Jake Holden Racing Ready to Move On to Barber
NEWS June 9, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Ashburn, VA- Jake Holden Racing is definitely ready to put the last two race weekends behind them.
After Round 2 of AMA Pro Daytona SportBike at Infineon Raceway, #59 Jake Holden underwent surgery on his left pinky after crashing out of the second race. The surgery was successful and Holden was cleared to race two weeks later on Memorial Day weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.
During the two week break between the Infineon and Miller rounds, Jake Holden Racing added a second rider to their roster. Travis Ohge has been competing in the SuperSport class on the #40 Yamaha YZF-R6. Ohge is only campaigning for points in the West Coast Championship. “Travis is such a talented rider and we thought it would be a good idea to bring him onboard for the remainder of the season,” Team Owner Breeann Poland stated. “ The idea of helping Travis came about at Infineon after he earned strong 5th and 3rd place finishes.”
Fast Forward to Round 3 at Miller Motorsports Park. The weather was nothing short of inconsistent throughout the whole weekend. Recovering from surgery, Holden decided to take the cautious route in first practice Saturday morning and ended up qualifying in the 9th position. His teammate Ohge fought set-up issues and landed in the 13th spot in the SuperSport class starting lineup.
With bad weather on the horizon, the JHR crew worked late into the night making sure both bikes were set-up for the right conditions for Sunday’s races. All into the night and the following day the rain poured down at Miller. Ohge, a comfortable rain rider, was 2nd quickest during the rain filled final qualifying session but he started 13th based on the previous day’s dry condition qualifying times. Right at the start of the SuperSport race, Travis made his move toward the front of the pack. Travis was constantly battling for a podium position and took the checkered flag with a 3rd place finish.
“I was so excited when I saw the forecast for the weekend. I am really confident in the rain and I wanted to give me my team and my family something to be proud of, now I can go home with two podiums in two weekends,” stated Ohge.
On the other side, JHR teammate Holden didn’t feel so comfortable in the rain and in the final qualifying session was finding it hard to get a good feel for the bike and had some issues with his left pinky. Jake has never had a strong result in the rain and was hoping for a change. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, Jake didn’t feel the comfort level during the race to run up front and his hand was still giving him issues so he settled in and rode out the wet conditions finishing 20th. “I really wanted to try and do a repeat from Race 1 at Infineon but I was still having trouble with my finger and that got the best of me,” said a very disappointed Holden.
Moving on to Round 4 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, the team was ready for a repeat with Travis and redemption for Jake.
Travis had never toured the famed Road America track but was eager to use as much track time as he could to learn it. Throughout the weekend Travis was able to improve on his times and finished both of his SuperSport races in the top ten with an 8th in Saturday’s race and a 7th on Sunday. “ I had never been to Road America before but I am really happy to finish both races in the top ten. We just left and I am already itching to get back!” said Ohge.
Unfortunately the bad luck streak continued to follow Holden. The stars weren’t aligned for Jake and he went 0-2 over the weekend. In Race 1 Jake was battling for 9th with another rider and midway through the race low-sided after losing the front and crashing out. In Race 2 Jake ran wide and was stuck in 20th place when the red flag was waved after another rider had crashed. Just after the restart, Jake was making his way into turn 3 when another rider came from behind clipping Jakes bike and sending him soaring through the air. The race was red-flagged yet again and he was transported to the medical center then to urgent care to be treated for swelling of his right leg and a spiral fracture on his thumb, the same hand he had just had surgery on a few weeks before. “ This wasn’t the greatest weekend for me. I am glad I have the next two weeks to regroup and try to be ready for Round 5 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL on Father’s Day weekend June 17th-19th. I need to focus on my hand and make sure I am 100%. My crew has worked so hard this season and I want to come home with a top podium spot,” stated Holden.
JHR will be making their way to Barber Motorsports Park for the Barber SuperBike Classic June 17-19th.
JHR would like to thank the following sponsors: Riders Discount, Motul, FMF, Motion Pro, Studio 819, Vesrah, Zero Gravity, Liquid Performance, Vortex, Bazzaz, Shoei, Cortech, Ultra Graphix, K&N, Speedy Moto, Pitbull, Vicci, Umbrella Girls USA, Chicken Hawk, Penske Racing Shocks, Knovolo
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