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Sep 15, 2013

AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Race Two Results From NJMP

New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway.
New Jersey Lottery Devil's Showdown/GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike
New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, New Jersey
September 15, 2013
Provisional Race Two Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Josh Hayes (Yam YZF-R1), 23 laps
2. Josh Herrin (Yam YZF-R1), -3.200 seconds
3. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R1000), -3.256
4. Roger Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000), -3.701
5. Danny Eslick (Suz GSX-R1000), -25.166
6. Chris Fillmore (KTM RC8R), -26.521
7. Geoff May (EBR 1190RS), -37.689
8. Larry Pegram (Yam YZF-R1), -45.516
9. Taylor Knapp (KTM RC8R), -53.819
10. David Anthony (Suz GSX-R1000), -55.345
11. Aaron Yates (EBR 1190RS), -55.437
12. Cory West (EBR 1190RS), -68.449
13. Chris Clark (Suz GSX-R1000), -68.523
14. Chris Ulrich (Hon CBR1000RR), -75.613
15. Huntley Nash (Kaw ZX-10R), -1 lap
16. Ryan Kerr (Suz GSX-R1000), -1 lap, 29.278 seconds


Provisional Championship Point Standings (after 13 of 14 races):

1. Herrin, 320 points
2. Hayes, 298
3. Cardenas, 297
4. Hayden, 228
5. Eslick, 213
6. TIE, Pegram/Fillmore, 169
8. May, 161
9. TIE, Yates/Anthony, 146
11. Clark, 113
12. Knapp, 108
13. West, 99
14. Ulrich, 96
15. TIE, Robertino Pietri/Dustin Dominquez, 49
17. Reese Wacker, 43
18. Nash, 35
19. Trent Gibson, 30
20. TIE, Kerr/Danny Kelsey, 23




More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Triple Champ Hayes Wins SuperBike Race 2 At New Jersey Motorsports Park, Moves Into Second Place Behind Teammate & Title Leader Herrin

Millville, NJ - September 15, 2013 – In Sunday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes definitively showed was he is the three-time defending series Champion. With his title defense in definite peril, he led the 23-lap contest from start to finish to record his seventh victory of the season. With the title points for the win, and the two bonus points he earned for setting the pole and leading the most laps in today’s race, Hayes moved into second place in the Championship, with one race left to decide it all.

After his victory, Hayes said, “The race went pretty good. This morning in practice, I knew I was in good shape for the race. I was able to get a good start and run fast laps right from the beginning. I rode well yesterday, too, and I knew that I had good speed. Today, it was the same thing, and I’m happy that I won the race for my team. I’m proud of the way I rode all weekend.”

Current points leader Josh Herrin finished second in today’s race, and he is currently 22 points ahead of Hayes. Herrin’s solid P2 result was his 11th podium finish out of 13 races (which includes 4 race wins) this season.

Herrin said, “It’s been since 2008 that I’ve been trying to win a Championship for Yamaha. I’m not there yet, but I’m knocking on the door. I was really nervous today, but I put my head down and got a good result, which definitely helps towards the Championship.”

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be back in action during the weekend of September 27 through 29 for the World Superbike Weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. It will be the final event of the season for the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike series.

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 AMA Pro Racing:

Born to Run: Josh Hayes Wins 40th Career AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race in New Jersey but Josh Herrin Leads the Points

MILLVILLE, N.J. (September 15, 2013) - Three-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike champion Josh Hayes turned 40 on Sunday at the New Jersey Lottery Devil's Showdown. Not in years, but in career National Guard SuperBike victories, as the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha superstar rebounded from Saturday's disappointment with a vintage ride that served as a clear reminder that he's still the man to beat in any given premier-class race.

While he faces long odds in his quest to claim an unprecedented fourth-straight AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike title, the Mississippian got a measure of revenge for yesterday's contest. On Saturday, Hayes fought his way through the field after suffering an early electrical issue to take the checkered flag first, only to ultimately be dropped down to fourth in the official standings due to his third jump-start infraction of the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season.

On Sunday, after getting away cleanly at the start, Hayes powered into Turn 1 in third position from pole and then worked his way into the lead by the time the field returned to the start/finish straight for the first time in the 23-lap race.

Hayes' Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate, Josh Herrin, slotted in behind Hayes' rear wheel and the two factory Yamaha pilots made a quick escape from the remainder of the pack. Herrin, who (again) capitalized on Hayes' costly mistake on Saturday to pick up his fourth win of the season and grab the inside line to this year's crown, tagged along for several laps before Hayes' blistering pace finally proved too much.

