SuperBike Mid-Ohio Race 1 Results 2012

July 14, 2012
Byron Wilson
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Josh Hayes took wins in both Race 1 and Race 2 at Mid-Ohio.
Josh Hayes lost the lead briefly to Blake Young early in Race 1, but quickly regained the front and took the checkers.

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes, once again, came out on top of an AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike contest the winner. Hayes finished over seven seconds ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young in Race 1 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden rounded out the podium.

Shortly after the race began, officials called for a full restart after it was discovered that one of the start lights was faulty.

Hayes sat in pole position on the grid, but early in the race lost the lead briefly to Young. The Suzuki ace charged from eighth at the start to the lead in the first turns of the opening lap. Never falling further than second, Hayes recovered quickly and led the pack for the rest of the race.

“The first half was a really tough race,” Hayes said. “I was running what I thought was a really strong pace. Honestly, it was pretty tough to get around Blake. I gave it a shot a couple of times and was coming up short and overshot it once; he’s pretty hard to pass. Once I did I just tried to keep my wits about me and ride smart and put together good, clean laps.”

Josh Herrin, Hayes’ teammate, also came off the grid in competitive form and contended against the Mississippi native for the lead until mid-race when the SuperBike rookie crashed and fell to the back in the pack, recovering to 14th by the checkers. Hayden challenged hard for the runner-up position, getting past Young for a brief period toward the end of the contest, but Young fought back and regained position before the finish.

Attack Performance/’s Steve Rapp had one of his best showings of the season, taking fourth-place over 8 seconds ahead of Foremost Insurance’s Larry Pegram in fifth. Team Amsoil/Hero’s Geoff May made it to sixth and Jordan Suzuki’s Ben Bostrom slipped in the final half of the race to seventh.

Rapp was in the top three after the first lap, but soon started to fall back and was in seventh mid-race. He then battled with Pegram and Bostrom through the final laps and was able to mount a comeback that earned him his best finish of the season in SuperBike.

Hayes remains in the points lead ahead of Young and Herrin in second and third respectively. Young remains the only rider within a reasonable distance to challange Hayes for the title, 44 points off the lead. Hayden made a jump from fifth to fourth after his Race 1 podium finish which pushed May to fifth. 

Steve Rapp  15  in front of a large field in SuperBike Race 1.
SuperBike Race 1 podium with Josh Hayes  center  in first  Blake Young  right  in second and Roger Hayden  left  in third.
(Above) Steve Rapp (15) in front of a large field in SuperBike Race 1. (Below) SuperBike Race 1 podium with Josh Hayes (center) in first, Blake Young (right) in second and Roger Hayden (left) in third.

SuperBike Mid-Ohio Race 1 Results 2012:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Blake Young (Suzuki)
3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
4. Steve Rapp (Kawasaki)
5. Larry Pegram (BMW)
6. Geoff May (EBR)
7. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki)
8. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki)
9. Danny Eslick (EBR)
10. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
11. Chris Clark (Suzuki)
12. Jordan Burgess (Suzuki)
13. Johnny Rock Page (Suzuki)
14. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
15. David Anthony (Suzuki)

AMA Pro SuperBike Points:
1. Josh Hayes, 352
2. Blake Young, 308
3. Josh Herrin, 204
4. Roger Hayden, 179
5. Geoff May, 174
6. Larry Pegram, 167
7. Ben Bostrom, 140
8. Chris Clark, 134
9. Danny Eslick, 133
10. Steve Rapp, 133.