Austin Dehaven took the 2010 SuperSport crown despite never winning a race.
Seeking to redeem himself from a disappointing crash in Race 1, Rockwall Performance Yamaha
’s J.D. Beach posted his sixth win of the season ahead of Austin Dehaven and Tomas Puerta at Barber Motorsports Park. Ultimate honors in the East/West SuperSport shootout, however, went to Dehaven, who has the unusual distinction of earning a national championship without a win, but also taking it during a ‘winner-take-all’ event.
The second contest was a wild one and began with Huntley Nash snagging the early lead in the opening lap ahead of DNA Energy Drink Yamaha’s Joey Pascarella and Beach. Pascarella was one of the first riders to go down, giving Beach the chance to put pressure on the leader.
In addition to Pascarella, casualties of the Alabama circuit included Roadracingworld.com Suzuki
’s Elena Myers, James Rispoli and Raphael Archambault.
Under pressure from Beach, Nash crashed out of the lead – handing it over to the 18-year-old. Almost immediately Beach began pulling ahead of the field as Stefano Mesa and Puerta settled into second and third. The man on a mission, however, was Dehaven. The 16-year-old was cutting through riders left and right while laying down the quickest lap on the circuit. In the closing laps, Dehaven had advanced into second and was busy reducing Beach’s 12-second lead.
In the end Beach took the win by more than six seconds ahead of Dehaven, who put in an impressive ride for the crown with a showcase of speed. Puerta and Vesrah Suzuki’s Travis Wyman finished third and fourth respectively, with Mesa rounding out the top-five.
2010 AMA SuperSport Barber Race 2 Results:
1. J.D. Beach (Yamaha)
J.D. Beach rebounded from his poor performance in Race 1 to win the second race ahead of Dehaven and Puerta.
2. Austin Dehaven (Yamaha)
3. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha)
4. Travis Wyman (Suzuki)
5. Stefano Mesa (Yamaha)
6. Miles Thornton (Yamaha)
7. Tyler O’Hara (Yamaha)
8. James Dellinger (Suzuki)
9. Cory Alexander (Suzuki)
10. Eric Stump (Yamaha)
11. Sam Nash (Yamaha)
12. Charlie Long (Suzuki)
13. Cody Wyman (Yamaha)
14. Frank Babuska (Suzuki)
15. Ryan Kerr (Kawasaki)