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ERION RACING ENDS THE SEASON IN FINE FORM Orange, Calif...Ending the season in fine form, Erion Honda pilots Jake Zemke and Josh Hayes scored first and second in the final round of the AMA Formula Xtreme Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In...

ERION RACING ENDS THE SEASON IN FINE FORM

Orange, Calif...Ending the season in fine form, Erion Honda pilots Jake Zemke and Josh Hayes scored first and second in the final round of the AMA Formula Xtreme Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. In addition, they also secured second and third overall in the Pro Honda Supersport Championship presented by Shoei.

Running their Parts Unlimited, American Honda, Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals, Erion Racing Hondas, both Zemke and Hayes rode an incredible race in the Formula Xtreme finale, swapping the lead back and forth throughout the 17 laps event. In the end it was Zemke by 1.1 seconds.

"What a race," said Zemke, who took home the 2008 Formula Xtreme title. "Both Josh and I definitely wanted to have the bragging rights for winning the last race of the year. It was really fun. This is the first race I have ridden without worrying about the championship and I definitely had a blast. It was great to win on my hometown track and it capped off a great year. My guys did an incredible job for me all season and I can't thank them enough. Winning this last race was a terrific way to top off the season.

"It was good to end the year on a high note with our one/two finish for the team," said Hayes. "I got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but we came together and had a good second half. I had a terrific crew and they really worked hard all year. They deserve a lot of credit for my success."

While the Formula Xtreme race was definitely the Zemke/Hayes show all the way, the Pro Honda Supersport Championship presented by Shoei didn't go quite as smoothly.

"It was just one of those races," said Hayes. I got a bad start and then had an electrical problem that forced me to pit. The race was red-flagged which gave the crew time to fix my bike, but we lost too much time and I just couldn't make up the difference. Jake and I both h finished in the top ten and earned second and third in the championship standings so all and all, it was a good day."

"It was a tough race," adds Zemke, "and, not quite what we planned. But, that's all part of racing and we definitely had a good season."

-credit: Erion Racing

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