AMA Pro Racing: Road America -- American Superbike Race 1 Decided by Photo Finish



Under a rapidly darkening Wisconsin sky, Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes beat Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Tommy Hayden for the win in today's first American Superbike race of the weekend.  Hayes quickly assumed the lead at turn three of the first lap and Hayden shadowed him for most of the race, never trailing by over a quarter-second. By lap eight Hayes' R1 was getting a little squirmy in the corners as an eerily smooth on the brakes Hayden kept applying relentless pressure. On the next lap, Hayden showed his hand with a Duhamel Draft up the final hill to pip Hayes at the line, but the Graves Yamaha rider braked late into turn 1 and kept the lead. Hayden maintained steady pressure on the leader, showing him a wheel through the Kink and Canada Corners.

Hayden duplicated his drafting strategy coming up the ten storey hill to start/finish and took the lead going into the penultimate lap. On the last go-round, coming off the 180mph back straight into turn five, Hayes outbraked Hayden to take the lead for what would turn out to be the last time.  Although Hayden made a strong charge coming up to the line for the checkers and timing showed him with a .001 margin of victory, a photo replay showed that Hayes had taken the win by a wheel's length distance.

Hayden's Rockstar Makita teammate, Blake Young, ran a lonely third for most of the race until Larry Pegram caught up and passed the Wisconsin native on lap twelve but Young regrouped and passed the the Foremost Ducati rider on the last corner for the final step on the box.


Pos No. Rider(s) Team Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Points
1 4 Josh Hayes Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 13 Laps   2:13.427 32
2 22 Tommy Hayden Rockstar ·Makita ·Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.000 0.000 1:58.528 25
3 79 Blake Young Rockstar ·Makita ·Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 8.112 8.111 2:13.277 21
4 72 Larry Pegram Foremost Insurance ·Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R 8.180 0.068 2:13.554 18
5 54 Jake Zemke National Guard Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 13.389 5.209 2:13.847 16
6 3 Jake Holden M4 Monster Energy Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 15.227 1.837 2:14.494 15
7 155 Ben Bostrom Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1 15.291 0.064 2:14.334 14
8 44 Taylor Knapp Suzuki GSX-R1000 29.866 14.574 2:14.688 13
9 23 Brett McCormick Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 30.028 0.162 2:15.597 12
10 18 Chris Ulrich M4 Monster Energy Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 34.113 4.084 2:15.790 11
11 99 Geoff May Erik Buell Racing Buell 1125RR 40.423 6.310 2:15.895 10
12 7 Shane Narbonne Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:14.540 34.117 2:18.739 9
13 975 Ron Hix Hix Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:27.428 12.887 2:19.505 8
14 48 Chris Clark Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1 1:28.385 0.957 2:19.568 7
15 71 Tim Hunt Hooters ·Apex Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:49.715 21.329 2:20.888 6
16 9 Eric Haugo Viking Moto Suzuki GSX-R1000 2:05.627 15.912 2:22.287 5
17 12 Trent Gibson Gibson Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000 DNF DNF -no times- 0
18 2 Eric Pinson Blue Moon Liberty Waves BMW BMW S1000RR DNF DNF -no times- 0
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Sounds like a great battle. Wish I could have been there.

I really like all the AMA riders but Josh Hayes seems to be a great and down to earth fellow. I wish him good luck with his title quest.

Since Vale is out for at least 6 weeks (bummer) maybe Josh can fill in for him at a couple of the races? (smile) Now wouldn't that stir the MotoGP pot a bit!

Championship race is really starting to heat up. Zemke couldn't manage better than 5th for the Jordan squad in Race 1. Hayes has taken a slim 3 pt lead in the championship heading.

Assuming all goes well tomorrow, you've got to say things look pretty good for Hayes. He deserves an AMA SBK title with the way he's been riding and his dedication to the sport. Really almost all of the older guys out there deserve an SBK title.

I really haven't been following AMA Superbike lately, but does anyone know what happened to John Hopkins? I could of swore he was back in AMA running with the M4 team.

"Really almost all of the older guys out there deserve an SBK title".

What the hell, lets give DuHamel and Hacking a title too while we are at it.

I give Alot of credit to Hayes cuz he works his ASS off, Yamaha has spent too much $$ on Disalvo and Bostrom and where are they now?? And if Hayes wins the title at the end of the yr. Then What?? Then he won the title!. WSBK, MOTOGP?? Sorry but afraid NOT.

American Honda spent half their budget in 02 to get Nicky a ride in GP's, Suzuki told Spies to fly a Kite and they are kickin themselves in the ass. American Roadracing needs to step up, cuz Big Ben may be our last hope for yrs to come.

Roger is better than people care to realize. If Pietri hadn't nearly ended his career in 2008, I suspect things would be a lot different for him. He's stuck in Europe on miserable equipment, but that could change. He hasn't been at the pointy end for 3 seasons now due to injury and poor equipment. These last 3 seasons away from the front are the biggest impediment to his success in the long run.