Barber SuperBike Race 2 Results 2013

June 23, 2013
Byron Wilson
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Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes held off significant pressure from National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden in SuperBike Race 2 at Barber for the win. Hayden ended just two-tenths of second behind Hayes at the finish, unable to push past the Mississippi native despite a valiant charge for the front in the final lap. Hayes’ teammate, Josh Herrin, trailed the two front-runners by over 10 seconds to finish in third-place.

Hayes took his place at the head of the pack off the start, leading Herrin, Hayden and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas through the opening laps. The four riders started to break away from the rest of the field, leaving Hayden’s teammate Danny Eslick lonely in fifth.

Herrin stayed on Hayes’ rear tire for the first six laps and then made his move to the front, settling into the lead for a brief period before the defending SuperBike champ answered back. Hayes never relinquished the top-spot again during the contest, but Hayden was relentless in his pursuit once he pushed past Herrin for the runner-up spot. The Suzuki ace posted the fastest lap of the race on Lap 15 of 21, and ended as the only rider to turn a lap in the 1’24 range. He was somewhat inconsistent though, following up his fast lap with another in the 1’27s and losing the ground he had gained on Hayes, who was doggedly consistent for the entire race. Entering the final lap, Hayden was just one-tenth of a second behind the Yamaha rider but even that proved too large a gap to close as the two racers posted nearly identical times on the final rotation, with Hayes faring slightly better for the win.

As the front-runners upped the pace for the number one and two spots, Herrin lost ground and was forced to play defense against Cardenas, who remained on top of the Graves Yamaha rider until the final laps. The Colombian rider gave Herrin breathing room toward the end of competition, finishing close to five seconds adrift of the final step on the podium.

Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram made a late-race move into fifth past Eslick, who’d spent all but the final turns in the position. KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore finished seventh, prevailing in a close battle for the spot that raged between as many as five riders through the contest. Fillmore moved ahead of Team Hero’s Geoff May on the final lap, leaving May to finish a fraction of a second behind the KTM rider in eighth. Fillmore’s teammate, Taylor Knapp, came through three-tenths off a second later in ninth followed by’s David Anthony in 10th.

Cardenas remains the overall points leader in the series, now just 10 points ahead of Hayes, who moved into second overall. Hayes now has four straight wins to his credit, putting him ahead of Herrin by three points. Hayden is fourth overall followed by Pegram in fifth.

AMA SuperBike Barber Race 2 Results 2013:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
3. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
4. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)
5. Larry Pegram (Yamaha)
6. Danny Eslick (Suzuki)
7. Chris Fillmore (KTM)
8. Geoff May (EBR)
9. Taylor Knapp (KTM)
10. David Anthony (Suzuki)
11. Aaron Yates (EBR)
12. Chris Ulrich (Honda)
13. Cory West (EBR)
14. Reese Wacker (Suzuki)
15. Danny Kelsey (Suzuki)

AMA SuperBike Points 2013:
1. Martin Cardenas, 144
2. Josh Hayes, 134
3. Josh Herrin, 131
4. Roger Hayden, 107
5. Larry Pegram, 106
6. Danny Eslick, 94
7. Chris Fillmore, 79
8. David Anthony, 70
9. Geoff May, 60
10. Chris Clark, 55

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