Josh Hayes extended his points lead with his Race 2 SuperBike win at Road America.
Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes
decimated the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike field in Race 2 at Road America, earning his sixth win of the season. The Mississippi native was followed 13 seconds later by Yoshimura Racing’s Blake Young
in second. Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin rounded out the podium in third. Jordan Suzuki’s Ben Bostrom was unable to improve on his Race 1 finish in Race 2, once again taking fourth and he was followed by Team Hero’s Danny Eslick in fifth.
"I don't really know too much of what to say except the same things you always hear: big thank you to an amazing crew," said Hayes. "I have an amazing crew, I have a great motorcycle, and it allows me to just come here and focus on one thing and that's riding my best."
Hayes got out front early and started to build his gap, while the battle for second raged. Young and Herrin were within fractions of a second of one another, with the Yamaha rider getting in front of the Suzuki ace after the first two laps. Young remained patient behind the rookie SuperBike rider, never letting Herrin get too far ahead. With two laps remaining, Young found the chance to pass and bested the Herrin by 0.039.
"Riding with Josh Herrin
was good," said Young. "It's good to see him get up there and dice it out with me. He's coming around and riding farily well." Herrin moved up from Daytona SportBike in 2012 and already has five podium's to his credit. The Georgia native has been a staple on the Graves Yamaha team since he moved to the AMA Pro ranks in 2006, remaining on the team through his stints in SuperSport and SportBike.
Jordan Suzuki’s Ben Bostrom held pace in the battle for podium position in the first half of the race, but by the finish was over nine seconds behind Herrin. Eslick headed up the second pack of riders vying for position in fifth with fellow EBR
1190RS rider Geoff May of Team Amsoil/Hero two seconds behind in sixth. The two traded positions a number of times Yoshimura Racing's Chris Clark, but then on Lap 8 Clark ran wide and opened a line and the EBRs were able to pass. Clark ended the day in seventh.
National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden opened the race in contention with the front-runners, but incurred a penalty of five seconds for a jump start and fell out of the top ten. Motorcycle-Superstore.com
/Attack Performance’s Steve Rapp was also penalized, but had already pulled out of the race.
Hayes retains his commanding points lead and is on pace to take his third consecutive AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike title. Young continues to be within striking range in second just 14 points behind.
AMA Pro SuperBike Road America Race 2 Results 2012:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Blake Young (Suzuki)
3. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
4. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki)
5. Danny Eslick (EBR)
6. Geoff May (EBR)
7. Chris Clark (Suzuki)
8. David Anthony (Suzuki)
9. Chris Fillmore (KTM)
10 Larry Pegram (BMW)
11. Stefan Nebel (KTM)
12. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
13. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
14. Jordan Burgess (Suzuki)
15. Trent Gibson (Suzuki)
AMA Pro SuperBike Championship Points:
1. Josh Hayes, 257
2. Blake Young, 237
3. Josh Herrin, 151
4. Roger Haydn, 126
5. Geoff May, 123
6. Larry Pegram, 123
7. Ben Bostrom, 111
8. Danny Eslick, 107
9. Chris Clark, 107
10. Chris Fillmore, 101