Blake Young now leads in SuperBike points after his Race 2 win at Infineon Raceway, he was followed by Roger Hayden in second and Geoff May in third.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young scored another win for the season, taking Race 2 in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike at Infineon. He was followed by National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden and Team Amsoil/Hero’s Geoff May.
The race was full of unexpected turns, not least of which was Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes' crash in the chicane during Lap 1. He was able to return to the race, but had to fight back up the ranks from last place. By the checkers, he had rallied all the way to seventh. Josh Herrin of Monster Energy Graves Yamaha suffered a mechanical failure after 16 laps, falling from second place to score a DNF.
Young eventually took the win by over three seconds, but midway through the race Roger Hayden was still within fractions of a second and Herrin close behind in third. The two jostled for second place position while Young continued to extend his lead until, with five laps to go, Herrin had a mechanical failure and fell from second to the bottom of the field.
"Obviously, I was battling with Roger at the beginning and I saw Josh go down," said Young. "I knew there was a long race ahead of me so I knew I needed to concentrate and focus. There were a bunch of hungry guys behind me itching for their first win, and with Josh out of the way, everybody behind me was ready to take a shot at me."
Hayes down during the first lap, he would recover and battle back from last place to take seventh.
Hayes, while not fortunate to have gone down early on, was more so than his teammate as he was able to return to the race and claw his way through the pack. With every lap he checked seconds off his lag time, passed riders and eventually scored a top ten finish.
Roger Hayden scored the best SuperBike finish of his career. "I was just on the edge trying to keep up and I started sliding all over the place," Hayden said after the session. "I fell back a little bit and when Geoff May came by me I hung onto him and just waited until the last few laps and we had a good battle."
EBR 1190RS riders Geoff May and Danny Eslick continued to show improved performance with May taking his highest finish of the season so far. Both riders hovered in fourth and fifth position early in the race until Jordan Suzuki's Ben Bostrom broke through and seperated the two with nine laps to go. Eslick fell down to sixth place as KTM/HMC Racing's Chris Fillmore broke into the top five. This makes two consecutive podium finishes for the American made EBR machine.
"I noticed the guys starting to fall off the pace and when I did I put all the energy into it," said Mays. "I got by Rog and then he hung on and we had a nice, clean little battle there at the end. It was fun. It feels good being back up here -- it's been a long two years coming."
Young was able to jump into first place in points with his win today. Hayes trails by four points though and will definitely be in contention for a podium during the next round in Utah. Roger Hayden redeemed himself from a disappointing Race 1 10th place finish and was able to remain high in the points chase, occupying third overall. He trails first position by over 50 points, but if any lesson was to be learned from Race 2 at Infineon, it is that anything can happen.
SuperBike Infineon Race 1 Results 2012:
Blake Young (79), Roger Hayden (54) and Josh Herrin (2).
1. Blake Young (Suzuki)
2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
3. Geoff May (EBR)
4. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki)
5. Chris Fillmore (KTM)
6. Danny Eslick (EBR)
7. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
8. David Anthony (Suzuki)
9. Robertino Pietri (Suzuki)
10. Larry Pegram (BMW)
11. Chris Clark (Suzuki)
12. Stefan Nebel (KTM)
13. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
14. Shawn Higbee (EBR)
15. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
2012 World SuperBike Points
1. Blake Young, 166
2. Josh Hayes, 162
3. Roger Hayden, 114
4. Josh Herrin, 84
5. Larry Pegram, 82
6. Geoff May, 77
7. Steve Rapp, 73
8. Danny Eslick, 71
9. Chris Fillmore, 66
10. Chris Clark, 66