With Herrin no longer in his shadow, the champ immediately ripped open a sizable advantage, which he managed for the bulk of the race. Hayes ultimately scored his seventh victory of 2013 by 3.199 seconds.

The triumph was Hayes' eighth SuperBike win at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Afterwards, the straight-faced Yamaha ace said, "The race went pretty good. This morning I went out and put in a good string of laps so I knew I was capable of doing a lot of '21s. I just tried to get myself to the front and see how fast I could go. I did a couple '20s and Josh did a pretty good job -- he was able to hang on while we were doing those. I just tried to keep the pressure on so I could get a little gap. It seemed like I got it and then it kind of hovered... I just tried to be steady and not make any mistakes or miss any marks. I just had a good, smooth ride and was able to bring it home."

Herrin wouldn't be lonely in second for long after losing Hayes' tow, however, as he was tracked down by Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Martin Cardenas and National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden. They clawed their way up to make it a three-way fight for second position with just two laps to go.

Colombian Cardenas made his bid for the position on the final lap but Herrin was able to counter his pass with one of his own and hold the spot by 0.055 of a second at the stripe.

Hayden, who overtook Cardenas for third momentarily the lap before, was an interested observer in the heated battle as he accepted fourth just a half-second removed from a runner-up finish.

As a result of yesterday's win and today's second, Herrin now boasts a comfortable 22-point advantage heading into the '13 finale. A finish inside the top ten is all he needs to earn his first-ever AMA Pro title.

Herrin said, "It feels good. It's been since 2008 that I've been trying to get a championship. I'm not there yet but it's getting closer. Today I went into the race really nervous -- I'm not going to lie. I was thinking about the points and what I needed to do to get enough of a gap to where I wouldn't have to worry too much at Laguna and I think we accomplished that. It's not going to be easy to finish in the top ten but it's a lot of weight off my shoulder knowing that's the goal. We've been working hard all year and we've had minimal problems and we've only not finished on the podium twice all year. That was something that was real important to me this year... I'm just really excited to go to Laguna."

Cardenas is now third, 23 points back of Herrin. The Suzuki runner said, "It was a very long and tough race; I didn't have rest at any time. I made a good start but, at the end of the first lap, the two Josh's passed me and they were a little bit faster than me on the first few laps. And then Danny (Eslick) and Roger tried to pass me and I had to fight back. By that time, Herrin and Hayes had a little gap and all the race I was trying to close that gap. I was trying as hard as I could every lap, and I saw the gap was coming down (to Herrin) little by little. On the last lap, I caught Herrin and tried to do my best to pass him and hold the position. I made an attempt, and it worked but only for a little bit and he passed me back. There was no other chance, so I had to settle for third."

Jordan Suzuki's Danny Eslick shined in the race's early stages, dicing back and forth with Cardenas and Hayden while contesting third position. Eventually he fell off that chase and into a fifth-place finish -- his ninth top-five of the 2013 campaign.

KTM/HMC Racing's Chris Fillmore shook Team HERO EBR's Geoff May and made a late run on Eslick, ultimately coming up just over a second short while claiming sixth position.

May finished a lonely seventh while Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing's Larry Pegram was an equally clear eighth.

Fillmore's KTM teammate Taylor Knapp won out in a race-long scrap for ninth ahead of tenth-place finisher David Anthony (Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing) and eleventh-placed Aaron Yates (Team Amsoil/HERO EBR).

With just a single race left to contest, Herrin heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at the end of the month with 320 points and on the verge of his first SuperBike title. Hayes and Cardenas are still alive should things go wrong for Herrin, however, holding 298 and 297 points, respectively.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

Cameron Beaubier won AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race number 11 of the 2013 season in dominating fashion, logging a 7.693-second victory over his Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff. Bobby Fong and D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph returned to the podium with a strong third place.

Beaubier got away quickly and consolidated his lead. After a red flag, he did it again to extend his record the day after he clinched the 2013 championship, proving himself to be the class of the field as both Jake Lewis (Meen Motorsports) and Jake Gagne (RoadRace Factory/Red Bull) crashed out of second place.

"Going into today, it was a relief wrapping up the championship, and I went into today with no pressure. I tried to get a good start and put my head down," said Beaubier after the win. "For the restart, I was trying to be really aggressive. I didn't know both Jakes crashed until I came in but I have to give it up to my team. It feels good having won one more race and be the champion."

Gerloff's second place was a nice rebound after a fall on Saturday. He also watched on Sunday as two riders fell in front of him while chasing Beaubier.

