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American Superbike Road America Results

Sunday, June 7, 2009
Foremost Pegram Racings Larry Pegram won his second career Superbike race nearly ten years after the first one.
Foremost Pegram Racing's Larry Pegram won his second career Superbike win at Road America.
Ducati Wins! Foremost Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram won Sunday’s American Superbike Race 2 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Today’s win would be Pegram’s second career win and his first in over a decade.
 
“It was definitely a great race. I wasn’t expecting to lead like that. I was real comfortable. When Mat got in front of me he didn’t really get me anywhere. I don’t want to wait 10 years for another one though,” laughed Pegram.
 
At the beginning of the 13-lap race it was Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mat Mladin who was first into Turn 1. Behind were Pegram, National Guard Suzuki’s Geoff May and the other Rockstar Suzuki of Blake Young. Right away it was apparent that Pegram’s Ducati motorcycle had a serious power advantage when he motored past Mladin on the first straightaway taking the lead going into the downhill Turn 5 on the first lap.
 
But Pegram wasn’t able to open up much of a gap as Mladin would routinely run his Suzuki up the inside of Pegram’s Ducati taking back the lead. Pegram would immediately counter on the next straightaway blowing by Mladin’s Suzuki. The two riders continued to swap back in fourth in this fashion for much of the race.
 
Further back, Yamaha’s Josh Hayes attempted to make a similar inside pass maneuver over Race 1’s second place finisher Mike Laverty but he would make contact with him sending both of them crashing into the gravel outside of Canada Corner. Hayes day was over but Laverty would remount and go on to finish the race albeit in last place.
Foremost Pegram Racings Larry Pegram leads the pack going in American Superbike Race 2.
Pegram's 2009 Ducati 1098R motorcycle was way faster than the Suzukis at Road America.

 
As the laps wound down, Pegram passed Mladin for the final time and right away opened up a small gap. Drama would unfold on the final lap however when Jordan Suzuki’s Aaron Yates would wedge his GSX-R1000 in front of Young’s. Yates slammed on the brakes and as he prepared to turn his motorcycle Young ran out of room causing him to crash. 
 
“We had a pretty decent race,” Yates said. “But I couldn’t get past Blake. I was making a lot of ground though Turns 5, 6 and 7 and I had to look under the inside of him to get past. On the final lap I looked again and I just slipped up under him and had to park it. But I had to ride hard to get us up here on the podium. I got up way up the inside I had to get on the brakes to get it turned and drive off the corner.”
 
Young would remount and go on to scavenge an eighth place finish. Back up front Pegram managed to stay out in front through the last right-hand corner and motored off to the checkered flag.

American Superbike Race 2 Results:
Rockstar Makita Suzukis Blake Young ran in third place for much of the race until Jordan Suzukis Aaron Yates cleaned him out on the last lap.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Blake Young ran in third place for much of the race until Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates cleaned him out on the last lap.

1. Larry Pegram, Ducati 1098R
2. Mat Mladin, Suzuki GSX-R1000
3. Aaron Yates, Suzuki GSX-R1000
4. Geoff May, Suzuki GSX-R1000
5. Ben Bostrom, Yamaha YZF-R1
6. Neil Hodgson, Honda CBR1000RR
7. Tommy Hayden, Suzuki GSX-R1000
8. Blake Young, Suzuki GSX-R1000
9. Jake Holden, Suzuki GSX-R1000
10. David Anthony, Suzuki GSX-R1000
11. Shane Narbonne, Suzuki GSX-R1000
12. Aaron Gobert, Honda CBR1000RR
13. Ryan Elleby, Suzuki GSX-R1000
14. Chris Ulrich, Suzuki GSX-R1000
15. Shawn Higbee, Buell 1125R 

American Superbike Road America Race 2 Rider Quotes

Mat Mladin – Suzuki -2nd
“Obviously, it was back-and-forth. In the end, we couldn't get it done. We rode hard and that's all we could do today."

Aaron Yates – Suzuki – 3rd
"It’s really good to be back here on the podium. I got a bad start and just put my head down and rode hard for the rest of the race. I got up behind Blake but just couldn't get by him, as he's so fast down the straights. On the last lap I just threw it in there in the chicane and kind of parked it in front of him. I don't think he was expecting it and I guess he went down. It was great to put my Jordan Suzuki on the box, though, and a big thanks to my crew for getting the bike setup for today's race."

Geoff May – Suzuki – 4th
"We didn't nail the setup as well as we should have today. We never did a long run on the bike during the practice sessions and that really hurt us today as the laps mounted. The bike had a ton of grip early, but once everything warmed up, I just lost grip in the rear. The bike was sliding everywhere and I had to back off and just bring the National Guard Jordan Suzuki #54 home with some good points."
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AMA Superbike Rider Bios
Ben Bostrom
Ben Bostrom has truly rode his way to international stardom. After winning the hearts of American race fans, Ben took his show overseas.
Larry Pegram Bio
Larry Pegram was born in Columbus Ohio and has been racing as a professional since 1988.
Jake Zemke Bio
All the hard work paid off in 2008 when Jake won his first AMA Superbike series championship by claiming the Formula Xtreme title that has eluded him for all these years.

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Comments
Jaxxon -Yates pass  July 13, 2009 08:34 PM
Yates stuffed Blake - it was a dirty, desperate lame way to get to the podium - You are a tool
mashew monshero -Mat's Bike  June 22, 2009 08:51 PM
I finally seen it on Speed, WHAT IS UP with the 09 GSXR 1000. Are you sure that wasn't a 750 he was using. Wow, Mat had absolutely nothing on those long straights. Anyhow, I'm sure that issue will be dealt with before the next round begins.
DESMOTIMMY -LARRY WINS!!  June 11, 2009 03:57 PM
CONGRATS LARRY, MAYBE MY GOOD LUCK FROM WINNING BEST MODIFIED DUCATI AT THE DUCATI SHOWDOWN ON DUCATI ISLAND AT MILLER WHEN I SHOOK YOUR HAND AND RECIEVED MY AWARD FROM YOU, MAYBE MY GOOD LUCK HANDSHAKE WORE OFF ONTO YOU!!?? JK ANYHOW HELL YEAH CONGRATS BUDDY!
TheBrain -Exhaust  June 8, 2009 10:43 AM
huh, just noticed that Larry is no-longer running a leo exhaust... Anyway, congrats to Ducati, Larry, and the team!
Brian -I could be wrong....  June 8, 2009 07:09 AM
From what I read, it was DMG that requested a more cost-effective way to bring racing to its fans along with a new format including more lengthy rider interviews - the results was AMA Pro Prime Time. I don't SPEED is to blame for this snafu, however, they are lame showing all nascrap all the time!
aaron -Pegram wins!  June 7, 2009 07:56 PM
I was there dude, awsome race! Duc fans, (including self), were pretty excited after that. Larry had an early lead in the rain on Saturday too but couldn't hold on.
WilCon -Duc win.  June 7, 2009 04:36 PM
Let's hope it passes post race tech. I love that Larry got a win, he has ridden for himself for so long and to finally get some support is great.
Chad -need better coverage  June 7, 2009 04:32 PM
Sure would have been nice to see the race. Now that the racing is close and somewhat watchable.....we didn't get to watch it. Thanks SpeedTV, for nothing. I'm calling my cable company, I don't know what the hell I'm paying for anymore. I know it's going to same-day coverage, but it's too little too late. Larry's cool, I'm glad he got a win.
mashew monshero -WHAT !!!  June 7, 2009 03:23 PM
Anyhow, Mat is human afetr all. Props to Larry, I hope Blake is fine, can't wiat to see this on speed channel.