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:

PosNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest LapLaps
1.1Josh HayesMonster Energy Graves YamahaYamaha R1FASTESTFASTEST1:25.36232
2.79Blake YoungRockstar ·Makita ·SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10000.2700.2701:25.63222
3.22Tommy HaydenRockstar ·Makita ·SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10000.7050.4351:26.06730
4.36Martin CardenasM4 SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001.0300.3251:26.39228
5.54Roger HaydenNational Guard Jordan SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001.1620.1321:26.52427
6.72Larry PegramPegram RacingBMW S1000RR1.2130.0511:26.57528
7.59Jake HoldenRiders Discount, Jake Holden RacingBMW S1000RR1.3440.1311:26.70619
8.99Geoff MayAmsoil EBR RacingEBR 1190RS1.6010.2571:26.96323
9.23Ben BostromJordan SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10001.7110.1101:27.07321
10.11Chris FillmoreKTM/HMC RacingKTM RC8R1.9260.2151:27.28826


AMA Daytona SportBike: Laguna Seca Friday Results:

PosNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest LapLaps
1.40Jason DiSalvoTeam Latus Motors RacingDucati 848FASTESTFASTEST1:29.35220
2.69Danny EslickRichie Morris RacingSuzuki GSX-R6000.2960.2961:29.64822
3.8Josh HerrinMonster Energy Graves YamahaYamaha YZF-R60.7410.4451:30.09328
4.9PJ JacobsenCeltic RacingDucati 8480.9160.1751:30.26826
5.5Dane WestbyM4 SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R6001.0970.1811:30.44928
6.57Cory WestVesrah SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R6001.1640.0671:30.51629
7.59Jake HoldenJake Holden RacingDucati 8481.2650.1011:30.61720
8.7Fernando AmantiniTeam AmantiniKawasaki ZX-6R1.2790.0141:30.63123
9.6Tommy AquinoYamaha Extended Service, Pat Clark Sports, Graves, YamahaYamaha YZF-R61.3610.0821:30.71325
10.72Bryce PrinceBryce Prince RacingYamaha YZF-R61.4580.0971:30.81029


AMA SuperSport: Laguna Seca Friday Results:

PosNo.Rider(s)BikeIntervalGapBest LapLaps
1.35Benny SolisHonda CBR600RRFASTESTFASTEST1:30.80224
2.700David GaviriaYamaha YZF-R60.4570.4571:31.25921
3.12Tomas PuertaYamaha YZF-R61.2630.8061:32.06523
4.21Elena MyersSuzuki GSX-R6001.3140.0511:32.11619
5.5Corey AlexanderSuzuki GSX-R6001.3350.0211:32.13719
6.37Stefano MesaSuzuki GSX-R6001.5510.2161:32.35318
7.40Travis OhgeYamaha YZF-R61.6990.1481:32.50122
8.73Sebastiao FerreiraYamaha YZF-R61.9850.2861:32.78721
9.546Roi HolsterYamaha YZF-R62.0640.0791:32.86621
10.606Colter DimickYamaha YZF-R62.2650.2011:33.06716