Jake Zemke got his Jordan Suzuki career off to a fantastic start, taking the first victory of the 2010 American SuperBike season on the high banks of Daytona. Joining the former Daytona 200 winner on the Race 1 podium were Yoshimura Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden and Ducati’s Larry Pegram.
National Guard Jordan Suzuki rider Jake Zemke snagged the season opener at Daytona.
Hayden’s Yosh teammate, Blake Young, jumped out front with the holeshot for the 15-lap main event, followed by Pegram. Hayden was third-fastest the first time across the line, followed by the Jordan Suzukis with pole-position starter Aaron Yates in fourth and Zemke fifth. The order mattered little, however, as the front five were all within a second of the leader.
Zemke and Yates soon swapped spots, with the top five, like the SuperSport race before bunching close together a mere 0.2 gap. As for expected front runner Yamaha Josh Hayes, the Yamaha pilot ran off track on the first lap and had to piece his way up through the ranks the remainder of the race.
On Lap 5 Hayden moved to the front. Young managed to retake the lead one lap later, but the Zemke pushed ahead. Zemke, who would eventually lead the most laps of the race at 5, held on to the top position as the four behind continued to jockey for position.
Tommy Hayden finished second in SuperBike Race 1. The Suzuki rider's battle with Larry Pegram cost him the draft behind Zemke on the last lap.
At the 2/3 mark, the front five still maintained a meager half-second gap between first and fifth. Pegram made his move, getting the 1098R in the lead for two laps before Hayden vaulted ahead once again. The elder Hayden’s lead was shortlived, however, as Zemke retook the advantage for the final two circuits of the high banks.
Zemke crossed the line with a 0.238 lead, with Hayden and Pegram neck and neck to the finish. Yates ended the day in fourth, with Young rounding out the top five. As for Hayes, the Graves Yamaha rider only managed a 13th-place finish, more than a minute behind Zemke. Fellow Yamaha pilot Ben Bostrom fared even worse aboard the Pat Clark R1, finishing way back in 18th a full lap down.
Well behind the front five, Chris Ulrich finished in sixth-place - followed by fellow GSX-R1000 rider Taylor Knapp. Shawn Higbee road the Moto Forza Ducati 1098R to eighth, with Suzuki’s Shane Narbonne and Ducati’s Barrett Long rounding out the top 10.
Blake Young lead the early laps of SuperBike Race 1 but fell to fifth place when the checkered was waved.
“If it was Tommy in the lead, things might have been different. But Jake’s bike seemed to have a little more steam.” – Larry Pegram
“The beginning of the race I was just feeling the bike out. We made some significant changes from qualifying, basically every time I went on the track. We had one test before we came here.” – Jake Zemke
2010 Daytona American SBK Race 1 Results
1. Jake Zemke (Suzuki)
2. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki) +0.238
3. Larry Pegram (Ducati) +0.259
4. Aaron Yates (Suzuki) +0.291
5. Blake Young (Suzuki) +0.307
6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) +27.398
7. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki) +27.43
8. Shawn Higbee (Ducati) +1 lap
9. Shane Narbonne (Suzuki) +9.078
10. Barrett Long (Ducati) +16.377
11. Chris Clark (Yamaha) +16.427
12. Eric Haugo (Suzuki) +16.989
13. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) +01:14.2
14. Johnny Rock Page (Suzuki) +01:23.2
15. Eric Pinson (BMW) +01:43.2
16. Trent Gibson (Suzuki) +01:43.3
17. Skip Salenius (Suzuki) +1 lap
18. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha)
19. Jeffrey Tigert (Honda) +6 laps
20. Brett McCormick (Suzuki) +10 laps
21. David Anthony (Suzuki) +14 laps
22. Scott Jensen (Suzuki)