The New Jersey Devil’s Lottery Showdown is in the books, and Riders Discount Triumph is back on the road after a weekend of mixed results in the AMA Daytona Sportbike class. Veteran rider and new team member Jake Zemke took to the track aboard the 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R for only the second time of the season and managed to bring home two top ten finishes, while Joey Pascarella experienced a bout of bad luck and ended both races early.
The weekend started off well for both Zemke and Pascarella, with the pair consistently improving their pace throughout practice and into qualifying. By the end of these sessions, Pascarella had earned the 9th spot on the grid and Zemke would be starting from 11th. Things went a little differently in race one, however. Zemke got off to a solid start that had him running in 8th place after a few laps and ran a lonely race from then on. He maintained this position until the checkered flag. Pascarella had worse fortunes and unfortunately ended his race early with a crash in the second lap.
Sunday began with both riders looking to improve upon their performances from the first race. This showed in the morning warmup, where Zemke put in his fastest lap of the weekend. He led a trio of Triumph Daytona 675R’s that included DiSalvo and Pascarella. Race two saw Zemke get off to an even better start than the day before, and had him in the mix running a much less lonely race. He was able to fight as far up as 6th before finishing the race in 7th. Pascarella’s second race also got off to a better start, but it was unfortunately not going to last. An engine failure brought things to a halt before he could get going in earnest.
Jake Zemke – “The Riders Discount team did a great job of giving me a better motorcycle each time we went out on track this weekend. In only our second race on the 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R, we were able to come away with two top 10 finishes. Sunday’s race was much better and had us in the battle for 4-7th position. Our setup allowed us to run with those guys, but unfortunately as the race wore on we were also fighting rear grip issues that prevented us from moving up the order. We are really looking forward to the next race at Laguna Seca in two weeks to build on our performance from this weekend.”
Joey Pascarella – “This weekend was a learning experience for the Riders Discount crew and myself. We got the 2013 Triumph 675R working better than it has been all season, and I found a lot out about the bike. I feel like we would have had a good pace in the races but unfortunately we didn’t have the best of luck. In race one I got a bad start and knew I had to make up for it by passing fast and latching onto the group, but in doing so I got a little ahead of myself and crashed on the second lap. Going into race two I was feeling really good and wanted to make up for Saturday’s crash. My start was much better and I was right where I needed to be until the engine failed going down the straight in lap one. I wasn’t happy, but I had to let it go. This is racing, and things can happen that no one has control of. We all learned a ton this weekend and, despite the bad luck, I think we can still carry the positive momentum into Laguna in two weeks time. My crew worked their butts off and I can’t thank them enough for all the hard work.”
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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