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Jun 22, 2013

AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Race One Results From Barber Motorsports Park

Barber Motorsports Park. Photo by David Swarts, copyright Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.
Triumph SuperBike Classic/GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike
Barber Motorsports Park
Birmingham, Alabama
June 22, 2013
Provisional Race One Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Josh Hayes (Yam YZF-R1), 21 laps*
2. Roger Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000), -0.246 second*
3. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R1000), -13.170 seconds
4. Josh Herrin (Yam YZF-R1), -17.091
5. Chris Fillmore (KTM RC8R), -28.734
6. Larry Pegram (Yam YZF-R1), -33.505*
7. Geoff May (EBR 1190RS), -34.377
8. Danny Eslick (Suz GSX-R1000), -40.471, ran off track
9. David Anthony (Suz GSX-R1000), -41.091
10. Aaron Yates (EBR 1190RS), -43.058
11. Cory West (EBR 1190RS), -60.373
12. Chris Ulrich (Hon CBR1000RR), -65.998*
13. Taylor Knapp (KTM RC8R), -67.336
14. Dustin Dominguez (EBR 1190RS), -75.049
15. Chris Clark (Suz GSX-R1000), -76.350
16. Danny Kelsey (Suz GSX-R1000), -77.117
17. Reese Wacker (Suz GSX-R1000), -83.282
18. Nico Ferreira (Kaw ZX-10R), -1 lap
19. Johnny Rock Page (Suz GSX-R1000), -1 lap, 32.190 seconds
20. Huntley Nash (Kaw ZX-10R), -3 laps*
21. Ryan Kerr (Suz GSX-R1000), -14 laps, DNF
22. Justin Neyra (Kaw ZX-10R), DNS

*five-second penalty for start infraction


Provisional Championship Point Standings (after 5 of 15 races):

1. Cardenas, 126 points
2. Herrin, 110
3. Hayes, 103
4. Pegram, 90
5. Hayden, 82
6. Eslick, 79
7. Fillmore, 65
8. Anthony, 59
9. Clark, 54
10. May, 47
11. Ulrich, 45
12. Yates, 44
13. West, 35
14. Robertino Pietri, 29
15. Wacker, 27
16. Knapp, 24
17. Bernat Martinez, 20
18. TIE, Trent Gibson/Ferreira, 15
20. Jason Farrell, 10




More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Champ Hayes Plays Beat The Clock To Win SuperBike Race 1 At Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, AL June 22, 2013 – After a confusing start to AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park--due to a number of riders who jumped the start when the race went green--three-time defending SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes faced a challenge from AMA Pro Racing Timing & Scoring as much as he was challenged by his competitors on the track. Despite the adversity, however, Josh won his third race in a row, and his third out of six races so far this season to move up to third place in the Championship points standings, and only 23 points out of the lead with lots of racing left to go in the season.

Josh, who rides the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, was one of the riders who left the start line just a bit early. He checked up on the first lap and slotted himself into fourth place on the track, but it apparently wasn’t enough of a concession to avoid being assessed a five-second penalty by Timing & Scoring. Realizing that he was racing against the clock as well as the other riders, Josh managed to put himself into the outright lead just before the halfway point, and he stayed there for the rest of the race, which gave him another valuable bonus point for leading the most laps in the contest.

“That was a really fast race,” Josh commented. “I made it kind of a challenge right from the start. I wasn’t really looking at my laptimes in the beginning, and I was just racing the guys around me. I figured there was going to be a penalty, and I had that in my mind. So, in the second part of the race, I knew what I had to do, which was to pull a gap that would make up the time (from the penalty).”

Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, got a good start from his front-row position on the grid, avoided the penalty, and stayed in the lead pack for the first part of the race. He faded a bit toward the end of the race, but still managed to hold onto his fourth-place position when he took the checkered flag. Josh is currently in second place in the Championship points standings, just 16 points out of the lead.

SuperBike Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 3:00 PM CST. For more news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @YamahaMotorUSA.




More, from a press release issued by LTD Racing:

DAY OF EXTREMES FOR HUNTLEY NASH IN ALABAMA

Birmingham, AL (June 22, 2013) -- LTD Racing’s Huntley Nash was classified 20th after pitting for a tire issue but ran as high as 13th in the AMA Pro Superbike contest at Barber Motorsports Park.

In just his second weekend racing in the premier class, Huntley qualified a very respectable 15th on Saturday morning on the Neyra Racing machine, and his best lap time in the race (1:28.775) was his best of the weekend.

His race looked to be promising, even though Huntley and a sizeable portion of the field were judged to have jumped the start and assessed five-second penalties. However, tire issues began to plague Nash and he pitted.

“The tire had spun 180 degrees on the rim. It was a little scary. I knew I had a five-second penalty for jumping the start, so I thought I’d pull in. We worked on the tire pressure, but it wasn’t any better after I went back out, unfortunately,” said Nash.

Nash was optimistic that the Neyra Racing team could continue to make improvements to their Kawasaki ZX10 for Sunday. An ambitious project, the team has made great strides with the bike despite having limited testing time so far.

