American Superbike Race 2 – Topeka, Kansas
Larry Pegram led from pole to take Race 2 and sweep the American Superbike Tornado Nationals weekend in Topeka, Kansas.
The Ducati privateer was followed in the opening lap by the procession of Blake Young, Aaron Yates, Tommy Hayden, Josh Hayes, Ben Bostrom, Jake Holden, Mike Laverty, Geoff May, and Neil Hodgson.
At the end of Lap 2 Yates crashed his Jordan Motorsports Suzuki while trying to pass Young, which also caused Young to drop to 10th.
Gifted with second, Hayden then began his race-long campaign to chip away at Pegram’s half-a-second advantage. By the end of Lap 6 the Yoshimura Suzuki rider was within three-tenths of the Race 1 winner. However, Pegram was in perfect form and for every stride Hayden made he would set him back the same on the following lap. The two riders settled into this cat-and-mouse chase for 18 straight laps, but in the end Pegram managed to hold the lead and cross the finish-line three-tenths in front of Hayden.
“I was sweating and Tommy was all over me, he was an animal,” Pegram said. “I could hear him back there, I could feel him. The last three laps I was riding fairly defensive. I was still trying to set a good pace but in the places where I knew there were opportunities to pass, I wasn’t giving any room there. My hats off to him, I rode as hard as I possibly could and he was there the whole race.”
“I was a lot stronger than Larry through two of the corners,” Hayden said. “I didn’t want to try a move until I thought I was close enough to make it. I tried the one spot and he got back by and I never really got close enough again through that area. He picked it up a bit there. It’s kind of frustrating to keep getting this close and not get a win, but I feel like I’m learning a lot in the races. I have to keep doing what I’m doing, it can’t be too far away.”
Hayes brought up third over five seconds behind the two front-runners.
“The track put in a lot of effort to help us out and I’m very thankful for the work that they did,” said Hayes. “The bike actually worked really well. Somewhere in Lap 5 or 6 I made a go at the guys and kind of closed everything up and I got close. Even if I caught them I didn’t know if I could make any moves. They were pretty strong everywhere that I could pass. I knew both of these guys want the wins really bad, just like I do. I just didn’t have the pace to run with them there at the end. I’m up here on the podium. I think this is my first Superbike podium where I didn’t win a race, so I hope we’re making some in roads. Hopefully we’ll be good at Virginia.”
On Lap 9 Laverty dropped two places to eighth as May and Knapp moved up a place. Yet, Race 2 at Topeka will be one to forget for the Jordan Motorsports team. Three laps later May joined his teammate Yates on the sidelines after crashing from sixth.
On Lap 19 Bostrom experienced a mechanical problem that caused him to drop out of the race from fourth.
American Superbike Race 2 Results
1. Larry Pegram (Ducati 1098)
2. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
3. Josh Hayes (Yamaha YZF-R1)
4. Jake Holden (Honda CBR1000RR)
5. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
6. Neil Hodgson (Honda CBR1000RR)
7. Mike Laverty (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
8. Blake Young (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
9. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
10. Scott Charlton (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
11. Scott Jensen (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
12. Ron Hix (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
13. Shawn Higbee (Buell 1125R)
14. Jones (Suzuki GSX-R1000)
DNF – Ben Bostrom
DNF – Geoff May
DNF – Aaron Yates
American Superbike Championship Points Standings
1. Mat Mladin – 390
2. Tommy Hayden – 307
3. Larry Pegram – 286
4. Josh Hayes – 281
5. Ben Bostrom – 273
6. Blake Young – 235
7. Aaron Yates – 214
8. Geoff May – 212
9. Taylor Knapp – 155
10. Jake Holden – 145
Daytona SportBike Race 2 – Topeka, Kansas
Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas won a thrilling Race 2 of Daytona SportBike at Heatland Park Topeka as he deprived Race 1 winner Danny Eslick of the honors on the final lap.
Jason DiSalvo, Josh Herrin, and Cardenas lead the pack for the first four laps of Race 2 before the race was red-flagged due to a crash by Ricky Parker.
The pecking order remained unchanged for the first three laps when the race resumed. DiSalvo made a mistake on Lap 8 that caused him to drop to fourth while Herrin assumed the lead, followed by Cardenas in second. Danny Eslick, meanwhile, had made a charge from seventh up to third in a single lap.
The following lap brought Tommy Aquino into fifth as Chaz Davies relinquished the position. A blanket could have been thrown over the front four riders as they ran less than a second apart.
Lap 10 saw Eslick jump two positions to assume the lead while Davies pulled into the pit with a problem. The following lap Herrin dropped from second to seventh as Cardenas assumed his place and began his hunt for Eslick.
While Cardenas was busy trying to reel in Eslick, Herrin recouped two places to take fifth behind Aquino. By the penultimate lap Herrin had muscled his way past Aquino and DiSalvo for third.
