2010 American SuperBike New Jersey Race 2

September 5, 2010
Matt Davidson
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Josh Hayes  #4  managed a great ride in the final laps at New Jersey and took the double victory over Tommy Hayden  #22 .
Josh Hayes (#4) put in a great ride in the final laps at New Jersey and took the double win over Tommy Hayden (#22).

In the final race at New Jersey on Sunday Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Haye’s took a well-earned victory over Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden in American SuperBike. The pair remained tethered together for the majority of the second race, each taking turns in the lead until Hayes made his pass on the Suzuki rider during the penultimate lap.
Hayden started the event with the lead ahead of Pat Clark Motorsports’ Ben Bostrom and M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s John Hopkins. Meanwhile Hayes lurked just outside the top-three in fourth-place, but he didn’t remain there long as the Number 4 bike jumped ahead of both Hopkins and Bostrom while Hayden’s Suzuki teammate, Blake Young, quickly advanced into second. The order was Hayden followed by Young, Hayes and National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Jake Zemke. Hayes wasted no time in moving into second and finally taking control of the race ahead of Hayden. Just as it appeared Hayes was going to run away with it, a crash by Bostrom forced a red flag and a race restart.
Twenty minutes later the race was underway again, this time with Hayden leading ahead of Zemke and Hayes. Following his crash Bostrom was unable to continue, and had to take a 16th-place finish for the day. Halfway into the restart the top-three were separated by less than three-tenths of a second. Hayes took the lead again ahead of Hayden, and by Lap 13 the 35-year-old was beginning to pull ahead of the pack. With Hayes’ advantage stretching to more than half a second, Hayden slowly began to reel the Yamaha rider in, and with a few laps remaining Hayden got within 0.079 seconds of Hayes.
Despite taking the lead for a brief moment, Hayden was unable to hold off Hayes in his quest for consecutive SuperBike wins at New Jersey. Hayden crossed the line 0.324 seconds behind Hayes followed by Hopkins, who finished fifth in Race 1 on Saturday. Young and Jordan Suzuki’s Brett McCormick rounded out the top-five in fourth and fifth respectively.

With just one round remaining Hayes is now 16 points ahead of Hayden in the championship. In third-place and 78 points behind Hayden is Zemke with 301.

American SuperBike New Jersey Race 1 Results:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)

American SuperBike Race 2 podium at New Jersey Motorsports Park  from left to right : Tommy Hayden  Josh Hayes and John Hopkins.
American SuperBike Race 2 podium at New Jersey Motorsports Park (from left to right): Tommy Hayden, Josh Hayes and John Hopkins.

3. John Hopkins (Suzuki)
4. Blake Young (Suzuki)
5. Brett McCormick (Suzuki)
6. Jake Zemke (Suzuki)
7. Geoff May (Buell)
8. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki)
9. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
10. Shane Narbonne (Suzuki)
11. Tim J. Bemisderfer (BMW)
12. Chris Clark (Yamaha)
13. Chris Trounson (Suzuki)
14. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
15. Chris Peris (BMW)
2010 American SuperBike Championship Points:
1. Josh Hayes, 426
2. Tommy Hayden, 404
3. Jake Zemke, 316
4. Ben Bostrom, 295
5. Larry Pegram, 276

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