Digital Edition Subscribers: Read Roadracing World Magazine Now >
Roadracing - An Online Service of Roadracing World Magazine
Jun 10, 2001

Updated Post: Yates Wins 600cc Supersport With Last Lap Pass At Road America

1. Aaron Yates, Suzuki GSX-R600; 2. Jamie Hacking, Suzuki GSX-R600; 3. Eric Bostrom, Kawasaki ZX-6R; 4. John Hopkins, Suzuki GSX-R600; 5. Tommy Hayden, Yamaha YZF-R6; 6. Kurtis Roberts, Honda CBR600F4i; 7. Anthony Gobert, Yamaha YZF-R6; 8. Aaron Gobert, Yamaha YZF-R6; 9. Josh Hayes, Honda CBR600F4i; 10. Miguel Duhamel, Honda CBR600F4i; 11. Jake Zemke, Honda CBR600F4i; 12. Tom Kipp, Suzuki GSX-R600; 13. Roger Lee Hayden, Honda CBR600F4i; 14. David Ortega, Suzuki GSX-R600; 15. Daigoro Suzuki, Kawasaki ZX-6R; 16. J.J. Roetlin, Suzuki GSX-R600; 17. Shawn Conrad, Suzuki GSX-R600; 18. Monte Nichols, Yamaha YZF-R6; 19. Jimmy Moore, Suzuki GSX-R600; 20. Scott Hermersman, Suzuki GSX-R600

The Pro Honda Oils 600cc Supersport race was delayed when rain began to fall during the warm-up lap, and Kurtis Roberts crashed. The rain stopped, and the race began with Roberts on his repaired Honda.

On the second lap of the re-start, Roberts collided with John Hopkins when Roberts got into turn five too hot on the brakes and ran into the turning Hopkins. Hopkins fell, and Roberts ran off on two wheels. Moments later, rain began to fall in the high-speed turn 11, "The Kink." Vincent Haskovec crashed leaving his Suzuki laying in the track. Then James Milroy crashed into the Air Fence on the outside of turn 11. Haskovec was unhurt, Milroy was transported to Road America's infield care center with his condition unknown at post time, and the race was stopped again.

Hopkins' Suzuki was repaired for the complete re-start. Within two laps, the race was a fight between Bostrom, Yates, and Hacking from the fourth row of the grid. Yates and Hacking inched away from Bostrom, and the race for the win was a duel down to the last lap. Hacking led out of "The Kink", but Yates slid his Suzuki into turn 12, "Canada Corner,"and took the lead from Hacking and went on to the win.

The win marks Yates' first 600cc Supersport win since Loudon in 2000, and Suzuki's first 600cc Supersport win of 2001.

Hopkins shook off Tommy Hayden and Gobert in the last half of the race and pulled out about four seconds, and Roberts caught and passed Gobert in the closing laps.

Pro Honda Oils 600cc Supersport Unofficial Points Following Road America:

1. Eric Bostrom, 124 points; 2. Anthony Gobert, 118 points; 3. Miguel Duhamel, 108 points; 4. Tommy Hayden, 102 points; 5. Josh Hayes, 96 points