The 2013 AMA season came to its conclusion at Laguna Seca this past weekend, and Riders Discount Triumph continued it’s run of late season improvements to the new Triumph Daytona 675R by earning their best finish of the season.
With the AMA sharing the track with WSBK for the weekend, there would only be one race instead of the standard two; and both of the team’s riders, Jake Zemke and Joey Pascarella, aimed to make the most of it. The pair started out the weekend well and managed to earn top-ten starting positions during qualifying, but they would end up with varying results.
Zemke managed to give the team their best finish of the season by putting in an excellent performance during what was only his third race aboard the Triumph Daytona 675R. He passed and held off multiple riders in the last few laps before crossing the finish line in 6th place. Pascarella, however, wasn’t quite so lucky during Sunday’s race, and went down in turn one after coming together with another rider. He was able to pick the bike up, get back on track and make his way back up through the pack, but a mechanical issue resulting from the crash forced him back into the pits early.
Jake Zemke – “The race went well for us. Once again, the Riders Discount team kept improving the Triumph 675R every time we went out. We didn’t qualify as well as we wanted to, but things went a lot better in the race. We were able to pass a few guys to finish 6th, which is not too bad at all considering it’s only our 3rd time on the bike. It makes me wish that the season was just starting instead of ending! We made great progress with the Triumph and haven’t reached the potential of the bike yet.”
Joey Pascarella – “This weekend was a strange one for myself and the crew. Qualifying was tough because we had a problem with the bike that caused us to miss the first session. Luckily things were up and running for the second and I was able to get into a groove where I threw down a couple of good laps that put me in 8th. Considering the missed session, we were pretty happy with that result. In the race I got off to an okay start before I unfortunately got into it with another rider and went down in turn one. When I got back on track I started working my way back through the pack until I got a weird feeling with the bike and had to come in. We had a bad day on Sunday, but that’s how racing goes sometimes! I can’t thank the whole Riders Discount Triumph team enough, and I’m looking forward to 2014!”
Joey Pascarella would like to thank his sponsors: Riders Discount, Triumph, Speed and Strength, Shoei, Akrapovic, Dunlop, Motion Pro, Zero Gravity, Vicci, Maxima, Saddlemen, Sidi, Forcefield Armour, Renthal, Andrew Swenson Designs, Hanshaw Engines, GB Covers, Brembo, Cap-It Tire Warmers, Spiegler, Attack Performance, Utopia, Sharkskinz, Drippinwet, Pitbull, Fastbikes USA.
Jake Zemke would like to thank his sponsors: Riders Discount, Triumph, Shoei, TPL Racing, Akrapovic, Dunlop, Motion Pro, Zero Gravity, Maxima, Saddlemen, Renthal, Andrew Swenson Design, Hanshaw Engines, GB Covers, Brembo, Speigler, Sharkskin, Troy Lee Design, Alpinestars, Z Gallerie, DVS
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