Motorcycle Racing News Road America AMA SBK: Qualifying Results

Road America AMA SBK: Qualifying Results

2011 AMA Superbike

Josh Hayes was fastest during Friday’s qualifying session, and the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 rider continued his domination Saturday, taking the pole position for Round 4 of the AMA Superbike Championship in Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.

The current AMA Superbike points leader posted a 2:11.913 during qualifying at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America circuit. The reigning Superbike Champion was 0.309 of a second ahead of his rival, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young, who beat Hayes to the checkered flag at Round 3 in Miller last weekend.

Taking the third-qualifying spot on the grid was Young’s teammate, Tommy Hayden; together, the top three AMA Superbike riders starting on the front at Road America are also the only ones to win in 2011 so far. Young doubled at Daytona, Hayes and Hayden both took a win at Infineon, and Young took the single race at Miller, which was only one race due to running at the same time of World Superbike last weekend.

Rounding out the top five during qualifying at Road America was Team Iron Horse BMW’s Chris Peris and M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas.

Josh Hayes (Monster Energy Team Graves Yamaha) says: "This has always been a good track for me. I always have a smile on my face here…. I was able to go out and put together a few good laps by myself, and then I did a few good laps with Blake in front of me and it was about 20 percent easier.

"I had something to gauge off of and it made things a little easier for me. Now, I feel like I can maintain a good pace for the entire race, and I feel like I can put together thirteen fast ones."

Photos: Geoffrey Siehr

2011 AMA Superbike: Road America Qualifying Results

Pos No. Rider(s) Team Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Laps
1. 1 Josh Hayes Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha R1 FASTEST FASTEST 2:11.913 14
2. 79 Blake Young Rockstar ·Makita ·Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.309 0.309 2:12.222 16
3. 22 Tommy Hayden Rockstar ·Makita ·Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.543 0.234 2:12.456 16
4. 8 Chris Peris Team Iron Horse BMW ·ESP BMW S1000RR 1.235 0.692 2:13.148 10
5. 36 Martin Cardenas M4 Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1.263 0.028 2:13.176 15
6. 54 Roger Hayden National Guard Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 2.015 0.752 2:13.928 14
7. 23 Ben Bostrom Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 2.460 0.445 2:14.373 13
8. 15 Steve Rapp San Diego BMW/Locust Powered by Lee`s Cycle BMW S1000RR 2.831 0.371 2:14.744 12
9. 72 Larry Pegram Pegram Racing BMW S1000RR 3.045 0.214 2:14.958 14
10. 99 Geoff May Amsoil EBR Racing Buell 1125R 3.049 0.004 2:14.962 12
11. 2 Chris Clark Yamaha Extended Service, Pat Clark Sports, Graves, Yamaha Yamaha R1 3.241 0.192 2:15.154 16
12. 10 JD Beach Cycle World Attack Performance Kawasaki ZX-10 4.270 1.029 2:16.183 16
13. 86 Jason Farrell Speed Tech Performance Kawasaki ZX-10 5.330 1.060 2:17.243 13
14. 25 David Anthony ADR Fly Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 5.421 0.091 2:17.334 13
15. 68 Tony Kasper Team Iron Horse BMW ·ESP BMW S1000RR 7.501 2.080 2:19.414 14
16. 66 Brian Hall Schaumburg Audi Kawasaki ZX-10 7.688 0.187 2:19.601 8
17. 33 Jordan Burgess ADR Fly Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 7.753 0.065 2:19.666 14
18. 78 Reese Wacker Wacker Racing LLC Suzuki GSX-R1000 8.215 0.462 2:20.128 16
19. 12 Trent Gibson Seven Sports Suzuki GSX-R1000 9.620 1.405 2:21.533 12
20. 9 Eric Haugo Viking Moto Suzuki GSX-R1000 10.537 0.917 2:22.450

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Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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