Josh Hayes earned his 16th race win of the season in SuperBike Race 2 at New Orleans Motorsports Park.
Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes
took his 16th race win of the season in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at New Orleans Motorsports Park. The incident-packed event saw a number of riders crash out and retire due to mechanical issues, but Jordan Suzuki’s Ben Bostrom
was able to avoid the turmoil and finished in second. Team Hero’s Danny Eslick
rounded out the podium, marking his third trip to the rostrum this season.
Hayes put a period on his record-breaking season by taking the lead early and building a sizeable gap on the field through the opening laps.
"It was the perfect way to end an incredible year," said Hayes. "A lot of fans and friends came out and I'm glad I was able to do a good job in front of them. I think we are showoffs and we tend to do some of our best work when people are around. It was just an awesome weekend -- I had a lot of fun."
Early on, Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young
maintained position in second with Bostrom trailing in third, but a series of shifts came soon after and by mid-race Young was contending with National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden
for position. The two were locked in close battle until both crashed out with seven laps remaining.
Bostrom then moved into second and Eslick slotted into third. Eslick’s EBR teammate Geoff May
trailed in fourth for a brief period after battling from 10th early on, but a mechanical failure in the final laps took May out of the contest entirely. EvanSteelPerformance.com’s Aaron Yates benefited from May’s misfortune, moving into fourth, followed by KTM’s Chris Fillmore in fifth. M4 Roadracingworld.com’s Chris Ulrich finished in sixth with Team Venezuela’s Robertino Pietri trailing in seventh.
Foremost Insurance’s Larry Pegram and Riders Discount’s Taylor Knapp were steady in the competition and poised for a top-10 finish, but both riders exited the race with Knapp crashing out and Pegram heading to the pits with bike issues.
Kneedgraggers.com’s David Anthony took eighth with Attack Performance/Motorcycle-Superstore.com
’s Steve Rapp following in ninth. Rapp moved as high as sixth during the contest, but was unable to hold position amidst the myriad battles going on in the upper-half of the top-10 finishers. Anthony’s teammate Jordan Burgess rounded out the top-10 in a contest where only 11 of 17 riders made it to the checkers.
Hayes clinched the title in previous rounds, but ends his season on a high note having swept the final round at New Orleans Motorsports Park. Young was uncontested in second overall, finishing well ahead of Hayden, who took third.
AMA Pro SuperBike New Orleans Race 2 Results 2012:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki)
3. Danny Eslick (EBR)
4. Aaron Yates (BMW)
5. Chris Fillmore (KTM)
6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
7. Robertino Pietri (Suzuki)
8. David Anthony (Suzuki)
9. Steve Rapp (Kawasaki)
10. Jordan Burgess (Suzuki)
11. Brandt Dillon (BMW)
12. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki)
13. Geoff May (EBR)
14. Larry Pegram (BMW)
15. Blake Young (Suzuki)
AMA Pro SuperBike Championship Points 2012:
1. Josh Hayes, 580
2. Blake Young, 426
3. Roger Hayden, 314
4. Josh Herrin, 307
5. Geoff May, 277
6. Ben Bostrom, 271
7. Larry Pegram, 260
8. Danny Eslick, 242
9. Steve Rapp, 216
10. Chris Ulrich, 186