Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden celebrated an impressive second-place finish in Sunday’s AMA Superbike race at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas. After finishing fourth in Saturday’s race, Hayden was particularly pleased with Sunday’s results. The Kentucky rider got a good start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and was moving into position to battle for second place with his teammate Blake Young.
Young, however, went into a turn a little too fast at this point and ran off the track. The result was that Hayden moved into the second-place position that his teammate had vacated. Hayden then followed the race leader closely and hoped to make a pass for the win but was unable to do so. In the end, he came away with second place. This is Hayden’s eighth Superbike podium finish this year. Meanwhile, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Young re-entered the field in 10th place after going off-track and worked his way into eighth place before the 20-lap race’s end. Finally, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mat Mladin opted to sit out the Kansas race. In spite of this, six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin still leads the overall championship points standings in the premier class.
2nd – Tommy Hayden Speaks…
"This was a good race but at the same time, it’s kind of frustrating to keep getting this close and not get a win. But I feel like I’m learning a lot in the races and so if I just keep on doing what I’m doing, it can’t be that far away… I feel like I’m trying hard and I’m putting all I can into it, and I am learning a lot. Today, though, I knew that some guys were beginning to catch me in the points over the last few races. So I wasn’t quite as unafraid as I would’ve been if I hadn’t had that to worry about also."
8th – Blake Young Speaks…
"I have to admit this wasn’t one of my better races. At first, I got a great start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 but then I made a misjudged a turn and went in a little hot and I ran off the track. When I came back out, I was too far back to catch anybody and I just rode around by myself. I’m pretty disappointed because I felt like we got the set-up pretty good for today and I think we could have run a good pace. Now, I’m just going to focus on doing my best at the next race at Virginia."
Round 9 – AMA Superbike Series, Race 2 – Heartland Park Topeka
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race next at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, the weekend of August 14 – 16, 2009.