SuperBike Road Atlanta Race 1 Results 2012

April 21, 2012
Byron Wilson
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Blake Young  Road Atlanta 2012.
Yoshimura Suzuki rider Blake Young took the top spot in Race 1 over rival Josh Hayes.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young took his second consecutive victory of 2012, besting rival Josh Hayes in the American SuperBike opener at Road Atlanta. The Wisconsin native was flanked on the Race 1 podium by Graves Yamaha teammates Hayes and ASB rookie Josh Herrin.

Herrin continued his streak of strong starts in ASB, taking the RA Race 1 holeshot followed by Young in second and Hayes in third. The top four riders, including National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden, kept within one second of one another into Lap 3. From there Hayes took the top spot and held through Lap 10 with Young less than three tenths of a second behind.

Hayes and Young put ample distance between themselves and the rest of the pack and battled one another for the remainder of the race. Both riders topped their qualifying times, posting laps of 1:25.463 and 1:25.364 respectively eight laps into the race. Halfway through, the Wisconsin native passed Hayes for the top spot, both riders more than seven seconds ahead of any other challengers. The Yamaha rider was relentless through subsequent laps and regained the lead in Lap 13 after the red flag went out when Young came off his bike. He got new leathers and returned to the race for a restart with seven laps to go.

After the restart, Josh Herrin returned to the front of the pack, with Hayes in second, Hayden in third and Young down to fourth. The Mississippi native quickly took back the lead with five laps to go, followed by Young who had regained second, but the wide gap they’d established earlier was entirely gone as Herrin and Hayden remained within three tenths of a second behind first.

Young and Hayes traded positions three more times in the final three laps, with the Yamaha ace holding the lead until the very end when Young shot past for the win.

Hayden and Herrin battled through the race for third but couldn’t catch the top two. Team Amisol/Hero rider Geoff May, on the EBR 1190RS held fifth, but remained more than four seconds behind Hayden and into lap nine lost position to Foremost Insurance rider Larry Pegram on the BMW S1000RR. May was able to retake his position and finish fifth on the American made EBR. KTM’s Chris Fillmore ended in sixth, followed by / Attack Performance’s Steve Rapp in seventh.

The victory gets Young even with Hayes in the points at 85 apiece. While Young owns the tie-break, with more wins this season, Hayes once again gets the upper hand in bonus points – earning the pole position at RA and leading the most laps in Race 1. Hayden retains third in the points, followed by Rapp and Pegram. Herrin’s first career ASB podium moves him into sixth overall.
2012 American SuperBike Road Atlanta Race 1 Results:
1. Blake Young (Suzuki)
2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
3. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
4. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
5. Geoff May (EBR)
6. Chris Fillmore (KTM)
7. Steve Rapp (Kawasaki)
8. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki)
9. Chris Clark (Suzuki)
10. Danny Eslick (EBR)
11. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki)
12. Lary Pegram (BMW)
13. Robertino Pietri (Suzuki)
14. Jake Holden (BMW)
15. David Anthony (Suzuki)

2012 American SuperBike Points:
1. Blake Young, 85
2. Josh Hayes, 85
3. Roger Hayden, 60
4. Steve Rapp, 45
5. Larry Pegram, 43
6. Josh Herrin, 39
7. Chris Clark, 38
8. Jake Holden, 34
9. Geoff May, 32
10. Roberto Pietri, 32

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