2013 AMA National Guard SuperBike Road America Results
There were no ‘what ifs’ following the second half of the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader that closed out the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing weekend at Road America.
In contrast to Saturday’s opening-lap clash for the lead, the championship’s three major players — reigning National Guard SuperBike champ, Josh Hayes, pre-event title leader Josh Herrin, and the current points leader, Martin Cardenas — all got away relatively cleanly for the 12-lap contest and settled in for a straight fight to determine the day’s victor.
And in the end, Hayes once again proved his supremacy. However, unlike the script that played out so frequently during the 2012 season — including twice here at Road America — the win did not come easily.
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha superstar worked past Herrin on the opening lap and then hounded Cardenas until he finally found a way into the lead on lap 3. But, once in front, it proved no easy task to shake his determined challengers, and when he finally did — unlike his numerous ’12 blowouts — the race was still not completely decided.
Hayes pushed the gap up to 2.428 seconds by lap 7, however, Cardenas responded by finding his groove aboard the #36 Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing GSX-R1000. The Mississippian’s advantage decreased lap by lap from there on out until he finally took the checkered flag with the charging Colombian just 0.818 seconds behind and within a sniff of his #1 R1’s draft.
The victory marks Hayes’ fifth National Guard Superbike win in a row at Road America — the most of any rider. It also marked his second consecutive season of not only maximizing his points haul in Wisconsin but doing so while topping every single practice, qualifying session, and race.
Hayes now boasts 35 career SuperBike victories and lowered his title deficit by 14 points on the weekend. He currently has 71 points, 34 removed from Cardenas’ class-leading 105.
With his Daytona disaster now firmly behind him, Hayes said, “It was a great weekend. I’m really happy with the results. The racing was very hard for me. It was a really tough day.”
Commenting on Cardenas’ late-race rally, Hayes remarked, “I was trying really, really hard. I got really tight. I was definitely struggling even from the halfway flag on. It was just me hanging on and gripping the bars really tight. My right arm is pretty worked… I started to panic a little bit when he started closing that gap up, but I was just trying to stay relaxed. I never really looked back. I had a pretty bad moment in 8 and thought, ‘oh, you just threw away the race.’ I looked back and saw I had a little bit of room and just tried to ride the second half of the lap clean. I’m glad I was able to make it to the line.”
While he didn’t complete his charge for the win, Cardenas’ effort was most impressive and further signaled his arrival as a serious contender for the throne.
He said, “The race was good. I liked it a little bit better than yesterday. Especially at the end, I got in a very good rhythm. I got a good start and the first few laps I was kinda okay. And then he passed me and did some very fast laps and I couldn’t keep on with him. I was not so good in some corners, but then I calmed down and started to get into a very good rhythm. We finished second, which is a very good place and a little bit closer, which is the idea. We’re happier than yesterday, and the Suzuki is working good. We’re looking forward to Barber and seeing what we can do.”
Herrin hung tough on Cardenas’ rear wheel until the Suzuki man ratcheted up the pace. Once he lost the tow, Herrin faded dramatically, finishing more than eight seconds off the win. However, the career-long Yamaha pilot had built up a large safety margin behind him and cruised to a safe podium finish.
“I thought it was really good,” Herrin said, who is now second in the points with 92. “Towards the end of the race I faded, obviously. I have no excuses for that — I was making little mistakes. For some reason when Martin would run wide, I’d think in my head, ‘here’s my chance to catch up or to pass him’ but I’d follow him every time. He’d run wide, I’d run wide. He’d have a bobble, I’d have a bobble. That was really hurting me.
“Towards the end, he really dropped the hammer and started reeling in Josh. I was hoping I’d stay with him but I just wasn’t able to.”
National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden scored a lonely fourth after flashing a front-running pace on the race’s opening two laps. He was followed home by his Jordan Suzuki teammate, Danny Eslick, to put three Suzukis in the top five.
Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing Yamaha’s Larry Pegram took sixth with several seconds of padding in either direction.
Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing’s David Anthony beat KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore for seventh. Team AMSOIL/Hero’s Aaron Yates was elevated to top EBR 1190RS pilot when his Team Hero teammate, Geoff May, crashed out of seventh on lap 3. The big Georgian finished ninth.
Team RSRacecraft EBR’s Cory West just held on to beat Farrell Performance Kawasaki’s Jason Farrell and M4 Broaster Chicken Honda’s Chris Ulrich for the final spot inside the top ten.
2013 Road America AMA SuperBike Race Two Results:
|1||1||Josh Hayes||Monster Energy Graves Yamaha||Yamaha R1||12 Laps||WINNER||2:12.954||31|
|2||36||Martin Cardenas||Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||0.818||0.818||2:13.110||25|
|3||2||Josh Herrin||Monster Energy Graves Yamaha||Yamaha R1||8.191||7.373||2:13.429||21|
|4||54||Roger Hayden||National Guard Jordan Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||19.242||11.051||2:14.331||18|
|5||23||Danny Eslick||Jordan Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000||27.707||8.464||2:14.874||16|
|6||72||Larry Pegram||Pegram Racing||Yamaha R1||31.210||3.503||2:15.073||15|
|7||25||David Anthony||Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||37.482||6.271||2:15.978||14|
|8||11||Chris Fillmore||KTM/HMC Racing||KTM RC8R||37.551||0.069||2:15.830||13|
|9||20||Aaron Yates||Team AMSOIL/Hero||EBR 1190RS||53.144||15.592||2:17.439||12|
|10||13||Cory West||Team RSRacecraft EBR II||EBR 1190RS||58.421||5.277||2:17.727||11|
|11||86||Jason Farrell||Farrell Performance/US Chrome Kawasaki||Kawasaki ZX-10||58.671||0.250||2:17.724||10|
|12||18||Chris Ulrich||M4 Broaster Chicken Racing||Honda CBR1000RR||58.969||0.297||2:17.899||9|
|13||75||Huntley Nash||Neyra Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10||1:16.797||17.827||2:18.883||8|
|14||6||Chris Clark||Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1:36.392||19.595||2:17.802||7|
|15||14||Nico Ferreira||DMS Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10||1:40.648||4.256||2:20.878||6|
|16||78||Reese Wacker||Pilot Travel Centers/Wacker Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1:54.506||13.857||2:21.969||5|
|17||94||Michael Garner||Lightspeed||Kawasaki ZX-10||11 Laps||1 Lap||2:23.968||4|
|18||123||Jacquel Gonzalez||123 Motorsports, AR Motorsports Mindeporte||Kawasaki ZX-10||18.322||18.322||2:24.425||3|
|19||44||Taylor Knapp||KTM/HMC Racing||KTM RC8R||4 Laps||7 Laps||2:18.806||0|
|20||68||Dustin Dominguez||Team RSRacecraft EBR||EBR 1190RS||3 Laps||1 Lap||2:25.465||0|
|21||28||Ryan Kerr||Ryan Kerr Racing||Suzuki GSX-R1000||2:40.225||2:40.225||2:22.447||0|
|22||99||Geoff May||Team Hero||EBR 1190RS||2 Laps||1 Lap||2:15.807||0|