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Zemke Earns Seventh-Place Finish; Ulrich Crashes Out In Day 1 Action At Barber
Posted by: newsla on Jun 22, 2014 - 07:49 AM
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Zemke Earns Seventh-Place Finish; Ulrich Crashes Out In Day 1 Action At Barber


A hot day at Barber Motorsports Park produced only lukewarm results for the GEICO Honda Motorcycle team with rider Jake Zemke finishing in the second pack of Daytona SportBike riders in seventh place. In Superbike action, Chris Ulrich finished his day in the medical center after crashing hard on lap seven. Ulrich had a gash on his arm that required stitches but was otherwise unhurt.

 

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"We qualified 12th today, which was not where we wanted to start," Zemke said. "It's frustrating because the guys have been working really hard to squeeze more power out of my bike since the last race. We qualified with one setup and used a different one for the race that I was much happier with but still didn't get the results we wanted. We were able to finish seventh and even battled for fifth there for a little while, so we have some things to look forward to in tomorrow's race."

Zemke and other riders realized that the reduced two-day schedule, versus the traditional three-day slate, changed the parameters of what his championship-winning team can do between sessions.

"We definitely had a little less setup time today, which was different for all of us," Zemke said. "For me personally, I've been around so long and started with so many different schedules that I made it work. I come from a dirt track background where they do everything in one day, so it wasn't that bad.

"It is hard on the guys that maybe do not train in the heat like today and it is especially hard for the bikes, but I understand the series needs to make this change for the teams and the fans."

A malfunction with his bike was the culprit in Ulrich's crash. The veteran rider reported that his 1,000cc machine dropped into neutral as he traversed the course, causing him to come off the machine and crash into a retaining wall for the first time in his career.

"We actually made a lot of progress today," Ulrich said. "Unfortunately, I was coming into lap seven and caught a neutral between third and fourth gear on a downshift. I was pretty frantic trying to get it back into gear because you are going pretty fast around that turn. I realized I wasn't going to save it and saw the wall coming pretty fast, so I slid out.

"I got a little gash on my arm that required a few stitches but am OK overall. The medical team was great and I thank them. I'll need to assess where I am physically in the morning to see if I can race and then I'll need to get cleared by the doctors. I think that's what will happen because I am hoping for a very strong race tomorrow."

Both Zemke and Ulrich will try again Sunday during the second races of the Triumph Double Header. SportBike kicks off at 2 p.m. and Superbike at 3 p.m. Live coverage can be seen at FansChoice.TV.

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