AMA Press Release:
All four AMA Pro Road Racing classes will reunite in Central Southern New Jersey this weekend, September 7-9, 2012 to resume the intense championship battles that have developed over the summer. The title chases for AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro SportBike and AMA Pro SuperSport have been on a month-long hiatus since the U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca in July, while the AMA Pro XR1200 Series riders set fire to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in mid-August during the Indianapolis GP, kicking off the XR Showdown in the process. The action will pick back up right where it left off this weekend with the American Red Cross Devil’s Showdown on New Jersey Motorsports Park’s 2.25-mile natural road course.
AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro SportBike and AMA Pro SuperSport are back to the typical doubleheader format, with races for each class going off on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, while the AMA Pro XR1200 Series riders will take on the track in a winner-take-all final on Sunday afternoon.
AMA Pro SuperBike
AMA Pro Road Racing first began racing at New Jersey Motorsports Park as part of the 2009 season and of the six AMA Pro SuperBike race finals that have been contested at the facility, Josh Hayes (Yamaha YZF-R1) and Yamaha have taken the top spot on the podium in all but one. The two-time, defending SuperBike Champ is on a dominant march in 2012, heading to New Jersey with an imposing lead in the point standings on the strength of a string of impressive performances. With his win at Laguna Seca in July, the Mississippian became the first rider in AMA Pro SuperBike history to score eight consecutive wins in a single season and he is now tied with international standout Ben Spies for third on the SuperBike all-time win list.
Suzuki’s leading man Blake Young (Suzuki GSX-R1000) took the most recent race win at New Jersey Motorsports Park following an epic battle for the 2011 championship that came down to the final lap. Despite the fact that Young has placed second or better in all but two races — including three victories — he still sits a distant second in the standings, 74 points back.
This season has been a successful freshman year in AMA Pro SuperBike for Hayes’ Yamaha teammate, Josh Herrin (Yamaha YZF-R1). The three-time SportBike winner at New Jersey Motorsports Park has been impressive, leading several races and grabbing up a number of podium finishes as he learns the ropes of the heavier, more powerful 1000cc machine.
Michael Jordan Motorsports teammates Roger Hayden (Suzuki GSX-R1000) and Ben Bostrom (Suzuki GSX-R1000) have both shown speed recently and are historically strong at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Hayden’s last outing at New Jersey resulted in a third-place finish and he currently sits fourth behind Herrin in the points. The Kentuckian had an impressive showing during July’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course event, leading at times and taking second- and third-place results. Although 2012 has been a hit-or-miss season for Bostrom, he grabbed a second-place result in New Jersey last year and looked strong as he took home a fifth place result at Mazda Raceway in July.
Geoff May (EBR 1190RS) and Danny Eslick (EBR 1190RS) have both led consistent seasons so far in 2012, highlighted by a set of podiums split between the two at Infineon Raceway in May. The EBR 1190RS is the only American-made machine in the field, and the new motorcycle’s accolades were bolstered by Eslick’s strong performance and fourth-place result last round in front of the international audience at Mazda Raceway.
May sits fifth in the point standings, followed by Larry Pegram (BMW S1000RR), Eslick, Bostrom, Chris Clark and closing out the top 10 is Steve Rapp (Kawasaki ZX-10R).
The American Red Cross Devil’s Showdown will take place this weekend, September 7-9. The AMA Pro SuperBike class will take to the track for their first practice session on Friday, September 7 at 12:00 p.m. and will be featured in a set of 23-lap sprint races on Saturday, September 8 at 3:15 p.m. and Sunday, September 9 at 3:30 p.m. local time.
AMA Pro SuperBike Point Standings (After Round 8):
1. Josh Hayes (Gulfport, MS) – 415
2. Blake Young (Waunakee, WI) – 341
3. Josh Herrin (Glendale, CA) – 246
4. Roger Hayden (Owensboro, KY) – 217
5. Geoff May (Gainesville, GA) – 205
6. Larry Pegram (Hebron, OH) – 193
7. Danny Eslick (Broken Arrow, OK) – 165
8. Ben Bostrom (Malibu, CA) – 162
9. Chris Clark (Las Vegas, NV) – 152
10. Steve Rapp (Hawthorne, CA) – 151.
AMA Pro National Guard SportBike
In contrast to the win history for AMA Pro SuperBike, the AMA Pro SportBike class’ leading rider has just one win in New Jersey. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki GSX-R600) took home a Daytona SportBike win at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2010, and he is the only active AMA Pro SportBike rider with a class win in Milleville. The Colombian enters the weekend atop the SportBike point standings with a 64 point lead over nearest competitor Dane Westby (Suzuki GSX-R600).
Westby posted a second-place result at New Jersey last year, and he has looked strong throughout 2012. The Oklahoman earned his second career victory at Mid-Ohio in July and his mid-season Championship run also included three second-place finishes.
Yamaha has been well represented this year by rising star Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha YZF-R6), who has rebounded from an early season training injury to make a convincing charge for the Championship. The Californian grabbed his first SportBike victory at Barber Motorsports Park in June and has followed that up with three additional wins and one podium finish.
Beaubier’s teammate Tommy Hayden (Yamaha YZF-R6) is no stranger to the New Jersey Motorsports Park podium, earning top-three results in AMA Pro SuperBike multiple times over the past three seasons. The Kentucky native has been a dependable front-runner in 2012 but he’s still looking for his first SportBike win in a season that has included five podium finishes.
