Jake Holden Biography

Jake Holden has been racing in the AMA for the last decade, and he’s ridden in just about every class. Superbike, Daytona Sportbike, Superstock, XR1200… You name it and Holden’s probably ridden it.

Jake Holden Vital Statistics

  • AMA Daytona Sportbike Team: Jake Holden Racing
  • Bike: Ducati 848 EVO
  • Number: 59
  • DOB: May 5th, 1983
  • Nationality: American
  • Weight: 175 lbs
  • Height: 6 ft

Jake Holden Biography

Born in Tacoma, Washington, on May 5th 1983, Jake Holden quickly found a need for speed. Holden turned pro at just 16-years-old, and has been a regular in the AMA ever since.

Holden started his professional career with entries into the AMA Superbike and Supersport series, but it wasn’t until 2003 that he found a truly competitive bike. Holden rode to his first top 10 finish during the 2003 season and earned a 15th place overall result for the season in the Superstock class.

Holden’s performance earned him a spot on the Hypercycle Suzuki team in 2004, where he earned his first top five finish in the Superstock class. Holden stuck with Suzuki in 2005, but now with the Lion Racing Team, and continued to improve. In 2005 he finished 6th in the Superstock series after claiming three top five finishes.

In 2006, Holden got some major support from the Michael Jordan Suzuki Team who had noticed his skill throughout the years. Holden would have another successful season in 2006, but it wasn’t until the following year that he claimed his first AMA win.

The following year was even better as Holden added two more win to his career tally, and finished the 2008 Superstock season in third place.

Holden would see his most successful season in the AMA Superbike series in 2009. With the Holden Racing / Corona Honda team, Holden would score 13 top 10 finishes, 2 top five finishes, and end the season in 10th place.

After nearly a decade of racing in the Superstock and Superbike series, Holden decided to mix things up in 2010. Now backed by Roberson Motorsports, Holden entered into the inaugural XR2100 series. Holden finished in the top 10 at every race he competed at, and ended the season in 3rd. Holden also tried his hand in the Daytona Sportbike series for three races. Holden’s performance in the DSB in 2010 led to the decision to ride full time in the DSB in 2011.

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Jake Holden Career Stats

  • 2002 – Superstock – 20th
  • 2002 – Superbike – 52nd
  • 2003 – Superstock – 15th
  • 2003 – Superbike – 17th
  • 2004 – Superstock – 9th
  • 2004 – Superbike – 25th
  • 2005 – Superstock – 6th
  • 2005 – Superbike – 19th
  • 2006 – Superstock – 12th
  • 2006 – Superbike – 12th
  • 2007 – superstock – 9th
  • 2007 – Superbike – 13th
  • 2008 – Superstock – 3rd
  • 2008 – Superbike – 32nd
  • 2009 – Superbike – 10th
  • 2010 – XR1200 – 3rd
  • 2010 – Superbike – 14th
  • 2010 – Daytona Sportbike – 29th

Jake Holden’s Bike – Ducati 848 EVO

  • Manufacturer: Ducati
  • Make: 848 EVO
  • Engine: Liquid cooled L-Twin cylinder
  • Power: 140hp (103kw) @ 10,500rpm
  • Torque: 72.3lb-ft (98Nm) @ 9,750rpm

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AMA Pro Racing Heads to MMP For Testing Session

MMPIt’s been more than two months since the AMA Pro Road Racing Championship hit the asphalt. The AMA may not be racing this weekend, but they will hit the track for a testing session at Miller Motorsports Park. The AMA Pro Racing Championship will head to MMP on May 2-3 for an official two day test.

The two day testing session will give riders a good chance to shake off the rust before the second round of the AMA championship at Infineon Raceway on May 13-15.

Here is a press release from the AMA:

The AMA Pro Road Racing Championship returns to asphalt May 2-3 at next week’s official, two-day test at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah. Located just outside Salt Lake City, the beautiful MMP circuit will play host to the majority of AMA Pro’s top competitors as they prep for both Round 2 at Infineon Raceway (May 13-15) and for MMP’s BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, which will see AMA Pro Road Racing’s Round 3 run alongside Round 5 of the World Superbike Championship, May 28-30.

Heading up the field in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike testing will be reigning SuperBike champion Josh Hayes (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha) and current points leader Blake Young (Rockstar Makita Suzuki). Hayes will be joined by fellow Yamaha SuperBiker Chris Clark (Y.E.S./Pat Clark/Graves Motorsports), while Blake will have teammate Tommy Hayden and Suzuki’s Australian Superbike star, Josh Waters, for brand-centric company.

