Jun 1, 2013
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Subway SuperBike Doubleheader/GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
June 1, 2013
Provisional Race One Results (all on Dunlop tires):
1. Josh Hayes (Yam YZF-R1), 13 laps
2. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R1000), -3.984 seconds
3. Roger Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000), -22.297
4. Larry Pegram (Yam YZF-R1), -23.106
5. Danny Eslick (Suz GSX-R1000), -31.975
6. Josh Herrin (Yam YZF-R1), -34.056
7. Geoff May (EBR 1190RS), -34.803
8. David Anthony (Suz GSX-R1000), -44.547
9. Chris Fillmore (KTM RC8R), -44.570
10. Cory West (EBR 1190RS), -65.450
11. Chris Clark (Suz GSX-R1000), -80.420
12. Aaron Yates (EBR 1190RS), -87.693
13. Chris Ulrich (Hon CBR1000RR), -96.108
14. Ryan Kerr (Suz GSX-R1000), -111.683
15. Nico Ferreira (Kaw ZX-10R), -115.267
16. Michael Garner (Kaw ZX-10R), -1 lap, 14.467 seconds
17. Jacquel Gonzalez (Kaw ZX-10R), -1 lap, 41.920
18. Taylor Knapp (KTM RC8R), -9 laps, DNF, mechanical
19. Dustin Dominguez (EBR 1190RS), -9 laps, DNF, mechanical
20. Reese Wacker (Suz GSX-R1000), -12 laps, DNF, crash
21. Jason Farrell (Kaw ZX-10R), -13 laps, DNF, crash
22. Huntley Nash (Kaw ZX-10R), -13 laps, DNF, crash
More, from a press release issued by AMA Pro Racing:
Confidence Game: Hayes Wins his First
AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race of the Year
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 1, 2012) - Entering the first race of the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America, reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike triple champion Josh Hayes sounded a bit less than his usual supremely confident self. The Monster Energy Graves Yamaha superstar admitted that he was a bit rusty, still growing comfortable with his tires, and generally struggling. Meanwhile, the emerging challenge of Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Martin Cardenas hinted that the substantial crowd in attendance may be treated to a competitive battle for Saturday's win.
Instead, Hayes stepped up and delivered yet another of his trademark breakaway victories. The convincing triumph was the 34th of the Mississippian's illustrious premier-class career. Perhaps more importantly, it was the first of his 2013 title campaign that got off to a disastrous start in March at Daytona International Speedway.
Cardenas powered into the lead at the green light aboard his #36 GSX-R1000 but Hayes muscled alongside as they set up for the entrance of Turn 3. The two rubbed shoulders and the Colombian was pushed a bit wide as they jockeyed for position.
Hayes took control of the race at the point; he opened up a small gap that he gradually grew while Cardenas was forced to deal with Hayes' teammate, Josh Herrin.
Cardenas eventually won out in that scrap for second but by then the damage was done. The Suzuki ace found himself a few seconds removed from Hayes, a gap from which he could never rebound. The two ultimately finished the race in first and second separated by just under four seconds.
After collecting his fourth consecutive Road America SuperBike win Hayes said, "Today's race, in the helmet, felt a lot different than I think it looked on the track. I was pretty nervous coming into the race and wasn't feeling real good. It's been a long time since we've been racing and everything was going great last time and didn't end that well. So I had a lot of nerves.
"I felt I was riding pretty good, and the guys showed me I think a little bit of a false gap, and I relaxed a little bit. I came around, and that gap shrank considerably, and I panicked a little bit. I had to change my rhythm twice and that's pretty tough -- once you back down to go back to putting in hard laps again. At that point, it was just trying to maintain or open the gap and just give myself some breathing room. Martin was riding pretty good behind me because I was trying pretty hard and he was maintaining a good pace. I'm sure tomorrow will be a different story; if he can get away in the first few laps with me I'm sure it's going to be a race-long battle. I'm looking forward to it -- it should be a lot of fun."
Cardenas was able to take some consolation in the fact that his runner-up result catapulted him into the early-season championship lead.
"It was a good race for me," Cardenas remarked. "Of course, I wanted to finish one step higher, but this time, it was impossible. Josh was very fast on the first few, and he gapped us, and I couldn't catch up. But I tried to keep the pressure the whole way, and I had a good rhythm, and the bike was working really good."
