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
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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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Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

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

Laverty Tops Final Pre-Season Test

British_Superbike_logoThe next time the British Superbike riders step out onto the track will be for the opening round of the 2011 BSB season at Brands Hatch. The British Superbike riders finished their final pre-season test today at the new Snetterton 300 track, and Swan Yamaha’s Michael Laverty led the way.

Laverty quickly adjusted to the new Swan Yamaha bike and was able to put in the quickest lap around the Snetterton track. Laverty had an average speed of more than 100 mph during his fastest lap, setting a time of 1’48.8 seconds.

“It has been a pretty good day for us and to be honest we haven’t strayed away too much from the base setting we had in Cartagena,” Laverty said. “This afternoon we made a tweak to the suspension but really until then I was blowing away the cobwebs as I hadn’t ridden since Spain. The Swan Yamaha was working well and it was great to get some more track time here before we start racing at Brands Hatch next weekend.”

Laverty was trailed by Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne by just .2 seconds. Byrne has two British Superbike championships under his belt, but he hasn’t raced in the BSB since his last championship victory in 2008. The HM Honda Plant rider has spent the last two seasons in the World Superbike series, but is happy to return back to the British series.

A Suzuki bike came across the line next with the help of Josh Brookes. Brookes, with the Relentless Suzuki team, finished another .2 seconds behind Byrne.

“I love the new track and full credit to the design team behind it as it is now an awesome track,” Brookes said. “This morning we were just bedding in to the new circuit and I think when we come here later in the year we will be faster once the track has had more laps on it and it is warmer. We didn’t really change anything from Brands Hatch and I was able to do two long runs and everything seemed to be working well for us.

“Once we were more familiar with the circuit we changed a link that we thought would work better based on our previous experience. I then swapped bikes and concentrated on doing some longer stints on the other one. I wanted to do another couple of laps on a new tyre but then the final session was red flagged, which was a bit of a shame but we are feeling good now and ready for Brands Hatch.”

Snetterton 300 Unofficial Test Results

  1. Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) 1’48.8
  2. Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) 1’49.0
  3. Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki) 1’49.2
  4. John Hoplins (Samsung Crescent Racing) 1’49.2
  5. Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing) 1m:49.5
  6. Michael Rutter (Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati) 1’49.6
  7. James Westmoreland (Motorpoint Yamaha) 1’49.6
  8. Loris Baz (Motorpoint Yamaha) 1’49.7
  9. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) 1’49.8
  10. Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) 1’49.8

Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

COMPETITION ACCESSORIES STEPS UP SPONSORSHIP OF FOREMOST/PEGRAM RACING AMA SUPERBIKE TEAM.

Announces Season Long Free Race T-Shirt Promotion to Celebrate 50Th Anniversary.

50th anniversary Pegram T-Shirt

Competition Accessories, the well known direct merchant of motorcycle parts and accessories has stepped up its promotional support for Larry Pegram and the Foremost / Pegram Racing BMW S1000RR campaigning in the AMA American Superbike Championship for 2011. In addition to increasing its traditional long-term level of support for the team, Comp-A is sponsoring the distribution of specially designed  (see image) 50th Anniversary shirts for several hours each race day from the Pegram Racing Transport / Garage area.  A minimum of 1,000 shirts will be available for distribution at each race weekend. Fans are encouraged to stop by and view pre-race preparations and pick up a free shirt. Hours of distribution will be posted at each event as well as on the Competition Accessories blog. ( blog.compacc.com )

Larry Pegram, (Pegram Racing) … “The compacc.com.com guys came up with a great added value opportunity for race fans that takes the fun of visiting us in the paddock to a whole new level. As a family run team we are always conscious of our debt to the fans who support our sport, so this is a small way we can give back.”

Dan Conetta,  (Competition Accessories)…. “Larry and I discussed the promotion late last year as part of our upcoming year long 50th Anniversary Celebration, and once BMW and Larry joined up this year we became even more excited about the opportunity. It’s been a race to get the t-shirts designed and produced before Daytona but we made it in time.”

Other sponsors for the Pegram Racing BMW 1000RR include Foremost Insurance Group, BMW, Shoei Helmets and Tourmaster / Cortech.

Competition  Accessories is celebrating 50 Years of selling the best of Motorcycle Helmets, Motorcycle Gear, Motorcycle Jackets and Other Parts & Accessories

We hope to see you at the Races!!

Information from

Competition Accessories

3049 South Cross Blvd. Ste 105

Rock Hill SC 29730

www.compacc.com

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Ducati Announces the 2011 848 EVO Club Racing Program

Ducati_848_EvoDucati announces today the launch of the 2011 848EVO Club Racing Contingency Program; a package to support riders campaigning Ducati’s new middleweight Superbike in regional race competition.

Ducati continues to push the envelopes of racing performance and technology. The new 848EVO is a direct result of these ambitions combined with years of development while racing the 848 Superbike. In 2011, Ducati riders from around the nation will be competing for one of the best contingency programs available.

The 848EVO Club Racing Contingency Program is open to any rider competing on a Ducati 848EVO Superbike purchased from an authorized US Ducati dealer. Payouts will be made in Ducati credit vouchers for the amounts of $700, $300 and $150; representing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes.

The regional series supported by the program are CCS, CMRA, WSMC, MRA, OMMRA, WMRRA, and AFM. There will be 109 races eligible for payout under the program, a minimum of three race weekends per series, and two-to-three classes paying out per race meeting. The 2011 program is Ducati’s best in years, and underlines the brand’s confidence in the capabilities of the new 848EVO.

Ducati is also pleased to announce the nine competing riders it has careful selected as part of the 848EVO Club Racing Program. Jim Chaconas, Howard Crow, Jose Flores, Doug Hillius, Ryan Jones, Barrett Long, Brent Lyskawa, Stefano Mesa and Joel Spalding will be representing the iconic brand on their new 848EVO race bikes throughout the full 2011 season.

For full details about the 2011 848EVO Club Racing Contingency program- including all dates, forms and eligible classes- please visit www.ducatiusa.com.

[Press Release and Photo Courtesy of Ducati]