The privateer effort of Jake Zemke (Ducati 848) impressed once again at Laguna Seca with a fourth-place finish. Additional riders that are sure to threaten are Jason DiSalvo (Triumph Daytona 675), JD Beach (Yamaha YZF-R6), Bobby Fong (Yamaha YZF-R6), Cory West (Suzuki GSX-R600) and DAYTONA 200 winner Joey Pascarella (Suzuki GSX-R600).
The AMA Pro SportBike riders will take to the track for their first practice session on Friday, September 7 at 1:00 p.m. and will be featured in a set of 23-lap sprint races on Saturday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 9 at 2:15 p.m. local time.
AMA Pro SportBike Point Standings (After Round 8):
1. Martin Cardenas (Medellin, Colombia) – 314
2. Dane Westby (Tulsa, OK) – 250
3. Cameron Beaubier (Roseville, CA) – 234
4. Tommy Hayden (Owensboro, KY) – 234
5. Jason DiSalvo (Batavia, NY) – 194
6. Jake Zemke (Paso Robles, CA) – 184
7. JD Beach (Philpot, KY) – 178
8. Bobby Fong (Stockton, CA) – 162
9. Cory West (Eureka Springs, AR) – 158
10. Joey Pascarella (Vacaville, CA) – 154
GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing’s National Guard SuperBike and GoPro Daytona SportBike divisions will be featured on SPEED in a set of back-to-back, same-day delayed broadcasts, scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT on Saturday night and at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT on Sunday night.
This weekend’s American Red Cross Devil’s Showdown is set to feature yet another AMA Pro SuperSport doubleheader full of young talent and local experts. The New Jersey Motorsports Park event is an East Division round, meaning that East Division riders exclusively will have the opportunity to rack up points toward the SuperSport divisional and national championships.
The East Division Championship hunt heated up significantly in June. Jake Lewis (Suzuki GSX-R600) and Dustin Dominguez (Triumph Daytona 675) are now locked in a mathematical tie following a clean sweep at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course by Dominguez and a set of uncharacteristic mid-pack results for Lewis. Lewis’ three second-place finishes in 2012 give him the edge in his debut season with just under halfway to go.
Third in the East points is Stefano Mesa (YZF-R6), who grabbed his first career AMA Pro victory at Road America earlier this season. Rounding out the top five in the East Division standings are Tomas Puerta (Yamaha YZF-R6) and Corey Alexander (Suzuki GSX-R600).
Notable West Division entries likely to post top results at Mid-Ohio this weekend include defending SuperSport National Champ and West Division points leader James Rispoli (Suzuki GSX-R600), who has two class wins to his credit at New Jersey, Hayden Gillim (Yamaha R6) and Elena Myers (Suzuki GSX-R600).
This event also marks the return of Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha YZF-R6), who won his first SuperSport race in his debut event here last year. The Texan is back following his recovery from an injury sustained during the opening round of SportBike competition at Daytona International Speedway.
Saturday’s 19-lap final for the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport division will be the first race of the weekend, set to go green at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, followed by Race 2 on Sunday, September 9 at 1:15 p.m.
AMA Pro SuperSport East Division Point Standings (After Round 4):
1. Jake Lewis (Princeton, KY) – 161
2. Dustin Dominguez (Newalla, OK) – 161
3. Stefano Mesa (Boca Raton, FL) – 138
4. Tomas Puerta (Medellin, Colombia) – 111
5. Corey Alexander (Carmel, NY) – 106
6. Ryan Kerr (Johnstown, OH) – 87
7. Travis Wyman (Macedon, NY) – 80
8. Miles Thornton (West Point, GA) – 71
9. Zach Herrin (DUBLIN, GA) – 58
10. Eric Stump (Berlin, NJ) – 49
AMA Pro XR1200 Series
Last month’s thrilling AMA XR1200 Series doubleheader at Indianapolis Motor Speedway created quite a stir in what had become a typically three-rider Championship. The points reset associated with the beginning of the XR Showdown meant all bets were off, and the additional riders in the field made for some of the most intense racing seen in the class to date.
Every 2012 AMA Pro XR1200 Series race so far has been taken by the triple threat of Tyler O’Hara (Harley-Davidson), Kyle Wyman (Harley-Davidson) and Michael Barnes (Harley-Davidson), but a number of new faces were seen on the podium in Indianapolis and are likely to challenge at New Jersey this weekend.
Benjamin Carlson (Harley-Davidson) took home second- and third-place finishes in an impressive outing at Indy. Michael Corbino (Harley-Davidson) joined Carlson on the podium after Saturday’s wild race final.
Wyman now leads the AMA XR1200 Series thanks to his win and second-place finish at the XR Showdown opener. The New Yorker took home a third-place result at New Jersey last year and sits just 9 points ahead of Carlson heading into this weekend. O’Hara Race 2 win at Indy puts him third in the order, followed by Corbino and Barnes.
The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series riders take to the track for their 12-lap race final on Sunday, September 9 at 12:30 p.m. local time.
AMA Pro XR1200 Series Point Standings (After Round 8):
1. Kyle Wyman (Macedon, NY) – 1055
2. Benjamin Carlson (West Bend, WI) – 1046
3. Tyler OHara (Petaluma, CA) – 1040
4. Michael Corbino (Sarasota, FL) – 1036
5. Michael Barnes (Boca Raton, FL) – 1034
6. Travis Wyman (Macedon, NY) – 1026
7. David Estok (Daytona Beach, FL) – 1021
8. Josh Chisum (Bakersfield, CA) – 1017
9. Gerry Signorelli (Colorado Springs, CO) – 1000
10. Darren James (Deep Cove, Canada) – 1000
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