AMA Pro Road Racing
Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Superbike results from New Jersey Motorsports Park listed below
More records fell as Josh Hayes extended his historic run of GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing excellence on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
The conquering Hayes yet again looked to be in a class of his own as he completed the double at the American Red Cross Devil’s Showdown presented by Team Pro-Motion.
He quickly ended any dreams his rivals may have held of mounting a challenge on the race’s opening laps and steadily built his advantage from there.
Following 23 faultless circulations, Hayes claimed the checkered flag with more than eight seconds to spare to score his 13th victory of the season — a new all-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike record.
The win also stood as the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha pilot’s tenth straight in succession, further extending his series’ mark.
Hayes said, “To be able to stretch away and pull away like that… just having pace on people — that’s what racing is all about. I like it and I’m working really hard and having fun.”
“It’s a big testament to my crew and how hard they’ve worked. It makes the hard work I’ve been doing at home feel like a big payoff. I’m glad I’m able to do this for my team.”
Hayes’ Yamaha teammate, Josh Herrin, gave the squad a third 1-2 result of the ’12 season in a fine return to form. After struggling throughout the weekend, Herrin relied on a tactic that has worked well for him in the past. The rookie pushed hard on the opening lap and clung on as long as possible to Hayes’ disappearing rear wheel. While he wasn’t able to stay there for more than a lap or two, it proved enough to pull him free from majority of his competitors.
However, Herrin’s opening lap featured an extra bit of drama as he and Jordan Suzuki’s Ben Bostrom made contact while contesting second. The Yamaha pilot pushed his way through in pursuit of Hayes. Bostrom, meanwhile, suffered a less enviable fate, pushed off track and falling all the way down to 15th.
Runner-up Herrin said, “Yesterday was horrible; it was nice to get a good start and be up there today and not have to work twice as hard to get there.
“I was trying to make the least amount of mistakes that I could. Josh had already gotten a little bit of a gap so I was trying to put a gap on them so I didn’t have to keep working super hard to keep them from passing me.
“This was probably the worst weekend I’d had all season as far as all the sessions go. It was definitely cool for me to fall and have a race like we did yesterday and bounce back like we did today.”
Team Amsoil/Hero’s Geoff May worked hard to stick with Herrin but eventually fell into the clutches of Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young. The rivals dropped out of podium contention in a Turn 1 incident on lap 17 of 23 that left May and his #99 EBR 1190RS on the ground and Young off-course.
National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden inherited the position and went on to score his sixth podium finish of the ’12 season.
“The podium was maybe a gift today,” Hayden said. “We pretty much struggled all weekend being consistent. I think I showed up a little bit rusty… But all and all, I’m happy with the podium. My pace was a lot better than yesterday but we still have to cut down the gap to the two Joshes.”
Young returned to the fray amidst a group battling for fourth that also included Bostrom, who had successfully charged forward following his early misfortune, Attack Performance Kawasaki’s Steve Rapp, and Riders Discount L&L Supply’s Taylor Knapp.
Bostrom took control of the position late but was aced on the final lap by Young in a reversal of their Saturday shootout for second.
Rapp picked up sixth, just two tenths ahead of Knapp, while Team Hero EBR’s Danny Eslick, Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing BMW’s Larry Pegram, and KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore rounded out the top ten.
Hayes heads to the series’ penultimate round at Homestead-Miami Speedway carrying a massive 98-point advantage and in strong position to clinch his third consecutive AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike title a round early.
2012 New Jersey AMA Superbike Results, Race 2:
|1.||1||Josh Hayes||Monster Energy Graves Yamaha||Yamaha R1||23 Laps||WINNER||1:20.895||0|
|2.||2||Josh Herrin||Monster Energy Graves Yamaha||Yamaha R1||8.640||8.640||1:21.749||0|
|3.||54||Roger Hayden||National Guard Jordan Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||16.696||8.055||1:21.964||0|
|4.||79||Blake Young||Yoshimura Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||21.055||4.359||1:21.971||0|
|5.||23||Ben Bostrom||Jordan Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||21.134||0.078||1:21.670||0|
|6.||15||Steve Rapp||Attack Performance||Kawasaki ZX-10||24.085||2.951||1:22.229||0|
|7.||44||Taylor Knapp||Riders Discount K&L Supply||Suzuki GSX-R1000||24.306||0.221||1:22.103||0|
|8.||69||Danny Eslick||Team Hero||EBR 1190RS||29.493||5.186||1:22.396||0|
|9.||72||Larry Pegram||Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing||BMW S1000RR||30.028||0.535||1:22.515||0|
|10.||11||Chris Fillmore||KTM/HMC Racing||KTM RC8R||30.215||0.187||1:22.451||0|
|11.||18||Chris Ulrich||M4 Roadracingworld.com Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||55.853||25.638||1:23.264||0|
|12.||6||Chris Clark||Yoshimura Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1:08.247||12.393||1:22.443||0|
|13.||33||Jordan Burgess||Kneedraggers.com/ Motul/Fly Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1:11.563||3.316||1:24.009||0|
|14.||26||Lloyd Bayley||LB Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||22 Laps||1 Lap||1:24.938||0|
|15.||511||Tim J. Bemisderfer||Vesrah Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||18.756||18.756||1:24.846||0|
|16.||94||Michael Garner||Southeast Sales Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10||19.312||0.555||1:25.601||0|
|17.||99||Geoff May||Team Amsoil/Hero||EBR 1190RS||16 Laps||6 Laps||1:21.561||0|
|18.||78||Reese Wacker||Wacker Racing LLC||Suzuki GSX-R1000||57.445||57.445||1:24.754||0|
|19.||17||Trent Gibson||Seven Sports||Suzuki GSX-R1000||13 Laps||3 Laps||1:27.666||0|
|20.||25||David Anthony||Kneedraggers.com/ Motul/Fly Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||DNS||DNS||-no times-||0|