of a three-race
series, Zemke is ready for the Shootout if it means extra seat time on
his GEICO Motorcycle. Not only is he trying to battle for a win this
weekend, but the extra races really help bring fans closer to the sport,
which is the ultimate goal in Zemke's mind.
"I'm really excited for
the start of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout this weekend,"
Zemke said. "Most people who follow racing in the United States know
that the AMA Pro Road Racing Series doesn't have a lot of rounds
throughout the season. It's great that the Superbike Shootout is giving
the riders an opportunity to go race but also giving fans, especially
those on the West Coast, the chance to see the best racers in the United
States compete against one another."
After getting off to a
slow start in Daytona, Zemke is hoping that the Shootout will fare
differently for him and his team, and they know they are capable of
"The team has been
working nonstop on the bike since we left Daytona," Zemke said. "Come
Saturday, we will see what we have in store for everyone once we get to
the racetrack. I've got faith in my team that they will get the most out
of our bikes, and hopefully we can get back up where we belong
Zemke's teammate and
Southern California native Chris Ulrich, rider of the GEICO Motorcycle
Honda American SuperBike, is ready to return to his home track and try
to capture a GEICO Superbike Shootout win.
"This is the first time
we have been back to race in Southern California since 2010," Ulrich
said. "With Fontana being my home track, I look forward to being able to
show off what I do to all the people who haven't really been exposed to
it, like my friends and family."
Ulrich and the GEICO
Motorcycle team have been preparing for this race like they would for
any other. However, the off time in between races was drastically
diminished with the addition of the Shootout.
"The bike has improved
and we've got a little bit more horsepower now than we did in Daytona,"
Ulrich said. "We really haven't had that much time to go ride due to the
fact that we have been working hard on getting the bikes ready. Because
of the GEICO Superbike Shootout, we have a little bit of a shorter
break than we would normally have. That doesn't matter though because
I'm ready and I want to go race."
Action kicks off
Saturday, April 26, from Auto Club Speedway with a full day of practice
and qualifying for both the SuperBike and SportBike classes starting at
11:40 a.m. PT. Sunday starts off early with practice leading up to the
1:30 p.m. PT GEICO Superbike Shootout Dynojet Pro SportBike race,
followed by the GEICO Superbike Shootout Pro SuperBike race at 3:30 p.m.