Herrin looked set for a lonely run to the final spot on the podium until he went off track in Turn 1, losing the position on lap 9 of 13. The lengthy excursion plummeted Herrin from third to eighth in the process, but he regrouped and clawed his way back up to sixth by the time he took the checkered flag.
As a result of Herrin's mistake, an extended struggle between National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden and Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing Yamaha's Larry Pegram was elevated to one for the podium. The Kentuckian eked open a small gap on the final lap to prevent the veteran from attempting a last-gasp drafting maneuver as they raced up the hill for the final time.
Hayden said, "In the beginning, I made a made a lot of mistakes, and these guys got a gap on me. They just slowly pulled away. I made another big mistake, and then Larry was on me. The last few laps was just holding him off. Herrin ran off the track -- it's a pretty disappointing third place, to be honest. I was so far back and didn't really ride very good, and should have got fourth today. We'll take it, but we have to do a lot better job tomorrow."
Jordan Suzuki's Danny Eslick came back from a less-than-ideal start to charge up from ninth to fifth in the end.
Team Hero's Geoff May was the final rider Herrin worked past, finishing as the top EBR 1190RS in the field with his seventh-place finish.
Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing's David Anthony, KTM/HMC Racing's Chris Fillmore, and Team RSRacecraft EBR's Cory West rounded out the top ten.
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
Cameron Beaubier may have checked out in his win in GoPro Daytona SportBike at Road America on Saturday, but there were plenty of battles throughout the field that kept the event exciting until the very end.
Beaubier, on his Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, was shadowed closely in the opening laps by fellow young gun Jake Gagne, racing for RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha. Beaubier won by 2.693 seconds, not quite the dominating performance he showed at Daytona, but a clear victory nonetheless.
"Jake kept me honest, but my bike has been awesome all weekend," said Beaubier. The victory continued Cameron's perfect record in 2013. "It's been awesome, and I want to keep the ball rolling and stay focused."
After the early moments, Gagne was never challenged from his second position.
"Cameron took off today," said Gagne. "I made a few little mistakes, but we'll go back and try to improve on that from tomorrow."
The fight for third between Gagne's teammate J.D. Beach and Meen Motorsports' Jake Lewis, however, went down to the line. The Kentucky residents traded the position throughout the race, but Beach was able to join his teammate on the podium.
"We raced together a lot this winter," Beach said. "I tried to show him who was boss, but it was a fun race."
A four-rider train battled for fifth. Dane Westby (GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing), who hoped to get a positive start to his campaign for the 2013 title after missing Daytona with an injury, led the group into turn one on the last lap but was shuffled to the back of the pack by the finish and earned eighth. Garrett Gerloff put his Y.E.S.-backed Yamaha into fifth, as Bobby Fong (D&D Cycles Triumph) and James Rispoli on the National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki also made moves on Westby to finish sixth and seventh, respectively.
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
Saturday's AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race saw Corey Alexander earn a hard-fought victory over Stefano Mesa at the 4.05-mile circuit. Alexander (National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki) was able to distance himself from Mesa after the Colombian ran wide at turn five on the last lap, allowing Alexander to escape and win by 1.118 seconds.
"I wanted to get out front and see if they could stay with me," said Alexander. "I thought Stefano would try me in turn five the last time. He did and went a little wide. My team gave me a great bike. Stefano had a good clean race, and we had some passing and battling. I didn't hear him beside me coming up the hill the last time."
After winning last year, Mesa said he might have used up too much tire during the race.
"We had a good time racing with Corey," Mesa said. "Hats off to Corey. We had a good and clean race."
Mesa, racing a Motosport.com RSRacecraft Yamaha, was able to hold off third-place racer Jeffrey Tigert. Tigert ran strong and remained with the leaders until the very end.
"These guys were riding really well," said Tigert, who rides for Baby Appleseed CM Motorsport. "I was happy to stick with them. I was happy to get on the box for the first time."
RoadRace Factory/Red Bull' s Tomas Puerta finished fourth after taking a race-long fight with Mach Modified's David Sadowski, Jr. After qualifying on the front row, Ricardo Valdez (Southeast Sales) backed it up with a sixth-place finish on Saturday.
Series regulars Sebastiao Ferreira and Travis Wyman had another great battle, with the Brazilian rider Ferreira taking the position over New Yorker Wyman.
AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series
Defending AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series king Michael Barnes claimed the provisional pole for Sunday's seven-lap contest.
