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Feb 28, 2012

Zemke To Ride Ducshop Racing Ducati 848EVO In 2012 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship

Jake Zemke.
Jake Zemke to Compete in the 2012 AMA Pro Racing GoPro Daytona Sportbike Championship

ATLANTA - Ducshop Racing is proud to announce plans for the 2012 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike Championship Series that will commence at the Daytona Beach International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on March 15-17, 2012. Ducshop Racing will be fielding a two rider team in the season opener. Riders Jake Zemke and Dario Marchetti will enter the class on Ducati 848EVOs. The 200 mile, 57 lap race will take place on Saturday, March 17th, with a scheduled start time of 1p.m. EST. The event will be broadcast live on SPEED, and you can follow the team at www.twitter.com/ducshop or Facebook at www.facebook.com/ducshop. After Daytona, Ducshop Racing and Zemke will contest the remainder of the 2012 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike series. The team will head to their home track, Road Atlanta, for round 2 in the series on April 20-22, the Big Kahuna Atlanta.

Jake Zemke is a household name to all AMA fans. A former dirt tracker, he made his AMA roadracing debut in 1997 and has subsequently finished in the top 3 of the Championship12 times, bringing him to the podium over 100 times during his professional career. In 2006 he won the Daytona 200, and finished third in the 2007 Superbike Championship. 2008 saw Jake crowned Formula Xtreme Champion while finishing second in the AMA Supersport championship. His 2010 season started with a bang, taking double wins in the Superbike class with the Jordon Motorsports Team. These wins highlighted the first ever Superbike wins for the AMA team. That year would see him finish third overall in the championship. In 2011 he delighted fans when he took pole in the Daytona 200 on a non-factory bike. The rest of the season was spent across the pond, competing in the British Superbike Championship.

"I am so excited to be riding the Ducshop Ducati for the 2012 season," says Zemke. "We recently completed a two day test and while it was my first time on a Ducati race bike, I was incredibly impressed with the power delivery and overall package. Our goal is to once again put the Duc on top of the box in Daytona."

Ducati Riding Experience (DRE) Chief Instructor and Technical Supervisor, Dario Marchetti, is already a multi-time Daytona winner. In 2007 Marchetti won the Motorcycle Race of Champions endurance race on a 1098S. In 2004 he won the Battle of Twins on a Ducati 748RS, having ridden the track just twice. The Italian rider also helped lead Ducshop Racing to a podium finish in the 2009 8-hour Moto-GT2 Championship season finale at Daytona and raced again with the team in 2010 in the Daytona 200 aboard their 848.

The former World Endurance Championship podium finisher is also a four-time Italian Champion and 500 Moto GP star. Dario brings with him a wealth of experience not just for Ducati but endurance racing. This race is Dario's return to the world stage after suffering a horrific crash in 2010. After nine weeks in the hospital and months of physical therapy, Dario has fully recovered and intends to make a strong showing in Daytona.

The team would like to thank Rizoma, Element Case,TPL Racing, Freightliner Manitoba, Rewards4wellness.com, Troy Lee Designs, FMF, Fast Finish, Drippinwet, Jason Disalvo Speed Academy, Armour Bodies, Fast Frank Racing, EVR, D.I.D, Zero Gravity and Vesrah for their support.

Inquiries are welcome from those wishing to become part of this unique effort. For more information, please contact Tim Robinson at (404) 923-8046 or racing@Ducshop.com.