Young leads Hayes in the second American SuperBike race at Daytona. The Yoshimura rider was able to take the Race 2 checkers in a photo finish.
Blake Young did his best to even up with American SuperBike rival Josh Hayes, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider taking the Race 2 checkers at Daytona. Young claimed the win in familiar Daytona fashion, holding off Hayes’s drafting charge by a mere 0.002. Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden once again completed the ASB podium, besting Graves Yamaha’s SuperBike rookie Josh Herrin for the final rostrum position.
The SuperBike race started with Herrin battling up front, dicing with Young while Hayes moved into the lead. Unwilling to let Hayes get out of his sight, Young dispatched Herrin and chased down the leader.
Having caught the Yamaha ace, Young pressed ahead on Lap 11 of the 15-lap race. The two fought for the front in the closing laps with Daytona strategy guiding their position heading into the final lap. Each rider knew they could overtake the other drafting on the banking, leading to the finish line showdown.
“Once I got the run on him and knew I could draft past him just the same, I kind of let him lead the last lap,” explained Hayes of the final lap. “Going to the back straightaway I’d gotten a little further back than where I wanted to be and kind of panicked a little bit, and ran off into the chicane pretty hard. Made a few mistakes, it really wasn’t I don’t think the deciding factor. Because once we got up on the banking I went through the gears and do what I’d done before, but I think I just mis-timed it.”
Hayes (2) jumped out to the early lead, with Young (79) having to get around Herrin (2) and then run down the leader for the eventual win.
Hayes was just two thousandths of a second shy of nipping Young at the line.
“I remember glancing over my shoulder out of the horseshoe, glancing over my shoulder coming onto the back straightaway. And I thought he’s going to come with some steam,” said Young on his close finish. “I wanted to be able to get back into his draft if he did come by – I thought I had a better chance that way. Halfway through the banking, going ‘well he should be coming by by now’ and I don’t really feel the drag as much. I was wide open ‘til the checkered.”
After falling off the leader’s pace Herrin would tussle with Hayden over the final podium position. The Jordan Suzuki secured consecutive third-place podiums, with Herrin settling for fourth after being forced to retire from Race 1 with a mechanical DNF. Foremost Insurance BMW’s Larry Pegram repeated his battle with Motorcycle-Superstore.com/LeoVince/Attack Performance rider Steve Rapp, with the Beemer once again edging the Kawasaki ZX-10R at the finish.
Yoshimura’s second rider, Chris Clark, finished seventh ahead of ESP BMW rider Jake Holden. Pulling into the pits with electrical issues in Race 1, Danny Eslick rebounded in Race 2 to pilot the Team Hero EBR 1190RS to a ninth-place finish. Team Venezuela rider Roberto Pietri rounded out the top 10.
Although the title front-runners split wins at Daytona, Hayes leaves with a three-point advantage in the championship – the two-time defending champion having claimed all three bonus points for pole position and most laps led. Hayden is third in the points, followed by Pegram and Rapp.
2012 American SuperBike Daytona Race 2 Results:
1. Blake Young (Suzuki)
2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) +0.002
3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) +10.283
4. Josh Herrin (Yamaha) +11.505
5. Larry Pegram (BMW) +21.904
6. Steve Rapp (Kawasaki) +21.985
7. Chris Clark (Suzuki) +30.667
8. Jake Holden (BMW) +32.488
9. Danny Eslick (EBR) +37.672
10. Robertino Pietri (Suzuki) +44.92
11. David Anthony (Suzuki) +46.236
12. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) +47.179
13. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki) +47.238
14. Chris Fillmore (KTM) +01:02.2
15. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki) +01:11.1
2012 American SuperBike Championship Points:
1. Josh Hayes, 58
2. Blake Young, 55
3. Roger Hayden, 42
4. Larry Pegram, 34
5. Steve Rapp, 31
6. Jake Holden, 27
7. Chris Clark, 26
8. Robertino Pietri, 24
9. David Anthony, 21
10. Chris Ulrich, 19