American SuperBike New Jersey Race 1 2011

September 3, 2011
Matt Davidson
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Yamahas Josh Hayes pulled ahead by 11 points in the championship after winning Saturdays race at New Jersey.
Yamaha’s Josh Hayes pulled ahead by 11 points in the championship after winning Saturday’s race at New Jersey.

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes took an important victory in the final round of the 2011 American SuperBike Championship. The 36-year-old posted the win 2.034 seconds ahead of Jordan Suzuki’s Ben Bostrom to take the lead in the series by 11 points with the final race of the season scheduled for Sunday. Meanwhile Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden outperformed his younger brother, Roger Hayden, for the final spot on the podium.
At the start Bostrom had the opening lead ahead of Hayes, Suzuki’s Blake Young, National Guard Jordan Suuzki’s Roger Hayden and Tommy Hayden. M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas had a poor start outside the top-10 as Hayes grabbed the lead from Bostrom on the second lap.

“I’ve been a little inconsistent on starts this year,” said Hayes, who entered the round with a five-point deficit. “Today was definitely one of my better ones. I had a pretty good feel for how to approach Turn 1, so it worked out good for me.”

Young was running third nearly two seconds behind the leader in third as KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore crashed out on Lap 2. Larry Pegram then made a pass on Steve Rapp to advance into seventh while Roger Hayden got around Young for third place on Lap 5. Pegram’s pass didn’t last long, however, as Rapp reclaimed his position just a lap later.
Tommy Hayden launched past both Young and Roger Hayden to move up to third. Young didn’t take long to out-maneuver Roger Hayden for fourth, putting his directly behind his Suzuki teammate. Despite his progress Tommy Hayden remained more than eight seconds behind Ben Bostrom as the front two were in a league of their own up front. On Lap 10 M4 Suzuki’s Chris Ulrich retired to the pits with a mechanical problem as Hayes remained only 0.169 seconds ahead of Bostrom. With eight laps to go the defending champ opened a light advantage over Bostrom as Young remained glued to Tommy Hayden. On the next lap Hayes laid down his fastest lap to open a gap on the competition.
With only three laps left Young overtook Tommy Hayden for second, but it wouldn’t last as Hayden charged back into the final podium spot. With the white flag out Hayes was more than a second ahead of Bostrom as he went on to snag the win.

“The whole time, I didn’t know if it was just Ben [Bostrom] behind me or Ben and five more guys, so I wasn’t going to lose any time to anyone,” said Hayes. “I just tried to keep my nerve and ride smooth.”

Bostrom remained steady in second for nearly the entire match, followed by the Hayden brothers. On the final lap Young lost even more points in the championship after being passed by Roger Hayden.

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

Ben Bostrom finished 2.034 seconds behind Josh Hayes in the first SuperBike race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Ben Bostrom finished 2.034 seconds behind Josh Hayes in the first SuperBike race at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

4. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
5. Blake Young (Suzuki)
6. Steve Rapp (Kawasaki)
7. Larry Pegram (BMW)
8. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)
9. Chris Clark (Yamaha)
10. Brett McCormick (BMW)
11. Geoff May (EBR)
12. Taylor Knapp (EBR)
13. Aaron Gobert (BMW)
14. Chris Peris (BMW)
15. Jeremy Toye (BMW)

2011 American SuperBike Championship Points:
1. Josh Hayes, 338
2. Blake Young, 327
3. Tommy Hayden, 284
4. Martin Cardenas, 213
5. Ben Bostrom, 193
6. Larry Pegram, 183
7. Roger Hayden, 181
8. Chris Clark, 144
9. Steve Rapp, 137
10. Geoff May, 124

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