AMA Pro Racing New Orleans Friday 2012

October 5, 2012
Byron Wilson
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Josh Hayes dominated AMA SuperBike in Race 1 at Road America  winning by over 11 seconds.
Josh Hayes was fastest in the first AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike qualifying session at NOLA.

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes topped the timesheets in the first AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike qualifying session at New Orleans Motorsports Park. The Mississippi native beat out National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden by 0.998 seconds. Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young rounded out the top three a further 0.021 seconds back.

Hayes wrapped up the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing championship at the previous round in Miami and will be looking to score his 31st and possibly 32nd SuperBike race wins since 2009. Hayden returns to action having scored his first race win of the season in Race 1 at Homestead-Miami, a win which broke Hayes’ previous 10-race streak. Hayden was one of the fastest riders during testing at NOLA earlier in the year and will be looking to maintain the positive momentum he generated during the previous contest. Young has locked in second-place overall for the season, 100 points ahead of current third-place rider Josh Herrin, Hayes’ teammate.

Team Hero’s Danny Eslick came in fourth-fastest, followed by Jordan Suzuki’s Ben Bostrom in fifth. Foremost Insurance’s Larry Pegram was sixth with Team Venezuela’s Robertino Pietri in seventh. Team Amsoil/Hero’s Geoff May and KTM’s Chris Fillmore took eighth and ninth respectively, followed by Riders Discount’s Taylor Knapp, who rounded out the top-10.

AMA Pro SuperBike New Orleans Friday Results 2012:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 1’39.943
2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 1’40.941
3. Blake Young (Suzuki) 1’40.962
4. Danny Eslick (EBR) 1’41.159
5. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki) 1’41.175
6. Larry Pegram (BMW) 1’41.665
7. Robertino Pietri (Suzuki) 1’41.806
8. Geoff May (EBR) 1’42.078
9. Chris Fillmore (KTM) 1’42.238
10. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki) 1’42.474
11. Aaron Yates (BMW) 1’42.868
12. David Anthony (Suzuki) 1’42.943
13. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 1’43.565
14. Jordan Burgess (Suzuki) 1’44.848
15. Brandt Dillon (BMW) 1’45.884

Cameron Beaubier was second in SportBike Qualifying 2 at Laguna Seca.
Cameron Beaubier posted the top time in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike qualifying on Friday at NOLA.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

Cameron Beaubier of Yamaha Extended Service pulled the fastest lap of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike qualifying session in the final minutes of the session, displacing Meen Motorsports’ Bobby Fong who finished the day in second. Road Race Factory’s Jake Gagne was third-fastest, just 0.232 off the lead pace.

Beaubier got to the top of the timesheet mid-session where he remained until Gagne and Fong started to put in their fast laps. Prior to that, Team Latus Motors Racing’s Jason DiSalvo, Geico Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas and M4 Suzuki’s Dane Westby all took turns leading the pack. Fong appeared to have provisional pole secured until Beaubier became the only rider on the grid to drop under 1’43.00 before time ran out.

Cardenas settled for fourth, followed by’s Tommy Aquino in fifth. Gagne’s teammate JD Beach came in sixth-fastest with Westby close behind in seventh. Ducshop Racing’s Jake Zemke finished in eighth with Team Beck Racing’s Michael Beck and DiSalvo taking ninth and 10th respectively.

AMA Pro Daytona SportBike New Orleans Friday Results 2012:
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 1’42.958
2. Bobby Fong (Yamaha) 1’43.083
3. Jake Gagne (Yamaha) 1’43.190
4. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki) 1’44.067
5. Tommy Aquino (Yamaha) 1’44.159
6. JD Beach (Yamaha) 1’44.228
7. Dane Westby (Suzuki) 1’44.255
8. Jake Zemke (Ducati) 1’44.458
9. Michael Beck (Yamaha) 1’44.601
10. Jason DiSalvo (Triumph) 1’44.610
11. Austin Dehaven (Yamaha) 1’45.053
12. Cory West (Suzuki) 1’45.103
13. David Gaviria (Yamaha) 1’45.240
14. Joey Pascarella (Suzuki) 1’45.472
15. Tommy Hayden (Yamaha) 1’45.545

AMA Pro SuperSport

Road Race Factory’s Hayden Gillim set the pace in AMA Pro SuperSport qualifying at New Orleans Motorsports Park, earning provisional pole ahead of Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli by 0.851 seconds. Yamaha Extended Service’s Garrett Gerloff came in third-fastest, followed by Harv’s Harley-Davidson’s Travis Wyman in fourth.

Gillim got the front early and went nearly untouched as he continued to improve lap times as the session wore on. He ended the day as the only rider to dip below 1’45, which he did on his final lap. Rispoli rallied late for second-place, setting his best time on the final lap as well.

Gillim’s teammate Tomas Puerta finished with the fifth-fastest time, followed by Gearzy’s Ryan Matter in sixth and’s Stefano Mesa in seventh. Jake Lewis sat as high as third at one point during qualifying, but was unable to improve on that time and ended the day in eighth. Suzuki’s Elena Myers took ninth and CRL Racing’s Charlie Long rounded out the top-10.

AMA Pro SuperSport New Orleans Friday Results 2012:
1. Hayden Gillim (Yamaha) 1’44.737
2. James Rispoli (Suzuki) 1’45.588
3. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha) 1’45.979
4. Travis Wyman (Suzuki) 1’46.064
5. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha) 1’46.318
6. Ryan Matter (Yamaha) 1’46.371
7. Stefano Mesa (Yamaha) 1’46.627
8. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 1’46.636
9. Elena Myers (Suzuki) 1’46.716
10. Charlie Long (Suzuki) 1’46.754
11. Frankie Gillim (Honda) 1’46.808
12. Miles Thornton (Yamaha) 1’46.978
13. Colter Dimick (Yamaha) 1’47.128
14. Dustin Dominguez (Triumph) 1’47.230
15. Ryan Kerr (Kawasaki) 1’47.995

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