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May 13, 2011

Updated: Hayes Fastest In First AMA Pro Superbike Qualifying Session At Infineon Raceway

Josh Hayes (1). Photo by Mike Finnegan, courtesy of Infineon Raceway
AMA Pro National Guard Superbike
West Coast Moto Jam
Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, California
May 13
Provisional Qualifying Session One Results (all on Dunlop tires):
1. Josh Hayes (Yam YZF-R1), 1:36.397
2. Tommy Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:36.508
3. Ben Bostrom (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:36.945
4. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:37.289
5. Blake Young (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:37.516
6. Larry Pegram (BMW S1000RR), 1:37.599
7. Chris Peris (BMW S1000RR), 1:37.911
8. Steve Rapp (BMW S1000RR), 1:37.987
9. David Anthony (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:38.165
10. Roger Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:38.357
11. Geoff May (Buell 1125RR), 1:38. 552
12. Chris Clark (Yam YZF-R1), 1:389.397
13. Jeremy Toye (BMW S1000RR), 1:39.497
14. Chris Ulrich (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:39.601
15. James Randolph (BMW S1000RR, 1:39.659
16. Jordan Burgess (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:41.210
17. Chris Trounson (BMW S1000RR), 1:41.230
18. JD Beach (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:41.512
19. Chris Siebenhaar (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:41.855
20. Tony Kasper (BMW S1000RR), 1:42.604
21. Wesley Kane (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:43.217
22. Kevin Boisvert (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:45.137
23. Johnny Rock Page (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:45.342

More, from a press release issued by Infineon Raceway:

Hayes Takes Provisional Pole in SuperBike Qualifying in Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. (May 13, 2011) - Yamaha's Josh Hayes captured the provisional pole on Friday during qualifying for the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike class at the West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway.

Hayes, who has won three of the last four AMA Pro Road Racing SuperBike main events in Sonoma dating back to 2009, continued his success on the 12-turn, 2.32-mile road course. He turned the track at 1 minute, 36.397 seconds. He was followed by Tommy Hayden (Suzuki, 1:36.509) and Redding native Ben Bostrom (Suzuki, 1:36.846).

"I'm very fortunate that my crew does such a good job to get me a bike that is absolutely perfect," said Hayes, the defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike national champion. "It works the same every time I get on it. I know I can go out and ride my behind off from the get-go"¦. I've had some really good races throughout my career here at Infineon and I really enjoy this track."

Locally, Oakland native and Acalanes High School graduate Steve Rapp (BMW) qualified eighth in SuperBike at 1:37.988. Rapp was as high as third in the qualifying session but drifted to eighth. He is also competing in the Vance & Hines XR1200 Series this weekend.

Jake Holden (Ducati) grabbed the top spot in provisional qualifying for Daytona SportBike at 1:39.444, followed by Josh Herrin (Yamaha, 1:39.626) and Danny Eslick (Suzuki, 1:40.182).

"We're going to have a real fun year and to be quick here in the session makes it all worth it. I'm super excited and this is one of my favorite tracks," said Holden, who won in SuperStock in Sonoma in 2008. "I love technical tracks and I have a lot of confidence here. I think we'll run up front no matter what (in the race); there's just a lot of tough guys out there; it's a tough pack."

Benny Solis (Honda) topped the speed charts in AMA Pro SuperSport qualifying, turning the track at 1:42.413. He was followed by Tomas Puerta (Yamaha, 1:43.342) and David Gaviria (Yamaha, 1:43.652). Discovery Bay's Elena Myers, who became the first female in history to win an AMA Pro Road Race when she took the checkers in Sonoma in the SuperSport class in 2010, withdrew from competition after experiencing pain from a broken wrist sustained just three weeks ago.

"This is my first time here since 2008, but it's a really fun track and close to my house (North Hollywood)," said Solis, who won the Red Bull Rookies Cup event in Sonoma in 2008. "The secret for me is having fun. This is a tough track with a lot of elevation changes, but having fun helps me put together a good lap."

