Updated Again: Roger Hayden Fastest In AMA Supersport Qualifying At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Updated Again: Roger Hayden Fastest In AMA Supersport Qualifying At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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2007 Pro Honda Oils AMA Supersport Championship Presented By Shoei Helmets Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California July 21, 2007 Qualifying Results: 1. Roger Hayden (Kaw ZX-6R), Dunlop, 1:27.496 2. Geoff May (Suz GSX-R600), Pirelli, 1:27.607 3. Jamie Hacking (Kaw ZX-6R), Dunlop, 1:27.841 4. Josh Hayes (Hon CBR600RR), Dunlop, 1:27.865 5. Ben Attard (Kaw ZX-6R), Pirelli, 1:28.346 6. Steve Rapp (Kaw ZX-6R), Pirelli, 1:28.582 7. Aaron Gobert (Hon CBR600RR), Dunlop, 1:28.894 8. Chas Davies (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, 1:28.920 9. Josh Herrin (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, 1:29.369 10. Tommy Hayden (Suz GSX-R600), Dunlop, 1:29.386 11. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R600), Pirelli, 1:29.500 12. Cory West (Yam YZF-R6), Pirelli, 1:29.502 13. Blake Young (Suz GSX-R600), Dunlop, 1:29.547 14. Shea Fouchek (Hon CBR600RR), Dunlop, 1:29.671 15. Danny Eslick (Suz GSX-R600), Dunlop, 1:28.700 16. Bobby Fong (Suz GSX-R600), Michelin, 1:29.884 17. Ryan Andrews (Hon CBR600RR), Dunlop, 1:29.967 18. Jason Perez (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, 1:30.285 19. Ryan Elleby (Hon CBR600RR), Dunlop, 1:30.443 20. Jeremy Toye (Kaw ZX-6R), Dunlop, 1:30.559 21. Hawk Mazzotta (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, 1:30.704 22. Chris Siglin (Suz GSX-R600), Dunlop, 1:30.934 23. Fernando Amantini (Kaw ZX-6R), Dunlop, 1:31.010 24. Michael Beck (Suz GSX-R600), Pirelli, 1:31.086 25. David Anthony (Yam YZF-R6), Pirelli, 1:31.137 26. Garrett Carter (Yam YZF-R6), Dunlop, 1:31.255 27. Darren Luck (Suz GSX-R600), Dunlop, 1:32.121 28. Chris Siebenhaar (Suz GSX-R600), 1:32.249 29. Davie Sadowski (Suz GSX-R600), Michelin, 1:32.623 30. Mark Crozier (Suz GSX-R600), Michelin, 1:32.701 31. Scott Ryan (Suz GSX-R600), Michelin, 1:33.130 32. Dirk Sanchez (Suz GSX-R600), 1:33.255 33. Grant Riggs (Suz GSX-R600), 1:33.404 34. Morgan Murphy (Suz GSX-R600), 1:34.700 35. C.R. Gittere (Suz GSX-R600), Michelin, 1:35.294 36. Matt Eccleston (Yam YZF-R6), 1:35.741 110% of Fast Time = 1:36.246 Did Not Qualify 37. Reno Karimian (Suz GSX-R600), Dunlop, 1:48.128 More, from a press release issued by Team M4 EMGO Suzuki: MAY IN THE FIGHT FOR SUPERSPORT POLE AT LAGUNA SECA Team M4 EMGO Suzuki put in an impressive performance on Friday, the opening day of the high-profile combined MotoGP/AMA race weekend at Laguna Seca. Geoff May got the weekend off to an ideal start, posting the fastest time in the very first session to set the stage. May circulated the undulating California raceway with a fast time of 1:29.039 to lead the Supersport free practice aboard his Pirelli-shod GSX-R600. He then came back in the afternoon and lowered his mark by well over a second. May’s 1: 27.607 put him atop the leaderboards until the very final moments of qualifying and proved quick enough to earn him a front-row grid position. Starting from the second slot on the front row and having proven to be one of the men to watch this weekend, May is confident heading into Saturday’s 17-lap affair. “It was a strong day for M4 EMGO Suzuki and the GSX-R600,” May commented after qualifying. “We rolled the thing off the truck just like we have everywhere else this year and decided not to touch it this weekend, just get comfortable on it. It’s such a short weekend, we haven’t changed anything. “It’s great coming to Laguna because it’s a level playing field for us. It’s a new surface for everybody and nobody has had time to develop anything for here. The Pirellis work really good on all the new surface tracks because we can run the hard stuff and the hard stuff has tons of grip and is really durable and consistent. I think what you’re seeing in practice is a real good indicator of what you’ll see in the race.” Colombian sensation Martin Cardenas will start from the third row, qualifying eleventh fastest at 1:29.700. Cardenas is unlikely to be discouraged by his grid position — the former World 250 Grand Prix contender took the holeshot and ultimately finished on the podium from the third row in the most recent AMA Supersport race contested at Miller Motorsports Park. Californian Michael Beck qualified in 24th position at 1:31.086 and will seek to fight his way up the order in Saturday’s race. With no Superstock race this weekend, May is focusing all of his efforts on his Superstock-spec GSX-R1000 in the Superbike class at Laguna Seca. He broke into the top ten in practice today, logging the tenth fastest time (1: 26.748) ahead of a handful of Superbike regulars. The last time May put in a real effort in a Superbike race, he finished fifth in the season opener at Daytona. “It’s kind of like Daytona again for me,” May said. “It’s a fun run and we’re working real hard trying to figure out some stuff for when we come back. We’re looking to develop the tires a little bit. We’re going to run it out, run the whole race, and try to put on a good show for the fans. Hopefully get a top five — that’s what we’re shooting for this weekend — maybe beat some of the factory guys on the real Superbikes.” More, from a press release issued by Pirelli: Rome, Georgia: The AMA/MotoGP super-double event with everything on it, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, opened with AMA Supersport practice and M4 EMGO Suzuki rider Geoff May setting the fastest times of the session, providing promise for Pirelli’s chances of another win and more podiums in Pirelli’s record-setting year of American road racing. Fast racers joining May on Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires are, Steve Rapp with the fourth-fastest time of the session on his Attack Kawasaki ZX-6R, his teammate Ben Attard setting the seventh-fastest time, and M4 EMGO Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas right with Attard at eighth fastest. Supersport qualifying saw Geoff May place his Suzuki GSX-R600 on the front row of the grid with the second-fastest time for Saturday afternoon’s race. Attack Kawasaki’s Ben Attard earned the top spot on row two with the fifth fastest time, while his teammate Steve Rapp is right next to him at sixth fastest. Other quick Pirelli Supersport riders include Martin Cardenas on row three at 11th fastest, and Hunter Racing’s Cory West next to Cardenas with the 12th-best qualifying time, on his Chuck Giacchetto tuned Yamaha YZF R-6. Forget about the buses; it goes from racing to rocking with the band Hoobastank performing at 5:00 pm, Saturday, July 21, in the infield immediately following the Supersport race. Hoobastank’s drummer Chris Hesse started racing this season, choosing the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tires. The concert, sponsored in part by Yamaha, will also feature an on-stage visit by Yamaha’s Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.

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