Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young celebrated his fourth AMA Superbike podium finish of the season after capturing third place in Saturday afternoon’s race at the series’ return to Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas. This was the series’ return to the Kansas track after an almost 20-year absence and Young made the most of the first race of the double-header weekend. The rookie Superbike rider got a good start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and ran in second place for several laps before settling into third.
Robertino Pietri has respectfully withdrawn his entry from the AMA Pro Racing Tornado Nationals.
The ESP/ Venemotos Yamaha rider appreciates all the effort that the Heartland Park Topeka facility made to address rider concerns, but was still not comfortable with a few sections of the racetrack.
ESP/ Venemotos Yamaha Supersport rider Josh Day, currently leading the Supersport East championship, will continue riding this weekend.
Larry Pegram (No. 72 Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R) won his first AMA Pro Road Racing pole since 1996 in AMA Pro National Guard American Superbike presented by Parts Unlimited competition while Jason DiSalvo (No. 40 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600) earned his fifth AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL pole of the season in Friday’s Superpole qualifying for the Tornado Nationals presented by BriggsAuto.com at Heartland Park Topeka.
AMA American Superbike
For the first time in nearly two decades, AMA Pro Road Racing’s premier class American Superbike and Daytona SportBike teams and riders took to Heartland Park Topeka on Friday and plenty of positive reports came in about the 2.5-mile road course that has recently been put through a full complement of improvements and safety enhancements.
Track officials have continued to work on the Heartland Park facility through as recently as today’s early morning hours.
Foremost Insurance Pegram Ducati pilot Larry Pegram won Superpole for the Heartland Park Topeka round of the AMA Pro American Superbike series on Friday. Pegram, mounted on a Ducati 1098R, set the quickest time in the one-lap shootout with a mark of 1:36.368 to top Aaron Yates, Jake Holden, and Ben Bostrom. The veteran racer Pegram put in a fantastic performance in the first day at a new circuit.
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Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jamie Hacking has decided not to race the ninth round of the AMA Pro Road Racing Series at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas citing safety issues.
Hacking met with AMA officials to explain his withdraw and then met privately with Heartland Park Track Owner Raymond Irwin to discuss areas of concern around the track.
"I was introduced to Raymond (Irwin) and had the chance to go over a track map with him," said Hacking. "I think that he really respected my concerns and was very receptive to my suggestions."
Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing/RMR/GEICO Powersports rider Danny Eslick swept both races of the AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike double-header weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, clinching victory in Sunday’s second race with a dramatic last-lap pass on rival Jamie Hacking.
Race 2: Results and Quotes
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A full schedule of AMA Pro Road Racing events will be held during Heartland Park Topeka’s Tornado Nationals presented by Briggs Auto dot com on a track that has been put through a full slate of modifications and safety improvements, including an important change planned for 2010 that has been made now.
Tommy Hayden brought home a podium finish in the second of two AMA Superbike races in the series double-header weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon (Round 8 – AMA Superbike Series, Race 2). Although Hayden had struggled in Saturday’s race and finished sixth, on Sunday the Kentucky native put all the proverbial pieces together and captured a third-place finish on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000. This result marks Hayden’s seventh visit to the AMA Superbike podium this year and he is currently second overall in the championship points standings.