Team M4 Suzuki’s Round 1 standout (and reigning Daytona SportBike champ) Martin Cardenas will likewise be honing his skills at MMP in the new-to-him class, joined by veteran teammate Chris Ulrich. The Michael Jordan Motorsports effort will be out in force with riders Ben Bostrom (Jordan Suzuki) and National Guard-sponsored Roger Hayden.

Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram will represent just one of a trio of BMW S1000Rs testing at the MMP facility, with Iron Horse BMW fielding both Chris Peris and Tony Kasper. In all, a total of fourteen AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike riders are currently registered for the test.

The AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class will see at least twenty-two of its riders take to the track at Miller, a field that includes Ducati riders Jason DiSalvo on his Daytona 200-winning Team Latus Motors Racing machine, P.J. Jacobson (Celtic Racing), and Jake Holden (DNA Roberson Motorsports), plus a slew of ferocious Yamaha and Suzuki riders.

No fewer than eight Yamaha R6’s, in fact, will be running at Miller, led by Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Herrin. He’ll be joined by Tommy Aquino (Y.E.S./Pat Clark/Graves Motorsports), Melissa Paris (HT Moto Yamaha), and a trio of AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport graduates: LTD Racing/Y.E.S. Yamaha’s Huntley Nash, Cameron Beaubier, and 2010 Top Gun Champion Tyler O’Hara.

On the Suzuki side, 2009 Daytona SportBike Champion Danny Eslick (Richie Morris Racing/GEICO Powersports) will lead the Suzuki delegation to Utah, joined by M4 Suzuki’s talented Dane Westby; Westby’s teammate, Santiago Villa; and Vesrah Suzuki’s highly capable Taylor Knapp and Cory West, among others. A trio of SuperSport Kawasakis will be headed up by Fernando Amantini, while Honda pilot Tyler Odom will likewise put his machinery through its paces.

Thirteen AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport riders are slated to begin testing on Monday, the sessions serving as a preview of the highly anticipated Larry H. Miller SuperSport Challenge event, which will take place during the BigM Weekend and be broadcast live on SPEED2 Sunday, May 29, at 3:05 p.m. PST. Along with the BigM Weekend’s AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 race, the Larry H. Miller SuperSport Challenge will also be included in an AMA Pro Road Racing Special that will air Monday, May 30, at 9 p.m. PST.

The Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport group will be led by Daytona winners Tomas Puerta and Daniel Gaviria on their Team LTD/Y.E.S. Yamahas. SuzukiScoopFans Racing’s Elena Myers was also scheduled to attend the test, but having broken her arm in a Supermoto accident last Monday, she’ll be forced to sit out the test and focus instead on healing in time for a possible return at Round 2. Corey Alexander, however, will be present to represent for Suzuki, while standout young-gun Benny Solis (Team Roadracingworld.com) will lay down laps on his Honda.

The above riders will be joined by Ducati pilots Brad Graham, Jose Flores, and Nicholas Hayman; newcomer Shelina Moreda (Triple Crown Industries Yamaha); and many more.

AMA Pro’s Vance & Hines XR1200 riders are prepping for their first-ever appearance at MMP, and a minimum of eight of the big-twin pilots will be testing May 2-3. They’ll also be preparing for the aforementioned expanded television coverage on SPEED and SPEED2 during the Memorial Day weekend, comprising a live broadcast on SPEED2 (Monday, May 30, at 12:20 p.m. PST) and inclusion in SPEED’s AMA Pro Road Racing Special (Monday, May 30, at 9 p.m. PST).

Daytona winner Kyle Wyman will lead the XR1200 testing group on his RMR Bruce Rossmeyer/Daytona Racing machine, joined by teammates Chris Fillmore and Michael Corbino. AMA Pro Flat Track multi-time champion Joe Kopp (Team Latus Motors) will also be on track, as will SuperSport Top Gun champ Tyler O’Hara and a handful of other Harley-Davidson XR1200 pilots.

The two-day test will begin with team move-in Sunday night, and on-track activities will run 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, the schedule comprising five morning sessions and seven afternoon sessions. AMA Pro National Guard SuperBikes will share the track with AMA Pro Daytona SportBikes, while Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport riders will run jointly with AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 pilots.

Fans are welcome to attend the test, free of charge, and are encouraged to come out and cheer for their favorites. For directions and information, visit http://www.millermotorsportspark.com or call 435-277-RACE (7223). For additional information about the BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, visitwww.BigMweekend.com. For information or tickets to AMA Pro Road Racing’s upcoming Round 2, May 13-15 at Infineon Raceway, visit http://www.infineonraceway.com.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.  Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at http://www.amaproracing.com.

