GEICO Honda’s road racers Jake Zemke and Chris Ulrich are prepping for the upcoming round of the AMA Pro road racing series in a unique way. Instead of turning laps at a local track, the pair are spending two days teaching a motorcycle safety course to U.S. troops at Camp Roberts near San Luis Obispo, Calif.
"I'm really excited to be headed out to Camp Roberts," said Zemke. "I only live about 20 minutes from Camp Roberts and I raced for the National Guard in 2010, giving them their first two AMA Pro Superbike wins, so I know firsthand how cool it is to give back to our military. I couldn't be more excited to teach this class and to be able to hang out with the thousands of soldiers in attendance."
In addition to teaching the course, which started yesterday and continues today, the GEICO Honda duo will also spend some quality time with some of America’s military heroes. Both Zemke and Ulrich see the importance of educating soldiers who ride about how to properly and safely ride a motorcycle.
"My family has been in racing for many years," said Ulrich. "I learned from a very young age how to respect a motorcycle and the proper precautions when riding, both on the street and on the track.
“I want these soldiers to enjoy riding, but I also want to help keep them safe so they can continue to keep all of us safe,” continued Ulrich. “I am honored to be a part of the GEICO Honda team and to have the opportunity to help these men and women because I hold them in such high regard."
Following the two-day training session, Zemke and Ulrich will turn their focus to competing at round three of the AMA Pro road racing series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., this Saturday and Sunday.
"The GEICO Honda team has been working nonstop since Road America to try and squeeze some more power out of my CBR600," said Zemke, who races the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class. "We were able to get the bike handling really well so we are looking forward to putting all the pieces together and being more competitive at Barber."
Added AMA Pro Superbike racer Ulrich: "Barber is always an extremely hot and physical race. I excel at physical races, so I am looking forward to taking our changes and what we have learned so far this season to that track. Our shop has been near that facility for 25 years, so it's always a favorite race for me being my home away from home."