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AMA Superbike New Jersey Rockstar Makita Suzuki Fast Facts:
- Tommy Hayden finished second on Sunday in a near repeat of Saturday’s battle on the track.
- Blake Young pulled together a fourth-place effort on Sunday, returning to racing this weekend after a three-race absence due to injury.
- The GSX-R1000 took eight of the top-10 spots in the race on Sunday.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki and their championship-winning GSX-R1000s took to the track again on Sunday for the second half of the AMA American SuperBike Round 9 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park doubleheader.
Tommy Hayden and his No. 22 GSX-R1000 put on a spectacular show for the fans as he fought for the lead throughout the race, finishing second. Blake Young just missed the podium with his strong fourth-place ride. The Suzuki GSX-R1000 had a great day on Sunday as well, taking eight of the top-10 spots in the class.
Tommy Hayden went into the race on Sunday hoping to capitalize on the momentum he built up with the pole position and a second-place finish on Saturday. After a few minor changes to his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000, Hayden took the first spot on the grid prepared to stay up front for the entire race.
Hayden did just that as he rocketed his motorcycle to the front off the start, using the smooth power of the GSX-R to put himself in the best position possible to make a run for the checkered flag.
He battled with another racer throughout the 23-lap event, trading between first and second. On the last lap, Tommy made a thrilling pass but couldn’t make it stick, ending the day in second place.
Tommy Hayden says: “For the most part, the race went the way I expected. I could tell it was going to come down to the last lap again today. I didn’t expect to be able to get away, but I wanted to put up a fight. I felt like I did that, but it wasn’t quite good enough.”
Tommy is still firmly planted in second place in the championship points race, 22 points behind the leader.
Blake Young hoped that his return to the racetrack after a three-race absence would go well, though he wasn’t sure if he’d be physically prepared to battle it out for 23 laps on the track.
After Saturday’s strong performance aboard his GSX-R1000, Blake lined up on the grid focused on riding another fluidly smooth race. Young got a great start, powering his way into second behind his teammate Hayden for the first lap.
Young eventually fell back to third place and stayed there for the majority of the battle. Toward the end of the race, another competitor was able to overtake him and Young finished in fourth place again. Overall, it was a successful return to racing for the 22-year-old Wisconsin native.
Blake Young says: “We made some changes last night and after the warm up today I could tell we were headed in the right direction. I set my goals a little bit higher today, and I wanted to cut the gap in half between us and the leaders from yesterday, and I was pretty happy that we did that. My crew on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team worked really, really hard for me and I want to thank them for being patient with me and getting me back up to speed on my bike.”
Hayden and Young will get two more chances to show what their GSX-R1000s are capable of in the 2010 AMA American SuperBike class at the series finale doubleheader hosted by Barber Motorsports in Alabama on Sept. 24-26.