Blake Young (79) took the Race 2 win at Road Atlanta ahead of yesterday’s initial winner Josh Hayes (4), with a protest bumping Hayes’ official Race 1 finish down to sixth.
Blake Young took Sunday’s American SuperBike win in dominating fashion, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider leading all 20 laps. Young earned victory ahead of Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes in second and Yoshimura teammate Tommy Hayden in third.
The SuperBike race was delayed because of a fluid spill that ended the preceding SuperSport contest. When riders did take off, Young parlayed his pole position start into a lead by the end of the first lap, followed by Hayden, Hayes and the points leader, Jordan Suzuki’s Jake Zemke. Hayes managed to get around Hayden by Lap 4, closing to the gap on the leader.
At the halfway mark Hayden dropped well off the pace of the front two, with Zemke running a lonesome fourth ahead of Ducati’s Larry Pegram. The battle over fifth featured Pegram, and Suzuki rider’s Taylor Knapp and John Hopkins. Meanwhile, usual top-10 riders, Pat Clark Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom and Jordan Suzuki sub Brett McCormick, had already pulled into the pits.
Hayes made Young work for the win, with the Yamaha rider pressing to within two tenths for the remainder. However, the Yosh pilot clearly had a line on the RA circuit and took the checkers with a sparse 0.136 advantage. Following the third-place Hayden, Zemke brought the Jordan GSX-R home in fourth, with Hopkins coming up to snare fifth.
AMA officials ruled today that Saturday’s SuperBike victor, Hayes, would be credited with sixth-place – the contested finish the result of confusion over a red-flag restart. The re-ordered finish gave Young the Race 1 win, and combined with his Race 2 results makes for his best career finish. In fact, Young scored a perfect points weekend, winning both races and earning all three bonus points as pole position winner, and lap leader for each race.
Zemke’s 3-4 weekend still gives the California native top position in the SuperBike points. The consistent Hayden clawed closer, however, just four points back at 141. Young’s stellar weekend gives him 130, with Hayes (107) and Pegram (92) rounding out the top 5.
Road Atlanta American SuperBike Race 2:
1. Blake Young (Suzuki)
2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) +0.136
3. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki) +16.986
4. Jake Zemke (Suzuki) +18.370
5. John Hopkins (Suzuki) +25.143
6. Larry Pegram (Ducati) +26.560
7. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki) +26.734
8. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) +45.476
9. Chris Clark (Yamaha) +1:27.276
10. Barrett Long (Ducati) +1 lap
16. Brett McCormick (Suzuki) +11 laps
17. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha) +14 laps
M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas made it two-for-two at Road Atlanta, the Colombian rider winning an exciting Daytona SportBike race. Cardenas took the win ahead of championship points leader Josh Herrin, with Corey West scoring another surprising podium aboard his Vesrah Suzuki.
The second DSB race proved a wild one, the action tight throughout the 20-lap contest. Cardenas jumped up front for the early lead, but the position would change continuously. Team Latus Ducati’s Steve Rapp took a turn up front, followed by Cardenas again, then Rapp and Herrin. The front three were knit together, but the entire top 10 was running within two seconds of the leader in close racing.
Jostling for the advantage, none could break free of the pack and at the halfway mark Rapp led again. Then Herrin, then Rapp, then Cardenas as a large group continued to follow the podium leaders, Project 1 Atlanta’s Dane Westby emerged to battle RMR Suzuki’s Danny Eslick for fourth, with Herrin’s Graves Yamaha teammate, Tommy Aquino and West also battling within a second of Cardenas. Not until the second half of the race did the remaining top 10 riders, like Ducati’s Bobby Fong and Westby’s Yamaha teammate, Chris Seller, fall off the two-second gap from the leader.
Then West, whose second-place result on Saturday surprised many, made his move to the front, the GSX-R rider credited with leading Lap 17 before relinquishing the position to Cardenas. In the closing laps, Cardenas held on, with Herrin moving up to finish second after the R6 rider had dropped out of the top-five in the latter stages of the competitive race. West maintained third, keeping Eslick off the podium. Tommy Aquino rounded out the top five, with Steve Rapp fading to sixth after leading the race multiple times.
Road Atlanta Daytona SportBike Race 2:
1. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)
2. Josh Herrin (Yamaha) +1.683
3. Cory West (Suzuki) +1.741
4. Danny Eslick (Suzuki) +2.182
5. Tommy Aquino (Yamaha) +2.391
6. Steve Rapp (Ducati) +2.642
7. Clinton Seller (Yamaha) +8.555
8. Chris Fillmore (Suzuki) +16.037
9. Jake Holden (Ducati) +16.144
10. Bobby Fong (Ducati) +17.708
Rockwall Yamaha’s J.D. Beach (73) claimed both SuperSport wins at Road Atlanta, taking the Race 2 checkers in a shortened, multiple red-flagged affair.
Rockwall Yamaha’s J.D. Beach swept the Road Atlanta SuperSport doubleheader, claiming victory in an incident-fill Race 2. On Sunday, it was yet another all-R6 podium, with Beach joined on the steps by Huntley Nash and Cameron Beaubier. Joey Pascarella, the stand-out rider this season thus far, did not race after a Saturday crash in the pre-race warmup.
With Pascarella out of the picture, it was a two-man race during the first half as Beaubier and Beach tussled for the lead. Nash followed in third, with Suzuki’s Elena Myers in fourth battling Yamaha’s Tomas Puerta.
Beaubier would go on to take the lead from Beach on Lap 6, holding the advantage until the first red flag came out on Lap 10 when rider Sam Nash (Yamaha) went down.
On the restart, the front-running Yamaha’s jockeyed for position, turning Lap 11 with Beach ahead, followed by Nash, Beaubier and Puerta. And that’s the order they would finish, as on the next lap a mechanical issue with James Dellinger’s Suzuki put fluid on the track surface bringing out the second red flag, ending the planned 16-lap race.
With the victory Beach closes the gap to the SuperSport East points leader, Beaubier, with Puerta sitting third.
Road Atlanta SuperSport Race 2 Results:
1.J.D. Beach (Yamaha)
2.Huntley Nash (Yamaha) +0.392
3.Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) +0.448
4.Tomas Puerta (Yamaha) +0.785
5.Elena Myers (Suzuki) +1.437
6.Travis Wyman (Yamaha) +1.863
7.James Ripsoli (Suzuki) +2.948
8.James Dellinger (Suzuki) +3.217
9.Eric Stump (Honda) +4.237
10.David Gavira (Kawasaki) +4.678