2011 AMA Superbike
With his 3-1 finish Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park, AMA Superbike’s Blake Young is now only two points behind the series leader, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes.
In the following blog from Suzuki, the Rockstar Makita GSX-R1000 pilot discusses Barber and the 2011 AMA Superbike season so far.
Blake Young (Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike) blogs: “We just finished up the fifth round of the 2011 AMA Pro American Superbike Championship at Barber Motorsports Park this past weekend. It went pretty good for me with a podium on Saturday and a win on Sunday. I also picked up some points on Championship leader Josh Hayes so now I’m just two back and we’re halfway through the series.
“It’s been a good year for my Rockstar Makita Suzuki team and me so far. Also, it’s been kind of a weird year with such a big gap between Daytona and the next race in Sonoma. But since then we’ve had kind of a regular schedule going on and I feel like I’m getting into a pretty good rhythm.
“Sweeping both races at Daytona was a great way to start the season. Then after all that time off, I struggled a bit at Infineon. It’s a tough track for me and I was maybe just a little anxious after two months off. The team worked real hard to get me as comfortable as possible on my Suzuki GSX-R1000 and it has paid off. The next race at Miller was awesome: I had a great battle with Hayes and my team mate Tommy Hayden and ended up pulling off the win. My Suzuki was a rocket ship and that was one of the most exciting races I’ve ever been in.
“There’s been a lot of awesome racing so far this year and the competition is very close. There have been some great battles, which make it all the more fun and exciting. I’ve been able to pull off two more wins and two podiums since Miller and now we’re close to the top in points, so I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season. My GSX-R is working great and my Rockstar Makita Suzuki team and the guys from Yoshimura have been doing a great job and we all want to pull off this Championship this year. Mid-Ohio is our next round in a couple weeks and that’s usually a pretty good track for us, so I’m really looking forward to it!
“See you at the races!”