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Laguna AMA Pro Racing: Friday Report

2011 AMA Pro Racing

The penultimate round of the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing series got underway Friday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with the first practices held under clear, California skies for the Superbike and Daytona SportBike classes, and the first qualifying for SuperSport.

Running in conjunction with the MotoGP Championship, there is much at stake for all classes across AMA Pro Racing as the series competes at the 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit featuring the famous corkscrew.

In the AMA Superbike class, the reigning champion Josh Hayes topped the time sheets with a 1:25.362 aboard the Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R1. The men behind Hayes were no surprise; second and third fastest went to the Rockstar Makita Suzuki duo of Blake Young and Tommy Hayden, respectively.

Rounding out the top five in Friday’s practice session for Round 8 of the 2011 AMA Superbike Championship was M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas and National Guard Suzuki’s Roger Lee Hayden.

Josh Hayes (Team Graves Yamaha) says: "It was a standard first practice for us," said Hayes. "We ran through our usual checklist of tires and parts to see if we could go fast. The session was busy on the track – you could tell there were a number of riders who hadn’t been to this racetrack before."

Daytona 200 winner Jason DiSalvo returned to the top after posting a 1:29.352 aboard thge Team Latus Ducati 848EVO in the Daytona SportBike class practice session. The current SportBike points’ leader, GEICO Suzuki’s Danny Eslick, was second fastest, with Monster Energy Team Graves Yamaha’s Josh Herrin third fastest.

Jason DiSalvo (Team Latus Ducati 848 EVO) says: "I was happy to be able to make constant progress with the Latus Ducati. The bike feels good and it suits this track, and after today, we have a solid direction to pursue for tomorrow."

AMA Pro Racing reported that as the young-gun SuperSport riders wrapped up the day’s action for the large Friday crowd, Benny Solis ( Honda) took the top the first qualifying spot with a 1:30.802. David Gaviria was second on the charts — heading his LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha teammate, Tomas Puerta, and Discovery Bay resident Elena Myers (SuzukiScoopFans Racing) – while Miller Motorsports Park race-winner Corey Alexander registered the fifth-quickest time aboard his Vesrah Suzuki.

Benny Solis (Road Racing World Honda CBR600RR) says: "I didn’t really get a clear lap. I did get one good one, but there was a lot of traffic. I thought I could have been faster, and I know we have more for tomorrow."

Final qualifying for the AMA Pro Road Racing classes gets underway Saturday afternoon, with the AMA SuperSport class race set for 3:40 p.m. (PDT).

AMA Superbike: Laguna Seca Friday Results:

Pos No. Rider(s) Team Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Laps
1. 1 Josh Hayes Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha R1 FASTEST FASTEST 1:25.362 32
2. 79 Blake Young Rockstar ·Makita ·Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.270 0.270 1:25.632 22
3. 22 Tommy Hayden Rockstar ·Makita ·Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.705 0.435 1:26.067 30
4. 36 Martin Cardenas M4 Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1.030 0.325 1:26.392 28
5. 54 Roger Hayden National Guard Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1.162 0.132 1:26.524 27
6. 72 Larry Pegram Pegram Racing BMW S1000RR 1.213 0.051 1:26.575 28
7. 59 Jake Holden Riders Discount, Jake Holden Racing BMW S1000RR 1.344 0.131 1:26.706 19
8. 99 Geoff May Amsoil EBR Racing EBR 1190RS 1.601 0.257 1:26.963 23
9. 23 Ben Bostrom Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1.711 0.110 1:27.073 21
10. 11 Chris Fillmore KTM/HMC Racing KTM RC8R 1.926 0.215 1:27.288 26


AMA Daytona SportBike: Laguna Seca Friday Results:

Pos No. Rider(s) Team Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Laps
1. 40 Jason DiSalvo Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati 848 FASTEST FASTEST 1:29.352 20
2. 69 Danny Eslick Richie Morris Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 0.296 0.296 1:29.648 22
3. 8 Josh Herrin Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 0.741 0.445 1:30.093 28
4. 9 PJ Jacobsen Celtic Racing Ducati 848 0.916 0.175 1:30.268 26
5. 5 Dane Westby M4 Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 1.097 0.181 1:30.449 28
6. 57 Cory West Vesrah Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 1.164 0.067 1:30.516 29
7. 59 Jake Holden Jake Holden Racing Ducati 848 1.265 0.101 1:30.617 20
8. 7 Fernando Amantini Team Amantini Kawasaki ZX-6R 1.279 0.014 1:30.631 23
9. 6 Tommy Aquino Yamaha Extended Service, Pat Clark Sports, Graves, Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R6 1.361 0.082 1:30.713 25
10. 72 Bryce Prince Bryce Prince Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 1.458 0.097 1:30.810 29


AMA SuperSport: Laguna Seca Friday Results:

Pos No. Rider(s) Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Laps
1. 35 Benny Solis Honda CBR600RR FASTEST FASTEST 1:30.802 24
2. 700 David Gaviria Yamaha YZF-R6 0.457 0.457 1:31.259 21
3. 12 Tomas Puerta Yamaha YZF-R6 1.263 0.806 1:32.065 23
4. 21 Elena Myers Suzuki GSX-R600 1.314 0.051 1:32.116 19
5. 5 Corey Alexander Suzuki GSX-R600 1.335 0.021 1:32.137 19
6. 37 Stefano Mesa Suzuki GSX-R600 1.551 0.216 1:32.353 18
7. 40 Travis Ohge Yamaha YZF-R6 1.699 0.148 1:32.501 22
8. 73 Sebastiao Ferreira Yamaha YZF-R6 1.985 0.286 1:32.787 21
9. 546 Roi Holster Yamaha YZF-R6 2.064 0.079 1:32.866 21
10. 606 Colter Dimick Yamaha YZF-R6 2.265 0.201 1:33.067 16

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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