Road Race Factory’s Hayden Gillim put in a commanding performance in AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Race 1 at New Orleans Motorsports Park, beating Jake Lewis by over 11 seconds at the checkers. Gillim’s teammate Tomas Puerta rounded out the podium. The contest was marked by red flags, one at the opening of the race due to fluid on track which forced a complete restart and one into the 12th lap which ended the race after Castrol Triumph’s Dustin Dominguez went down.
Once proceedings got underway, Gillim appeared nearly uncatchable. After Lap 2 the Yamaha rider had already built a gap of over three seconds on then second-place rider James Rispoli of Celtic Racing. Gillim continued to post lap times one or more seconds faster than nearly anyone in the field.
“It’s been good all weekend,” Gillim said. “The bike has been fantastic and the whole team has been meshing really well together. The race was amazing. I got off to a pretty good start, worked my way up to the lead, and just managed the pace from there.”
The battle for second was much more intense, with Rispoli, Lewis, Puerta, Dominguez and Yamaha Extended Service’s Garrett Gerloff trading positions through every lap. Gerloff was the first to experience trouble, falling from second to 17th. The fight continued between the remaining four riders with Dominguez moving into second. Dominguez then went down just before finishing his 11th lap, forcing a red flag. Officials called the race after Dominguez’s incident, leaving him in 25th.
Rispoli missed the podium by 0.521 seconds and was followed by Suzuki’s Elena Myers in fifth. M1’s Frankie Gillim took sixth with Best Book 1’s Ryan Kerr and Harv’s Harley Davidson’s Travis Wyman finishing in seventh and eighth respectively.
Rispoli secured the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West and Overall titles with his finish.
“It feels great,” Rispoli said. “To win the second one… it was just as hard as the first. These boys kept me honest… Hats off to everybody in the SuperSport class. I’m really happy with how the whole season has gone and how the whole team has gelled. I hope it’s the right move and a good step for the future.”
AMA Pro SuperSport New Orleans Race 1 Results 2012:
1. Hayden Gillim (Yamaha)
2. Jake Lewis (Suzuki)
3. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha)
4. James Rispoli (Suzuki)
5. Elena Myers (Suzuki)
6. Frankie Gillim (Honda)
7. Ryan Kerr (Kawasaki)
8. Travis Wyman (Suzuki)
9. Ryan Matter (Yamaha)
10. Miles Thornton (Yamaha)
11. Colter Dimick (Yamaha)
12. Devon McDonough (Yamaha)
13. Conner Blevins (Kawasaki)
14. Travis Ohge (Ducati)
15. Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha)