AMA Press Release:
Yoshimura Racing Suzuki’s Blake Young responded to Josh Hayes’ dominating showing on Saturday to score a crucial victory on Sunday, extending the season-long weekend victory split between himself and his title rival.
A second Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam triumph on the part of double class champion Hayes felt almost inevitable as the SuperBikes took the grid. After all, the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha star led every single practice, every qualifying session, and every lap leading into the race — and all by a sizable margin.
Hayes again scorched off into the lead at the race’s opening, building up an imposing 1.033-second gap on the race’s first lap. However, before the pack could even settle in for the battle for second, Hayes made an uncharacteristic error, crashing his #1 YZF-R1 while running alone out in front on the race’s second lap.
And at almost the same moment, Young overhauled Suzuki’s Roger Hayden to inherit the lead.
Young spent the next several laps outlasting an early-race challenge from both a resurgent Hayden and second works Yamaha pilot Josh Herrin.
Young finally ended both men’s hopes of a maiden SuperBike win, working his advantage up to around a second by lap 10 of 22 and steadily building it to well over three seconds by the time he finally took his checkered for his 13th career class victory.
“Obviously, I was battling with Roger at the beginning and I saw Josh go down,” Young explained. “My first thought was maybe there was something on the track, and I kind of saw out the corner of my eye that he was okay. I knew there was a long race ahead of me so I knew I needed to concentrate and focus. It’s pretty easy around this racetrack — as I found out all weekend long — to get excited, start grabbing the brakes hard, get on the gas a little bit aggressively, and find yourself going backwards pretty quick.
“I knew I needed to mellow out, ride my own race, and watch the board. With that said I knew there were a bunch of hungry guys behind me itching for their first win, and with Josh out of the way, everybody behind me was ready to take a shot at me.
“It’s good to get a win out of here — it’s my first win here. I was just talking to Peter Doyle and he told me the first time I came here I got sixth, the next race I got fifth, the next race I got fourth, the next race I got third, yesterday I got second, and today I won. It’s kind of funny how things work out.”
SuperBike freshman Herrin moved into the runner-up spot on lap 14 but his time there didn’t last long. Furthering Yamaha’s misery on the day, a few laps after taking control of second Herrin was forced to pull out of the event due to a mechanical issue.
Hayden wasn’t yet in the clear, however as Team EBR’s Geoff May and Suzuki’s Ben Bostrom tracked the Kentuckian down. May even stole the position for a time late in the race before Hayden snatched it back on a dramatic final lap.
The runner-up result is the best SuperBike finish of Hayden’s career. After the race he said, “I got a good start for once and then when Josh crashed I tried to stay with Blake. I stayed pretty close, but I really struggled in the chicane over there. Every time I would make up some ground he would pull it back out. I was just on the edge trying to keep up and I started sliding all over the place. I fell back a little bit and when Geoff May came by me I hung onto him and just waited until the last few laps and we had a good battle.
“We missed the podium at Atlanta and struggled early this weekend so it’s nice to close out the weekend on a good note.”
May backed up the maiden podium for the EBR 1190RS taken by teammate Danny Eslick on Saturday with one of his own.
“I definitely had to fight really hard to get that one,” May said. “I didn’t get the greatest of starts but got up there with the pack and just tried to conserve my tire and be patient and not expend too much energy because I knew with the heat today it was going to be tough. I just tried to ride as smart and clean as I could and just put my head down.
“I noticed the guys starting to fall off the pace and when I did I put all the energy into it. I got by Rog and then he hung on and we had a nice, clean little battle there at the end. It was fun. It feels good being back up here — it’s been a long two years coming.”
Bostrom finished in fourth just a half-second off second-placed Hayden.
Hayes was able to remount following his stunning mistake and started the long climb back up the field from 17th position and 18 seconds back. “I was able to do some decent laps after the crash but it wasn’t quite the same,” said Hayes. The Mississippian moved his way forward throughout the race and finally came home in seventh position — just a few bike lengths behind fifth (KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore) and sixth (Eslick).
Hayes’ resilient ride combined with his early-season bonus point bounty keeps the title fight close. Young has taken the lead but only by four points (166-162) with three wins apiece for each contender.
1 79 Blake Young Yoshimura Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000
2 54 Roger Hayden National Guard Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
3 99 Geoff May Team Amsoil/Hero EBR 1190RS
4 23 Ben Bostrom Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
5 11 Chris Fillmore KTM/HMC Racing KTM RC8R
6 69 Danny Eslick Team Hero EBR 1190RS
7 1 Josh Hayes Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha R1
8 25 David Anthony Kneedraggers.com/ Motul/Fly Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000
9 3 Robertino Pietri Team Venezuela Suzuki GSX-R1000
10 72 Larry Pegram Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing BMW S1000RR
11 6 Chris Clark Yoshimura Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000
12 12 Stefan Nebel KTM/HMC Racing KTM RC8R
13 18 Chris Ulrich M4 Roadracingworld.com Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
14 19 Shawn Higbee Higbee-Racing EBR 1190RS
15 2 Josh Herrin Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha R1
16 33 Jordan Burgess Kneedraggers.com/ Motul/Fly Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000
17 59 Jake Holden EvanSteelPerformance.com BMW BMW S1000RR
18 15 Steve Rapp Attack Performance Kawasaki ZX-10
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
Triumph’s Jason DiSalvo won the Infineon Raceway AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race on Sunday. The New Yorker had faced some tough luck this year, showing great speed but having some mechanical ills. His luck changed on Sunday and he won the first-ever Daytona SportBike race for Triumph.
“It’s been a year (since I won),” said DiSalvo. “I rode as hard as I could. It sounds like there was a lot of stuff going on behind me. It was pretty brutal out there today. When it gets hot in Northern California, it gets really hot.”
Tommy Hayden was last before the red flag after Jake Zemke’s crash pushed him off the track, but the Graves Yamaha man took full advantage of the red flag and subsequent restart. Hayden, who used a harder tire on Sunday, finished 9.531 seconds back and moved up to second place in the points.
DAYTONA® 200 winner Joey Pascarella earned anther podium with third place in Sonoma. Pascarella, from nearby Vacaville, California, ran at the front in both starts on Sunday.
The battle for fourth place was a thriller with Cory West and J.D. Beach passing Bobby Fong in the last turn of the last lap.
Points leader Cardenas crashed out of second for GEICO Suzuki. Cardenas was able to pass Joey Pascarella and Tommy Hayden and was cutting into DiSalvo’s lead in the closing laps, but tossed it away in the Esses on lap 18.
1 40 Jason DiSalvo Team Latus Motors Racing Triumph Daytona 675
2 8 Tommy Hayden Yamaha Extended Service, Graves, Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6
3 52 Joey Pascarella SGA Racing/Yamaha Champions Riding School Yamaha YZF-R6
4 57 Cory West Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki Team Suzuki GSX-R600
5 95 JD Beach Road Race Factory/Red Bull Yamaha YZF-R6
6 50 Bobby Fong Meen Motorsports Racing Yamaha YZF-R6
7 5 Dane Westby M4 Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600
8 98 Jake Zemke Ducshop Racing Ducati 848
9 60 Michael Beck Full Tuck Racing Yamaha YZF-R6
10 35 Benny Solis Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki Team
11 75 Huntley Nash LTD Racing Yamaha YZF-R6
12 7 Fernando Amantini Team Amantini Kawasaki ZX-6R
13 20 Paul Allison Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries Yamaha
14 72 Bryce Prince Rotobox/Nexx Yamaha YZF-R6
15 74 Josh Galster Josh Galster Racing Yamaha YZF-R6
16 82 Eli Edwards Speeddealer Racing Yamaha YZF-R6
17 45 David Sadowski, Jr. Top Shelf Motorcycles Racing Suzuki GSX-R600
18 62 Shaun Summers Sport Bike Night Racing Yamaha YZF-R6
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
James Rispoli won Sunday’s AMA Pro SuperSport race at Infineon Raceway. After two red flags, Rispoli had a tough battle with Dustin Dominguez and Tomas Puerta.
The race came down to a ten-lap restart. Puerta applied the pressure to Rispoli early and Dominguez was the danger man for the last laps.
“Luckily, I had a good start all three times. Today I rode really hard and hats off to everybody,” said Rispoli. “Everyone is riding really well in SuperSport right now.”
Road Atlanta winner Jake Lewis was able to pressure Puerta late. The Vesrah Suzuki rider beat Hayden Gillim by less than 0.03 for fourth place. Just 2.650 seconds separated the top five riders in the 54-competitor field.
