A jump start penalty relegated Josh Hayes (1) to second spot behind teammate Josh Herrin (2) in Sunday's SuperBike race, while Martin Cardenas (36) placed third. A jump start penalty relegated Josh Hayes (1) to second spot behind teammate Josh Herrin (2) in Sunday's SuperBike race, while Martin Cardenas (36) placed third. Photo courtesy Brian J. Nelson/AMA Pro Racing

Herrin snatches second SuperBike win

Written by  on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 18:03

LEXINGTON, Ohio - Monster Energy Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes took the checkered flag 4.878 seconds ahead of his up-and-coming teammate Josh Herrin in Sunday's AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike final. Unfortunately for Hayes -- and to Herrin's good fortune -- the Mississippian actually required a margin of five seconds to fully make up for the penalty he was given for jumping the start. As a result, Herrin was awarded his second-career premier-class victory to conclude the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

In its early stages, the 21-lap contest looked as if it would shape up to be a thrilling three-man dogfight for the win. Hayes ran in first but was shadowed by both Herrin and National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden over the opening eight laps. However, the race was delivered a pair of big twists moments later; Hayden ran off track, overshooting the hard-braking Turn 6, at nearly the same time that Hayes was judged to have jumped the start and assessed his five-second penalty.

Informed of the situation by his crew, the defending triple champ immediately went to work in an attempt to shake Herrin and assemble the requisite gap on track. However, Herrin's recent efforts, which included running lap after lap by himself during practice and qualifying this weekend in order to improve his clear track pace -- allowed him to cling onto Hayes for an extended period and then maintain lap times that proved just strong enough even after the champ pulled clear and eliminated Herrin's ability to gauge off his teammate's rear tire.

Despite their physical separation on track, the race to the checkered flag was as tense and exciting a conclusion as the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing series has enjoyed in some time.

Hayes whittled away at the five-second penalty and took the white flag with 0.737 left to be made up. Despite his relentless pace, he ultimately came up a meager 0.122 seconds short of accomplishing the goal and closing out his third consecutive double victory weekend.

While Hayes was very aware of what he was up against, Herrin later admitted that he was clueless that he was actually battling for the win. Incredibly, the Georgian later explained that he was pushing hard because he was afraid he was being tracked down and in danger of losing what he thought to be a runner-up result.

Race winner Herrin remarked, "I guess that was kind of a crazy race. I had no idea that I won the race until I was interviewed for television and I was kind of shocked for a second. I couldn't even say anything... Josh really rode a great race as he does every time he gets on the bike. He's proven over the past three years that he's a GP quality rider... I just have to thank him for all the help that he's given me. I really lucked out today.

“We'll take it -- a win's a win -- and we'll move onto Laguna with a lot of confidence, just in the way that we rode. I think we rode pretty well today, even though Josh beat me by so much. I was proud of the way I was able to keep a consistent pace by myself and hopefully Laguna goes just as well."

 Hayes said, "You know, I'm proud of the way I rode the race. I made one little mistake and the race was going okay... I was pushing absolutely as hard as I could and I had a few moments in the six-to-three laps to go range. On the white flag lap I had a little front-ender but I just kept pushing as hard as I could. I was able to stay in the '25s and I put in the best last lap that I could.

"Big congratulations to Josh -- he did a great job. I know he's been working on pace and I know he got stuck out there by himself, so I think the work paid off for him today. He was able to keep a good enough pace that I couldn't overcome it."

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Martin Cardenas rode a lonely race to complete a double third-place weekend, hitting the stripe more than 13 seconds off the win (and more than 18 seconds behind Hayes' genuine pace).

The Colombian said, "It was a very tough race for me today. I didn't quite have the pace today. I had maybe the same pace as yesterday but these guys were a little bit faster. I did everything I could and maybe halfway through the race I had a few moments and realized I wasn't going to catch the front. So I tried to stay conservative and maintain the gap that I had behind me. Today's race was a little bit disappointing for me -- I was hoping for a little better. But anyway, thanks to the Yoshimura team -- we've been working hard and we'll keep trying."