“We still have a lot of things to try, and I’m looking forward to that,” said Huntley. “The team is trying really hard, and I think we can continue improving the bike. It was better today, and I think we can get into the 1:27s for tomorrow.”

The second of the weekend's 21-lap AMA Pro Superbike races is scheduled for Sunday at 3 PM local time.




More, from a press release issued by AMA Pro Racing:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 22, 2013) - GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing superstar Josh Hayes continued to claw his way back into National Guard SuperBike championship contention with another standout performance today at Barber Motorsports Park. The defending triple champ claimed his third consecutive victory at the Triumph SuperBike Classic presented by America's First Federal Credit Union at Barber Motorsports Park in a wild contest on Saturday afternoon.

Hayes' 36th-career National Guard SuperBike race win came in anything but conventional fashion as he found himself forced to simultaneously overcome one rival on the timing boards and another one on track.

The start of the race led to a wild turn of events in the contest's opening stages, as Hayes, second qualifier Roger Hayden (National Guard Jordan Suzuki), Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing's Larry Pegram, M4 Sportbike TrackGear.com Racing's Chris Ulrich, and Neyra Racing's Huntley Nash all rolled forward ahead of the race's official start.

Hayes, who immediately let a number of his competitors by in an early attempt to avoid being penalized for his miscalculation, had to slash back past his Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammate Josh Herrin and points leader Martin Cardenas (Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing) on track and then set after race leader Hayden.

Hayes dove up the inside of the Michael Jordan Motorsports pilot entering Turn 5 on lap 5 and was shown in the lead as they crossed the stripe to open lap 6. However, moments later, Hayes and Hayden were dropped to third and fourth as they, Pegram, Ulrich, and Nash were all hit with a five-second penalty for anticipating the start.

Soon enough, Hayes and Hayden's dogfight moved them back to the head of the charts as they broke free from the pack and easily eclipsed their penalties, displacing Cardenas to third and Herrin to fourth once again.

Hayden's challenge never withered, however, as he pressured Hayes to the very end. The Kentuckian closed to just 0.172 seconds back on the final lap and made an unsuccessful attempt to glide past up the inside on the race's final corner.

Hayes just held on by 0.245 seconds at the stripe. Aided by Hayden's second-place run, the Mississippian picked up another eleven points in the championship rankings. He now trails Cardenas, who finished third but faded to 13.170 seconds back (18.170 on track), by 23 points.

After the race, Hayes said, "Oh man -- that was a really fast race. Like my season, I kind of made it a challenge for myself from the beginning. The light was held for a long time and I saw Rog creeping and I ended up creeping too. Once I got into the lead, I was kind of waiting to see how it would turn out. I figured something was coming -- I didn't know what. When I saw the '+5' on the board, I knew what was going on immediately. I said, 'okay, let's see what we can do,' and just tried to put together every lap as good as I could."

Runner-up Hayden said, "Pretty good race. It's a little bittersweet to be that close to actually beating Josh and him getting me just by a little bit there at the end. He was just a little bit better than I was today, so for tomorrow's we'll try to improve some.

"The start... I don't know what happened. The light was on forever and then I was just reading the '+5' board and it didn't come until the eighth or ninth lap. Then I saw on my board I was third, but then it finally went up to second, so I knew where the gap was behind me. And I saw Josh's name on the board too, so I knew I was pushing that hard just to win on track and not really get the win. I'm pretty happy -- the first two races haven't started out that good. I knew we were a lot better than we showed at Daytona and Road America. Hopefully this is a turnaround for my season."

Third-placed Cardenas admitted, "My race was a little bit tough. Physically, I think for everybody, but I thought I had a little bit better rhythm going into the race. But early on I found out that I wasn't as fast as these two guys. I tried my best and tried to stay as close as possible, but halfway through the race I lost a lot of time. I just tried to finish in third place and get some points. We'll think about a few things to try tomorrow and try to improve a little bit."

Herrin claimed a lonely fourth, followed by KTM/HMC's Chris Fillmore and the aforementioned Pegram (who was the only rider to actually lose a position in the final order due to his penalty).

Team Hero's Geoff May finished seventh aboard his EBR 1190RS with Jordan Suzuki's Danny Eslick charging back to eighth after dropping down to 14th following an early-race incident.

Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing David Anthony and Team AMSOIL/Hero EBR's Aaron Yates completed the top ten.

Hayes will attempt to further close the gap on Sunday by completing his second straight perfect points haul weekend, both this season and here at Barber Motorsports Park.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

Cameron Beaubier of the Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team won his third AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race of the year at Barber Motorsports Park, topping rival Jake Gagne (RoadRace Factory/Red Bull) and Jason DiSalvo (Latus Motors Racing Triumph).

While all three podium finishers led the race in the hectic opening laps, Beaubier consolidated the lead before halfway. Beabuier was eventually able to pull away from Gagne, who won the last time out in Wisconsin, to take a 5.185-second victory in the 21-lap race.

"We had a really good setup today," Beaubier said after the win. "I just wanted to start out the weekend getting really comfortable on the bike. I conserved my tires a little bit in the beginning, and that helped me as the race wore on because I was able to pull a decent gap as the laps wound down."

