Monday, June 7, 2010

Tommy Hayden Parlays 2-1 Finishes at Road America to Take AMA Superbike Points Lead Into Summer Break


Nicky Hayden on the #69 Team Honda RC-51 is the meat in the sandwich during AMA Superbike race one action at Mid Ohio in July of 2000. On his outside is older brother Tommy on the #22 Team Yamaha YZF-750 and on his inside is Aaron Yates on the #20 Team Yoshimura GSX-R750. Yates went on to the double win for the weekend and third place in the final standings, Nicky placed runner-up to eventual champ Mat Mladin, and Tommy finished sixth in the championship for the 2000 year. The 2000 season saw double race rounds at Road America and Mid Ohio for the first time, and they are the norm now for the full schedule.
Tommy Hayden has been mounting what is looking to be his best year in the AMA Superbike Championship by posting strong overall results to go with his two series wins in the premier class, including four second-place finishes and a third-place finish. Having gotten over the hump in getting those first two premier-class wins this year, the first being at Fontana earlier in the season, Tommy Gun leads the series by a one point margin over Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes going into the five week break before the Mid Ohio round in mid July.

Tommy Gun Hayden found out what it takes to get on the top rung of the ladder at Fontana earlier this year in AMA Superbike action, and showed again yesterday at Road America he hadn't forgotten where that was in taking the second of two race wins at the sprawling Elkhart Lake track. Josh Hayes on the Team Graves Yamaha won race one action and going into the summer break trails Tommy by one point in the standings with five rounds and ten races left on the schedule. Both riders swapped finishing positions, and near-like close finishes as well in the premier class events.

You can read the race write ups below thanks to the worthy pen of Henny Ray Abrams over at and the full results as posted over at AMA Pro Road Racing's points standings link is below as well.

Congrats to Tommy for getting on top of the podium again at Road America and for his fine weekend results. And congrats as well to Josh Hayes on his 1-2 finishes this weekend as well. The second part of the season should be a barn burner, and with Jake Zemke on the Team Jordan bike only 15 points adrift of the top we should see some fierce and fast action when the series returns to Mid Ohio in five-and-a-half weeks. I can't wait!

AMA Superbike race one at Road America:

Race one results:

AMA Superbike race two at Road America:

Race two results:

AMA Superbike point standings at the mid season break:

The AMA Superbike Series returns to action in Lexington, OH. at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course on July 16-18th for round 6 of the ten race 2010 schedule.

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