Jordan Suzuki's Danny Eslick finished some distance back in fourth but also well clear of the heated three-man scrap for fifth, waged by Erik Buell Racing teammates Geoff May and Aaron Yates, and KTM/HMC Racing's Chris Fillmore. Fillmore held the spot early but was ultimately overhauled by both fifth-place finisher May on the Team Hero EBR 1190RS and sixth-placed Yates aboard the Team AMSOIL/Hero-backed machine.

Hayden recovered well enough to charge back to eighth as minor consolation in what's been a deeply disappointing weekend for the Kentuckian.

Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing's David Anthony and Fillmore's KTM/HMC Racing teammate, Taylor Knapp, rounded out the top 10.

Defending champion Hayes leads an extremely tight title fight into Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend, boasting 191 points to Herrin's 187 and Cardenas' 186.

Cameron Beaubier extended his magical season on Sunday at Mid-Ohio, winning his sixth of seven races in the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season. Beaubier had to work for this one, topping JD Beach by just 0.655. Beach's RoadRace Factory/Red Bull teammate Jake Gagne finished third in the race shortened to 15 laps after a crash on the fan lap caused a lengthy clean up.

Beaubier had to move through the field and gain positions one at a time, having gotten off the line in fifth place. Although Beaubier was able to take the lead from Beach on lap six, Beach did not concede the win. Beach actually closed on Beaubier late by virtue of the race's fastest lap on the white-flag lap.

"At the beginning, I was a little timid going into the left-hander," said Beaubier. "I could hear JD on me the whole race, especially in the last turn. He was there the whole time, and it was tough."

Beach earned his best-ever Daytona SportBike result in the contest and did a great job of holding Gagne at bay, too.

Gagne had a tough time with National Guard Celtic Racing's James Rispoli, who ultimately finished fifth. As has been the case in other races this year, Rispoli was very strong in the opening laps but managed to earn his best Daytona SportBike finish yet even though Garrett Gerloff (Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha) edged him out of fourth place by 0.2.

In AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport, Hayden Gillim won an eventful contest to begin the day of racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Team 95's Gillim emerged victorious in the red-flagged race despite opposition from the likes of RoadRace Factory's Tomas Puerta and Harv's H-D pilot Travis Wyman. Although Gillim had earned spectacular SuperSport victories in Utah and New Orleans in previous seasons, the Kentuckian had been shut out in the win column in 2013 until Sunday.

Miles Thornton topped off his excellent weekend with third place. Thornton emerged on top of the scrappy battle with points contenders Corey Alexander and Stefano Mesa. Alexander now leads the points by nine, but now Gillim is second after his great weekend with Mesa a further five points back. 

Suburban Harley-Davidson's Steve Rapp kept his AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series win streak alive, notching his third victory in a row. However, unlike his previous two blowouts, Rapp's Mid-O win was earned by only fractions of a second -- both at the race's start and its conclusion.

Polesitter Rapp found himself in danger of missing the start altogether when the zipper on his leathers got stuck and then was ripped off in an attempt to free it. As his opponents took the warm-up lap, Rapp scrambled for a solution and jumped into a pair of borrowed leathers just in time to mount his machine and make the race.

Rapp won by a scant 0.173 seconds over Travis Wyman, who also finished second in the day's SuperSport race.

Tyler O'Hara won out in a three-man scrap for third, edging ahead of Rapp's Suburban Harley-Davidson teammate, Ben Carlson, and reigning class champ Michael Barnes.