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

Infineon Preview: AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike

AMA_LogoLike last year, the opening round of the 2011 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship saw a single Suzuki rider sweep the double-header, but where current Daytona SportBike rider Jake Zemke filled that role in 2010, 2011 saw the re-emergence of Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s fully recovered, hard-charging Blake Young.

Young, who suffered serious back-injuries mid-season via a crash during testing, had made his return felt at 2010’s season-ending race at Barber Motorsports Park, where he won the last National Guard SuperBike race of the year. But at Daytona International Speedway, Young confirmed that he wants a piece of this year’s championship just as much as teammate (and 2010 runner-up) Tommy Hayden and defending champ, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes.

Young’s rivals for the early lead both had solid opening weekends, Tommy going 2-3 and Hayes kicking off the event by taking pole position before finishing 3-2. And while Hayden was clearly less than satisfied with his result, Hayes could at least cheerfully compare it to his less-than-successful 2010 Daytona experience, which left the Graves team with serious work to do to put the Mississippian back on solid ground.

Jordan Motorsports’ all-new lineup used Daytona to indicate they’ll be regular frontrunners this season, with Jordan Suzuki’s Ben Bostrom turning in a pair of top-five finishes while National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden-back from a determined season in World Superbike-proved capable of the same, earning a fifth-place finish in his first AMA Pro race since 2009.

Contenders can also expect trouble from reigning 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Champion Martin Cardenas, whose SuperBike debut aboard M4 Suzuki machinery was good enough to remind watchers of the dangers of underestimating this quiet but fierce rider. Cardenas was at home on the GSX-R1000 in no time, latching on to race leaders and showing impressive speed right out of the gate, going 6-4 on the Daytona race weekend and leaving the speedway in fifth overall.

A pair of BMW S1000RRs also ran well at the season opener, with Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram—- who switched from Ducati to BMW machinery over the off-season—- looking comfortable inside the top ten and BMW of San Diego’s Jeremy Toye finishing as high as eighth.

The Cycle World/Attack Performance Kawasaki SuperBike effort had a tough Daytona weekend, as a second-row qualifying performance was negated by a DNF in Race 1, though rider Eric Bostrom was able to rebound for a respectable eighth-place finish in Race 2. No word yet on whether the project will be able to secure funding for future rounds, but should the Green Team show up at Infineon, trust that Bostrom will be looking for redemption.

Another team to keep an eye on at Infineon will be Amsoil EBR. A best-finish of twelfth fell far short of what it takes to make Erik Buell Racing pilot Geoff May happy, and having spent the down-time hard at work, the team will be ready to show at Round 2.

In the National Guard’s third year of title sponsorship of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike series, the class is more wide-open than ever-and as ever, the sport is proud to carry the flag for the many men and women who represent the United States throughout the world.

To be a part of next round’s National Guard SuperBike action at Infineon Raceway’s exciting West Coast Moto Jam, click here.

[Press Release Courtesy of AMA Pro Racing]

Miller Motorsports Park Announces Concert Lineup for The BigM Weekend

miller_motorsports_park_logoMiller Motorsports Park is pleased to announce the lineups for its two concerts that will be held on May 28 and May 29 as part of The BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, which will feature the FIM Superbike World Championship and AMA Pro Road Racing.

The Saturday-night concert will be headlined by country superstar Dierks Bentley, with Sawyer Brown and Reckless Kelly as supporting acts. The Sunday-night concert will feature Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

“We are very excited to announce our lineups for the BigM Weekend concerts,” said John Larson, general manager of Miller Motorsports Park. “We know that Dierks Bentley, Sawyer Brown, Reckless Kelly and Creedence Clearwater Revisited are going to be very popular with our fans and we’re looking forward to two great shows!”

Dierks Bentley recently released his new rowdy sing-a-long party single “Am I The Only One” to radio, as the lead single off his upcoming sixth Capitol Nashville studio project. Bentley’s new album follows in the footsteps of his critically acclaimed UP ON THE RIDGE, which earned Album of the Year nominations at the ACM, CMA and GRAMMY Awards this year.

His previous five albums have sold over five million copies, earned 10 GRAMMY nominations, have spawned seven No. 1 hits (“What Was I Thinkin,” “Come A Little Closer,” “Settle For A Slowdown,” “Every Mile A Memory,” “Free and Easy (Down The Road I Go),” “Feel That Fire,” “Sideways”) and 12 Top-10 hits. Bentley is also currently headlining the 30-city 2011 Jägermeister Country Tour through mid-May.

