Roger Hayden earned his first win of the season in AMA Pro SuperBike Race 1 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and breaking Josh Hayes’ 10 race win streak in the process.
National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden was able to maintain the blistering pace he set during qualifying in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, earning his first win of the season and breaking Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes’ 10 race win streak. Team Hero’s Danny Eslick held to second after an intense battle with Yosimura Suzuki’s Blake Young. The Suzuki ace lagged behind Eslick by just 0.089 at the checkers.
“It feels really good — it’s been a long time since I’ve won,” said Hayden. “So many things are going through my head right now, I just want to go back to the truck and sit there by myself and let it all sink in. It’s been a lot of work getting back — a lot of injuries. Lot of people stuck with me — my family mainly. My sisters, my brothers were always trying to help me, my parents were always right there. You have a lot of friends when you’re winning but when you’re laid up in the hospital bed with a broken back, broken pelvis, there’s not a lot of people calling you. My family stayed with me through thick and thin when almost everyone else gave up on me. I guess I want to dedicate this win to my family for everything that they’ve done for me no matter what.”
Hayden came off the start well, but didn’t move to the front for almost seven laps. Young commanded the lead early on and both riders were free of the usual frontrunner, Hayes, after the Yamaha ace crashed early in the contest, hitting a curb and going down. He was able to remount, had fallen to the back of the pack. The Mississippi native continued pressing on and by the end had recovered to 12th. His teammate, Josh Herrin, didn’t fare well either. After holding steady in the top five early on, Herrin slipped back as riders pushed toward the front. With five laps remaining, Herrin lost position and fell to the back of the pack. He was unable to recover much in the short time remaining and he finished in 19th.
Once out front, Hayden was uncatchable, building a gap on Young and Eslick to over seven seconds at one point. Eslick’s teammate Geoff May was also in the mix, trading position a number of times in the battle for second. He ended taking fourth place, followed by Jordan Suzuki’s Ben Bostrom in fifth.
M4 Roadracingworld.com’s Chris Ulrich took sixth and Kneedraggers.com’s David Anthony finished in seventh. Foremost Insurance’s Larry Pegram came across the finish in eighth with Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki’s Taylor Knapp and Evan Steel Performance’s Aaron Yates taking ninth and 10th respectively.
SuperBike Race 1 podium with Roger Hayden (center) in first, Danny Eslick (right) in second and Blake Young (left) in third.
AMA Pro SuperBike Homestead-Miami Race 1 Results 2012:
1. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
2. Danny Eslick (EBR)
3. Blake Young (Suzuki)
4. Geoff May (EBR)
5. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki)
6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
7. David Anthony (Suzuki)
8. Larry Pegram (BMW)
9. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki)
10. Aaron Yates (BMW)
11. Chris Fillmore (KTM)
12. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
13. Jordan Burgess (Suzuki)
14. Robertino Pietri (Suzuki)
15. Barrett Long (Ducati)