Barnes laid down a 2.37.439 lap to outpace Suburban Harley-Davidson's Ben Carlson (2:38.307), Eco Fuel Saver/Scrubblade/Bartels' Tyler O'Hara, and Harv's Harley-Davidson's Travis Wyman, who complete the provisional front row.
Sunday's expected multi-rider pack war is set for a green light at 2:15 p.m. local time.
CBS Sports Network and Live Streaming Broadcasts
This weekend marks the debut of GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing's television broadcasts on CBS Sports Network as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular. Tomorrow's coverage features back-to-back broadcasts of Race 2 for GoPro Daytona SportBike and National Guard SuperBike, starting at 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 noon PT. Fans can find CBS Sports Network on their TV by using the channel finder at .
In addition to the live broadcasts on CBS Sports Network, AMA Pro Live will be live 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. Streaming will begin with coverage of National Guard SuperBike warm-up at 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT and followed by Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Race 2 at 11:15 a.m. ET/8:15 a.m. PT. Login tomorrow at to catch the action.
All weekend long, stay connected with GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing on social media at and .
Tickets for the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America start at just $20. For more information, please visit .
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 2012 schedule consists of 12 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 XR1200 Series. Learn more about GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing at .
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More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:
In SuperBike Race 1 From Road America, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha’s Hayes Gets Back To The Business Of Winning
Elkhart Lake, WI June 1, 2013 – Even when you’re the three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion like Josh Hayes, every race win is special and, of course, the points that go along with each win are of vital importance to winning a fourth title. So, after winning Saturday’s SuperBike Race 1 at Road America, the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider was both thrilled and very relieved at the same time.
“I’m really glad to get back to winning races again, and I’m actually relieved,” Josh said after the 34th SuperBike victory of his remarkable career. “We won with a small gap, which is good. We’ll see if we can improve even more for tomorrow’s race, and up our pace a little bit.”
Josh got a good start, but he found himself in a bit of a battle with the now-SuperBike points leader Martin Cardenas. The pair briefly touched at one point in the race, and after that, Josh was able to take the lead and start building one of his patented gaps, which increased to just shy of four seconds by the time he took the checkered flag for the win.
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, started from the front row and looked poised to finish at least in the top three until a minor off-track excursion shuffled him back in the order. He fought back, though, and managed to finish in sixth-place on the day.
Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram had a go at Roger Hayden in the closing laps, but Larry couldn’t make the pass, and he just missed his second podium finish in as many SuperBike races this season.
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 Geiger Media:
EBR's May guides Amsoil SuperBike to Top 10 finish in Wisconsin
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 1) - Amsoil riders Geoff May and Aaron Yates battled a tough field and some mechanical issues to record top 12 finishes for Erik Buell Racing in Saturday's National Guard SuperBike race, which was the first half of the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America.
May guided his superbly handling Team Hero/Amsoil EBR to a seventh-place finish, while teammate Yates did his best to conquer failing brakes on his Amsoil/Hero EBR to finish 12th.
May's ride was solid throughout the afternoon. He kept his bike up around the top five before getting shuffled back a couple of spots during a mad dash on the final lap.
"We've got the best handling bike on the grid," May said. "When we get the power we'll be able to run up front all race. The good news is we've got the guys behind us to find the power; it's just a matter of time."
A lengthy, four-mile course, Road America has long straightaways that favor the higher-horsepower bikes, but May was happy with his game plan and was able to use his nimble EBR to make his moves through the 14 corners.
"I could already tell when I was drafting with some guys out in the field where their issues are," May said. "We don't have the same issues charging the corner and carrying high roll speed. When we get equal power they're going to be in trouble."
Yates' bike was just as solid as May's until the brakes started to fade. Yates lost time and positions when he had the coast into the corners instead of charging under heavy braking.
"The bike was running well," Yates said. "But I was unable to get it stopped after the long straightaways, which slowed me down a lot. There's a lot of high speed here, and you have to get stopped for these corners. If you don't have any confidence in the brakes, you waste a lot of time trying to slow down.
"Hopefully we'll resolve that issue and be better in (Sunday's) race because in the early going today the bike was working really well. The crew has done a great job getting the setup. We can push it hard and get around the corners fast."
Like his stablemate, May is looking forward to Sunday's second half of the doubleheader.
"I'm really in tune with this bike," May said. "I've been riding it for three years now. I'm really comfortable on it and able to take it to the max. We'll keep working and chipping away."
Amsoil's National Guard SuperBike riders take to the track at 3 p.m. CDT on Sunday for the second half of the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America. The race will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.