Young Turns Tables on Hayes & Takes Win in Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. (May 6, 2012) -- Suzuki's Blake Young benefited from an early-race mishap by Yamaha's Josh Hayes and went on to take the victory on Sunday at the Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway.
Hayes, who won Saturday's AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike feature and was heavily favored to make it a sweep on Sunday, lost control of his bike on Lap 2 at Turn 9, opening the door for Young to take the lead and power on to victory. Hayes, who had won five of the last seven SuperBike features in Sonoma, rebounded from the mishap to take seventh place, his worst showing of the year.
"I saw Josh go down and thought 'wow,' " said Young. "I saw him moving around so I knew he was OK and I just thought’ this is the race we need.’ We had been struggling all weekend long, but the Yoshimura Suzuki guys have been working hard and we were able to put it on top of the box today."
Said Hayes, "I was just riding hard. (Teammate Josh) Herrin was right there, and I wanted to stay in front. I rode too hard into the turn."
Young was followed by Roger Hayden (Suzuki), Geoff May (Eric Buell Racing), Ben Bostrom (Suzuki) and Chris Fillmore (KTM). It was the third victory of the season for Young and his first at Infineon Raceway. It couldn't have come at a better time as he closed the gap to four points with series-leader Hayes (166-162).
"Josh isn't going to give it to me, we're going to have to earn it," Young said.
"Well, it puts on a better show for the championship, right?" Hayes said. "It's not what I wanted. I didn't want it to happen, but that's what it is now."
Jason DiSalvo (Triumph) posted his first win of the season by taking the checkers in Daytona SportBike. Tommy Hayden (Yamaha) was second with Antelope's Joey Pascarella (Yamaha) third. Points leader Martin Cardenas (Suzuki) suffered a late-race mishap and was well off the pace in 22nd.
It was DiSalvo's third-career win in SportBike in Sonoma; he swept the doubleheader last year.
In Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport, James Rispoli (Suzuki) took the victory by just 0.411 seconds over Dustin Dominguez (Triumph) in a hotly-contested battle. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha) rounded out the top three. It was Rispoli's fourth-career SuperSport win and his second of the season. Discovery Bay's Elena Myers took 11th.
Michael Barnes took the win in both the TTXGP eGrandPrix Championship feature, as well as the Vance and Hines VR1200 main event.
For complete results, visit http://www.amaproracing.com/rr/events/results.cfm?year=2012&eid=2012011215.