2004 SSP & SSK Road Atlanta Results

September 5, 2004
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

Kawasaki’s Roger Hayden has his sights on the 2004 Pro Honda Oils Supersport championship. If you don’t believe us just look at his recent results starting with his most recent win today at Road Atlanta.
Roger Lee Hayden on the way to victory in Supersport - Mid Ohio
Roger Hayden trails his brother by eleven points heading into the final round of the 2004 AMA Superpsort championship.

“The race went pretty good from the start,” said Roger Hayden of his third win in as many weeks and his fourth victory of the season. “I never really had to work because if I’d lose a little bit here and there I could always just make it up real quick. Once again my bike is the fastest bike out there. No matter how far back I got, I could make it up on the straightaway – I could reel them in.”

The younger Hayden beat his brother by 0.103 of a second with Yamaha’s Jason Disalvo hot on their heels 0.413 in arrears. The trio put on the best show of the weekend so far, swapping paint and pulling unreal moves on one another from beginning to end of the 60K event.

Tommy, who is also looking for his first AMA championship, leads the title chase with 327 points but his brother is hot on his heels with 316.

Supersport Results:
1. Roger Lee Hayden (Kawasaki)
2. Tommy Hayden (Kawasaki)
3. Jason Disalvo (Yamaha)
4. Aaron Gobert (Yamaha)
5. Ben Spies (Suzuki)
6. Damon Buckmaster (Yamaha)
7. Ben Attard (Suzuki)
8. Steve Rapp (Suzuki)
9. Michael Barnes (Yamaha)
10. Danny Eslick (Suzuki)

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Ben Spies came out on top after an epic showdown between a half dozen of the up and coming superstars of the AMA Superbike series.

“My whole goal was to get the holeshot and check out, or to sit back and follow and save my tire,” explained Spies after he charged to the front on lap 11 and never looked back. “The pace was pretty quick, it was just fast enough where I could stay back there without using my tire up. I was real strong on the brakes into (turn) 10 and I passed everybody for second and the next lap for first and then I put my head down.”

Finishing behind Spies was a trio of riders all within one second of each other. Yamaha’s Aaron Gobert nipped the Hayden brothers leaving Tommy in third followed by Roger Lee.

Things really get mixed up in the championship battle too. With one round remaining it is anyone’s title to win. Yamaha’s Aaron Gobert leads the series with 293 points followed by Jamie Hacking and Tommy Hayden, both tied at 288.

Superstock Results:
1. Ben Spies (Suzuki)
2. Aaron Gobert (Yamaha)
3. Tommy Hayden (Kawasaki)
4. Roger Hayden (Kawasaki)
5. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha)
6. Jamie Hacking (Yamaha)
7. John Haner (Suzuki)
8. Jake Holden (Suzuki)
9. Vincent Haskovec (Suzuki)
10. Steve Rapp (Suzuki)

Championship Standings:
1. Aaron Gobert, 293
2. Jamie Hacking, 288
3. Tommy Hayden, 288
4. Jason DiSalvo, 274
5. Roger Hayden, 268
6. Ben Spies, 265
7. Steve Rapp, 222
8. Josh Hayes, 212
9. Jake Holden, 206
10. An. Gobert, 185

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