Zemke victorious in Supersport thriller Erion Honda's Jake Zemke won a spectacular Pro Honda Oils Supersport race at Miller Motorsports Park Sunday morning, coming out on top of an unpredictable three-way dogfight to the checkered flag. The ...
Zemke victorious in Supersport thriller
Erion Honda's Jake Zemke won a spectacular Pro Honda Oils Supersport race at Miller Motorsports Park Sunday morning, coming out on top of an unpredictable three-way dogfight to the checkered flag.
The resurgent Californian overcame dogged efforts from teammate Josh Hayes and Team M4 EMGO Suzuki's Blake Young, who impressed mightily while mixing it up with his more experienced rivals.
Multiple bold passes for position were made before Zemke ultimately survived a final-lap assault from Hayes. The Mississippian's task was made all the more difficult while having to contend with Young, who dove up the inside of him on the final lap, looking determined the steal the win for himself.
However, Young's race ended in heartbreak for a second consecutive day as he encountered mechanical problems with just corners remaining and coasted across the line but not before being relegated to sixth position.
Yamaha's perfect season win streak was snapped in disastrous fashion. Graves Motorsports Yamaha's Ben Bostrom, who carried the points lead into Utah, saw his race ruined before it began. He rolled into pitlane as the field took off following the warm-up lap and jumped on his back-up bike on cold tires in dead last. He could only muster 21st at the checkered flag.
Teammate Josh Herrin was running a solid fourth before bike problems stalled his race halfway. He was able to get going again but only registered 19th.
Bostrom and Zemke now sit tied atop the points chase at 155, while Herrin remains third at 136.
Cory West capitalized on teammate Young's misfortune, sailing past on the front straight to claim third, his first-ever AMA podium finish.
Rockwall Honda's Aaron Gobert took fourth, followed by Graves Yamaha-backed Michael Beck. Yamaha-mounted Tommy Aquino, Matsushima Suzuki's Garrett Carter, Attack Kawasaki's Chaz Davies, and Erion Honda's Shea Fouchek completed the top ten.