Yamaha's Josh Hayes took an early lead and kept it for the second Superbike race at Road America.
Monster Yamaha’s Josh Hayes finished back on top the podium after winning Sunday’s Superbike Race 2 this afternoon at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Second would go to Rockstar Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden with yesterday’s race winner and hometown hero, Blake Young finishing third.
As opposed to yesterday’s three-rider battle at the front. Hayes immediately broke away from the Rockstar squad with clear intentions of trying to get away right from the get-go.
“I knew today’s race was going to be a little bit quicker,” said Young. “I really tried to do everything I could do get back to him as much as possible. I gave it a pretty good push for a few laps. Then Tommy came drafted by me. I thought if we worked the draft we’d be able to get back with Josh. We got a few weeks off so I’m looking forward to being home and I’m glad I could win yesterday and I don’t think a third was too bad today.”
In the early laps Young ran up front for a majority of the race until Hayden drafted by him by mid-point. From there it was pretty much a processional lead-follow type race without the intense close racing as Saturday.
Tommy Hayden managed a draft on his teammate, Blake Young, earning him second in the final match.
“It was fairly similar to yesterday there was a couple places I was better than yesterday,” said Hayden. “It was more of a two-rider battle between me and Blake. I knew Josh was pretty fast through some of the middle splits. I knew that if he got a little gap on us it would be hard to close down. We tried to chase Josh down. I’m happy to have had the opportunity to move up a spot. I have everything I need to win these races I just need to make it happen.”
“Sometimes you can formulate a plan, believe it and make it happen,” said Hayes in reference to his race winning strategy Sunday. “I gave myself the opportunity to try and slip away. I was confident I had the tools to make it happen. Once I saw a 0.5 [second] gap I thought I can either let em’ close it back in or I can try and getaway so I road as hard as I could.”
Just like yesterday M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas finished in fourth however he was much closer to the leaders. National Guard Suzuki’s Roger Hayden finished fourth while Motorcycle USA’s guest sportbike test rider Steve Rapp finished in sixth at the controls of a Lee’s Cycle-prepped BMW S1000rr after sorting out the electric gremlins from yesterday. JD Beach had a weekend to forget with him again crashing out of the race.
AMA Superbike Sunday Race 2 Results:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
Blake Young earned podium finishes in both races at Road America and is currently second in the overall standings.
2. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)
3. Blake Young (Suzuki)
4. Martin Cardenas, (Suzuki)
5. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
6. Steve Rapp (BMW)
7. Larry Pegram (BMW)
8. Chris Peris (BMW)
9. Chris Clark (Yamaha)
10. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki)
11. Jason Farrell (Kawasaki)
12. David Anthony (Suzuki)
13. Brian Hall (Kawasaki)
14. Trent Gibson (Suzuki)
15. Jordan Burgess (Suzuki)
16. Reese Wacker (Suzuki)