Team RidersDiscount.com and Jake Holden Racing Preview the Red Bull USGP
NEWS July 18, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Holland, Michigan 18 July 2011 - Team RidersDiscount.com and Jake Holden Racing are excited to get on the grid for another action-packed weekend in the Daytona SportBike class at Laguna Seca. With the recent addition of Cameron Beaubier to the Team RidersDiscount.com Jake Holden Racing garage, there will now be two bikes in RidersDiscount.com colors on the AMA DSB grid. And, to make things especially exciting for everyone, Jake will return to the AMA’s premier American SuperBike class this coming weekend!
After testing both of the RidersDiscount.com-built and prepared superbikes; the Yamaha YZF-R1 and the BMW S1000RR - Jake has decided that the BMW will be better suited to Laguna’s undulated and technical layout. His decision comes after two days of testing at Grattan Raceway and Gingerman Raceway, which are both a quick drive from the RidersDiscount.com headquarters. Each track provides a different emphasis on setup and after many laps riding both bikes, it was determined that, at least for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, that the RidersDiscount.com BMW S1000RR would be the machine of choice.
Jake Holden – “At first, I was really focused on the Yamaha YZF-R1 because I’ve ridden one - Ben Bostrom’s, and I really liked it, so I was just going into this test thinking that I’d be racing the Yamaha at Laguna Seca. But I gave in and wanted to do a couple laps on the BMW just to say I did it. I got on it and the package on that bike is really impressive, it just suits my riding style – I feel really comfortable on the bike. You can’t even really feel the electronics working, it just keeps the bike in line and I think it’s going to be a good package for Laguna Seca. Last year at Laguna, I filled in for John Hopkins on the Monster M4 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and I led maybe a lap or two there and I felt pretty confident in myself. Now, I feel confident in going back there on the RidersDiscount.com BMW S1000RR. Hopefully, we can make some noise and spray some champagne!”
Cameron Beaubier – “I’m super excited to be going into Laguna Seca knowing that RidersDiscount.com is supporting me. I’ve seen how well Jake Holden Racing and RidersDiscount.com have worked together and I’m happy to be a part of it. Laguna is my home track, so my family and friends will be there. I crashed there last year in the SuperSport event, so I’m looking to redeem myself this coming weekend!”
Brian Gibson, owner RidersDiscount.com – “It’s been a very busy week of testing to understand exactly what Jake wants out of a superbike. We took Jake to two tracks he’d never seen before and right away he was on the pace – pushing to get the most out of the bikes. It was an impressive show and we’re proud that he really believes in the motorcycles we put together in our own shop. They were both about on par with each other in terms of performance but Jake has a good feeling that, at least for Laguna Seca, that the S1000RR would be perfect in terms of setup, so that’s what he’s taking with him.
Between getting back into American SuperBike and adding Cameron Beaubier to the Team RidersDiscount.com roster, it’ll be a big weekend for the whole crew. Cameron has proven without a doubt that he can ride up front and right now, I can’t think of anything better than seeing these two riders on the podium in the Daytona SportBike class. Jake's return to the big bike class is just the icing on the cake!”
With testing complete, the team heads west to California for a weekend of racing in front of the world. Jake Holden Racing and Team RidersDiscount.com have a great fondness for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and, especially the fans out there! If you’re in the Sacramento, California-area Tuesday, 19 July - stop by the Hooters on Challenge Way (Off Arden) for a special bike night sponsored by Dunlop. There you can see the Team RidersDiscount.com BMW S1000RR in person and meet Jake Holden, get an autograph or just have a chat with the man himself. For updates on the team and other news, check out facebook.com/ridersdiscount and facebook.com/jakeholdenracing.
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