-- Hayes wins in New Jersey
More records fell as Josh Hayes extended his historic run of GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing excellence on Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
The conquering Hayes yet again looked to be in a class of his own as he completed the double at the American Red Cross Devil's Showdown presented by Team Pro-Motion.
He quickly ended any dreams his rivals may have held of mounting a challenge on the race's opening laps and steadily built his advantage from there.
Following 23 faultless circulations, Hayes claimed the checkered flag with more than eight seconds to spare to score his 13th victory of the season -- a new all-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike record.
The win also stood as the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha pilot's tenth straight in succession, further extending his series' mark.
Hayes said, "To be able to stretch away and pull away like that... just having pace on people -- that's what racing is all about. I like it and I'm working really hard and having fun."
"It's a big testament to my crew and how hard they've worked. It makes the hard work I've been doing at home feel like a big payoff. I'm glad I'm able to do this for my team."
Hayes' Yamaha teammate, Josh Herrin, gave the squad a third 1-2 result of the '12 season in a fine return to form. After struggling throughout the weekend, Herrin relied on a tactic that has worked well for him in the past. The rookie pushed hard on the opening lap and clung on as long as possible to Hayes' disappearing rear wheel. While he wasn't able to stay there for more than a lap or two, it proved enough to pull him free from majority of his competitors.
However, Herrin's opening lap featured an extra bit of drama as he and Jordan Suzuki's Ben Bostrom made contact while contesting second. The Yamaha pilot pushed his way through in pursuit of Hayes. Bostrom, meanwhile, suffered a less enviable fate, pushed off track and falling all the way down to 15th.
Runner-up Herrin said, "Yesterday was horrible; it was nice to get a good start and be up there today and not have to work twice as hard to get there.
"I was trying to make the least amount of mistakes that I could. Josh had already gotten a little bit of a gap so I was trying to put a gap on them so I didn't have to keep working super hard to keep them from passing me.
"This was probably the worst weekend I'd had all season as far as all the sessions go. It was definitely cool for me to fall and have a race like we did yesterday and bounce back like we did today."
Team Amsoil/Hero's Geoff May worked hard to stick with Herrin but eventually fell into the clutches of Yoshimura Suzuki's Blake Young. The rivals dropped out of podium contention in a Turn 1 incident on lap 17 of 23 that left May and his #99 EBR 1190RS on the ground and Young off-course.
National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden inherited the position and went on to score his sixth podium finish of the '12 season.
"The podium was maybe a gift today," Hayden said. "We pretty much struggled all weekend being consistent. I think I showed up a little bit rusty... But all and all, I'm happy with the podium. My pace was a lot better than yesterday but we still have to cut down the gap to the two Joshes."
Young returned to the fray amidst a group battling for fourth that also included Bostrom, who had successfully charged forward following his early misfortune, Attack Performance Kawasaki's Steve Rapp, and Riders Discount L&L Supply's Taylor Knapp.
Bostrom took control of the position late but was aced on the final lap by Young in a reversal of their Saturday shootout for second.
Rapp picked up sixth, just two tenths ahead of Knapp, while Team Hero EBR's Danny Eslick, Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing BMW's Larry Pegram, and KTM/HMC Racing's Chris Fillmore rounded out the top ten.
Hayes heads to the series' penultimate round at Homestead-Miami Speedway carrying a massive 98-point advantage and in strong position to clinch his third consecutive AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike title a round early.
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
Martin Cardenas and GEICO Suzuki won Sunday's AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race from New Jersey Motorsports Park, his seventh win of the year. Dane Westby (M4 Suzuki) and Bobby Fong (Meen Motorsports) finished just behind Cardenas after the Colombian passed them in the final run to the flag.
"I gave it a go on the last lap and tried to go as fast as I could. I'm happy," Cardenas said.
Earlier in the race, a red flag came out after Tommy Hayden hit fluid on the track from another rider returning to the track after an off-course excursion. Hayden highsided in the water on the track. Cameron Beaubier also crashed, as well as Aaron Gobert and Michael Beck.
After the restart, Cardenas looked to have the race in hand but got shuffled back in the lead pack as the laps counted down. Cardenas said Westby repeatedly made up nearly a half-second in turn ten, which made it tough to close up but he did so on the final lap.
"The bike worked awesome all weekend. I led for about ten or twelve laps and I knew Bobby was right behind me," Cardenas said. "Dane passed me and so did Bobby and they did some good laps. I thought about throwing in the towel but I made one more run. I got a good drive out of the last corner and drafted them on the front straight. I knew all three of us could win. The last few races I was close, so I am glad today worked out for me."
