2010 AMA Pro Racing Preview: Championship Decided at Barber

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com


It all comes down to this. The AMA Pro Road Racing series will come to an end this weekend, and each division title is up for grabs. Josh Hayes has the closest thing to a sure thing in the AMA Superbike division, but with only 22 separating himself from Tommy Hayden, don’t expect Hayes to walk away with the title without a fight.

Hayes and Hayden have been battling neck and neck for the top spot in the AMA Superbike Championship all season long, and this weekend , someone will finally be declared the winner. Hayes has earned his lead this season with 7 race wins. Two of those wins came at the penultimate round in New Jersey, and gave Hayes what could be an insurmountable lead.

But don’t count Hayden out yet. The Suzuki rider has claimed four race wins of his own this season, and when he wasn’t winning, he was usually coming in second. Hayden missed out on the race one win in New Jersey due to a red flag, and will be desperate to make up those points this weekend. With third place rider Jake Zemke, 88 points behind, Hayden can go all out without worrying about losing second place.

Zemke, on the other hand, needs solid finishes this weekend if he wants to keep his third place spot. Zemke is 21 points ahead of Ben Bostrom, so if he can keep his bike upright and toward the front of the pack, he should have the final spot on the podium when all is said and done.ama_barbermotorsportspark

In the Daytona Sportbike series, the race for the top spot is even tighter. Just 11 points separate Danny Eslick and Josh Herrin. Herrin led the Daytona Sportbike standings for much of the series, but was overtaken by Eslick two rounds ago. The two now face a final showdown to see who will walk away the 2010 champion.

But the Daytona Sportbike series is by no means a two man show. Martin Cardenas is just one point behind Herrin, and 12 behind the season leader. Cardenas has the most race wins of any rider this season with 7, but also has a few finishes outside of the top ten put him in 3rd place. Cardenas will be a dangerous contender this weekend, and could steel the title from both Herrin and Eslick.

The Supersport series champions have already been decided on the East and West coast, but this weekend the Young Guns shoot out will determine the national winner. J.D. Beach secured the East Young Guns title, while Joe Pascarella claimed the title in the West. The two will go head to head this weekend to see who will be crowned the National Champion.

The All About Bikes staff is heading to New Jersey to catch all the action live, and will update the site with photos, interviews, race results and more this weekend.

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