Zemke ascends steep learning curve

World Superbike debutant Jake Zemke has declared himself 'satisfied' with his efforts following his maiden outing with the Stiggy Racing team at Monza.

The American, who has been drafted in to replace injured countryman John Hopkins for the latest round of the series in Italy, faces a steep learning curve through the weekend having never competed at the high-speed Italian circuit before.

And so it proved, Zemke being classified just outside the top twenty, even if he managed to lower his quickest lap time by almost two seconds between the sessions.

On the cusp of the position he needs to progress to Superpole, it is the top twenty Zemke is targeting ahead of qualifying.

“I am satisfied with today's progress," Zemke, who would end the day 22nd, said. "We could have been better, but I am starting to feel comfortable on the bike and understand it, which is the main thing at the moment. We are working in that direction, and definitely got better in the last laps.

“I was actually a little upset with myself as I thought we had to qualify for Superpole today, but fortunately, we have another chance tomorrow. There's definitely more in store, so the lap times will have to come down tomorrow, and I will hopefully be able to qualify for a competitive position on the grid.”

Assen podium winner Leon Haslam, meanwhile, endured a quiet start to the weekend, taking a provisional 12th on the grid after persevering with race set-up.

"We made some progress today. We have been persevering with a different front end this weekend and did some back-to-back testing, which has put us in a good direction. We should be able to improve in the next session, although we are not a million miles away.

“I am running good lap times, and managed to set my fastest time in the tenth lap I did on my race tyre. I am pretty happy with the progression we have been able to make so far. There's a few areas we want to improve on, we want to work on the suspension a bit more, but other then that I am comfortably looking forward to tomorrow's qualifying.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Zemke, Brakedown, Monza WSBK 2009
Zemke, Monza WSBK 2009
Zemke, Monza WSBK 2009
Zemke, Monza WSBK 2009
Cluzel and Mahias, WSS Race, Assen WSBK 2017
Cluzel and Mahias, WSS Race, Assen WSBK 2017
Sofuoglu. WSS Race, Assen WSBK 2017
Cluzel, WSS Race, Assen WSBK 2017
Sofuoglu, WSS Race, Assen WSBK 2017
Cluzel, WSS Race, Assen WSBK 2017
Davies, Assen WSBK 2017
Savadori, Assen WSBK 2017
Savadori, Assen WSBK 2017
Air gun, Milwaukee Aprilia, Assen WSBK 2017
Savadori rearsets, Assen WSBK 2017
Assen sticker, Assen WSBK 2017
Pitt and Fores, Assen WSBK 2017
Razgatlioglu, SSTK1000, Assen WSBK 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.