"I was hoping to do better, given how I went in qualifying and how I felt. The crash didn't do me any favors as far as confidence goes," said Gerloff, who had a firm cushion late in the race. "I decided I was going to take it easy, stay in second. Congrats to Cameron and Bobby, they did a great job."

Fong was able to return to the podium after earning third at Daytona. "The pace was pretty hot in the beginning; I felt like I could run that pace the whole race," said Fong. "Honestly, I wish I had a battle through the whole race. It was pretty lonely. I wanted to at least battle for the podium. We've got a lot of momentum, and the bike has been working really well. We still have a steep hill to climb but it's getting better and better every race weekend."

Benny Solis earned his best result yet in the class after a spirited four-rider fight for fourth. The M4 Hotbodies Racing pilot beat Latus Motors Racing's Jason DiSalvo, GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing's Dane Westby and Jake Zemke on the Riders Discount Racing Triumph for the position.

AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport

The 2013 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport East Division championship came down to 18 laps of furious action in New Jersey, and Corey Alexander won the championship by a sole point over Hayden Gillim in a thrilling race won by overall Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport champion Tomas Puerta of RoadRace Factory/Red Bull. Team 95's Gillim was able to beat National Guard/Celtic Racing's Alexander and finish second, while Alexander took third place over MotoSport.com RSRacecraft's Stefano Mesa at the stripe by just 0.013 of a second.

"Today, I really wanted to win the race," said Puerta, who won three events in his 2013 season. "I want to say congratulations to both of these guys, they rode really hard. Hopefully, we can see each other in the races next year."

The race will be remembered as a four-rider battle for the entire 18 laps, with turn one being the action spot. Alexander was able to lead the most laps and earn the bonus point that eventually served as his margin of victory in the championship, but Puerta took the lead on the last lap and Mesa relegated Alexander to fourth place. Had the contest ended then, Gillim would have been champ, but Alexander got a better drive than Mesa and powered past by the slimmest of margins just before the finish line.

"I think that's probably the hardest race I've ever ridden. Right off the bat, I knew I was going to have to work for it," said Alexander after winning his first AMA Pro championship. "I put my head down but couldn't get down to the times I was able to do yesterday to try to gap these guys. I could feel the pace slowing down at the end, so I knew I could be a little faster if I needed to be but my bike was spinning a lot and it was hot out there. I didn't know where I would end up and who was where, or anything for that matter. These guys rode a great race, and that last lap was a little nerve-wracking. I led a little bit of it before Tomas took the lead and I found myself in fourth place going into that last section. I was a little scared for a second -- I wasn't sure if Hayden was going to be able to draft by into first. Fortunately, he didn't. I really wanted that lap leader point so, every lap, I made sure I crossed the line first."

Gillim rode well, but the breaks did not go his way, and his 198 points were short of Alexander's 199.

"Hats off to Corey and Tomas," said Gillim. "We all rode a really good race. It was a hard-fought one. I look forward to next season to try to see what I can do and hopefully get on a bigger team. I wish these guys the best in the future, and I really think all three of us can go a long way in the sport."

Mesa took fourth, way ahead of a tough fight for fifth won by CTR Racing's Miles Thornton. He topped Meen Motorsports' Wyatt Farris and Sebastiao Ferreira of BP Racing.

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

Aerostar Global/Suburban Harley-Davison's Steve Rapp strengthened his bid to secure his first career GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing championship today at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Rapp returned to his winning ways on Sunday as he claimed his fifth AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series victory of the season in dominant fashion.

Rapp gapped the field from the start, opening up nearly a full second of padding on the race's opening lap. The veteran ace proceeded to manage his advantage from there, working up a margin of nearly five seconds before ultimately calling off the dogs and cruising to the checkered flag with 2.160 seconds in hand.

The blowout win -- along with the bonus points he earned for his record-breaking pole lap and leading the most laps -- extends Rapp's XR Showdown lead to 22 points with just the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca finale left to decide the 2013 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series title.

After his triumph, Rapp said, "We had a good bike -- we made a few changes this morning, and they were definitely an improvement over what I had been riding. We're always making the bike better and getting confident, knowing the limits of the tires and the bike. I've done well at this track in the past, so that was a confidence building coming in here. I had a good weekend at Indy and, as the year has progressed, we've gotten a little better at every race."

While the title leader did his best to remove all drama from Sunday's Harley-Davidson contest as quickly as possible, his pursuers put on a tremendous show in the race for second. Rapp's Suburban Harley-Davidson teammate, Ben Carlson, Harv's Harley-Davidson's Travis Wyman, and Eco Fuel Saver/Scrubblade's Tyler O'Hara waged an early slugfest for second position.

