Road America SuperBike Race 1 Results 2013

June 1, 2013
Adam Waheed
By Adam Waheed
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Reigning SuperBike champ Josh Hayes returned to form at Road America winning Saturday’s 13-lap race over Martin Cardenas and Roger Lee Hayden. Hayes led from the start finishing four seconds ahead of Cardenas and a whopping 18 plus seconds in front of Hayden.

“I felt I was riding pretty good,” commented Hayes after the race. “The guys [his team] showed me I think a little bit of a false gap, and I relaxed a little bit. I came around, and that gap shrank considerably, and I panicked a little bit. I had to change my rhythm twice and that’s pretty tough. At that point, it was just trying to maintain or open the gap and just give myself some breathing room. Martin was riding pretty good behind me because I was trying pretty hard and he was maintaining a good pace. I’m sure tomorrow will be a different story; if he can get away in the first few laps with me I’m sure it’s going to be a race-long battle. I’m looking forward to it.”

Although he always had a small gap, Cardenas kept him honest—ready to capitalize on any mistake Hayes made. In the end the Yoshimura rider didn’t quite have the pace and had to settle for the runner-up spot.

“It was a good race for me,” said Cardenas. “Of course I wanted to finish one step higher, but this time, it was impossible. Josh was very fast on the first few, and he gapped us, and I couldn’t catch up. But I tried to keep the pressure the whole way, and I had a good rhythm, and the bike was working really good.”

Hayes teammate Josh Herrin looked to have a podium finish in the bag until he made a mistake and ran off into the grass. Although he kept his R1 on two wheels he rejoined the race in eighth position. He pushed hard for the next four laps but crossed the line in sixth position behind Larry Pegram and Danny Eslick. Herrin’s mistake was a boon for Hayden with him able to hold down third position.

“In the beginning, I made a made a lot of mistakes, and these guys got a gap on me,” shared the youngest Hayden brother. “They just slowly pulled away. I made another big mistake, and then Larry [Pegram] was on me. The last few laps was just holding him off. Herrin ran off the track—it’s a pretty disappointing third place to be honest. I was so far back and didn’t really ride very good, and should have got fourth today. We’ll take it, but we have to do a lot better job tomorrow.”

Geoff May brought his V-Twin powered Erik Buell Racing motorcycle home in seventh place—a pretty respectable finish for the small Wisconsin-based racing squad. Australian privateer David Anthony slotted in next ahead of KTM’s Chris Fillmore and the second EBR racing machine ridden by Cory West.

National Guard American SuperBike Race 1 Results:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)
3. Roger Lee Hayden (Suzuki)
4. Larry Pegram (Yamaha)
5. Danny Eslick (Suzuki)
6. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
7. Geoff May (Buell)
8. David Anthony (Suzuki)
9. Chris Fillmore (KTM)
10. Cory West (Buell)
11. Chris Clark (Suzuki)
12. Aaron Yates (Buel)
13. Chris Ulrich (Honda)
14. Ryan Kerr (Suzuki)
15. Nico Ferreira (Kawasaki)
16. Michael Garner (Kawasaki)
17. Jacquel Gonzalez (Kawasaki)
18. Taylor Knapp (KTM)
19. Dustin Dominguez (Buell)
20. Reese Wacker (Suzuki)

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