Josh Hayes (1) leads teammate Josh Herrin (2), Roger Hayden (54), Martin Cardenas (36) and Danny Eslick (23) on his way to victory on Sunday at Barber. Josh Hayes (1) leads teammate Josh Herrin (2), Roger Hayden (54), Martin Cardenas (36) and Danny Eslick (23) on his way to victory on Sunday at Barber. Photo courtesy AMA Pro Racing/Brian J. Nelson

Hayes takes another close one

Written by  on Monday, 24 June 2013 07:13

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Monster Energy Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes once again had his hands full at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday, and once again, he came through like a champion.

The reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike king was pushed to the brink by National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden in a virtual repeat of Saturday's tense final-lap showdown to conclude the Triumph SuperBike Classic presented by America's First Federal Credit Union in epic fashion.

The race took shape in the early stages as a four-rider shootout with Hayes' teammate, Josh Herrin powering into the lead at the start. Herrin hounded Hayes from second over the race's opening five laps after Hayes made an opening-lap pass while Hayden and Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Martin Cardenas stalked just behind the Yamaha duo.

Herrin sliced up the inside of Hayes entering 'Charlotte's Web' on lap six and led the next two laps, bunching the pack back up after it threatened to break apart. Hayes retook the lead on lap eight and Herrin made a crucial mistake a pair of laps later. That allowed Hayden to snatch second and close in on Hayes' rear wheel, where he would remain for the remainder of the race.

The Kentuckian was within striking distance on the contest's final lap, but that last circulation played out just as it had the day before, with the experienced triple champion never making a mistake or allowing his hungry rival an opportunity to find a way through into the lead.

Hayes launched off the final corner and beat Hayden to the stripe by a scant 0.221-second margin following 21-nailbiting laps.

A relieved Hayes said, "That was a really hard race. I was driving as hard as I could and trying to push it until everyone's tires were junk at the end so hopefully nobody could make any moves. I was trying to pick my lines smart so I didn't make any mistakes.

“It got pretty greasy and I had my share of mistakes still but fortunately I did it in spots where it wasn't easy to get by. Fortunately, it was enough. Rog rode an incredible weekend and Josh was riding really well at the beginning... It's a big testament to my team and a lot of hard work. Fortunately we have a lot of years of development in that machine and we can get to a good place pretty quickly.

“I really enjoyed the race -- it's fun having a close race and pushing hard all the way to the end. The last lap, for me, was as harrowing for me as lap two. It was really fun, I really enjoyed it, and I'm really looking forward to going to Mid-Ohio."

"My start wasn't as good as yesterday," Hayden joked, referring to his Saturday jumpstart. "So I had to come from a little further back. You know, I just sat behind Josh the whole race but never got close enough to pass him. Sometimes he got a small gap but the last couple laps I was right on his back tire just trying to find a place to make a pass. I was starting to slide around a little bit and so was he. Every time I tried to get a good run on him the last two laps I could never get that little bit more I needed to take a shot at it."

Herrin regrouped and successfully defended third from Colombian Cardenas, eventually escaping to secure the final spot on the podium some 10 seconds behind the race for the win.

"It was good at the beginning -- as you can see, I still need to work on how fast I go once I get the lead," Herrin admitted. "I was trying my hardest. The middle of the race is what I need to work on. Both days I was decent in the beginning, seem to fall off in the middle, and then regroup at the end and seem to hold the gap to first. So at least I know I can ride good on the tires at the end of the race.

“Now I just need to go home and work on my fitness a little bit more... I can't wait until Mid-Ohio. Mid-Ohio is going to be the middle of the season and it's time to turn things around and prove that I can run up front the whole race."

Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing's Larry Pegram chased down Jordan Suzuki's Danny Eslick throughout the race, finally making his move to steal away fifth position on the final lap.

Meanwhile, KTM/HMC Racing's Chris Fillmore came out on top of a race-long, five-rider scrap for seventh. He edged Team Hero EBR's Geoff May, KTM teammate Taylor Knapp, Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing's David Anthony, and Team AMSOIL/Hero EBR's Aaron Yates for the spot.

Hayes' second consecutive perfect points haul weekend has thrust him right back into the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike title fight. The Mississippian moved into second with his fourth win in six races and trails Cardenas by just 10 points. He is now in position to take control of the championship lead at the next GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing event at Mid-Ohio with another weekend sweep.

Cameron Beaubier took win number four of the 2013 season for Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha at Barber Motorsports Park in Sunday's AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race. The points leader won the race by 6.326 seconds, topping RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's Jake Gagne and JD Beach at the 2.38-mile circuit.

Beaubier had the pace to impress all weekend and, in both races, he made a charge in the final laps to separate himself from Gagne. Beaubier now leads the points by 28 after five races.

"Today, I was a lot more consistent," said Beaubier, who also made a tire change to the medium Dunlop tire choice for Sunday. "I knew Jake was fast all weekend. I was looking up at the tower to see who was in second. Halfway through, I tried to put down some 1:27s and was able to get a bit of a gap."

Gagne crashed in the morning warm-up, injuring both feet, but Jake rallied to turn in a valiant effort to push Beaubier until the final laps when his rival pulled away.

