Mid Ohio Sports Car Course
Lexington, OH August 3, 2008
HOLDEN SCORES PODIUM FINISH IN MID OHIO SUPERSTOCK
The podium performance of Jake Holden and his Corona Extra Racing SuperStock Honda CBR1000RR continued at Mid Ohio this weekend with a fine third place finish. Teammate Matt Lynn’s SuperBike race ended in a spectacular crash in the red-flag plagued race.
The weather at the Mid-Ohio track was perfect for the entire weekend and riders made the most of nearly ideal track conditions. In SuperBike, Lynn struggled to get a good set-up, not being able to get the bike to turn in as well as he would have liked. He qualified on the fourth row in thirteenth. The first superbike race proved to be a crash-fest with almost all the top riders going down in mishap after mishap, resulting in three restarts! It was third time unlucky for Matt who, starting from eighth on the grid went down on lap eleven. The bike burst into flames and with corner workers failing to respond quickly to putting out the fire effectively destroying his CBR1000RR and finishing his weekend. Matt is thirteenth in the championship points standing.
Jake Holden was quickly up to speed in SuperStock and consistently at or near the top of the practice sessions. In qualifying, his plan for a quick lap never quite came together and he ended up settling for third on the grid. At the green flag, a missed start put him in fourth behind Jeff May. The Mid Ohio track is well known for being difficult to pass and it took Jake twelve laps to get by. He put his head down to go after the leading pair and was making up nearly half a second a lap on them but just ran out of time. As Holden said afterwards, “I just needed another couple of laps.” Holden remains second in the points.
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