Josh Hayes dominated AMA SuperBike in Race 1 at Road America, winning by over 11 seconds.
Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes
took the Race 1 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike win in commanding fashion at Road America. The points leader enjoyed a dominating lead when the race was red flagged owing to wet conditions. At that point, the Mississippi native was over 11 seconds ahead of his closest competition. Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young trailed comfortably in second-place, coming in over seven seconds ahead of Haye's Graves teammate Josh Herrin. Jordan Suzuki’s Ben Bostrom challenged for the final podium position, but settled for fourth. Foremost Insurance’s Larry Pegram advanced up from seventh place to take fifth at the finish.
Fluctuating weather caused the SuperBike event to be delayed for a brief period as officials waited to decide whether to declare the race dry or wet. High winds also kicked-in and even blew over the Yoshimura Suzuki racing tent. Things finally smoothed out and conditions improved so riders were able to get out and run some exploratory laps before the official start.
"I don't really know too much of what to say. It was an excellent day," Hayes said. "The bike was working well, the conditions didn't bother me or hurt me too much -- it was a little sketchy in Turn 5. I was quite careful in that section of the track. About the third lap in I wasn't believing my pitboard too much; I was pushing pretty hard at that point."
Hayes was uncatchable in Race 1, opening up his unassailable gap on Lap 1. Young soon expanded his lead over Herrin, with the front two positions set for the remainder of the race.
"I guess I've got to start doing my homework and start racing with Josh again and stop letting him win by as much as he is," Young said. "It doesn't really make for very interesting racing. There for a minute I had a pretty exciting first lap -- ended up running my foot over in Turn 5; that didn't feel good.
The fiercest battles occurred for third position, with Herrin fending off Bostrom and Motorcycle-Superstore.com
/Attack Performance’s Steve Rapp, Local Wisconsin riderJason Farrell challenged Pegram for the top five as well. All five riders were within one second of one another mid-race.
Rapp was holding steady in fifth until his seventh lap when a broken chain caused him to pit and log a DNF for the day. Pegram ended up successfully replacing the Kawasaki rider in fifth position by the time the race was called. Farrell remained steady in sixth with Chris Clark of Yoshimura Suzuki over six seconds behind in seventh place.
Team Amsoil/Hero’s Geoff May rallied from slipping back in the pack to finish in eighth-place, the highest finishing EBR of the day as Team Hero’s Danny Eslick was forced to pull out of the race after six laps.
Hayes' season of domination continues as he logs another win and remains at the top of the SuperBike championship points list. Young remains one of the only contenders to challenge the Mississippi native's strong-hold on the lead as third place rider Josh Herrin is nearly 100 points off the lead.
AMA Pro SuperBike Road America Race 1 Results:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Blake Young (Suzuki)
3. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
4. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki)
5. Larry Pegram (BMW)
6. J. Farrell (Kawasaki)
7. Chris Clark (Suzuki)
8. Geoff May (EBR)
9. Chris Fillmore (KTM)
10. S. Nebel (KTM)
11. C. Ulrich (Suzuki)
12. J. Burgess (Suzuki)
13. T. Gibson (Suzuki)
14. R. Wacker (Suzuki)
DNF Steve Rapp (Kawasaki)
AMA Pro SuperBike Championship Points:
1. Josh Hayes, 226
2. Blake Young, 212
3. Josh Herrin, 130
4. Roger Hayden, 118
5. Larry Pegram, 112
6. Geoff May, 108
7. Ben Bostrom, 93
8. Chris Clark, 93
9. Danny Eslick, 91
10. Steve Rapp, 89