2012 AMA Pro Road Racing
Spoiler Alert: 2012 AMA Superbike results from New Jersey Motorsports Park listed below
Saturday’s American Red Cross Devil’s Showdown presented by Team ProMotion at New Jersey Motorsports Park saw another historic day of GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing as Josh Hayes continued to stake his place among the series’ all-time legends.
The Monster Energy Graves Yamaha superstar obliterated the field in Saturday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike contest, tearing open a 1.6-second lead on the opening lap and working his advantage up to a nearly unthinkable 22.210 seconds by the time he claimed the checkered flag.
On a day that Hayes delivered a performance that would have made seven-time series king Mat Mladin proud, the Mississippian bettered or equaled three of the Australian’s all-time records.
Having tied the record for most consecutive poles (11) earlier in the day, Hayes’ one-sided victory established the series’ all-time mark for most consecutive victories (nine), and moved even with Mladin for most wins in a single season (12).
Mladin wasn’t the only legend to take a hit in the record books on Saturday, as Hayes now boasts 29 career total victories, moving ahead of three-time champ Ben Spies for sole possession of third all-time.
“What can I say? Things are going pretty good,” Hayes said. “The bike is an incredible machine. The R1 has been treating me good for a long time and this has been a good race track for me with that bike.”
Commenting on the rapid accumulation of record marks, Hayes added, “It’s pretty cool. When I got this opportunity at Yamaha I couldn’t imagine I’d be here now. I’m still pretty awestruck by it. When I graduated high school I had just bought my first street bike and to think that one day I’d be here is pretty amazing. I hope my parents are proud. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished and I’m going to keep working hard at it and do it for as long as I can.”
While Hayes spent almost no time in his would-be challengers’ sights, they kept the racing unpredictable for the non-Hayes steps on the podium.
Michael Jordan Motorsports entries Roger Hayden and Ben Bostrom suffered twin sputters off the line, both dropping from the front row with poor starts to outside the top ten as the contest opened.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young and Attack Performance Kawasaki’s Steve Rapp tussled for second while Hayes was making his escape. However, Rapp tumbled out of second on lap 3, with his crash opening the door for Young to control the battle for the position the bulk of the contest.
Young corralled a pack that included Team Amsoil/Hero’s Geoff May, Riders Discount L&L Supply’s Taylor Knapp, and finally Bostrom, who charged up into podium contention.
Bostrom continued to systemically work forward, ultimately stealing second away from Young on lap 20 of 23. The Yosh pilot attempted a counterattack but couldn’t find a way by around the former World Superbike star, who claimed his first podium result since taking a runner-up finish here at NJMP one year ago.
Bostrom said, “It was entertaining. I saw Josh was going and these guys were battling up there. It allowed me to catch up. My Jordan Motorsports bike was really good today. We need to get a good start tomorrow and see what we can do against the ‘blue streak.’ Josh is riding incredibly. We’ll try to hang with him tomorrow.”
Young rounded out the podium with his 14th top-three of the season.
“It was a disappointing race for me,” Young admitted. “I got off to a good start and that’s pretty much where the race ended for me. Josh put his head down right away. It was pretty frustrating on my behalf and I’m sure the team’s behalf… I need to perform better tomorrow.”
Knapp collected a mighty impressive fourth, while Hayes’ Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammate, Josh Herrin, finished fifth after running off track and falling well down the order early.
May came home in sixth, followed by Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram on the BMW S1000RR.
KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore finished eighth, one spot ahead of Hayden, who also ran through the dirt to make a difficult day even worse.
Kneedraggers.com/Motul/Fly Racing’s David Anthony completed the top ten.
Hayes will have an opportunity to make even more history on Sunday, with a new single-season wins record within his reach.
2012 New Jersey Motorsports Park AMA Superbike Results, Race 1:
|1.||1||Josh Hayes||Monster Energy Graves Yamaha||Yamaha R1||23 Laps||WINNER||1:20.737||0|
|2.||23||Ben Bostrom||Jordan Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||22.210||22.210||1:22.102||0|
|3.||79||Blake Young||Yoshimura Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||22.263||0.052||1:22.504||0|
|4.||44||Taylor Knapp||Riders Discount K&L Supply||Suzuki GSX-R1000||24.878||2.615||1:22.127||0|
|5.||2||Josh Herrin||Monster Energy Graves Yamaha||Yamaha R1||26.695||1.817||1:22.219||0|
|6.||99||Geoff May||Team Amsoil/Hero||EBR 1190RS||28.555||1.860||1:22.472||0|
|7.||72||Larry Pegram||Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing||BMW S1000RR||35.470||6.914||1:22.714||0|
|8.||11||Chris Fillmore||KTM/HMC Racing||KTM RC8R||38.973||3.503||1:22.895||0|
|9.||54||Roger Hayden||National Guard Jordan Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||41.552||2.579||1:22.659||0|
|10.||25||David Anthony||Kneedraggers.com/ Motul/Fly Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||45.594||4.041||1:23.172||0|
|11.||18||Chris Ulrich||M4 Roadracingworld.com Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||45.706||0.112||1:23.110||0|
|12.||69||Danny Eslick||Team Hero||EBR 1190RS||1:00.349||14.643||1:23.109||0|
|13.||511||Tim J. Bemisderfer||Vesrah Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||22 Laps||1 Lap||1:24.546||0|
|14.||26||Lloyd Bayley||LB Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||3.350||3.350||1:24.992||0|
|15.||6||Chris Clark||Yoshimura Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||55.904||52.553||1:22.587||0|
|16.||94||Michael Garner||Southeast Sales Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10||21 Laps||1 Lap||1:27.325||0|
|17.||17||Trent Gibson||Seven Sports||Suzuki GSX-R1000||34.064||34.064||1:26.722||0|
|18.||33||Jordan Burgess||Kneedraggers.com/ Motul/Fly Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||19 Laps||2 Laps||1:24.470||0|
|19.||78||Reese Wacker||Wacker Racing LLC||Suzuki GSX-R1000||18 Laps||1 Lap||1:24.958||0|
|20.||15||Steve Rapp||Attack Performance||Kawasaki ZX-10||2 Laps||16 Laps||1:21.795||0|