Saturday, April 17, 2010

Blake Young Awarded Road Atlanta SBK R1 Win After Protest on Hayes Reviewed by AMA/DMG Officials

Aaron Yates on the #20 Team Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 leads Blake Young on the #79 M4 Emgo Suzuki GSX-R1000 during the AMA Superstock finale at Mid Ohio in 2008. Young was awarded his first AMA Superbike win late this afternoon after protests filed by Team Suzuki questioning Josh Hayes win and lack of penalty for a jump-start before the lap four red flag. Hayes was relegated to sixth place after the penalty was allowed and figured into the race final standings. Yates replacement on the Team Jordan Suzuki #23 bike this weekend has been Brett McCormick, the runner-up in the '09 Canadian Superbike Series. McCormick was running in the top 8 when he crashed out unhurt this afternoon. Last word had Yates possibly returning to action mid-May at Infineon should his leg injuries heal properly. Let's hope they do!
Blake Young, on the #79 Team Yoshimura Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 was awarded the win after penalties for Josh Hayes' jump-start were reviewed after the completion of race one in AMA Superbike action at Road Atlanta.
The win was Young's first in the AMA premier class to match team mate's Tommy Hayden's first win at Fontana several weeks ago.

The write-up on the finish resolution can be read here thanks to Dean Adams at, who reportedly is one of five media journalists on-site this weekend in the red clay state of Georgia.
Although this may seem out of line to what the DMG folks have been trying to do to turn the running of the series around this year after last year's debacles, the review was explained and it sounds like mistakes in timing and scoring were what actually factored into the decisions in initially giving the win to Hayes. Even Josh commented in the press conference how he thought that a mistake was made and he was taking advantage of that error:
Here's another update from the folks at

Sat. 4/17/10 2010 EDT UPDATE:

Here is the final rundown on the penalty and outcome of race one at HotLanta today penned by the original Henny Ray Adams over at This further explains the outcome and the reasoning for the change.
Congrats to Blake Young on his first AMA Superbike race win! I'm sure it's the first of many to come on this team and with Mat Mladin's former crew chief Peter Doyle in charge and Blake twisting the throttle there most likely will be MANY more.
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