1 1 James Rispoli Celtic racing ·Orient Express Racing ·Army… Suzuki GSX-R600
2 68 Dustin Dominguez Castrol ·Triumph ·GE Capital ·Freedom Road… Triumph Daytona 67
3 12 Tomas Puerta Yamaha ·American Supercamp ·Road Race Factory… Yamaha YZF-R6
4 85 Jake Lewis Riders Discount ·Vesrah ·MCJ Motorsports ·American… Suzuki GSX-R600
5 69 Hayden Gillim RoadRace Factory ·Bell Helmets ·Teknic Leathers… Yamaha YZF-R6
6 37 Stefano Mesa Kneedragger.com ·Galfer ·Bell ·Regina ·Yamaha… Yamaha YZF-R6
7 5 Corey Alexander National Guard ·Fairhills Group ·Celtic ·Hudson… Suzuki GSX-R600
8 80 Garrett Willis GWR ·Leo Vince ·Arai ·Dr. David Benkle ·Captive… Honda CBR600RR
9 4 Travis Ohge Meen Motorsports ·Graves Motorsports ·Yamaha… Yamaha YZF-R6
10 606 Colter Dimick Gearzy ·ACES ·Puma ·Shm-USA ·Bell ·Vortex ·Pilot… Yamaha YZF-R6
11 21 Elena Myers SuzukiScoopFans on Facebook ·Suzuki… Suzuki GSX-R600
12 48 Tyler Linders Nexx ·Cortech ·Hypercycle ·Diablo ·Share a Sale… Yamaha YZF-R6
13 14 Rocco Horvath Kneedraggers.com ·Motul ·FLY Racing ·TwoBrothers… Yamaha YZF-R6
14 17 Zach Herrin Yamaha ·Graves Motorsports ·Dunlop ·Yamalube… Yamaha YZF-R6
15 63 Devon McDonough Motorcycle Superstore ·Alpinestars ·Bell Helmtes… Yamaha YZF-R6
16 57 Thomas G. Montano Vehicle Systems ·Arai ·Mach 1 ·SPS ·Motorex… Honda CBR600RR
17 814 Javelin Broderick Dynojet Research ·Diablo Racing ·YAMAHA Racing… Yamaha YZF-R6
18 13 Charles Weaver Racer13.com ·Pacific Track Time ·EDR Performance… Yamaha YZF-R6
AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series
Veteran ace Michael Barnes scored his first AMA Pro Road Racing victory in 16 years on Sunday with a well-measured strike at the checkered flag to defeat his Bartel’s Harley-Davidson teammate, Tyler O’Hara.
O’Hara and Barnes broke free of pole-sitter Vesrah’s Kyle Wyman in the early going and turned the race into an all-Bartels affair at the front. Barnes was content to just sit on O’Hara’s rear wheel and wait for an opportunity to make his move. That opportunity came at the last possible moment, and Barnes capitalized by out-accelerating his teammate in the lunge to the flag.
Barnes ripped past O’Hara, whose machine momentarily popped out of gear, to claim his third career AMA Pro win by a just 0.149 seconds (his previous wins came in 1989 and 1996).
Daytona winner Wyman took a lonely third while Harley-Davidson’s Shane Narbonne won out in an exciting fight for fourth with Michael Corbino.
1 34 Michael Barnes Bartel’s Harley-Davidson ·Scrubblade ·MAAX Spas… Harley-Davidson XR1200
2 29 Tyler OHara Bartel’s Harley-Davidson ·Scrubblade ·MAAX Spas… Harley-Davidson XR1200
3 33 Kyle Wyman KLR Group ·Vesrah ·GK Motorsports ·KWR ·Spyke`s… Harley-Davidson XR1200
4 164 Shane Narbonne Harley-Davidson ·Suburban Speed… Harley-Davidson XR1200
5 15 Michael Corbino XP Motorsports ·Rossiter`s Harley-Davidson of… Harley-Davidson XR1200
6 10 Josh Chisum Bartel’s Harley-Davidson ·Scrubblade ·MAAX Spas… Harley-Davidson XR1200
7 24 Travis Wyman Harv`s Harley-Davidson ·Revit ·Arai ·Long Pond… Harley-Davidson XR1200
8 88 Gerry Signorelli Kuryakyn ·Racing for a Wish ·California Superbike… Harley-Davidson XR1200
9 123 David Estok -none listed- Harley-Davidson XR1200
10 229 Darren James Ruthless Racing Inc. ·Deeley Racing ·Dragon… Harley-Davidson XR1200
11 27 Michael R. Hannas Ii Lilly Mae`s Cinnamon Rolls ·BOSS ·Mach 1… Harley-Davidson XR1200
12 63 Pete Demas Route One Racing ·Bob Shafer ·Jim Howard ·James… Harley-Davidson XR1200
13 6 Joseph Rozynski Kyle Wyman Racing ·Sound Waves ·Triple Crown… Harley-Davidson XR1200
14 97 Nicholas Hansen Surburban Motors ·H&S Distributors ·Tecnic… Harley-Davidson XR1200
15 105 Brice Cooper Woodstock Harley-Davidson ·Powerlet.com ·Spectro… Harley-Davidson XR1200
16 64 Jeremiah Johnson Be-Ev.Com Harley-Davidson… Harley-Davidson XR1200
17 70 Paul James Hoban Cycle ·Woodstock Harley-Davidson ·Spectro… Harley-Davidson XR1200
SPEED will air all of today’s racing action in a set of back-to-back broadcasts beginning tonight at 11:00 p.m. ET (8:00 p.m. PT).
AMA Pro Road Racing will share the spotlight with the stars of the Superbike World Championship at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele Valley, Utah for the BigM Weekend on May 26-28. For more information: www.amaproracing.com