16-Year-Old Roberts Sweeps Barber AMA SuperSport Round
2013 Barber Motorsports Park AMA SuperSport Results
Birthday boy Joe Roberts completed the weekend sweep of the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class during the Triumph SuperBike Weekend on Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park.
Roberts, who celebrated his 16th birthday on Saturday, was strong out of the gate on his California SuperBike School/RoadRacingWorld.com Racing Honda CBR600RR and pulled away to finish almost four seconds ahead of second-place Hayden Gillim.
Joe Roberts says: “I thought I might be able to run top five. To come out to be P1 every session and win both races was definitely my birthday wish come true.”
Despite building a big lead, the race was still challenging for Roberts.
Joe Roberts says: “I got an OK start, much better than yesterday. By the time I got to second, Hayden had built a little bit of a gap, so I had to work him down. I got around him around the outside.”
The race for second was a tight one as Gillim’s Team 95 Yamaha edged out Tomas Puerta and his RoadRace Factory Yamaha by .004-second.
Hayden Gillim says: “It was a really crazy race. I was able to lead a couple of laps thanks to the good start I had. We made a couple of adjustments to the bike to make it a little quicker through the chicane, which paid off.
“I thought I might have a little something for Joe, but I made a little mistake and he went right by me around the outside in the carousel.”
Roberts was able to create his gap as the laps ticked away, which set up the duel for second between Gillim and Puerta.
Hayden Gillim says: “I knew Tomas was right behind me the whole time. I was hoping my tires would stay good and I’d be able to make it to the end of the race with Tomas behind me.”
Puerta thought he had enough of an opening around Gillim at the end, but like at both Daytona and Road America, Puerta was nipped in a photo finish.
Tomas Puerta says: “It was a tough race. We kept up a faster pace than yesterday. I was behind Hayden the whole race and trying to fix the small mistakes I made the last couple of laps. I thought I got around him for second, but once again somebody beat me at the line.”
Up next for the riders in the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class is the July 12-14 Buckeye SuperBike Weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.