MotoAmerica: Jake Lewis on his Switch to M4 Suzuki

We sit down with Jake Lewis to learn about his switch from MotoAmerica Superbike to Superstock 1000.

Jake Lewis at Virginia International Raceway in the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 action.
Jake lewis aboard his aboard his M4 Suzuki GSX-R1000 at Virginia International Raceway.Brian J. Nelson

Last year I definitely had some good weekends but some bad weekends as well so I want to be more consistent this year.

I was getting more comfortable with the surroundings and I feel like was riding better, it's just a bummer I got injured.

I was riding my motocross bike at a local track when I hit a kicker, I went up over the front and came down right now on my shoulder.

It was the week after Road Atlanta that I found out about going leaving Yoshimura and going to the M4 Suzuki team. I was bummed but took the situation as it is.

It's been tough coming back because I was off the bike for three month when everyone else had been testing and racing.

I'm working pretty well with my new team, we've been making improvements and I'm looking forward to the rest of the year

Virginia was really tough because I had been off the bike for so long, I had never ridden a Suzuki in superstock trim and had never worked with the M4 Suzuki team.

I finished 5th and 6th in the Superstock 1000 class but struggled a little bit with fitness towards the end of the races which bummed me out because I thought my shoulder was ready to go.

Now I'm coming back quick. Thankfully, the team scheduled a test for me in Alabama before Road America, that gave me more time to get comfortable with the bike and team.

I'm looking forward to Barber this weekend. It's a track that I really like plus I have a lot of family and friends coming so I'm hoping for some good results

I've been training pretty hard the past few weeks now that I actually can. Getting myself back into racing shape is key but I'm continuing to do that.

The superstock bike doesn't have near as much power as the Yoshimura bike did and the electronics are basically a stock system so I use a lot more rear brake and throttle control which makes me work harder.