Meen Motorsports' Ameen Sajjadi on the Addition of Jake Lewis for 2013

NEWS December 11, 2012

Meen Motorsports' Ameen Sajjadi on the Addition of Jake Lewis for 2013

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After signing Jake Lewis to ride for Meen Motorsports in 2013 & 2014, we speak with team leader, Ameen Sajjadi on the new partnership, including the prospect of bringing on an additional rider in AMA Pro SuperSport.

AMAP: In 2012, Meen Motorsports hosted Bobby Fong, Travis Ohge and Nadr Riad. How would say your team performed last season?
AS: I think the 2012 season was very successful for our team. We had certain goals that we set out to achieve that weren’t too farfetched in our opinion. We executed our game plan for the most part and hit a lot of those goals. It all kind of worked out towards the middle of the season when stopped making mistakes and improved our results.

AMAP: Bobby Fong rode well for you in the GoPro Daytona SportBike class. As the season progressed, Fong and the team started posting impressive results…
AS: Yes. We got a lot of help from Chuck Graves also and Graves Motorsports throughout the season. We kind of bounced some things back and forth and they would help us with engine management and things like that. Bobby benefitted from great all-around team package. We knew we were underdogs whenever we unloaded but we were able to get some decent results and are looking to improve on that in 2013.

AMAP: With the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season approaching fast, you brought on Jake Lewis, SuperSport East champion in 2012, with a two year contract. What does this mean for Meen Motorsports?
AS: This is really big for our program. We’re trying to build a championship winning team and understand it doesn’t happen overnight. Jake understands this as well. We were able to come to an agreement that best suites our goals which is becoming a GoPro Daytona SportBike champion. We’re very much looking forward to building a quality relationship together and believe two years is a good amount of time to build a relationship, test and get some feedback to make a run at a championship. We had that formula last season with Bobby and are confident we’ll have that again with Jake.

AMAP: Are there any additions or changes to the team from the 2012 season that fans can expect from Meen Motorsports?
AS: We’re definitely always trying to improve. This coming season, we’re going to be working very closely with the Graves Motorsports team. We’re going to be on the equipment they’re running, have the same suspension and engine management the factory Yamahas will have in addition to the proper technical support. We feel that with the help from Yamaha in the form of new 2013 YZF-R6s and the technical support from Graves, everything’s improving for us and it’s going to be a great season.

AMAP: What did you see in Jake Lewis that made you want to bring him onboard?
AS: Well I saw last year how well he did and it sparked some interest. I then did some research on him. Before last year, I never really knew about Lewis and never met him. As soon as I got a hold of him and listened to his ideas and attitude I knew that he was on a mission. He has some very realistic goals for 2013 and expects to be the best. We are very interested in working with him and plan on taking it one weekend at a time and competing every week.

AMAP: From last year to this year, we see a large shift in focus from Meen Motorsports from podiums, finishing position and race bike preparation. Is there something in particular that the team plans to go out and accomplish right from the start?
AS: We plan on performing well in the GoPro Daytona SportBike class with Jake Lewis, and are looking into adding a very talented young champion in the SuperSport class as well. Coming out, we want to take it one race weekend at a time. Nothing too amazing off the bat, but want to do well throughout the year.

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