American SuperBike Mid Ohio Race 2 2011

July 10, 2011
Matt Davidson
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Tommy Hayden clenched his second victory of the season at Mid Ohio after a captivating battle with Blake Young.
Tommy Hayden clinched his second victory of the season at Mid Ohio after a captivating battle with Blake Young.

Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden notched his second win of the 2011 American SuperBike Championship on Sunday. After a race-long battle with teammate Blake Young, Tommy Hayden took the lead on the penultimate lap to win just over a tenth of a second ahead of Young. Meanwhile, Tommy’s younger brother, Roger Hayden, earned his first podium result of the season after holding back Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes across the finish line.
Hayes and Young both rocketed off the line to lead the field during the start, with Hayes inching out ahead from the first turn. Following the duo was Roger Hayden, BMW’s Larry Pegram and Tommy Hayden as Hayes and Young swapped the lead a few times in the opening lap. On Lap 2 Young recorded the fastest lap while taking the lead ahead of Hayes, with Roger Hayden approaching Hayes’ rear wheel. With 17 laps to go San Diego BMW’s Steve Rapp crashed out of sixth as M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas jumped up to fifth just behind Pegram. Meanwhile, Tommy Hayden had erased all of Roger Hayden’s breathing room and looked set on taking third place from his brother.
With 11 laps remaining Hayes moved into the lead with Roger Hayden quickly overtaking Young for second. Riders were hopping positions all over the place as Young reclaimed second from Roger Hayden, then moved into the lead again on the following lap ahead of Hayes, Roger Hayden, Tommy Hayden, Cardenas, Jordan Suzuki’s Ben

Blake Young  #79  is now 11 points ahead of Josh Hayes in the 2011 AMA SuperBike Championship after finishing second.
Blake Young is now 11 points ahead of Josh Hayes in the 2011 AMA SuperBike Championship after finishing second.

Bostrom, Cycle World Attack Kawasaki’s JD Beach, and KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore. Bostrom and Pegram became caught in a battle for sixth as Roger Hayden advanced ahead of Hayes for second. The racing was intense with only 0.6 seconds between the top-four riders.
After 14 laps of racing Tommy Hayden finally got around Roger Hayden for second, the two bothers right behind Young in the lead. Hayes was quickly falling off the pace of the frontrunners as he began losing tire grip. The following lap Tommy Hayden surged ahead of Young for the lead. The two battled briefly before Young fought off his teammate and reclaimed the position. Further back Hayes was pressuring Roger Hayden for third as the group hit lapped traffic, which allowed Tommy Hayden to retake the lead. With the white flag out Hayes was on the move in search of the final podium spot as Tommy Hayden fended off yet another pass attempt by Young. With just inches separating the top-two, Tommy Hayden declared victory by 0.119 seconds ahead of Young.

“Once I settled in I could tell it was going to come down to the last lap, and Blake pushed me all the way to the end,” said Tommy Hayden. “There was a point there, coming on to the front straight for the last time, where I was totally committed – I couldn’t do anything else or I was gonna hit him.”

Roger Hayden succeeded in holding back Hayes for his first podium of the season, with Hayes crossing the line less than half a second later. Cardenas rounded out the top-five finishers, earning his second fifth-place result of the weekend at Mid Ohio.

“The race was pretty good for me,” Roger Hayden said. “I felt like I had a pretty good rhythm going, and in the beginning Josh was kind of making it easy because he and Blake going back-and-forth definitely slowed the pace up.”
American SuperBike Mid Ohio Race 2 Results:
1. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)
2. Blake Young (Suzuki)
3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
4. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
5. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)

Roger Hayden
Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden scored his first podium of the season ahead of Hayes in Race 2.

6. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki)
7. Larry Pegram (BMW)
8. JD Beach (Kawasaki)
9. Chris Fillmore (KTM)
10. Geoff May (Buell)
11. Jeremy Toye (BMW)
12. Chris Clark (Yamaha)
13. Jason Farrell (Kawasaki)
14. Jordan Burgess (Suzuki)
15. Eric Pinson (Kawasaki)

2011 American SuperBike Championship Points:
1. Blake Young, 290
2. Josh Hayes, 279
3. Tommy Hayden, 233
4. Martin Cardenas, 187
5. Larry Pegram, 154
6. Ben Bostrom, 152
7. Roger Hayden, 145
8. Chris Clark, 120
9. Steve Rapp, 108
10. Geoff May, 103