Gagne followed Beaubier closely for a time but was unable to mount the same style of challenge as he did in Wisconsin. The Californian chose the medium compound tire compared to the softer choice Beaubier picked and came up just a little short on Saturday. "Second place isn't bad but we'll work on a few issues tonight and give it another shot," said Gagne.

DiSalvo came up big at his home race. The Triumph man had been experiencing a run of respectable finishes but hadn't done anything spectacular in 2013 until Saturday. A day of testing after Elkhart Lake made the Triumph's settings more balanced and allowed DiSalvo to jet off with the holeshot. He was also able to stick inside the top three the entire race, showing the improvements were substantial enough to vault DiSalvo to the podium.

Dane Westby (GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing) earned fourth after a shootout with RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's JD Beach and Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha's Garrett Gerloff. The trio finally sorted themselves out by the final corner, with Westby earning his best result of the year after a Daytona injury that forced him to miss that event.

Beach looked to have a great shot at the position, but Gerloff's move in turn five allowed Westby to slip past them both.

James Rispoli (National Guard/Celtic Racing) earned a lonely seventh, well clear of Bobby Fong on the D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph Daytona 675R.

Fong narrowly edged out Joey Pascarella (Riders Discount Racing Triumph) and Benny Solis (M4 SportBikeTrackGear.com) and less than a second separated the trio.

AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport

Joe Roberts won his AMA Pro debut on Saturday, earning a convincing win in Saturday's AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Race at Barber Motorsports Park. Roberts, competing for California Superbike School/Roadracingworld.com Racing, won by 8.122 seconds over RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's Tomas Puerta and Nick McFadden of TOBC Racing.

Roberts got off to a terrible start but had worked his way into the lead by the second lap. From there, he motored away in the 17-lap race. "I think I got the worst start ever," said Roberts. "By the end of the first lap, I was up to fourth. By the time I got to the front, I decided to push as hard as I could."

Puerta battled with Hayden Gillim (Team 95) and then came under attack from several riders but was able to earn second place. "I tried to be consistent and when I went by Hayden, I rode my own race," said Puerta.

McFadden was in his first AMA Pro race like Roberts and took a fine third place just over a second behind Puerta."I didn't know what to expect for my first race," said McFadden, who opportunistically kept moving up the ranks until he had a podium. "I was hoping for a top ten or a top five."

Team 95's Hayden Gillim finished fourth after qualifying on the front row and battling at the front with Puerta early before Roberts came past.

Miles Thornton had the save of the race. The CTR Racing pilot nearly highsided while chasing Puerta and somehow managed to hang on until his machine regained a more stable relationship with the laws of physics. Thornton kept rolling and finished 2.5 seconds behind Gillim.

Double Elkhart Lake winner Corey Alexander of National Guard/Celtic Racing was sixth after a Friday crash. Meen Motorsports' Wyatt Farris topped SuperSport East points leader Stefano Mesa (Motosport.com RSRacecaft) for seventh. BP Racing teammates Sebastiao Ferreira and Charles Weaver rounded out the top 10.

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

Reigning AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series champ Michael Barnes outpaced Road America winner Steve Rapp to claim the provisional pole for Sunday's 11-lap contest.

Barnes clocked a 1:35.139 in qualifying while Rapp (who missed the morning's practice after missing Saturday entirely in Wisconsin) posted a 1:35.894 to earn the second spot on the grid.

The two will be joined on the front row by Eco-Fuel Saver/Scrubblade's Tyler O'Hara (1:36.651) and Rapp's Suburban Harley-Davidson teammate, Ben Carlson (1:36.803).

Barnes said, "We made some changes after this morning. We knew we were quick but we also knew we had more in store and we had to be ready for Rapp again after what he did at Elkhart. We just did our homework on the bike and got it tuned a lot better than before. I just can't thank Spike's Harley-Davidson enough for coming on board and helping us out."

This weekend's GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing action is being broadcast on CBS Sports Network as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular. AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 2 will air on Sunday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 noon PT, followed directly by LIVE coverage of AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at 4:00 p.m. ET/1:00 p.m. PT. Fans can find CBS Sports Network on their TV by using the channel finder athttp://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder

Live, high-definition coverage of Sunday's National Guard SuperBike Warm-Up session and Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Race 2 will be streamed via AMA Pro Live beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET/ 7:30 a.m. PT at www.amaprolive.com/rr/

In addition to the live broadcasts, AMA Pro Live will be streaming multiple channels of behind-the-scenes video of the weekend's activities alongside Live Timing & Scoring. AMA Pro Live puts fans in the director's chair, allowing them to choose from a variety of viewpoints including track cameras, paddock cameras and a press conference channel at www.amaprolive.com

All weekend long, stay connected with GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing on social media at twitter.com/AMAProSBK and www.facebook.com/AMAProRoadRacing

About GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing:

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The 2013 schedule consists of nine rounds of competition on the country's finest road courses. The Series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

For additional information contact:
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014, communications@amaproracing.com