Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes (#4) won by more than seven seconds ahead of Ben Bostrom (#155) in Race 2 at Virginia International Raceway.
Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes took a dominant victory in the second American SuperBike contest on Sunday at VIR. Taking the early lead from Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom, the championship leader took the win by more than seven seconds and increased his lead in the championship.
“I just feel like I woke up, I didn’t like to get beat yesterday,” said Hayes. “Somewhere along the way I feel like I kind of got lost a little bit, just in my riding. I wasn’t riding to my full potential and I was still capable of racing for the wins. I think our motorcycle has a lot to do with that. We have a really good motorcycle. I was just thinking about what my mindset was last year. I was racing myself a lot more. These guys ride great, but I put an awful lot of pressure on myself to perform, so that’s what I tried to get back to this morning and today’s race was a race against myself.”
Hayes took position at the front of the field in the opening laps and was followed by Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden and Bostrom. Only minutes into the contest Suzuki’s Eric Bostrom suffered a crash that forced him to the back of the field.
By Lap 4 the running order was Hayes, Hayden and Bostrom followed by Jordan Suzuki’s Brett McCormick in fourth and Erik Buell Racing’s Geoff May in fifth. Hayes was consistently laying down the fastest laps in the lead, and was the only rider reaching lower than a 1’25 lap time. On Lap 9 Hayden was running two and a half seconds behind Hayes.
Over halfway into the competition Hayes began pulling away from the pack as Bostrom moved into second ahead of Hayden. Meanwhile, RidersDiscount.com’s Taylor Knapp and May advanced ahead of National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Jake Zemke to secure fifth and sixth respectively.
Hayes took the win ahead of Bostrom by a gap of more than seven seconds. With his win Hayes has increased his lead in the championship to 11 points over Hayden, who rounded out the podium in third.
“I felt pretty good about stepping up and going faster than I had all weekend there for the first five or six laps,” said Hayden. “But in the end we didn’t have the pace to go that fast, or cooked the tire a little bit and couldn’t keep up. That’s the biggest part of it really, we just weren’t fast enough.”
After taking a solid 2-2 result at VIR, Bostrom has created some breathing room between himself and Ducati’s Larry Pegram in the championship.
The next round of AMA Pro Racing action will take place at the New Jersey Motorsports Park on September 3rd-5th.
American SuperBike VIR Race 2 Results:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha)
Josh Hayes (4) gives Ben Bostrom a thumbs up after winning the Superbike finale. That win puts Hayes 11-points ahead of Tommy Hayden on the 2010 championship standings.
3. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)
4. Brett McCormick (Suzuki)
5. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki)
6. Geoff May (Buell)
7. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
8. Jake Zemke (Suzuki)
9. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
10. Jordan Szoke (Honda)
11. Shane Narbonne (Suzuki)
12. Skip Saleinus (Yamaha)
13. Kenny Rodriguez (Yamaha)
14. Eric Haugo (Suzuki)
15. Chris Clark (Yamaha)
2010 American SuperBike Championship Points:
1. Josh Hayes, 364
2. Tommy Hayden, 353
3. Jake Zemke, 286
4. Ben Bostrom, 274
5. Larry Pegram, 255