2011 New Jersey AMA Superbike | Results

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2011 AMA Superbike Race 1

Spoiler Alert: 2011 New Jersey Motorsports Park race 1 results below

From the outset of Saturday’s 23-lap American Superbike race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, it became a battle between a Suzuki and the Team Graves Yamaha R1 ridden by Josh Hayes.

But it wasn’t one of the usual Rockstar Makita Suzuki superbikes battling with Hayes; it was the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 ridden by Ben Bostrom, the rider who struggled to get on the podium all season.

The California native took the holeshot, and led the first lap. But the reigning AMA Superbike Champion Hayes slipped pass Bostrom on the second lap at Turn 1, the YZF-R1 rider going on to lead the remaining 22 laps to take his third checkered flag of the season.

Bostrom kept the heat on throughout the race as the two battled ahead of the field. But Bostrom couldn’t catch Hayes, and would finish second, 2.034 seconds behind Hayes.

Tommy Hayden would take the final podium position over 13 seconds behind Bostrom, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider holding off a charge from his brother Roger Lee Hayden (Jordan Suzuki) at the finish line. Taking the fifth spot went to Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young.

After Hayes took the lead from Bostrom at the beginning of the second lap, the two pulled away from the remaining riders, eventually finishing over 13 seconds ahead of the group.

Behind, an immediate three-way battle for the final podium position began between the Hayden brothers and Young. But although challenged many times, Tommy was able to hold off his brother, finishing 0.098 of a second ahead of Roger.

Further back, it was a battle between Kawasaki’s Steve Rapp and BMW’s Larry Pegram, with Rapp taking sixth.

Rounding out the top 10 were M4 Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas, Graves Yamaha’s Chris Clark and Brett McCormick on the self-owned BMW S1000RR.

As for the KTM RC8R, rider Chris Fillmore, who also races in the AMA XR1200 Class, had a DNF at NJMP due to mechanical issues.

2011 New Jersey Motorsports Park: Race 1 Podium Quotes

Josh Hayes (Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 Superbike) says: “I just tried to ride as hard as I could. It was tough…when I got to 10 12 laps in the race, I lost focus for a minute. I started to feel pressure from Bostrom. I bounced off the curb and missed an apex. But I relaxed, calmed down and got back in the swing of things. I tried to keep my nerve and ride smooth; we know have five races in a row now hear at New Jersey.”

Ben Bostrom (Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000) says: “It was not too much of a fight. Josh set an incredible pace, and I couldn’t catch him. The first half of the race, the bike was unbelievable; the end came down to riding sideways. It’s finally nice to get the bike up front, and I expect a good race tomorrow.”

Tommy Hayden (Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000) says: “My race kind of ended in the first corner while battling for the lead. I felt like a got a good jump, but the time I got to third, (Hayes and Bostrom) already had five seconds on me. Maybe I had the speed to run with them, but couldn’t catch them. Those guys kept my honest the whole way; the lappers were hard for me today. Hopefully tomorrow we can get a better start and put up a fight.”

The race 1 NJMP win was only be the Mississippian’s third of the 2011 AMA Superbike season, but gave the Mississippian enough to obtain the point lead; Hayes now has 338 points, 11 ahead of Young.

To obtain his possible second consecutive AMA Superbike Championship, Hayes only needs a podium at Race 2 on Sunday, which is set for 3:30 p.m. (EDT) Sunday. And from the looks of things, if Hayes rides as smooth as he did Saturday, there’s no doubt he’ll be on the podium, likely in the number-one position.

Photo by Eric Putter/PutterPowerMedia

2011 New Jersey Motorsports Park: Race 1 Results

PosNo.Rider(s)TeamBikeIntervalGapBest LapPoints
1.1Josh HayesMonster Energy Graves YamahaYamaha R123 LapsWINNER1:21.2640
2.23Ben BostromJordan SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10002.0342.0341:21.4430
3.22Tommy HaydenRockstar ·Makita ·SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100015.50813.4741:21.7240
4.54Roger HaydenNational Guard Jordan SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100015.6060.0981:21.8610
5.79Blake YoungRockstar ·Makita ·SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100015.8630.2561:21.9160
6.15Steve RappCycle World Attack PerformanceKawasaki ZX-1018.2262.3621:22.1300
7.72Larry PegramPegram RacingBMW S1000RR23.0344.8081:22.0300
8.36Martin CardenasM4 SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100025.8772.8431:22.3710
9.2Chris ClarkYamaha Extended Service, Pat Clark Sports, Graves, YamahaYamaha R131.0875.2091:22.2460
10.6Brett McCormickMcCormick RacingBMW S1000RR34.1623.0751:22.4510
11.99Geoff MayAmsoil EBR RacingEBR 1190RS34.2630.1001:22.2310
12.44Taylor KnappTaylor Knapp RacingEBR 1190RS35.8311.5681:22.9970
13.96Aaron GobertSan Diego BMW Racing Powered by Lees CycleBMW S1000RR46.02810.1971:22.4440
14.8Chris PerisTeam Iron Horse BMW ·ESPBMW S1000RR46.1150.0861:22.8050
15.57Jeremy ToyeSan Diego BMW/Locust Powered by Lee`s CycleBMW S1000RR1:07.61821.5031:24.0470
16.10JD BeachCycle World Attack PerformanceKawasaki ZX-101:07.8180.2001:24.5340
17.33Jordan BurgessADR Fly RacingSuzuki GSX-R100022 Laps1 Lap1:24.9970
18.41Eric PinsonGo4one Braille Neyra RacingKawasaki ZX-1020.16920.1691:26.2340
19.18Chris UlrichM4 SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100010 Laps12 Laps1:24.9670
20.78Reese WackerWacker Racing LLCSuzuki GSX-R10007 Laps3 Laps1:24.9230
21.64Shane NarbonneDASPerformance.comSuzuki GSX-R10003 Laps4 Laps1:25.0540
22.11Chris FillmoreKTM/HMC RacingKTM RC8R2 Laps1 Lap1:23.0350

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