Jake Zemke Bio

March 23, 2008
By MotorcycleUSA Staff

Jake Zemke was able to pull away on the final banked section of Daytona to win the first SuperBike race of the year.
Jake Zemke returns in 2010 racing for Michael Jordan Motorsports.

At 21-year-old in 1997, Zemke made his debut as a full-time professional road racer. He finished his first season taking third place in AMA Harley-Davidson SuperTwins and spent the following years competing in multiple classes to learn the ins and outs of the sport.

Zemke took second overall in 750 Superstock in 1999 and in Formula Xtreme in 2000, including a win at Laguna Seca. In 2002 he tied for first in Formula Xtreme points, although he was awarded runner-up status based on the tie-breaker. Zemke’s first Superbike victory was at Brainerd International Raceway in 2004 and his first Daytona 200 win was in 2006. Zemke’s claim to fame in ’06 was the fact that he was the lone ’06 race winner not to sport the last name of Spies or Mladin. Jake the Snake snagged a win at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. The high point of 2006 for Zemke may have been his victory in the Daytona 200.

If Zemke can pull off consecutive Daytona 200 wins, it might just be the momentum he needs to get his Superbike season off on a positive track.

All the hard work paid off in 2008 when Jake won his first AMA Superbike series championship by claiming the Formula Xtreme title that has eluded him for all these years. in 2009, Zemke collected two second-place finishes and 14 top-ten race results earning him a ride with Michael Jordan Motorsports for the 2010 season.

Career Highlights
2009 – 6th AMA Superbike

Jake Zemke made it three Formula Xtreme victories in a row with his win at Infineon. - Infineon
Jake Zemke ’08 Formula Xtreme champion

2008 – 1st Formula Xtreme
2007 – 3rd AMA Superbike
2006 – 7th AMA Superbike
2005 – 2nd AMA Formula Xtreme
2005 – 11th AMA Superbike
2004 – 2nd AMA Formula Xtreme
2004 – 3rd AMA Superbike
2003 – 3rd AMA Formula Xtreme
2003 – 5th AMA U.S. Supersport
2002 – 2nd AMA Formula Xtreme (tied for 1st in points)
2002 – 8th AMA 600 Supersport
2001 – 4th AMA Formula Xtreme
2001 – 6th AMA 600 Supersport
2000 – 2nd AMA Formula Xtreme
2000 – 8th AMA 600 Supersport
1999 – 2nd AMA 750 Supersport
1999 – 15th AMA 600 Supersport
1998 – 10th AMA 750 Supersport
1997 – 3rd AMA Harley-Davidson SuperTwins