Josh Hayes held of Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden then his Yamaha teammate Ben Bostrom to take the Race 2 Superbike win, sweeping the Mid-Ohio in the process.
Hayes came out on top of the pack after Lap 1, followed in procession by Tommy Hayden, Blake Young, Larry Pegram, Geoff May, Ben Bostrom, Aaron Yates, Michael Laverty, Jake Holden and Mat Mladin.
On Lap 2 National Guard Suzuki’s May dropped two positions from fifth as Bostrom and Yates made their way by, but Yates crashed out of the race on the following lap.
Bostrom made then made the slip on Pegram to take fourth while the front remained tight between Hayes, Hayden, and Young. Bostrom then put in his best time on Lap 6 to oust Young from third and advanced to overtake Hayden the following lap.
Meanwhile, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mladin dispatched Holden’s Honda CBR1000RR and then on Lap 5 overtook Celtic Racing’s Laverty for seventh. However, the Northern Irish rider not only retaliated two laps later, but also overtook May for sixth on Lap 8, followed by Mladin in short order. Seven laps later Laverty had built up a five second advantage on Mladin and forced Pegram out of fifth.
By Lap 20 the front three were over 3.5 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Hayden. Pegram also managed to regain fifth and hold it until the finish. Bostrom crossed the line just under a second behind his teammate Hayes, followed by Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden.
Mat Mladin held onto seven, followed by Geoff May and Honda’s Neil Hodgson. Taylor Knapp, now aboard a Buell 1125RR, rounded out the top ten.
American Superbike Mid-Ohio Race 2 Results, Top Ten
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha YZF-R1), 21 Laps
2. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha YZF-R1), +0.986
3. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki GSX-R1000), +1.950
4. Blake Young (Suzuki GSX-R1000), +4.243
5. Larry Pegram (Ducati 1098R), +5.131
6. Michael Laverty (Suzuki GSX-R1000), +6.077
7. Mat Mladin (Suzuki GSX-R1000), +14.093
8. Geoff May (Suzuki GSX-R1000), +14.294
9. Neil Hodgson (Honda CBR 1000RR), +27.420
10. Taylor Knapp (Buell 1125RR), +45.380
DNF. Jake Holden (Honda CBR 1000RR)
DNF. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
DNF. Aaron Yates (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
American Superbike Mid-Ohio Race 2 Post-Race Rider Quotes
Tommy Hayden – Rockstar Makita Suzuki – 3rd
“I was trying to get as close as I could to the guys in front of me, but this place is tricky to pass. There’s only a couple of places where you can really get by. One is off the back straightaway and both these guys are really strong there. They were definitely making the race a little tougher for me. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 was pretty good, though, and we made a few small changes so it was a little bit better than yesterday… I’m feeling good – the whole weekend has been strong, I’ve been on pace and was definitely disappointed yesterday. I felt we were way better than that and it feels good to bounce back a little bit. I’ve come close to winning a few times this year but I just can’t seem to make that next step. So we’ll keep working on that and hopefully we’ll get there.”
Blake Young – Rockstar Makita Suzuki – 4th
“I had a good start today on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000. We weren’t leading but we were definitely there and I ran in third for a few laps. Then some guys came by and they were setting a really good pace compared to yesterday. All our laps today were more consistent, a lot better and a lot faster. We made some improvements on the bike that really helped us and that we’ll be able to benefit from at the next race.”
Larry Pegram – Pegram Racing Ducati – 5th
“We had a good race today and I was pleased with the lap times we were able to do and how the Ducati 1098R worked. I think we were as fast as anyone on the track and the lap times showed that,” said Pegram, who won earlier this year in Wisconsin. “The problem is there’s only one real place to pass here, the end of the back straight. We struggled there a little bit, which is a surprise because we’ve had the fastest bike all year. I feel we could run anyone’s pace today. We’d gained back any ground we lost, but you’ve got to make some passes and we lacked just a little bit. I feel confident about the bike and the team. We’re looking forward to going to the next event in Kansas and racing.”
Mat Mladin – Rockstar Makita Suzuuki – 7th
“It’s no secret that we’ve struggled a bit this weekend. We have some issues that need to be sorted out. We’ve been working on it, but so far we haven’t come up with anything that allows me to feel comfortable enough on the bike to really push it. But we’ll keep trying and hopefully come back stronger for the next race.”
Neil Hodgson – Cornoa Extra Honda – 10th
“I struggled all weekend with my shoulder. I’ve just got no strength in it. And at a track like Mid-Ohio, where there are all these changes of direction and a couple of fast changes of direction, I was running with one arm. I feel sorry for my team, I feel sorry for fans, I feel sorry for Honda. I rode as hard as I could under the circumstances. It was a very frustrating, long annoying weekend. All weekend long we were a second a lap off the pace, really. We improved the bike a little bit (Sunday). It would hold the line a little better and change directions a little bit easier. We could make it even easier to change direction, but then it would be almost unrideable in other places. It was almost a complete compromise. We’d made a massive step at Laguna with my shoulder, but I didn’t realize that Laguna is nothing like here. Tracks with just straights and corners and straights and corners are alright. The all-action style of this track showed up this weekend in my shoulder. I couldn’t ride when we tested here a month ago, because I had no power. There was quite a bit of time between then. I thought I’d be OK and that the shoulder would be a lot stronger, but it’s not. I had limited mobility then and it’s exactly the same, to be honest. I think that’s as much as I’m going to get without having another operation on it, unfortunately. After the test I’m going back to have an MRI scan and a nerve test and go from there. Obviously we’ll see the season through, so any opportunity will be the end of the season.
So we’ll look to get something done at end of season.”