Josh Hayes (4) topped Martin Cardenas (36) and Cameron Beaubier (2) in the second SuperBike race at Barber, while Roger Hayden (95) slipped to fifth at the finish. Josh Hayes (4) topped Martin Cardenas (36) and Cameron Beaubier (2) in the second SuperBike race at Barber, while Roger Hayden (95) slipped to fifth at the finish. Photo by Brian J. Nelson / courtesy AMA Pro Racing

Hayes completes Barber SuperBike sweep

Written by  on Sunday, 22 June 2014 22:09

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Monster Energy Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes completed the Triumph SuperBike Classic weekend sweep Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park, putting on a clinic in Race 2 of the AMA Pro SuperBike class.

The cagey three-time premier class champion exploited the Saturday misfortune endured by his three biggest threats for victory - teammate Cameron Beaubier and the Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing duo of Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas - and cruised to an easy victory.

Armed with the knowledge that all three had crashed in the heat on Saturday and were likely still suffering both physically and psychologically as a result, Hayes dropped the hammer from the start. He didn't allow his challengers a chance to find their footing or work up their confidence, dropping them right from the race's opening corners.

The Mississippian assembled an advantage of over 12 seconds before calling off the dogs late. He backed down his pace with just a few laps remaining and ultimately eased his way to a near-eight second margin of victory at the checkered flag.

The win represented a triple-double of sorts, as Hayes equaled the Barber Motorsports Park feat of the legendary Mat Mladin (2007-2009) by claiming six straight victories over three years at the impressive facility.

"It was a lot different race than I expected and how I expected it to play out, being able to get a little gap early and being able to stretch it out pretty quickly," Hayes said. "I was happy to be able to kind of cruise toward the end of the race and just be careful. I feel a little lucky all of these guys have a rough-and-tumble day yesterday and that kind of leaned in my favour."

Rookie Beaubier's confidence appeared to be the one to take the biggest hit following a string of front-end falls. The 21-year-old made a pair of early mistakes and dropped well off the fight for second, which turned into an all-Yoshimura affair with Cardenas running directly in front of Hayden for the race's opening 14 laps.

However, Beaubier slowly rediscovered his mojo and ran the two down from over five seconds back, arriving in Hayden's wheel tracks with eight laps remaining. Hayden then started a rapid descent in the opposite direction at that point, ultimately falling to fifth, one position behind the surging David Anthony of ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing, who continued his run of all top fives in 2014.

It looked to be only a matter of time before Beaubier overtook Colombian Cardenas as well, but the rising star made yet another mistake on lap 19 of 21. He stayed upright but thought better of resuming the chase, accepting a podium finish in third.

"It feels very good," Cardenas said. "I feel for sorry for my mechanics because I destroyed the bike yesterday. They did a great job building the bike back up and I just wanted to get a good result today. We ended up second and that's pretty good. We're looking forward to the next race. Hopefully we won't make mistakes and improve a little bit."

Beaubier also expressed his apologies to his mechanics, who he did repay with the podium finish.

"I felt really bad for my team yesterday, crashing two bikes within eight laps or so on track," Beaubier said. "So I have to give it up to those guys for getting me back on track. To tell you the truth, I'm pretty happy with a third right now after the rough day I had yesterday. I made a lot of mistakes in that race - I'm going to go back and figure out what we need to do to move forward."

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Chris Clark backed up the first podium of his AMA Pro Road Racing career by coming home in sixth a day later. He was followed to the stripe by GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda's Chris Ulrich.

Ulrich hounded Clark on track but was 10 seconds adrift in the official results after getting hit with a 10-second penalty for anticipating the start. However, the finishing order was the same.

Team AMSOIL Hero EBR's Cory West was awarded eighth, one position ahead of Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing's Larry Pegram, who took his EBR 1190RS to ninth despite being assessed a 10-second start penalty of his own.

Vicious Cycle Racing's Sean Dwyer picked up his second top-10 result of the weekend in 10th.

It was a weekend to forget for HMC/KTM Racing's Chris Fillmore. After his bike overheated late in Saturday's race while holding down a podium position, Fillmore encountered electrical problems with both his 'A' and 'B' bikes on Sunday and was forced to retire after running just a single lap.

Hayes now boasts an imposing 29-point lead with the season just past its halfway point. Anthony continues to rank in second (145-116) while Hayden (113), Beaubier (110) and Clark (105) all remain well within in striking distance of the Australian.

Dane Westby made it a double GoPro Daytona SportBike victory at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday, capping off a charge through the field to repeat his Saturday performance. Westby won the race by 0.235 seconds over MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha’s Jake Lewis and RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's Jake Gagne.

"For a second there, it looked like I didn't have much for 'em, but I was telling myself I was as fast as anybody out there and I proved it yesterday. And here we are today," said Westby. "Just an amazing feeling - it's my first double. Like I said yesterday, everybody out there watching, you can do it too. I came from clubs and here I am."

Westby trailed early, running as deep as sixth well into the race, but systematically picked off rivals until he led. The Oklahoman was remarkably quick in the final section and overtook several competitors in the long right-hander, the track's penultimate corner.

Lewis valiantly attempted to pick up his first class win. For many laps, he chased Gagne at the front as it looked like a showdown of the Jakes before Westby flew past them both.

Castrol/Triumph/Sportbike Track Time's Jason DiSalvo was fourth, just missing out on a podium at his home track.

JD Beach had closed on the lead group but made a mistake on the last lap, going for a wild ride before gaining control of his Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha.

Latus Motors Racing's Bobby Fong crashed out of a potential podium spot on the last lap.

