Josh Hayes. Tommy Hayden. Blake Young. If the second race at Road America is anything like the rest of the AMA Superbike season, these three riders will be riding at the front.
Josh Hayes has led the most laps throughout the 2011 AMA Superbike season but he’s only led on the final lap once. Blake Young has was able to steal the race victory from Hayes on the final lap at Miller Motorsports Park and he did the same thing yesterday during the first race at Road America.
Hayes nearly dropped two spots on the final lap as a late charge by Hayden fell short of second place by just .009 seconds.
These three riders are sure to make it an entertaining race today, but Martin Cardenas, Roger Hayden, Larry Pegram and Ben Bostrom could also find their way to the podium at the end of the race today.
The AMA Superbike race will kick off at 3:30 today. All About Bikes will have live updates throughout the race. (Hit refresh to make sure you have the latest information.)
The AMA Superbike riders are on the grid. After two amazing races in the Supersport and Daytona Sportbike series, the top riders will have to put on a show to keep the fans entertained.
The AMA Superbike riders have taken off on their sighting lap. Racing will commence shortly. (The Superbike race was delayed because of two red flags during the Daytona Sportbike race.)
And They’re Off!!!
Young jumps off the line, followed by his teamate Tommy Hayden. Josh Hayes follows in third.
Young, Hayden, and Hayes lead the way around the track, Martin Cardenas is close behind in fourth.
Hayden tries to draft pass down the straight, but doesn’t have the speed. Hayden pulls up alongside of his teammate before dropping back down to 2nd.
Young sets the pace with the fastest lap of the day. Young puts in a 2’17.624 lap time, but you can expect that to fall shortly.
Hayes gets by Hayden, then passes Young. Hayes now leads the two Suzukis as we head to the final stretch.
Roger Hayden puts in a new fastest lap, a 2’13.183, but still sits in fifth place.
JD Beach loses control on turn 10. Beach lowsides and will have to retire from the race.
Hayes sets a new fastest lap. Hayes drops the time to 2’12.341. Hayes is the only rider to lap under 2’13 so far.
Hayes has his biggest lead of the weekend. Hayes leads Young around the track by more than a second.
Young cuts into Hayes’ lead a bit, but he’ll need another quick lap to negate the space.
Hayden is riding right behind his teammate. Cardenas is few more lenths back, and Roger Hayden is right on his tail.
Lap 5: Hayes – Young – Hayden – Cardenas – R. Hayden – Rapp – Perris – Bostro – Clark – Pegram
Hayes is really pushing up in the front. Hayes has a 1.5 second lead now.
Young and Hayden have both dipped below the 2’13 mark, but Hayes looks to really bo on his game.
Hayes adds another second to the gap. Hayes lost race 1 with a last lap pass by Young, but Hayes hasn’t had this much cushion in a long time.
Peris, Clark, and Pegram are fighting over the final spots in the top 10. .3 seconds seperate the 8th, 9th, and 10th place riders.
Hayes adds yet another second. Hayes now leads by three seconds. It will be hard for the Suzukis to draft that far back.
Hayden finds his way around Young. Maybe Hayden can take a stab at the front.
Lap 8: Hayes – Hayden – Young – Cardenas – R Hayden – Rapp – Peris – Bostrom – Pegram – Clark
Lap 9: Hayes is riding clean up at the front. If he can avoid any major mistakes, he should cruise to an easy victory.
Young and Hayden will be fighting for second as we come down to the last few laps. Cardenas has fallen back, and will have to fight off Roger Hayden for fourth.
Lap 11: Hayes crosses the line with a 2.75 second lead.
The Superbike riders are now on their final lap.
Hayden leads Young, but not by much.
Cardenas still holds onto fourth and looks like the gap has grown considerably between himself and Hayden. Rapp follows with Bostrom and Pegram close behind.
Hayes will lead the Superbike riders over the hill and no one will catch him.
Hayes take the win!
Hayden manages to fight off his teammate for the second spot on the podium. Blake Young finishes fifth.
AMA Superbike Results
- R. Hayden
Full race report to follow.
Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com