Cortech Apparel & Gear, presenting sponsor of AMA Pro Road Racing’s Live Timing & Scoring webpage and mobile applications, presented the Cortech Fast Man Standing Award at the September 5th season-ending banquet in Atlantic City, NJ. Cortech’s Dan Thomas presented the $2,000 check to Monster Energy Graves Yamaha and 2011 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion, Josh Hayes.
The award was created to recognize the rider that turned the highest number of overall fast lap times in National Guard SuperBike races during the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing season. Known for high-performance lines of motorcycle apparel, gear, and accessories, Cortech has recognized five different Fast Man Standing candidates this year, as Ben Bostrom, Blake Young, Tommy Hayden, Josh Hayes and Steve Rapp have each claimed fast laps at AMA Pro events this year. But in a twist, Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammates Blake Young and Tommy Hayden and AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes all tied for the top honors with four fastest race laps each. The tie break was actual pole positions won and with his impressive seven pole positions this season, Hayes was declared the winner of the 2011 Cortech Fast Man Standing Award of $2,000.00.
Jordan Suzuki’s Bostrom drew first blood at Daytona International Speedway, posting a blistering lap of 1:37.657 around the circuit’s legendary high banks in Race 1 only to see Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Young strike back with his fast lap of 1:37.561 in the opening round’s second race. Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s reigning AMA Pro SuperBike champion, Josh Hayes, jumped into contention by notching the quickest lap (1:36.236) in Race 1 at Infineon Raceway, but was forced to split weekend honors when Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Hayden outdid him in Race 2 with the fastest lap of 1:36.698.
With all four superstars already firmly in the hunt for the Cortech Fast Man Standing Award following the second round, they blazed through the next five AMA Pro Road Racing events, trading race victories while breaking ties and swapping leads in the overall Fast Man Standing chase.
As the series headed into the final round of the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing Championship, the Fast Man Standing competition was closer than ever: Young and Hayden were tied with four fast-laps each, while Hayes lurked just behind with three. Surely, the tie would be broken, but the battle really got interesting when Josh Hayes took the fastest lap in race one on his way to his clutch victory. Hayes turned in a lap of 1:21.264 and now all three championship contenders had four fastest laps in the books. Not only would the National Guard SuperBike title be settled on the final day of the season, but so would the Cortech Fast Man Standing Award!
In one of the most thrilling races in recent memory, the championship contenders battled back and fourth for the entire 23 laps and the title was finally settled on the very last lap. But in the meantime, it was Steve Rapp, making his first appearance on the Cycle World Attack Performance Kawasaki that upset the applecart in the Cortech Award standings with his fastest lap of the race of 1:21.589. In the process, he joined Ben Bostrom as the only other rider beside the top three of Hayes, Young and Hayden to break into the Cortech Fast Man Standing Award standings in 2011.
At the end of the day, it was Josh Hayes who received the Cortech Fast Man Standing Award based on his seven pole positions along with his AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship #1 plate for the second year in a row!
Cortech’s support of the new AMA Pro Live Timing offerings were critical in supplying not only the fans of AMA Pro Racing with the essential session timing information but the competitors also made use of the Cortech Live Timing & Scoring Apps during the races throughout the 2011 season.
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