Blake Young Wins at MMP

Blake_Young_2Blake Young and Josh Hayes put on a fantastic show during the AMA Superbike race at Miller Motorsports Park. Hayes and Hayden swapped spots more than 10 times throughout a thrilling race in Utah, but in the end, it was Young who took home the win.

“From the beginning of the race I just tried to find a comfortable pace and hit my marks,” Young said. “Hayes was running a little faster than I was comfortable with, so I kept chasing him and then tried to settle back down into my pace. Then I decided to just put my head down and push all the way through. I wanted to leave it all on the track.

Young would end up winning by .7 seconds, but that doesn’t show how close the race actually was. Hayes was awarded a point at the end of the race, but he would have preferred the race win.

“It was just good racing,” Hayes said. “Neither one of us wanted to give up. On the last lap, he was definitely running well… the back kicked out on me and all of sudden I went from trying to figure out how to win the race, to trying to keep Tommy behind me.”

At the end of the race, both riders complimented each other on being aggressive, but safe, throughout the race.

“I feel very comfortable riding with these guys,” said Young. “They’re both racing veterans and they know what they’re doing out there.”

Tommy Hayden nearly took the second place spot from Hayes on the final lap. Hayes would finish .05 seconds behind the 2010 champion.

Hayes, Hayden, and Young, have taken every race win so far this season. The three top riders will go at it again in just four days when the AMA Superbike riders head to Elkhart, Wisconsin, for the Road America event.

AMA Superbike Race Results

  1. Young
  2. Hayes
  3. Hayden
  4. R. Hayden
  5. Rapp
  6. Clark
  7. May
  8. Bostrom
  9. Anthony
  10. Toye

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2011 AMA Pro Racing Preview: Miller Motorsports Park

Miller_Motorsports_Park_AerialFor the first time since 2008, the AMA Pro Racing series will be returning to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, for the third round of the 2011 racing season. The AMA riders haven’t been at Miller for two seasons, but they did get a chance to test out the track last month.

Josh Hayes, who currently holds on to a narrow lead at the top of the points standings, was the fastest rider around the Miller Motorsports track during the testing session. Hayes is also coming off a solid weekend at Infineon, where he took home a race win and a second place finish.

Tommy Hayden also took a win at Infineon. Hayden has only 6 points separating himself from the top of the leader-board and could dethrone Hayes this weekend.

“We want to keep the momentum going,” Hayden said. “We’ve got a great bike this year, I’m feeling good, and we’re just trying to make the most of it.”

Hayden’s teammate, Blake Young, is just another two points behind. Young won both races at Daytona this year, and took 3rd and 4th at Infineon. Young was the only rider, besides Hayes, to lap under 1’51 during the MMP test and should be riding at the front this weekend.

The top three riders have a solid gap in terms of points at the moment, but riders like Martin Cardenas, Larry Pegram, and Ben Bostrom will also be challenging for podium spots this weekend.

In the Daytona Sportbike class, Jason DiSalvo is making himself out to be the clear leader for 2011. DiSalvo has won every race so far this season and leads the series by 37 points. But DiSalvo hasn’t been as dominant as his record suggests. Josh Herrin, Danny Eslick, and Jake Holden have all been giving the Latus Ducati rider a lot of pressure.

Fans at Miller this weekend will get to see all the great racing that the AMA has to offer, but they’ll also see some international riders take to the track. The World Superbike series will be at Miller this weekend for the 5th round of the 2011 WSBK Season.

The racing action will begin on Saturday, with the races taking place on Monday.

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Hayden Overtakes Hayes for Infineon Win

Tommy_still_chasing_JoshJosh Hayes was five laps away from doing the double at Infineon today, but a late race pass by Tommy Hayden ended those hopes. Tommy Hayden claimed the AMA Superbike race win at the Sonoma track, beating out Hayes, Young, and Rapp.

Hayden shadowed Hayes around the track, but a flawless ride by Hayes left the Suzuki rider little opportunity to pass.

“I was following him pretty close, but couldn’t find my way by,” Hayden said. “With about 10 to go I felt like if I got in front of him I could go faster. I was following him pretty close, trying to set up the pass. Then I started running out of laps so I knew I had to put my head down and do it. This one feels really good.”

Hayden made his move with five laps remaining. Once Hayden took the lead, Hayes made a small mistake that allowed Hayden to extend the gap. Hayden would stay about a second ahead of Hayes throughout the final laps, before putting on the speed on the final lap to finish 1.9 seconds ahead of the Yamaha rider.

“I had a really hard race,” Hayes said. “The bike was a bit of a handful today. I didn’t feel like I was totally sharp on the bike. I felt a little sloppy out there today.”

Behind the top duo, Blake Young rode a lonely race for third. Young came in 18 seconds behind the leader, but was well ahead of Steve Rapp and Larry Pegram, who completed the top five.

AMA Superbike Race Results – Infineon Race 2

  1. Tommy Hayden
  2. Josh Hayes
  3. Blake Young
  4. Steve Rapp
  5. Larry Pegram
  6. Ben Bostrom
  7. Roger Hayden
  8. Martin Cardenas
  9. Chris Peris
  10. Chris Clark

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Live Updates From Infineon: AMA Superbike Race 2

Josh_start_finish_straightJosh 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.

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Josh Hayes Does The Motorcycle Mating Dance [Video]

josh_hayesIn a recent imaginary survey, 80% of male riders say that they started riding a motorcycle to pick up chicks. The stat may not be exactly accurate (of course it just may be) but it’s no secret, at least in the male mind, that chicks dig motorcycles.

AMA Superbike rider and defending Superbike champion Josh Hayes put this theory to the test. Could he really win the affection of a female just by riding his motorcycle?

Here is the motorcycle mating dance as performed by Josh Hayes.

There you have it. Chicks dig motorcycles. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Melissa Paris just happens to be married to Hayes.

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