The three-day Dunlop tire testing at historic Daytona International Speedway wrapped up on Wednesday.
The weather has been perfect throughout the test and teams have been using their extensive track time to prepare for Daytona 200 Week By Honda on March 1-10.
But teams and riders always want more and 2006 Daytona 200 By Honda champion Jake Zemke says while the test has been successful, he would be willing to spend more days at DIS testing if he could.
"Sure, a fourth day, a fifth, a sixth, we can test all week," Zemke said with a laugh. "That'd be fine by me. Until we're perfectly happy with everything, which as a racer I don't think anybody is perfectly happy, we always want more time. It's good and we've got plenty of tests outside of here before we come back. We have plenty of more time to look at a lot more stuff and get things dialed in."
Zemke, who'll defend his Daytona 200 By Honda win on Saturday, March 10, says the majority of his time during the test has been spent on Honda's new traction control system.
"That's where 80 percent of our efforts are going right now," Zemke said. "To get up to speed with this stuff and to make it an effective tool, it takes a lot of time. Unless we're not out on the track, we're not able to figure out what we need from the traction control system."
The Dunlop tire test is the second visit to DIS for the American Honda team, which held a private test at "The World Center of Racing" in October following Fall Cycle Scene.
During that test, Zemke revisited his 2006 Daytona 200 By Honda win.
"As a kid growing up, I always looked at all the names of people that won this race," Zemke said. "Historically, the Daytona 200 is the biggest race we have in America. It means an awful lot to put my name up there with some of the legends of motorcycle racing."
While the victory was an important piece to Zemke's career, the triumph was also important to Honda. The manufacturer puts a tremendous amount of effort into the race and hopes the victory translates into motorcycles sales.
"To win the Daytona 200, it's huge for the manufacturer because it's the start of spring," Zemke said. "It's March when all the sport bikes are coming out. It creates a lot of press and a lot of publicity for the manufacturers that win the race. It's definitely a great way to sell motorcycles. That's the whole reason why we do race. It's an advertising tool to the public to showcase the attributes of the bike. It definitely shows what the bikes are capable of doing. It feeds the fans to go out and ride."
While the Dunlop tire test has concluded, Pirelli and Michelin tire testing are scheduled for the next two days at DIS and the sessions are free and open to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand available through DAYTONA USA.
Tickets for Daytona 200 Week By Honda are available online at http://www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.