2010 AMA Pro Racing Barber Friday

September 24, 2010
Matt Davidson
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American SuperBike

At Barber Motorsports Park, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young started and ended Friday’s qualifying session with the quickest lap. The 23-year-old posted a time of 1’26.925 on his first lap and improved steadily throughout the 50-minute qualifying run to take provisional pole with a time of 1’25.775. Only 0.164 seconds behind was Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden, whose attention was mainly focused on outpacing Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes. The current championship leader led up until the halfway point when Young rocketed into the lead. Young was met by extreme pressure, however, as Hayes came back to reset the fastest lap with less than 20 minutes remaining.

Also throwing himself into the mix was Hayden, who put in his fastest lap of 1’25.939 ahead of Hayes and Young. In the end, however, it was Young who managed to successfully overtake the field. It was an extremely strong start for Suzuki, who snagged the top-three positions in the premier class. M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s John Hopkins took third in the timesheets and was followed closely by Hayes. Pat Clark Motorsports’ Jake Holden rounded out the top-five with his time of 1’26.278. The top-eight riders were all within a second of each other, a list that includes Ducati’s Larry Pegram in sixth, RiderDiscount.com’s Taylor Knapp in seventh followed by National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Jake Zemke in eighth.
American SuperBike Barber Friday Results:

Blake Young took his first AMA American Superbike pole position at Road Atlanta.
Suzuki’s Blake Young captured provisional pole in SuperBike ahead of Tommy Hayden and John Hopkins

1. Blake Young (Suzuki) 1’25.775
2. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki) 1’25.939
3. John Hopkins (Suzuki) 1’26.027
4. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 1’26.126
5. Jake Holden (Yamaha) 1’26.278
6. Larry Pegram (Ducati) 1’26.613
7. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki) 1’26.624
8. Jake Zemke (Suzuki) 1’26.680
9. Eric Bostrom (Suzuki) 1’26.864
10. Brett McCormick (Suzuki) 1’26.891
11. Geoff May (Buell) 1’26.925
12. Jeff Wood (Suzuki)1’27.600
13. Chris Peris (BMW) 1’27.659
14. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 1’28.222
15. Chris Clark (Yamaha) 1’28.344
Daytona SportBike
Qualifying for the 10th and final round of the Daytona SportBike series got underway on Friday afternoon with Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Herrin jumping into an early lead on the timesheets ahead of Geico Powersports Suzuki’s Danny Eslick and M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas. The runner-up in the series continued improving his time, bringing it down to 1’29.363 and fending off the competition for nearly half of the 50-minute session. Approximately halfway through Eslick suffered a crash while trailing Herrin’s time by 0.026 seconds. The final 10 minutes saw Team Graves Yamaha’s Tommy Aquino and Suzuki’s Cardenas battle for the fastest lap, but it was Herrin coming back with a time of 1’28.578 that ultimately nailed his name at the top.

Despite crashing out, Eslick finished inside the top-three, 0.334-seconds off the pace of Herrin after Project 1 Atlanta’s Clinton Seller made a push in the final minutes to post the second-fastest lap. Despite his best efforts, Cardenas was not able to make it into the top-three and logged the fourth-fastest lap 0.049-seconds behind Eslick. Aquino rounded out the top-five times and was nearly a half second off the leader’s pace.
Daytona SportBike Barber Friday Results:

Josh Herrin  #6  had the lead heading into the final lap but was overtaken by Eslick. Herrin is currently second in the championship and trails Eslick by 11 points.
Josh Herrin (#6) led an early assault against his rival, Danny Eslick, to post the top time in Daytona SportBike.

1. Josh Herrin (Yamaha) 1’28.578
2. Clinton Seller (Yamaha) 1’28.885
3. Danny Eslick (Suzuki) 1’28.912
4. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki) 1’28.961
5. Tommy Aquino (Yamaha) 1’29.071
6. Dane Westby (Yamaha) 1’29.084
7. P.J. Jacobsen (Suzuki) 1’29.489
8. Steve Rapp (Ducati) 1’29.732
9. Paul Allison (Yamaha) 1’29.913
10. Chris Fillmore (Suzuki) 1’30.035
11. Kyle Wyman (Yamaha) 1’30.079
12. Cory West (Suzuki) 1’30.520
13. Kris Turner (Suzuki) 1’31.001
14. Michael Beck (Ducati) 1’31.030
15. Russ Wikle (Suzuki) 1’31.371

AMA SuperSport
The final qualifying event on Friday was a two-part affair with AMA SuperSport’s Huntley Nash grabbing the fastest lap in the first few minutes of the session. In the restart, Nash once gain shot to the top of the charts, but his time didn’t last long as James Rispoli and Austin Dehaven both took turns holding down the best lap before DNA Energy Drink’s Joey Pascarella posted a time of 1’31.552. Rockwall Performance’s J.D. Beach was briefly able to take control of the timesheet also, but 18-year-old Pascarella proved too strong to beat. Despite crashing out with more than five minutes of the session remaining, Pascarella’s time stood unchallenged and he took provisional pole by more than half a second ahead of Beach. Rispoli took the third-best time but was more than a second adrift of Pascarella. Nash and National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Corey Alexander completed the top-five times in fourth and fifth respectively, with Alexander more than a second and a half behind the leader.
AMA SuperSport Barber Friday Results:

Joey Pascarella secured an excellent start from pole position in the first SuperSport contest at New Jersey.
Despite crashing near the end of the qualifying session, Joey Pascarella showed amazing speed and took the fastest lap by more than half a second ahead of J.D. Beach.

1. Joey Pascarella (Yamaha) 1’29.985
2. J.D. Beach (Yamaha) 1’30.647
3. James RIspoli (Suzuki) 1’31.037
4. Huntley Nash (Yamaha) 1’31.248
5. Corey Alexander (Suzuki) 1’31.696
6. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha) 1’31.811
7. Austin Dehaven (Yamaha) 1’31.842
8. Tyler O’Hara (Yamaha) 1’32.00
9. Miles Thornton (Yamaha) 1’32.069
10. Elena Myers (Suzuki) 1’32.017
11. James Dellinger (Suzuki) 1’32.684
12. Michael Corbino (Yamaha) 1’32.934
13. Sam Nash (Yamaha) 1’33.139
14. Travis Wyman (Suzuki) 1’33.208
15. Raphael Archambault (Honda) 1’34.459

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