Beach was third, topping a group of challengers aiming for the final spot on the podium. Garrett Gerloff (Y.E.S/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha) jumped the start and was penalized five seconds for doing so. That meant his third on the track was actually fourth in the final results.

Dane Westby (GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing) was fifth after a protracted battle with upstart James Rispoli on the National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki. Westby nudged away at the end.

Joe Roberts capped off his domination on the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport weekend in Birmingham with a victory in Sunday's race. The California Superbike School RoadracingWorld.com pilot led every session on his way to the double win in his first-ever AMA Pro race weekend.

Roberts beat Team 95's Hayden Gillim by 3.690 seconds, with RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's Tomas Puerta third, just 0.004 behind Gillim after a race-long battle for second.

Airline pilot Steve Rapp flew to his second consecutive AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series victory with another brilliant, abbreviated weekend performance.

Just as he did at Road America, Rapp missed some early-weekend track time but the veteran runner showed no ill-effects as a result. The Suburban Harley-Davidson star again qualified on the front row and then raced his way into the lead early in the race, ultimately breaking free en route to the checkered flag.

Rapp faced a determined challenge from Spyke's Harley-Davidson's Michael Barnes during the race's opening half. He finally broke the pursuit of the defending class champ on lap seven and ultimately worked up a 5.454-second margin of victory.

Barnes came home with a clear runner-up finish, another five seconds separating him from the battle that raged for the final spot on the podium.

That position went to Eco-Fuel Saver/Scrubblade's Tyler O'Hara, who aced Rapp's Suburban Harley-Davidson teammate, Ben Carlson, on the final lap of the 11-lap race.

The 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season will resume on July 12-14 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the Buckeye Superbike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire.

Superbike Race Results

1

1

Josh Hayes

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha

Yamaha R1

21 Laps

WINNER

1:25.348

31

2

54

Roger Hayden

National Guard Jordan Suzuki

Suzuki GSX-R1000

0.221

0.221

1:25.281

25

3

2

Josh Herrin

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha

Yamaha R1

10.280

10.059

1:25.359

21

4

36

Martin Cardenas

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

15.018

4.737

1:25.311

18

5

72

Larry Pegram

Pegram Racing

Yamaha R1

27.641

12.622

1:26.692

16

6

23

Danny Eslick

Jordan Suzuki

Suzuki GSX-R1000

28.014

0.373

1:25.894

15

7

11

Chris Fillmore

KTM/HMC Racing

KTM RC8R

41.082

13.068

1:27.061

14

8

99

Geoff May

Team Hero

EBR 1190RS

41.509

0.426

1:27.345

13

9

44

Taylor Knapp

KTM/HMC Racing

KTM RC8R

41.874

0.364

1:27.293

12

10

25

David Anthony

Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

42.482

0.608

1:27.383

11

11

20

Aaron Yates

Team AMSOIL/Hero

EBR 1190RS

42.668

0.186

1:27.317

10

12

18

Chris Ulrich

M4 Broaster Chicken Racing

Honda CBR1000RR

59.698

17.030

1:27.963

9

13

13

Cory West

Motosport.com/EBR II

EBR 1190RS

1:04.362

4.663

1:27.676

8

14

78

Reese Wacker

Pilot Travel Centers/Wacker Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

1:16.747

12.385

1:28.690

7

15

34

Danny Kelsey

RPS Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

1:26.181

9.433

1:28.940

6

16

75

Huntley Nash

Neyra Racing

Kawasaki ZX-10

20 Laps

1 Lap

1:29.131

5

17

269

Johnny Rock Page

ADR Motorsports

Suzuki GSX-R1000

37.279

37.279

1:31.071

4

18

55

Justin Neyra

Neyra Racing

Kawasaki ZX-10

46.590

9.311

1:31.393

3

19

68

Dustin Dominguez

Motosport.com/EBR

EBR 1190RS

17 Laps

3 Laps

1:31.613

2

20

6

Chris Clark

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

11 Laps

6 Laps

1:28.851

1

21

14

Nico Ferreira

DMS Racing

Kawasaki ZX-10

8 Laps

3 Laps

1:29.834

0

23

28

Ryan Kerr

Ryan Kerr Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

DNS

DNS

-no times-

Race Time: 30:06.114
Margin of Victory: 0.221
Best Race Lap: Roger Hayden (1:25.281)

Superbike Point Standings (Top 15)

1

Martin Cardenas

144

2

1

2

2

3

4

1

2

Josh Hayes

134

17#

15*

1*#

1*

1*#

1*

4

3

Josh Herrin

131

1*

2

6

3

4

3

1

4

Roger Hayden

107

18

4

3

4

2

2

0

5

Larry Pegram

106

3

3

4

6

6

5

0

6

Danny Eslick

94

4

5

5

5

8

6

0

7

Chris Fillmore

79

10

8

9

8

5

7

0

8

David Anthony

70

8

14

8

7

9

10

0

9

Geoff May

60

7

16

7

22

7

8

0

10

Chris Clark

55

5

6

11

14

15

20

0

11

Aaron Yates

54

11

19

12

9

10

11

0

12

Chris Ulrich

54

14

9

13

12

12

12

0

13

Cory West

43

18

10

10

11

13

0

14

Taylor Knapp

36

9

17

18

19

13

9

0

15

Reese Wacker

34

13

11

20

16

17

14

--From AMA Pro Racing

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