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Team and JHR Struggle at Mid-Ohio

NEWS July 14, 2011

Team and JHR Struggle at Mid-Ohio

Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Despite putting the bike on the front row in qualifying, Lady Luck just wasn’t with Jake Holden Racing and Team at Mid-Ohio. The hot weather was especially unforgiving with many of the top qualifiers putting in times that were slower than their efforts last year. In Saturday’s race, Jake realized quickly that his tire choice was not cut out for the track’s conditions and, rather than risk further injury to his still-healing hand, he opted to pull off having completed only five laps. After taking in all the information they could after Sunday morning warm-up, the team was ready for Sunday’s race. But again, it wasn’t to be and the Ducati 848 EVO’s transmission stuck itself in fourth gear on the second lap, forcing Jake to yet again retire.

Despite coming away from Mid-Ohio (one of Jake’s favorite tracks) with two DNFs, there is good news in all of this. First, Jake proved to himself that his hand is ready for racing after putting in consistently fast laps in practice. And second, Jake is now in Western Michigan for a visit to the Team headquarters. There, the team will test for Jake’s upcoming return to the American Superbike class aboard one of the superbikes!

Jake Holden – “I really wanted to get back out this past weekend and put my Team Jake Holden Racing Ducati 848 EVO back on the box but unfortunately things happened in both races and I was unable to do so. I went well in both qualifying and practice sessions and knew my fitness was back where it needed to be. Things happen in racing that can't be controlled. I am even more fired up for Laguna where I will be racing in both Daytona SportBike and making my return to the American SuperBike class. Laguna has always been good to me and I am confident I can make my team and the family proud of me! ‘Rock-n-Roll!’”

Brian Gibson, owner – “It was a busy weekend for Team! We had a lot of success with WERA at the Grattan Double-Header weekend in Michigan, but Jake’s premier in Team colors didn’t exactly go as we had hoped for. The good news is that Jake will be with us testing our bikes for his return to the American Superbike class at Laguna Seca. All of us are really excited to see one of our in-house prepared bikes back on the AMA grid in California!”

Jake Holden Racing and Team are now focusing all their efforts on the next event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix. Not only will Jake be riding his Ducati 848 EVO, he’ll also make his return to the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike class aboard a superbike!

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