Zemke tops DuHamel in FX duel While the opening two rounds of the 2005 Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme season took on a new wrinkle compared with '04's standard fare, Saturday's race at California Speedway felt like last year all over ...
Zemke tops DuHamel in FX duel
While the opening two rounds of the 2005 Lockhart Phillips USA Formula Xtreme season took on a new wrinkle compared with '04's standard fare, Saturday's race at California Speedway felt like last year all over again.
Today there was no Kurtis Roberts splitting up American Honda's dynamic duo of Miguel DuHamel or Jake Zemke like at Daytona, nor Team M4 EMGO Suzuki's Vincent Haskovec slicing his way into the lead on the last lap as he did at Barber Motorsports Park last week.
Instead, it was back to the type of one-on-one showdown that became so familiar in 2004. Zemke and DuHamel swapped the lead early and often as they separated from the pack.
Late in the race, polesitter Zemke made a final push into first. Moments later, the Canadian clipped a curb and then got the worse of a group of lappers, providing the Californian with the breathing space he needed to claim his second consecutive class win.
"The race was really good," Zemke commented. "Hat's off to Miguel, he really stepped up come race time and was right there pushing hard. I thought I was going to have an easy ride, but he foiled my plan. But it was a good race. Most of these Formula Xtreme races turn out like that -- they usually come right down to the last lap.
"On those last laps, I could see that pack of three riders up ahead, and I knew getting past them was going to be super-important to be able to finish the race strong. Luckily enough, I got through there okay, and I took it home to the finish."
Haskovec picked up another third place finish, but finished some 37 seconds back this week as opposed to the lead second as he did in Alabama. The Czech Republic native later admitted that he had trouble getting into a rhythm at a track his team hadn't been able to do much testing on.
Youngster Danny Eslick picked up fourth for the MPTRacing squad, while another up-and-coming rider, Race Tech's Nicky Moore, completed the top five.
Opie Caylor put his Suzuki GSX-R600 FX racer sixth. He was followed by Erion Honda's Alex Gobert and Team Hotbodies Racing's Heath Small. Ducati-mounted Ryan Andrews and Jimmy Filice's son Justin rounded out the top ten.
Zemke currently holds a 1-point advantage on DuHamel (104 vs. 103) following three of ten rounds.