Josh Hayes feels at home at Infineon. Hayes won both races at the California track in 2010, and took a comfortable win on Saturday. Hayes will be the man to beat today as the Superbike riders line up for the second race of the weekend at the Infineon Raceway.
Jake Holden could have given Hayes a run for his money on Saturday, but a mistake early in the race dropped him back from second to ninth. Holden was able to work his way through the field to take 2nd. If Holden can ride an error free race, he has the speed to challenge Hayes for the win.
Martin Cardenas should also be riding at the front. Cardenas did crash this morning and suffered a dislocated shoulder. Cardenas has been cleared to race this afternoon, but his shoulder could hinder his performance today.
And they’re off!
And they’re red flagged!
Martin Cardenas crashes in the corner. His bike rolls up onto the air wall. The race has been red flagged for motorcycle removal.
Chris Ulrich also went down on lap 1.
The riders are back on the grid. There will be a full restart.
The Superbike riders are back on the track. They’ll take a warm up lap before we restart race 2 from Infineon.
And they’re off again.
Three more riders go down!
JD Beach has his leg run over by another motorcycle.
No red flag but three more riders are out of the race.
JD Beach, Tony Casper, and Jordy Burgess all crashed in the incident. All riders are up and ok.
Hayden take the lead, followed by Young, Hayes, and Bostrom.
Lap 2: Hayden, Hayes, Young, Pegram, Bostrom. , Rapp, Hayden, Toye, Clark, May
Hayes sets him up to overtake at turn six. Sneaks by onthe inside, but is overtaken by Hayden on turn 7.
Hayden leads by .2 seconds. Hayes has . 3 seconds ahead of Young.
Hayes makes the same move on turn 6, and this time he’s able to cut infront of Hayden to keep him from passing.
Hayes sets his fastest lap, a 1’37.25, and leads the race by .3 seconds.
Shortly behind the top three, Pegram, Bostrom, Rapp and R. Hayden are fighting for the fourth place spot.
Martin Cardenas is working his way up from the back. Cardenas is now in 12h place.
Hayes and Hayden are pulling away. Young is now 1.7 seconds behind the top two.
Hayes is doing a good job keeping Hayden at bay. Hayes crosses the line .2 seconds ahead of Hayden.
The field is beginning to stretch out. Hayes and Hayden up front. Followed by Young, who has a good gap ahead of Larry Pegram. Behind Pegrap there is another gap before Rapp and Bostrom.
Hayden just puts in the fastest lap of the race (a 1’36.6). He’s determined not to let Hayes pull away.
Hayden cuts the gap down to .18 seconds.
Pegram’s trying to push it to catch Young. But Young has three seconds on the BMW rider.
Lap 10: Hayes – Hayden – Young – Pegram – Rapp – Bostrom – Hayden – Clark – Toye – Peris.
Hayes gains a few bike lengths, crosses the line .3 seconds ahead of Hayden. Both the top riders are consistently putting in mid 1’36 laps.
In 6th place, Bostrom and R. Hayden are battling down the track.
Hayden and Hayes are wheel to wheel. It looks like Hayden is just waiting for his moment to pass.
Hayes and Hayden have 10 seonds now ahead of Young.
Martin Cardenas has climbed up to 9th place.
Lap 14: Hayes – Hayden – Young – Pegram – Rapp – Bostrom – R Hayden – Clark – Cardenas – Peris
Hayden is shadowing Hayes’ every move. Hayden is now .07 seconds behind the leader.
Hayes is holding a very tight line around the track, giving Hayden almost no opportunities to pass. Hayden is just waiting for the small mistake that will allow him to take the lead.
Hayes nearly loses it over the rumble strip, but manages to hang on.
Young has four seconds ahead of Pegram, who is now battling for fourth with Rapp.
Hayden makes the pass!
Haye runs wide and gives Hayden a little breathing room.
Wow. Hayden crosses the line and has a second gap over Hayes.
Four laps to go. Hayden – Hayes – Young – Pegram – Rapp – R Hayden – Bostrom – Cardenas – Clark – Peris
Pegram and Rapp are battling for fourth, while R Hayden and Bostrom fight for 6th.
Lap 20: Hayes is starting to close the gap, but with two laps to go, he may not have enough time.
Final lap/ Hayden still has a .9 second lead.
Hayden – Hayes – Young – Pegram – Rapp – Bostrom – R Hayden – Cardenas
Tommy Hayden takes the win!
On the podium – Hayden, Hayes, Young.
Full Race Report to Follow.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com