Jake Zemke Bio

Jake Zemke

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Jake Zemke - Project 1 Atlanta
Rider: Jake Zemke
Nationality: American
Team: Project 1 Atlanta
Machine: Yamaha R6 (#98)
Born: December 15, 1975 in San Francisco, California

Jake Zemke made his debut as a full-time professional road racer when he was 21, finishing third in his first season in AMA Harley-Davidson SuperTwins. He then 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 Formula Xtreme in 2000, including a win at Laguna Seca. In 2002 he tied for first in Formula Xtreme, 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 took place in 2006. Zemke’s claim to fame came in ’06 when he was the lone race winner not to sport the last name of Spies or Mladin. Jake the Snake snagged a win at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah and the high point of Zemke’s ’06 season may have been his victory at the Daytona 200. 
 

Bridesmaid no more  Jake Zemke won the 2008 AMA Formula Xtreme championship in an epic battle with Josh Hayes.
Jake Zemke (left) earns his first title in 2008 in AMA Formula Xtreme by besting teammate and title holder Josh Hayes (far right).

After placing third in the 2007 AMA Superbike Championship, all of Zemke’s hard work paid off in 2008 when he won his first AMA Racing Championship by claiming the Formula Xtreme title. The next year Zemke collected two second-place finishes and 14 top-10 results, earning him a ride with Michael Jordan Motorsports for the 2010 season.

The 34-year-old rode to another great finish in 2010, taking two wins and three podium finishes to claim third overall in the AMA Superbike series.

For 2011 Zemke will contest the Daytona SportBike Championship aboard the Project 1 Atlanta team.

Jake Zemke Career Highlights

2010 – 3rd AMA Superbike – Suzuki 
2009 – 42nd World Superbike – Honda
2009 – 6th AMA Daytona Sportbike – Honda
2008 – 2nd AMA Supersport – Honda
2008 – 1st AMA Formula Xtreme – Honda
2007 – 3rd AMA Superbike – Honda
2006 – 33rd AMA Formula Xtreme – Honda
2006 – 7th AMA Superbike – Honda
2005 – 2nd AMA Formula Xtreme – Honda
2005 – 11th AMA Superbike – Honda
2004 – 2nd AMA Formula Xtreme – Honda
2004 – 3rd AMA Superbike – Honda
2003 – 3rd AMA Formula Xtreme – Honda
2003 – 5th AMA U.S. Supersport – Honda
2002 – 2nd (tied for 1st in points) AMA Formula Xtreme – Honda
2002 – 8th AMA 600 Supersport – Honda
2001 – 47th AMA 750 Supersport – Honda
2001 – 4th AMA Formula Xtreme – Honda
2001 – 6th AMA 600 Supersport – Honda
2000 – 2nd AMA Formula Xtreme – Honda
2000 – 8th AMA 600 Supersport – Honda
1999 – 51st AMA Superbike – Suzuki
1999 – 2nd AMA 750 Supersport – Suzuki
1999 – 15th AMA 600 Supersport – Suzuki
1998 – 9th AMA 750 Supersport – Suzuki
1997 – 66th AMA Formula Xtreme – Buell
1997 – 3rd AMA Harley-Davidson SuperTwins – Harley-Davidson
1997 – 20th AMA Harley-Davidson 883 Dirt Track – Harley-Davidson

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