2010 AMA Pro Racing Preview: Championship Decided at Barber

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

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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.

AMA Pro Racing Preview: New Jersey

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

ama_proracingWith just two events left in the AMA Pro Racing series, Superbike rider Josh Hayes is doing everything he can to hold onto his slim 11 point lead ahead of Tommy Hayden. Hayden and Hayes have been going win for win lately, as both have been riding at the top of their games. The battle for the title will likely be decided in the final race, unless someone cracks under the pressure in New Jersey.

Hayes will be confident going into this weekend’s race. He won both races in New Jersey last year, beating out 7 time AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin in race one, and Hayden in race two. But don’t expect either rider to dwell on the past. There is a lot riding on this weekend’s race in New Jersey, and both riders will do all they can do gain the advantage for the final round of the AMA Superbike.

The battle for third place is also a highly contested match. Jake Zemke and Ben Bostrom are separated by just 12 points. Zemke has the lead going into New Jersey, but Zemke hasn’t had the best luck as of late. He’s missed the top five in the past three races, unlike Bostrom who has been consistently on the podium recently.

In the Daytona Sportbike division, the battle for the championship is a tight three way battle between season leader and reigning champion, Danny Eslick, Josh Herrin, and Martin Cardenas. Eslick holds a 12 point advantage over Herrin, and 14 points over Cardenas going into this weekend’s round.

Eslick has the least amount of wins this season out of the top three, but he has consistently placed on the podium, and only once finished below the top five.

J.D. Beach has been hot in the Supersport division. Beach has won 7 of the last 8 races, and the race he didn’t win he came in second. Beach currently has a 67 point lead over Huntley Nash, and it doesn’t look like anything is going to slow him down.

AMA Pro Racing – VIR – Sunday Race Results

Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

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AMA Supersport: J.D. Beach clinched the AMA Pro SuperSport East Region championship, with another dominating performance at the Virginia International Raceway. Beach finished more than 5 seconds ahead of Huntley Nash, and secured his 7th win out of the last 8 East region Supersport races.

Daytona Sportbike: Josh Herrin got back to the top during the second race for the Daytona Sportbike at VIR. Bobby Fong, who won race one, crashed out of contention early in the session, leaving Herrin to battle for the victory with Danny Eslick and Steve Rapp. Herrin came away with the win, and shortened the gap to just 12 points behind the Championship leader, Eslick.

Superbike: Josh Hayes took his fifth victory in the AMA Superbike today at VIR, breaking the tie between himself and rival Tommy Hayden. Hayes now leads the AMA Superbike by 11 points over Hayden.

AMA Supersport – VIR – Race 2 Results

Rider(s) Team Bike Best Lap
J. D. Beach Rockwall Performance Yamaha YZF-R6 1:28.666
Huntley Nash Huntley Nash Yamaha YZF-R6 1:29.500
Dustin Dominguez Dustin Dominguez Racing Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 1:29.383
Travis Wyman Travis Wyman Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 1:29.843
Miles Thornton Miles Thornton Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 1:30.317
Eric Stump Eric Stump Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 1:30.141
Austin Dehaven Austin DeHaven Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 1:30.093
Travis Ohge Travis Ohge Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 1:31.176
Elena Myers Lucas Oil Roadracingworld.com RMR Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 1:31.241
Corey Alexander National Guard Suzuki GSX-R600 1:30.952

AMA Daytona Sportbike – VIR – Race 2 Results

Rider(s) Team Bike Best Lap
Josh Herrin Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 1:28.277
Steve Rapp Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati 848 1:28.163
Danny Eslick GEICO Powersports ·RMR ·Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 1:28.232
P. J. Jacobsen Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 1:28.433
Martin Cardenas M4 Monster Energy Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 1:27.864
Michael Beck DNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports Ducati Ducati 848 1:28.377
Cory West Vesrah Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 1:28.284
Paul Allison Chronic Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6 1:29.667
Tommy Aquino Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 1:28.586
Fernando Amantini Team Amantini Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 1:29.769

AMA Superbike – VIR – Race 2 Results

Rider(s) Team Bike Best Lap
Josh Hayes Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 1:24.997
Ben Bostrom Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1 1:25.039
Tommy Hayden Rockstar ·Makita ·Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:25.101
Brett McCormick Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:25.571
Taylor Knapp RidersDiscount.com Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:25.906
Geoff May Erik Buell Racing Buell 1125RR 1:26.251
Chris Ulrich M4 Monster Energy Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:26.505
Jake Zemke National Guard Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:25.953
Larry Pegram Foremost Insurance ·Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R 1:26.908
Jordan Szoke Waznie Racing Ciclo Werks BMC Dewildt Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1:27.512