It would not be another Daytona SportBike sweep by the Buell 1125R rider, however. On the last lap Cardenas and Eslick traded the lead twice while working the Turn 6 and 7 section of the course before the Colombian took the lead for the final time out of the backstretch chicane with just half a lap to go. Eslick then had his hands full with Herrin, who made a late-breaking pass for second stick just two corners from the finish.
“The race was very tough,” Cardenas said. “I noticed that the pace wasn’t as good as yesterday and Danny was struggling in the first part of the track. I made a move three or four laps from the end and put a little bit of a gap in the parts that I saw he was struggling. He came right by me again so I just waited for the last lap to make a move and it worked out. It was a very good race. The bike worked awesome.”
“That was really scary,” commented Herrin in regards to his off-course adventure that dropped him to seventh. “I ran it in really hard, and I was going to try to make a move on Danny going on the outside. I think I hit his exhaust or something with my fist and it just jabbed it, cut my hand actually. I ran off into the grass, made a couple of jumps through there and charged back. That was definitely the furthest I’ve had to work to catch back up to the leaders. The pass on Danny on the last lap was just full lock, sliding the bike on the last corner. Taking a second after charging that long is just as good as a win to me.”
“It was just an awesome race,” Eslick said. “I got away for a little while just past halfway and tried to lead as many laps as I could and hopefully get that point for the most laps led. Both these guys ran an awesome race and it was a lot of fun. I almost crashed on that last lap trying to chase Martin down in the chicane. I don’t know if I hit the body work or what I did, but I was down, no saving it, and somehow it stood back up. I figured from there I’d go with second, then Josh came sliding by me. We’ll take a third today, tied for the championship. It’s a good weekend.”
Daytona SportBike Race 2 Results
1. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki GSX-R600)
2. Josh Herrin (Yamaha YZF-R6)
3. Danny Eslick (Buell 1125R)
4. Jason DiSalvo (Suzuki GSX-R600)
5. Tommy Aquino (Yamaha YZF-R6)
6. Jake Zemke (Honda CBR600RR)
7. Rodger Hayden (Kawasaki Ninja ZX-R6)
8. Taylor Knapp (Buell 1125R)
9. Chaz Davies (Aprilia RSV1000R)
10. Chris Fillmore (Yamaha YZF-R6)
11. Bobby Fong (Yamaha YZF-R6)
12. Chris Peris (Honda CBR600RR)
13. Aaron Gobert (Aprilia RSV1000R)
14. Steve Rapp (Yamaha YZF-R6)
Daytona SportBike Championship Points Standings
1. Martin Cardenas – 318
2. Danny Eslick – 318
3. Josh Herrin – 261
4. Jamie Hacking – 241
5. Jason DiSalvo – 235
6. Chris Peris – 199
7. Chaz Davies – 194
8. Tommy Aquino – 192
9. Jake Zemke – 186
10. Steve Rapp – 163
SuperSport – Topeka, Kansas
Joshua Day led the SuperSport race in Topeka, KS from start to end, crossing the finish-line almost 19 seconds ahead of second-placed Dustin Dominguez.
By the end of Lap 1, Day was at the head of the top-10 procession that included Dustin Dominguez, Garret Carter, Russ Wikle, Ricky Parker, JD Beach, Tomas Puerta, Alex Lazo, Bryce Prince, and Garrett Willis.
On Lap 3, Carter crashed out of the race and Day lost his closest challenger. From that point on the Florida native managed to clock laps about a second faster than his competitors. By Lap 6 the Yamaha YZF-R6 rider had amassed a six-second gap over Dominguez, by Lap 8 it was nine seconds, and on lap 14 an incredible 15 seconds.
Beach maneuvered his way into third on Lap 14, riding out the podium position until the finish. Otherwise, it was Day’s day to shine as he took his second straight SuperSport win.
“It was a really good weekend,” Day said. “It’s been one of those picture-perfect weekends for us. The track was a little demanding today. I just kept my head down and ended up with a win. It’s really a shame Leandro hasn’t been here. I know he’d be up front battling with us all but I’m sure he’ll be back at VIR so that race should be really good for everybody.”
“I had a good day,” Parker said. “The bike’s working good, it’s working better everyday. I want to thank my family for coming here this weekend for the support and for these guys racing with me for doing a good job today. They were pretty fast. They kicked my butt again so let’s just say they spanked me.”
5. Russ Wikle (Suzuki GSX-R600)
6. Bryce Prince (Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6)
7. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha YZF-R6)
8. Lloyd Worrell (Yamaha YZF-R6)
9. Alex Lazo (Yamaha YZF-R6)
10. Clint Shobert (Honda CBR600RR)
SuperSport Championship Points Standings
1. Josh Day – 126
2. Leandro Mercado – 81
3. Russ Wikle – 79
4. Joey Pascarella – 62
5. Huntley Nash – 62
6. J. D. Beach – 61
7. Lloyd Worrell – 56
8. Alex Lazo – 55
9. Garrett Carter – 52
10. Reese Wacker – 51