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.
To find the complete results, you can track them down here on the AMA Pro Racing website.
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.
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 the race results, head over the the AMA Website.