Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden, fresh off his AMA American Superbike victory on Saturday at VIR, made it to the podium again on Sunday with his third-place finish. Hayden battled for traction throughout the motorcycle race but held it together to the finish line.
Hayden is still in second place in the 2010 AMA SBK standings, but with two more rounds of racing to go in the AMA American SuperBike series, he’s well within striking distance of first place at 11 points back.
Hayden started on the front row of the grid and shot out to the early lead in Sunday’s race. He then moved into second where he held steady until he noticed some chatter in his bike, which is thought to have been due to the grip of the rear tire.
With high humidity and thick cloud cover, the racetrack wasn’t as hot and sticky as everyone would’ve liked, but Tommy made the most of the race by riding a smart and finishing third.
Tommy Hayden says: “I feel good about riding fast the first five laps, but in the end I didn’t have the speed and the rear tire couldn’t keep up,” Hayden said. “We’ll go back to work before New Jersey and find more speed.”
Championship Standings after VIR
1. Josh Hayes 364
2 . Tommy Hayden 353
3 . Jake Zemke 286
4 . Ben Bostrom 274
Round 9 of the AMA American SuperBike series takes place on September 3-5 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey. Hayden is looking forward to earning more points toward the championship then.