DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Jake Zemke continued his impressive debut with Michael Jordan Motorsports by giving the NBA legend his second American SuperBike win at Daytona International Speedway.
Zemke charged past fellow Suzuki rider Tommy Hayden at the finish line by a mere 0.009 seconds.
“It was so close,” said Zemke. “I didn’t know who won. I was riding around on that last lap after the checkered flag and I kept looking at the tower looking at the numbers. I’m like mine’s on top but when is it going to change. I couldn’t really celebrate until I got in here (in Gatorade Victory Lane). I still wasn’t sure.”
Tommy Hayden, who was runner up in Thursday’s race as well, hoped leading the race was the best position to be in coming to the checkered flag after watching Zemke ride away from him in the closing laps of Thursday’s race.
“I knew Jake was going to be tough again,” said Hayden. “I thought leading was going to be my best bet. I just didn’t have quite enough speed. The race was a couple feet too long for me today.”
The top-five bikes were separated by less than a second with Ben Bostrom rounding out the podium. Zemke’s teammate Aaron Yates finished fourth with Larry Pegram on a Ducati finishing fifth.
After barely missing the victory in the SuperSport race Thursday by .001 seconds, 17-year-old Joey Pascarella dominated Friday’s race – leading every lap of the 35-mile race.
“We were all riding really good,” said Pascarella. “I just put my head down and rode as hard as I could.”
LTD Racing swept the podium with Pascarella’s teammates Jake Gagne and Tomas Puerta finishing second and third.