That battle was more than doubled up as Designstar3.com/Empire Harley-Davidson's '12 NJMP winner Shane Narbonne, MOB Racing's Eric Stump, Kyle Wyman Racing's Kyle Wyman, and defending champ Michael Barnes (Spyke's Harley-Davidson) closed in and ultimately joined the podium tussle.

After considerable jockeying for position, O'Hara successfully worked his way past a very racey Stump to steal second position at the flag by just fractions of a second. Home-track hero Stump, meanwhile, once again demonstrated that riders from outside the XR Showdown can still play a major role as the season winds down by finishing an impressive third.

Title hopeful Travis Wyman finished inches ahead of his brother for fourth, while Carlson finished sixth after running second early. Barnes came home in seventh while Narbonne lost out in the final-lap shuffle this time around, crossing the stripe a distant eighth.

Aerostar Global/Suburban Harley-Davison's Nicholas Hansen and Thrashed Bike Racing's David Estok completed the top ten.

Next Up - The 2013 Season Finale

The thrilling 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season will conclude in two weeks as the series returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. to join the FIM Superbike World Championship on September 27-29.

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.




More, from a press release issued by LTD Racing:

NASH SHOWS PROMISE IN LAST AMA PRO ACTION OF 2013

Millville, NJ (September 15, 2013) -- Huntley Nash and Neyra Racing wrapped up their 2013 AMA Pro season Sunday with a 15th place result in the final race from New Jersey Motorsports Park but the exciting Superbike project has plenty of testing and racing planned before the return to AMA Pro action next March at Daytona.

Huntley showed good speed in the race’s opening laps as he challenged for the top ten but lost some pace with tire wear and dropped back to 15th.

“We’re making progress but I wasn’t really pleased with how things went today, as you can imagine. I really want to get inside the top ten so anything less than that won’t be enough. The team worked really hard all weekend and they are doing a great job. I am really excited about our project. We’re making steady progress against some great competition. Our bike is different from everyone else’s, which makes for a great challenge. After about five laps today, the tires were pretty much gone. The good news is we have some tests and races lined up so we can work on our electronics package and just our program in general.”

Nash and Neyra Racing will head to VIR next weekend and then Putnam Park as they work towards their goals.




More, from a press release issued by KTM North America:

Fillmore Earns 5th and 6th at New Jersey Motorsports Park

Millville, NJ – KTM/HMC Factory Superbike rider Chris Fillmore had a successful weekend at the eighth round of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike race series held at New Jersey Motorsports Park taking home a 5th place result in race one and a 6th place result in race two. His teammate, Taylor Knapp, finished 8th and 9th on the weekend.

Fillmore started from the second row going into Saturday’s main event. He commented, “I got a killer start and was in sitting in 3rd place on the first lap. I was hanging with those guys for the first couple laps before I crashed on a long left-hand corner. Miraculously, I was okay and was able to restart my bike and get back in the race but I was way back sitting last in the pack.”

A few laps later, the race was red-flagged after oil from one rider’s bike fell on the track. “I felt like I had a second chance when they restarted the race with approximately 13 laps to go,” stated Fillmore. Although he had to start from the back line, he launched off to another great start and moved his way into 8th on the first lap of the restart. From there he put together solid laps and picked off riders to eventually move up to 6th place. A rider ahead of him was docked for jumping the start which bumped Fillmore to 5th overall for the day. His teammate, Knapp, also put in a great ride and earned 8th overall for the day.

“I was pumped to qualify on row two,” stated Knapp. “Unfortunately, the restart didn’t help me as I got a bad jump and wasn’t able to move up front as quickly as I would have liked. Luckily, I came out on top of the battle for 8th position and was able to make the most of my poor start.”

On day two, Fillmore started the race in 7th position and spent the first half of the laps battling with Geoff May. “I was able to make a pass on him down a long straight and never looked back. I pulled a little gap, and shortly after, I remember seeing the tail end of Danny Eslick ahead of me. That gave me the drive to push harder and I was able to significantly close the gap on him but just needed a few more laps in order to make the pass.”

Fillmore moved within a second of Eslick before the checkered flag flew turning in another great performance on his KTM 1190 RC8 R. Fillmore was able to finish 6th overall while Knapp was able to earn another top ten position finishing Sunday’s race in 9th place.

“I feel like I am improving each race,” stated Knapp. “It’s good to finish consistently in the top ten now but I am really looking to earn a top five result. We only have one race left, so I am hoping to put my best performance together for that event.”

Next Event: Monterey, CA – September 27-29, 2013