Action returns on Saturday at Infineon Raceway with final qualifying, followed by main events in SuperSport (1 p.m.), Daytona SportBike (2 p.m.) and Pro National Guard SuperBike (3:15 p.m.). There will also be main events in Supermoto USA, Flat Track and AHRMA Motocross. Gates open at 8 a.m. For more information, visit

More, from a press release issued by Team M4 Suzuki:


M4 Suzuki's Martin Cardenas continued to demonstrate his ability to be a major player in the AMA Superbike class, provisionally qualifying the team's GSX-R1000 on the front row on Friday at Infineon Raceway.

Hustling a 200-horsepower Superbike around the tight, twisty, and blind Northern California circuit is no simple task, but the reigning AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Champion showed his sheer talent and the team's ability to field a quality Superbike by logging competitive times with the class' established stars.

Cardenas clocked the third fastest time in the morning practice at 1:38.159 and then proceeded to lop nearly a full off his best mark in the subsequent qualifying session with a 1:37.289. That lap was the fourth best of the session, strong enough to place him on the outside of the provisional front row.

"We improved the bike quite a bit from the practice to qualifying, which was very encouraging," Cardenas said. "The top two guys are pretty far out there but we'll look to continue to improve and close the gap.

"The Superbike is a bit a handful around this racetrack, especially around the chicane area. It wants to wheelie and move quite a lot, but I am adapting to it and getting better. It's actually a lot of fun."

Teammate Chris Ulrich will look to improve on Saturday after ranking 14th in Saturday's qualifying session at 1:39.601.

Meanwhile in the Daytona SportBike class, Dane Westby put the GSX-R600 on the overnight second row. The Oklahoman was eighth quick on the day, lapping at 1:40.990.

Santiago Villa was 14th at 1:43.314, although that position does not tell the full story for the Colombian on Friday. Villa was set back due to an incident early in qualifying, preventing him from again showing the potential he flashed by running seventh fastest in the morning practice session.

The four M4 Suzuki pilots will claim their final spots on the grids for the weekend's twin Superbike and SportBike races at the conclusion of tomorrow morning's qualifying sessions before going racing in the afternoon.

Follow this link to KTVU's video report on Team M4 Suzuki Chris Ulrich's two-seat Superbike media ride activities Thursday at Infineon Raceway.

This link takes you to KTVU's photo slideshow from the event:

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

Hayes, Holden, and Solis Capture Provisional Poles for West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway

SONOMA, CA (May 14, 2011) Under the clear blue skies of Northern California, Josh Hayes (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha) topped the time sheets after the first round of qualifying to grab the provisional pole position for this weekend's AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike doubleheader at Infineon Raceway. Hayes, the defending race winner at Infineon Raceway and also the reigning National Guard SuperBike Champion, posted a lap of 1:36.397 around the eleven-turn, 2.32-mile road course.

"I'm very fortunate that my crew does such a good job to get me a bike that is absolutely perfect," said Hayes. "I've had some really good races throughout my career here, and I really enjoy this track."

In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, Jake Holden took the provisional pole position on his Jake Holden Racing Ducati 848 EVO with a time of 1:39.444. Holden's achievement was even more impressive in light of the fact that his team went through an ownership change ten days ago; thanks to the very determined efforts of Holden, new team owner Breeann Poland, and James Compton, the crew secured funding from friends, family, individual fans, and other AMA Pro Road Racing participants in a grassroots efforts that allowed them to be here this weekend. "We're little under-funded, but I've got some great friends and sponsors," said Holden. "I'm living a dream. I get emotional thinking about how everyone is helping."

A young Benny Solis ( from North Hollywood, California, took the provisional pole position for the weekend's two AMA Pro SuperSport races. Riding the only Honda in the class, Solis posted an impressive lap early in the session then underlined his speed on with a last-lap time of 1:42.413. "This is my fourth time riding at Infineon Raceway and I like it very much," said Solis after qualifying.

The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 riders took to the track for their first practice session Friday afternoon and will qualify in a Saturday morning session. AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Flat Track star Sammy Halbert will be contending the V-twin class this weekend, joining multi-time AMA Pro Flat Track champion Joe Kopp and others in the seventeen-rider, Harley-Davidson XR1200-equipped class.
All four classes with run their first set of races today, beginning at 1 p.m. with AMA Pro SuperSport. For tickets and additional information, visit