Rockstar Makita Suzuki went 1-2 during Qualifying 1 at Barber Motorsports Park on Friday afternoon, and Blake Young earned the provisional pole with a time of 1:25.775.
Teammate Tommy Hayden followed with a second-place finish in the day’s qualifying. Hayden is fighting for the championship this weekend and he’s looking to make up the 22 points the series leader has on him.
Young took the opportunity at Friday’s qualifying session to set the tone for the weekend aboard his GSX-R1000.
He returned to the series in the beginning of September at the New Jersey round of AMA road racing, scoring two solid fourth-place finishes. Young suffered an injury in June at Barber Motorsports Park, which kept him off the bike, but he kept his focus on racing.
Blake Young says: “As a racer, it’s hard to sit back and watch guys progress through the season on their bikes when you’re sitting out. This weekend here at Barber, it’s the final race of the season and I want to go out on a good note. I want to do well, but at the same time I have a teammate who’s fighting for the championship. I don’t want to get in the way of his race, but I’m still going to be out there dicing for the lead.”
Hayden is currently in second place in the championship points and is looking for a fantastic weekend to finish off his 2010 run. Tommy finished only .164 behind Young in Qualifying 1 and is aiming to be atop the leader board after Saturday morning’s final qualifying session.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Fast Facts:
- Blake Young set the fastest lap time in Qualifying 1 at Barber Motorsports Park on Friday afternoon with his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000.
- Tommy Hayden scored the second-fastest time as he fights for the 2010 AMA American SuperBike championship this weekend.
- This is Young’s second race back from an injury that kept him out of three rounds of the series.