Mid-Ohio Superbike: Yoshimura Report
Yoshimura-backed teams showed their dominance on the asphalt the AMA Pro Superbike races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki took the AMA Pro Superbike races by storm this past weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Ohio. The weekend started with Blake Young winning Saturday’s AMA Pro Superbike race and moving into the overall championship points lead. The weekend finished with Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden winning Sunday’s AMA Pro Superbike race, with Young finishing second and extending his newly acquired points lead.
On Saturday, Young came out of the gates swinging. He got a great start on his Yoshimura-prepped Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and was running in second place. About eight laps in, however, a rider went down and there was a red flag.
When the race re-started, Young came out in fourth but quickly moved back up into second place. With just a few laps left, however, Young made a bid for first and held it until the checkers. On Sunday, Young was again quick off the line at the start, and then he battled for the lead throughout all 21 laps. In the end, he walked away with a solid second-place finish.
Blake Young (Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike) says: "Saturday was the fifth anniversary of my dad’s passing. And that put a little bit extra on me… This place is pretty special to me – I won my 2005 Horizon Award here with my dad and I really wanted to get the win and dedicate it to him… I came to Mid-Ohio just really wanting to win it for my dad’s fifth anniversary, and that’s what we did."
Meanwhile, Rockstar Makita Suzuki Hayden’s day to shine was Sunday. The 21-lap race saw him get a good start and slot into fourth place. Then, he maneuvered his Yoshimura-prepared Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 into third, then second and then finally, he passed Young for the lead, took the win and capped off an all-Suzuki sweep of the podium.
Hayden had also had a strong showing on Saturday. Although he struggled a bit initially, after the re-start he was right there. Hayden picked off competitors until he was in a podium position. Although he made several attempts at second, he finished up in a strong third place.
Tommy Hayden (Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 Superbike) says: "Overall, my weekend went pretty well. For some reason, we were struggling a bit on Friday, but my Rockstar Makita Suzuki team kept working hard and making improvements, and I was able to put up a good fight for the win on Saturday.
"I ended up on the podium for good, solid result. We made a few changes today that helped us be a little stronger. I was able to make passes a little easier. I got a good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000, was able to pick some guys off early and get in a good position with the leaders. It was a battle all the way to end, and it came down to the last lap with my teammate and, fortunately, I came out on top today."
The Yoshimura-backed team’s next events are the 2011 AMA Pro American Superbike Championship series at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., on July 22 – 24, 2011.
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