Houston Superbikes' Dustin Dominguez won his first AMA Pro SuperSport race of the year on Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park. The Oklahoman had a tough battle with Saturday’s winner, Hayden Gillim of TOBC Racing, and upstart Kaleb De Keyrel of De Keyrel Racing, but Dominguez earned his seventh career AMA Pro SuperSport victory and the first of 2014 with a solid run.

Dominguez took over from Gillim on lap four with a pass at the Museum Turn. When the trio made it back around to the stripe, just 0.019 seconds separated the three riders as lap five began.

From then on, Dominguez managed his gap to the flag. His final margin was 1.178 seconds.

Gillim managed to work into a tie in points with Corey Alexander as the series heads into the next round.

Alexander (CELTIC/HVMC Racing) was fourth but never really challenged on Sunday. He was over 15 seconds behind Dominguez.

Mexico's Erick Sanchez (EYK Racing Team) was fifth as he barely held off a group fighting for the position. Sanchez was 0.001 seconds ahead of D&D Cycles pilot Miles Thornton.

Defending AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson champ Steve Rapp took out his early-season frustrations on the opposition Sunday in Alabama. The Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson star registered a dominating ride in the 11-lap Harley-Davidson final, ripping free from the pack early and extending his advantage by more than a second per lap en route to a lopsided 11.114-second margin of victory.

 While Rapp did his best to take away any suspense over the race's winner from the opening lap, there was plenty of bar-banging excitement courtesy of a frantic scrap for second. Five riders contested the position with an unwavering sense of urgency until lap six, at which point KWR/Millennium Technologies' Kyle Wyman tumbled out of third.

Wyman's exit didn't make things much easier for Ruthless Racing's Danny Eslick, who still had to deal with three hungry riders seeking the runner-up position - Josh Chisum Racing/Bartels Harley-Davidson's Tyler O'Hara, Rapp's Suburban Motors teammate, Ben Carlson, and Six-Four Motorsports' Shane Narbonne.

Eslick ultimately held strong, but for the second race in a row, title leader O'Hara was aced by Carlson on the last lap and pushed down to fourth. Narbonne took an impressive top five.

O'Hara still leads the title race by a single point over former class champ Eslick, 66-65.

The stars of AMA Pro Road Racing will share the spotlight with world-class company as the GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is up next. The joint AMA Pro-FIM event will take place on July 11-13 in Monterey, California.

SuperBike Race Results

1

4

Josh Hayes

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha

Yamaha R1

21 Laps

WINNER

1:25.695

30

2

36

Martin Cardenas

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

7.807

7.807

1:26.026

25

3

2

Cameron Beaubier

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha

Yamaha R1

12.305

4.497

1:26.282

21

4

25

David Anthony

ADR Motorsports, Sic, Motul Fly Racin

Suzuki GSX-R1000

18.746

6.441

1:27.066

18

5

95

Roger Hayden

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

29.328

10.582

1:26.522

16

6

6

Chris Clark

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

42.257

12.928

1:28.077

15

7

18

Chris Ulrich

GEICO Motorcycle Racing

Honda CBR1000RR

52.754

10.497

1:27.947

14

8

13

Cory West

Team AMSOIL Hero

EBR 1190RS

53.903

1.148

1:28.288

13

9

72

Larry Pegram

Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing

EBR 1190RS

55.890

1.987

1:28.162

12

10

361

Sean Dwyer

Vicious Cycle Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

1:09.005

13.114

1:29.507

11

11

17

Trent Gibson

Seven Sports

Kawasaki ZX-10

1:22.773

13.768

1:29.492

10

12

269

Johnny Rock Page

United America All Nations

Suzuki GSX-R1000

20 Laps

1 Lap

1:31.306

9

13

16

Frankie Babuska

Babuska Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

14 Laps

6 Laps

1:31.577

8

14

78

Reese Wacker

Pilot Travel Centers Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

4 Laps

10 Laps

1:29.152

0

15

11

Chris Fillmore

KTM/HMC Racing

KTM RC8R

DNF

DNF

DNF

0

16

76

Bernat Martinez

Proto-Tech Spain

Yamaha R1

DNS

DNS

-no times-

Race Time: 30:27.510
Margin of Victory: 7.807
Best Race Lap: Josh Hayes (1:25.695)

SuperBike Point Standings

1

Josh Hayes

145

1*

21

2*

1*

1*#

1*#

4

2

David Anthony

116

5

5

5

2

2

4

0

3

Roger Hayden

113

2#

2#

4

3

13

5

0

4

Cameron Beaubier

110

3

1*

1#

13#

15

3

2

5

Chris Clark

105

4

4

6

4

3

6

0

6

Martin Cardenas

90

12

3

3

7

16

2

0

7

Chris Fillmore

69

6

6

7

5

12

15

0

8

Cory West

65

9

9

9

15

5

8

0

9

Trent Gibson

55

16

15

12

9

8

11

0

10

Larry Pegram

50

22

16

15

6

4

9

0

11

Bernat Martinez

48

11

13

14

8

11

0

12

Chris Ulrich

46

13

10

8

14

14

7

0

13

Frankie Babuska

39

11

11

10

13

0

14

Sean Dwyer

30

17

22

6

10

0

15

Diego Pierluigi

28

7

7

0

16

Reese Wacker

27

15

14

7

14

0

17

Taylor Knapp

26

8

8

0

18

Johnny Rock Page

26

19

18

9

12

0

19

Jason Farrell

20

10

12

0

20

Stefano Mesa

20

10

12

0

21

Francois Dumas

19

13

10

0

22

Huntley Nash

17

14

11

0

23

Jacquel Gonzalez

7

18

17

0

24

Mathew Orange

2

21

19

0

25

Barrett Long

2

20

20

0

--From AMA Pro Racing

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