Young Takes the Race Win at Barber

Young_and_HayesBlake Young took his fifth win of the 2011 AMA Superbike season today by beating out Josh Hayes and Martin Cardenas around the Barber Motorsports Park track. Young was able to podium at both races this weekend in Alabama, but still trails Hayes in the overall standings by two points.

Tommy Hayden led the opening laps during today’s Superbike race. Hayden was followed by Young, Hayes, Cardenas, and Roger Hayden. Both Hayden brothers would eventually retire from the race, however, leaving Young, Hayes, and Cardenas to battle it out for the victory.

Cardenas made a valiant effort in the Alabama heat, but eventually Young and Hayes were able to establish a gap between the third place rider.

“They were gaining some time on me,” Cardenas said. “I was working very hard to close the gap, but in the end I was just exhausted. Third is still very good. We were as close as ever to the front so I am very happy.”

Young and Hayes dueled at the front, as both riders took turns leading the way around the track. Young took the lead in the closing laps, and Hayes just couldn’t find his way around.

“He rode a great race,” Hayes said. “He rode a smart race, he beat me. But we’re going to figure out how to get out in front and win a few more races.”

Young had a slow start to the weekend and earned a rare second row start. But Young was able to pick up the slack in the race.

“It’s never easy to start when you’re on the second row,” Young said. “It change my strategy a little bit. You know, my team puts everything into giving me a good bike, so I just had to keep after it.”

Hayes maintains the points lead in the AMA Superbike series, but not by much. Young trails Hayes by just 2 points. Hayden, who is third in the standings, lost some valuable points today when he had to retire with a mechanical issue. Hayden now has 182 points, 53 behind Hayes.

AMA Superbike Results – Race 2 – Barber Motorsports Park

  1. Young
  2. Hayes
  3. Cardenas
  4. Rapp
  5. Bostrom
  6. Pegram
  7. May
  8. Clark
  9. Peris
  10. Beach
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Herrin Edges Out Eslick for the DSB Win

Eslick_and_HerrinDanny Eslick led every lap during the second Daytona Sportbike race at Barber Motorsports Park today, except for the one that mattered. Josh Herrin made a last lap pass on Eslick and managed to take the checkers by .02 seconds.


“All I can say is I got beat,” Eslick said. “I led every lap and Josh was right behind me on all of them. I didn’t know where the attack was going to come from, but I knew it was going to come. But it was awesome, we had some great results this weekend.”

Eslick rode away with the race win in the first Daytona Sportbike race of the weekend, but Herrin was determined not to let that happen again.

“I just didn’t want Danny to get away,” Herrin said. “I didn’t know if he was pushing his hardest, or riding careful, so I was just trying to stay close to him.”

Herrin, who lost the points lead when he was forced to retire from the first race of the weekend with mechanical issues, made up some valuable points in the second race. But Herrin still wasn’t able to recapture the lead. Danny Eslick currently has the points lead in the Daytona Sportbike series. Eslick leads with 161 points. Herrin is just four points behind with 157.

Cameron Beaubier took the final spot on the podium ahead of Tommy Aquino and Taylor Knapp.

Daytona Sportbike Results – Race 2

  1. Herrin
  2. Eslick
  3. Beaubier
  4. Aquino
  5. Knapp
  6. DiSalvo
  7. Turn
  8. OHara
  9. Long
  10. Odom

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Rispoli Wins, Takes Points Lead at Barber Motorsports Park

Rispoli_ElbowJames Rispoli took his first win of the 2011 AMA Supersport season today at Barber Motorsports Park. RIspoli had relentless pressure from race 1 winner Benny Solis, but the ANT Racing rider was able to ride a near flawless race to capture the race two victory.

Rispoli and Solis had battled it out during the first race at Barber Motorsports Park, but it was the Honda rider who took the checkers in race 1. Rispoli was determined to find the top of the podium during the second race, however, and jumped off to an early lead of 1.5 seconds by the end of the first lap.

“James had more than a second on me at the beginning,” Solis said. “So I had to work really hard to close the gap, but once I was there I think I wore my front tire down. I tried passing him at the end, but I just couldn’t get it there.”

Solis rode in Rispoli’s shadow throughout the second race at Barber Motorsports Park. Solis took the lead briefly in the closing laps, but Rispoli quickly regained the advantage.

“I got a good start,” Rispoli said. “I knew it was going to be pretty hard to stay in front of Benny while keeping the tires ready for the end of the race. So I slowed down a little bit. But when he passed me, I was like ‘It’s not going to happen,’ and I was able to get the lead back.”

Rispoli held the lead for 16 of the 17 laps to take his first victory of the 2011 Supersport season. Rispoli currently holds the lead in the east Supersport division over Tomas Puerta.

Hayden Gillim took the final spot on the podium. Gillim finished 13 seconds behind the race leader.

AMA Supersport Race Results

  1. Rispoli
  2. Solis
  3. Gillim
  4. Alexander
  5. Myers
  6. Dominguez
  7. Parker
  8. Puerta
  9. Dellinger
  10. Young

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Steve Rapp Wins in Alabama

xr1200_startSteve Rapp took the race win today in the XR1200 series at Barber Motorsports Park. Rapp, who started from the pole position, beat out Chris Filmore and Tyler O’Hara for the race win.

“We got a decent start,” Rapp said. “I made a couple of passes and just went as hard as I could without crashing.”

After a slow start, Rapp took the lead by the end of lap 1. Rapp would hold onto the lead until crossing the finishing line. It was Rapp’s second win of the 2011 racing season.

“I just had to ride as fast as I could,” Rapp said. “It’s tough when you’re in the lead because you don’t know what’s coming behind you. But if you ride a clean race, it’s pretty hard to get past you.”

Filmore trailed Rapp throughout the race, but didn’t have enough speed to pass on the final lap.Filmore would finish the race .15 seconds behind Rapp.

XR1200 Race Results

  1. Rapp
  2. Filmore
  3. OHara
  4. Barnes
  5. Corbino
  6. K. Wyman
  7. Estok
  8. McFarland
  9. P. Sassaman
  10. B. Sassaman

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