After taking pole position at Pikes Peak international raceway in Colorado and sitting third in the championship ladder, Jake Zemke was ready to take his first-ever AMA SuperBike win. Next to Zemke was American Honda rider Miguel Duhamel, with Mat...
After taking pole position at Pikes Peak international raceway in Colorado and sitting third in the championship ladder, Jake Zemke was ready to take his first-ever AMA SuperBike win. Next to Zemke was American Honda rider Miguel Duhamel, with Mat Mladin and Aaron Yates sitting third and fourth on the grid respectively.
Pikes Peak expert, Eric Bostrom led from the start, though. Right behind the Italian v-twin of Bostrom followed championship leader, Mat Mladin. Zemke followed in third, with Aaron Yates behind him.
Within five laps, Bostrom had a visible lead on the rest of the field, with 43 laps to go, there was still much to unfold.
By lap eight, Zemke had taken over second place from Mladin.
Things were not as great for privateer Josh Hayes, though, as he was black-flagged for jumping the start. After serving his stop-and-go penalty and returning to the race in last place, he worked himself back to 14th position by lap 22. Hayes would end up the race in seventh place.
On lap 27 of 48, Zemke had closed the gap to only half a second, down from an earlier three seconds. The gap would get closer and closer as the laps progressed. Soon, Bostrom and Zemke were involved in a full-on battle for the lead.
Farther back, Yates was under attack by the American Honda boys, Miguel Duhamel and Ben Bostrom who were running fifth and sixth respectively.
With only 10 laps to go, Mladin came into the pits to replace his rear tire. For any other team, such an undertaking would have taken minutes, but Mladin's crew is not just any crew; Mladin's tire change cost him only three places.
In the end, Zemke was to remain winless and Eric Bostrom was to win his first race of the season. This was also Ducati's and Michelin's first race win in years.