Sawyer Brown became a household name during the 1990s, winning the TNN/Music City News Country Music Awards “Vocal Band of the Year” for six consecutive years, (1993-1998), and the CMT Country Music Awards “Video Group of the Year” for three consecutive years (1993-1995) as well as the Academy of Country Music “Vocal Group of the Year” in 1997. They have released 20 albums, selling over 7 million copies, and more than 50 of their songs have entered the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three No. 1 singles.

Austin-based roots rockers Reckless Kelly are known for the integrity of their musical approach, the hard-core energy of their live shows and the fierce loyalty of their fans. The release of BULLETPROOF in 2008 turned up the intensity on their career. The album quickly became the band’s biggest seller, hitting the Billboard 200 and reaching the Top 25 of the magazine’s Top Country Albums chart. Their latest album, SOMEWHERE IN TIME, was released in 2010.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited brings Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook (bass) and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford (drums) of the original Creedence Clearwater Revival together again with new bandmates to perform the CCR classics that provided the musical background for a generation of Americans in the 1960s and ‘70s. Negotiations are ongoing to secure a possible additional act for the Sunday concert.

Admission to the concerts is free to all race ticket-holders. Concert-only tickets are also available, priced at $25 per day in advance and $30 on the day of the concert(s). A discount of 10 percent is available for groups of 10 or more.

The May 28-30 weekend will include the USA Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship, plus support races from AMA Pro Road Racing including the National Guard Superbike Championship, the Daytona SportBike Championship, the Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship and the Larry H. Miller AMA SuperSport Challenge. There will also be a major tribute to our armed forces in recognition of Memorial Day.

For tickets, group discounts or event information for The BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, visit the event-specific website at www.BigMweekend.com or call 435-277-RACE (7223). Tickets are also available at www.SmithsTix.com. For information regarding Miller Motorsports Park, visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.

[Press Release Courtesy of Miller Motorsports Park]

AMA Pro Racing Responds to Daytona 200 Criticism

daytona-international-speedwayThe Daytona 200 clearly did not go off as planned, unless of course, the AMA purposefully scheduled a three hour break in the middle of the race. Issues with the front tire caused the AMA to red flag the race, send all the riders to the pits, and issue a mandatory front tire change.

This took close to three hours, and some people suggested that the race restart may have been delayed in order to allow Jason DiSalvo and his team to finish work on their engine. This probably would have been a non-issue, but since DiSalvo ended up winning the race, some people are crying foul.

In Regard to Jason DiSalvo: Here’s a statement from the AMA:

“The length of the red flag was solely dictated by the time it took to safely address the tire problem. To that fact, AMA Pro would simply add that we are fiercely dedicated to treating all of our participating teams and manufacturers equally and fairly, and further, that the matter of our dwindling live TV time—the importance of putting our series in front of a live, prime-time audience—was also of great importance. There was no benefit to AMA Pro in a red track; only in a green one.”

The AMA also said that an AMA staffer was on hand during the entire rebuild of DiSalvo’s bike, and that Team Latus followed all rules and regulations.

So if there wasn’t any favoritism for Jason DiSalvo, how did changing 30+ tires take close to three hours?

In Regard to the Length of the Red Flag: The AMA says that the length of the red flag was “wholly and solely dictated by thejason_disalvo_wins_daytona_200amount of time it took to get each of the thirty-eight Daytona 200 competitors re-fitted with new-spec tires that were warmed long enough to be safely raced on. The downtime included the paddock’s attempts to comply with original instructions, the communication to the paddock of Dunlop’s revised assessment, the process of getting the entire field’s front rims re-fitted with new-spec rubber, and the time it took to safely warm new tires.”

In Regard to the 15 Lap Sprint: The AMA also addressed why the race was shortened to 15 laps. Going into the Daytona 200, most riders were told and expected to finish the race on the same front tire that they started the race with. After the red flag, it was decided that all riders could complete a 15 lap race safely, and that finishing the remaining 30 laps would require riders to change a front tire, which a few riders did not have.

Because of this, the AMA decided that the best option was to finish the Daytona 200 with a 15 lap sprint.

In Regard to Final Scoring: The AMA addressed the final lap, which saw one final red lap flag. A crash involving Dane Westby and Taylor Knapp caused the red flag to fly, milliseconds after the top five riders crossed the finish line. The AMA says that they scored the race correctly, but after reviewing footage, they have decided to address a penalty. Who will receive the penalty will be announced once the rider in question has been notified.

To Sum Up: The AMA tried to make the best of a bad situation. Every decision the AMA made was the right one. It’s just unfortunate that those decisions had to be made. There’s close to two months before the next AMA Pro Racing event, and you can bet that the AMA, Dunlop, and everyone at Laguna Seca will be working to make sure that the second round of the AMA goes off flawlessly.

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com