MILLVILLE, N.J. (September 8, 2012) - 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."
Josh Hayes led from the start on his #1 Monster Energy Graves Motorsports Yamaha and sailed off to an over 22 second win and a record-tying 12th win of the season in race one yesterday at New Jersey Motorsports Park in the AMA Pro Superbike Championship Series. Hayes also moved around 3-Time AMA Superbike Champion Ben Spies for sole possession as the 3rd-overall winner in AMA Superbike competition. AMA Pro Road Racing photo by Brian J. Nelson.
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.
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
Cameron Beaubier won his fifth AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race on Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, emerging victorious after a heated contest that saw five riders make it to the flag within just over two seconds of the winner. The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha rider won by 0.022 over series points leader Martin Cardenas (GEICO Suzuki) and hard charging Dane Westby, who qualified 13th. Beaubier made his moves just before the white flag lap, taking second from Westby, then positioning himself to pass Cardenas as the final lap began. "I slotted into third the last few laps," said Beaubier. "I saw what Westby and Cardenas were doing and I was able to make my moves. I was a little out of my rhythm and I would have liked to have made my moves earlier but there was no way I was getting away from these guys. I tried to conserve my tires and wait until the end."
Cardenas was in it until the checkers. "I made two great starts and tried to get in a rhythm, but these guys were with me the whole time and we had a lot of passing," said the Colombian. "It was clean racing. Cameron got me in the first corner and I came up a little short today." The Wolverine qualified 13th on his M4 Suzuki but was able to jet forward and lead before the halfway point. "We started way back but I wasn't worried," said Westby. "At the end, I saw there were just the three of us, which is what I wanted." Bobby Fong (Meen Motorsports) was fourth, just ahead of Tommy Hayden on the other Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha. Jason DiSalvo ran strong on his Triumph, earning sixth after losing the lead group in the late stages. Tommy Aquino (Kneedraggers.com Yamaha) was able to handily top the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull teammates Jake Gagne and J.D. Beach for seventh.
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
Celtic Racing/Orient Express/Army National Guard's James Rispoli came out on top of a frenetic AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport battle to open the weekend's racing action. Rispoli engaged in a race-long scrap with polesitter Dustin Dominguez, the two men swapping positions regularly while sliding around the track on protesting machinery. However, Dominguez made a move to steal away first under a waving yellow and was immediately hit with a 20-second penalty. The two continued to fight for position on track and Rispoli ultimately took the checkered flag first by a scant 0.167-seconds. Dominguez, meanwhile, was credited in 6th after the times were adjusted.
"The race was pretty difficult," Rispoli admitted. "It was a little slick today and we just tried to get a good start and run a good pace. I saw that (Dustin and I) had a pretty good gap and then I didn't know what was going on with the 20 seconds. I got back by Dustin and brought it home. I didn't know what was going on so I just kept pushing like it was the last lap and we were pushing for the win." Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha's Garrett Gerloff launched off the race's final corner to take second from RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha's Tomas Puerta. Puerta's teammate, Hayden Gillim and Kneedraggers.com Yamaha's Stefano Mesa completed the top-five at the conclusion of an attrition-heavy pack battle fought to decide second.
AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series
KLR Group/Spyke's Harley-Davidson/Vesrah Racing Michael Barnes claimed the provisional pole for Sunday's AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series race with an impressive effort of 1:30.145. Barnes made a late charge to edge teammate Kyle Wyman for the position in what represented a strong rebound for the veteran following a slightly disappointing opening to the XR Showdown at Indianapolis. Teterboro Rams LLC's Shane Narbonne clocked the third best time, fractionally ahead of JCR/Srubblade/Bartel's Harley-Davidson's Tyler O'Hara who completed the provisional front row.
Television Coverage, AMA Pro Live Streaming Video Experience, Live Timing & Scoring and Social Media Channels
GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing's National Guard SuperBike and GoPro Daytona SportBike divisions will be featured on SPEED at 11:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT on Sunday night. This weekend's AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series races will be streamed live on SPEED2, for more information, please visit http://www.speed2.com/.
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