The 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season will pick right back up next weekend (July 19-21) in Monterey, California as the series shares the spotlight with the global superstars of the MotoGP World Championship for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Superbike Results

1

2

Josh Herrin

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha

Yamaha R1

21 Laps

WINNER

1:25.480

31

2

1

Josh Hayes

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha

Yamaha R1

0.122

0.122

1:25.277

25

3

36

Martin Cardenas

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

13.485

13.363

1:25.548

21

4

23

Danny Eslick

Jordan Suzuki

Suzuki GSX-R1000

25.752

12.266

1:26.121

18

5

99

Geoff May

Team Hero

EBR 1190RS

34.301

8.549

1:27.043

16

6

20

Aaron Yates

Team AMSOIL/Hero

EBR 1190RS

34.450

0.149

1:26.945

15

7

11

Chris Fillmore

KTM/HMC Racing

KTM RC8R

36.151

1.701

1:26.934

14

8

54

Roger Hayden

National Guard Jordan Suzuki

Suzuki GSX-R1000

40.176

4.024

1:25.179

13

9

25

David Anthony

Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

46.141

5.965

1:27.476

12

10

44

Taylor Knapp

KTM/HMC Racing

KTM RC8R

54.225

8.083

1:27.466

11

11

13

Cory West

Motosport.com/EBR II

EBR 1190RS

1:00.894

6.669

1:28.070

10

12

68

Dustin Dominguez

Motosport.com/EBR

EBR 1190RS

1:09.271

8.377

1:28.297

9

13

18

Chris Ulrich

M4 Broaster Chicken Racing

Honda CBR1000RR

1:17.257

7.986

1:28.489

8

14

75

Huntley Nash

Neyra Racing

Kawasaki ZX-10

1:17.927

0.669

1:28.870

7

15

34

Danny Kelsey

RPS Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

1:23.985

6.057

1:28.964

6

16

28

Ryan Kerr

Ryan Kerr Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

19 Laps

2 Laps

1:28.866

5

17

6

Chris Clark

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

12 Laps

7 Laps

1:28.402

4

18

72

Larry Pegram

Pegram Racing

Yamaha R1

3 Laps

9 Laps

1:28.107

0

20

269

Johnny Rock Page

ADR Motorsports

Suzuki GSX-R1000

DNS

DNS

-no times-

Race Time: 30:09.626
Margin of Victory: 0.122
Best Race Lap: Roger Hayden (1:25.179)

Superbike Standings

1

Josh Hayes

191

17#

15*

1*#

1*

1*#

1*

1*#

2

5

2

Josh Herrin

187

1*

2

6

3

4

3

2

1*

2

3

Martin Cardenas

186

2

1

2

2

3

4

3

3

1

4

Roger Hayden

133

18

4

3

4

2

2

8

8

0

5

Danny Eslick

130

4

5

5

5

8

6

4

4

0

6

Larry Pegram

118

3

3

4

6

6

5

9

18

0

7

Chris Fillmore

107

10

8

9

8

5

7

7

7

0

8

Geoff May

92

7

16

7

22

7

8

5

5

0

9

David Anthony

85

8

14

8

7

9

10

18

9

0

10

Aaron Yates

84

11

19

12

9

10

11

6

6

0

11

Chris Ulrich

72

14

9

13

12

12

12

11

13

0

12

Chris Clark

66

5

6

11

14

15

20

14

17

0

13

Cory West

64

18

10

10

11

13

10

11

0

14

Taylor Knapp

56

9

17

18

19

13

9

12

10

0

15

Reese Wacker

34

13

11

20

16

17

14

0

16

Robertino Pietri

29

6

7

0

17

Huntley Nash

29

20

13

20

16

13

14

0

18

Dustin Dominguez

23

19

20

14

19

16

12

0

19

Danny Kelsey

23

16

15

15

15

0

20

Bernat Martinez

20

12

10

0

21

Trent Gibson

15

15

12

0

22

Nico Ferreira

15

15

15

18

21

0

23

Ryan Kerr

12

14

21

21

19

16

0

24

Jason Farrell

10

20

11

0

25

Johnny Rock Page

10

19

17

17

0

26

Michael Garner

9

16

17

0

27

Rodolfo Ramirez

8

16

13

0

28

Jacquel Gonzalez

7

17

18

0

29

Justin Neyra

3

22

18

0

--From AMA Pro Racing

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