Hayes Takes SuperBike Win in Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. (May 5, 2012) -- Yamaha's Josh Hayes continued his mastery of Infineon Raceway on Saturday, taking the victory in the 22-lap feature for AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike at the Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam.
It was Hayes' fifth-career SuperBike win on the 12-turn, 2.32-mile road course and his fifth in seven races in Sonoma. Blake Young (Suzuki) took second, with Danny Eslick (Eric Buell Racing) third in the AMA Pro Road Racing event.
Hayes hopes to make it a sweep of the doubleheader weekend on Sunday.
"Obviously the race went really well and went to plan," said Hayes, who started on the pole and led wire-to-wire. "I was glad to get a good start. I've been getting beat up on the starts so far this year, but got a good run at the line and had a clear track. I think there is some more pace in the bike, and I feel like I can maintain a faster pace, if push comes to shove."
It was Hayes' third SuperBike win of the season and 20th of his career, tying him with Fred Merkel for fourth place all-time. He maintains his SuperBike points lead, 148-135, over Young.
Martin Cardenas (Suzuki) and Jason DiSalvo (Triumph) staged a thrilling battle in the 22-lap feature for AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, with Cardenas taking the checkers. It was the 20th career win for Cardenas, 19 coming in SportBike, an ongoing AMA record. With the victory, Cardenas remained atop the SportBike point standings.
Cardenas and DiSalvo dueled throughout the race, with the Colombian native taking the lead for good on Lap 20. He took the checkers by just 1.460 seconds over DiSalvo.
Dustin Dominguez (Triumph) took the win in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport 18-lap feature on Saturday, with James Rispoli (Suzuki) second and Jake Lewis (Suzuki) third. It was the first win of the season for Dominguez. Discovery Bay's Elena Myers (Suzuki) placed 13th.
In qualifying for Vance and Hines VR1200, Kyle Wyman took the pole.
For complete results, go to: http://amaproracing.com/rr/events/results.cfm?year=2012&eid=2012011215
Action returns on Sunday at Infineon Raceway with four main events scheduled in Vance & Hines XR1200 (12:30 p.m.), Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport (1:15 p.m.), Daytona SportBike (2:15 p.m.) and National Guard SuperBike (3:30 p.m.). There will also be main events in TTXGP eGrandPrix Championships and Supermoto USA. Gates open at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.infineonraceway.com/ama. All times Pacific.