Westby, who started 13th, said he got a bad drive the final time onto the straight. "It just didn't work out for us but a trophy and some champagne is not so bad," he said.
Fong, a fantastic rider on a smaller team, earned the podium this time out. He wanted more, though - a second AMA Pro class victory. "I'm really upset with myself and I timed everything wrong," said Fong. "It's a work in progress and every weekend, we're getting better."
Tommy Aquino was fourth on the Kneedraggers.com Yamaha, ahead of young rider Jake Gagne on the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha. A three-rider pack consisting of Cory West (Vesrah Suzuki), Jake Zemke (Ducshop Ducati), and J.D. Beach (RoadRace Factory/Red Bull) battled for sixth.
Notably, several top riders retired from the race including Jason DiSalvo, Beaubier and Hayden.
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
Latus Motors Triumph's Dustin Dominguez was awarded the victory at the conclusion of another wild AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport contest.
Already halted earlier by a red flag, the race was decided by a second red flag that flew with just three laps remaining.
Saturday winner James Rispoli took the lead from Dominguez aboard his Celtic Racing/Orient Express/Army National Guard Suzuki GSX-R600 on lap 16 of a scheduled 19 and put his head down in a bid to make a late escape.
Dominguez was hot in pursuit and weaved right to overtake a pair of lapped riders on the front straight after Rispoli had powered by them on the left.
Dominguez and Babuska Racing's Chris Starke made contact as he attempted to draft past, sending Starke tumbling down to the tarmac.
The race was called at that point, and when the order was reset to the previous lap, Dominguez was declared the winner.
"The race was going good and James and I were going at it," Dominguez said. "It was unfortunate there at the end. We got into lapped traffic and kind of collided there. I feel horrible -- it's probably one of the most uncomfortable wins I've ever had. I wish it would have come down to the end."
Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki's Jake Lewis took third, coming out on top of a deep, multi-rider struggle for the final podium position.
Lewis finished one spot ahead of National Guard/Fairhills Group/Celtic Racing Suzuki's Corey Alexander, who earlier sliced his way up from ninth to third.
Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha's Garrett Gerloff added yet another top-five result to his tally in his return weekend.
AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series
Shane Narbonne won the New Jersey AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series race, a wild affair with seven riders vying for victory. Local rider Narbonne was able to make a late charge on his Teterboro Rams, LLC-backed Harley-Davidson XR1200 after running in the lead pack to beat the series regulars at their own game.
With seven racers fighting for the lead, including the men who normally dominate the XR1200 class podium, it was easy to overlook Narbonne's fine form in the race - until he bolted into the lead on the last lap.
Narbonne immediately pulled the narrowest of gaps. When XR Showdown points leader Kyle Wyman highsided in turn 11a, no one could catch Narbonne, who earned his first AMA Pro win. "I didn't even really know what lap it was, I just went to the front. I didn't see the white flag, I just went," said Shane. "It's good to win at my home track. I've been working hard for this."
Michael Barnes finished second and ran strong, leading the race several times on his KLR Group/Spyke's HD XR1200, but had fallen to the back of the lead pack near the end of the race. Barnes took advantage of the chaos to jump up to second in the final moments of the contest. Barnes, like third place Tyler O'Hara saw the $60,000 XR Showdown tighten up, with four riders now within four points with two events to go.
"It's great to be back up here on the box. On the last lap, I did the best I could to get past Tyler," said Barnes. "I got shuffled back, one by one. I knew it was coming towards the end. Shane got a good pass on me and then I got passed by (Benny) Carlson and Jake Holden. I got aggressive and stuck up on the outside of him. I was making some progress and then I saw the big incident. I decided to take advantage, so I pushed the bike and got the maximum points for us Showdown riders."
O'Hara, racing for Bartel's Harley-Davidson, said. "The whole race was epic. There was battling every turn. Everyone was riding well and it was great. We're racing really hard but I trust and respect all of these guys."
Benny Carlson, on the Suburban Motors H-D machine, took home fourth. MOB Racing's Jake Holden was fifth, ahead of Travis Wyman on the Harv's H-D bike just 2.221 behind the winner.
Next Up - GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing will next travel to Homestead, FL for the Triumph Big Kahuna Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway on September 21-23 for the penultimate round of the 2012 season.
-- Saturday Report
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."
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.
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