Although he couldn’t keep up with the leaders on Saturday, Josh Hayes and the Team Graves Yamaha team made the necessary improvements to totally dominate Sunday’s race 2 at VIR, Round 8 of the 2010 AMA Superbike Championship.
The man from Mississippi lead all 23 laps on his YZF-R1, winning over second-place finisher Ben Bostrom by 7.287 seconds. Race 1 winner Tommy Hayden took the final podium spot on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R 1000.
Hayes, who also doubled at Infineon, and took a win each at Road America and Mid-Ohio, now has 364 points, an 11-point advantage over Hayden.
Although Pat Clarks Motorsports rider Ben Bostrom started on the pole, Hayes got out front first, and held the lead for the entire race at the technical, 2.25-mile track in Alton, Va.
Hayden got into second, and attempted to chase down Hayes, who immediately opened up a gap from the rest of the field. But by mid-race, Bostrom took second from Hayden, the brother of MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden and World Superbike rider Roger Lee Hayden.
Jordan Suzuki rider Brett McCormick finished in fourth, with RidersDiscount.com Suzuki rider Taylore Knapp taking fifth.
The next meeting will be at New Jersey Motorsports Park Sept. 3-5.
2010 AMA American Superbike Results, VIR Race 2:
1. Josh Hayes. Team Graves Yamaha
2. Ben Bostrom, Pat Clarks Motorsports Yamaha +7.287
3. Tommy Hayden, Rockstar Makita Suzuki
4. Brett McCormick, Jordan Suzuki
5. Taylor Knapp, RidersDiscount.com Suzuki
6. Geoff May, Erik Buell Racing Buell
7. Chris Ulrich. M4 Monster Energy Suzuki
8. Jake Zemke, Jordan Suzuki
9. Larry Pegram, Foremost Insurance Ducati
10. Jordan Szoke, Wanzie Honda
AMA Superbike Championship Points (after 8 of 10 rounds):
1. Josh Hayes 364
2. Tommy Hayden 353
3. Jake Zemke 286
4. Ben Bostrom 274
5. Larry Pegram 255
6. Blake Young 197
7. Chris Ulrich 176
8. Taylor Knapp 173
9. Brett McCormick 145
10. Chris Clark 105