Hayes Rides To Road America Glory
Team Hero’s Geoff May was the final rider Herrin worked past, finishing as the top EBR 1190RS in the field with his seventh-place finish.
Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing’s David Anthony, KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore, and Team RSRacecraft EBR’s Cory West rounded out the top 10.
Cameron Beaubier may have checked out in his win in GoPro Daytona SportBike at Road America on Saturday, but there were plenty of battles throughout the field that kept the event exciting until the very end.
Beaubier, on his Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6, was shadowed closely in the opening laps by fellow young gun Jake Gagne, racing for RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha. Beaubier won by 2.693 seconds, not quite the dominating performance he showed at Daytona, but a clear victory nonetheless.
“Jake kept me honest, but my bike has been awesome all weekend,” said Beaubier. The victory continued Cameron’s perfect record in 2013. “It’s been awesome, and I want to keep the ball rolling and stay focused.”
After the early moments, Gagne was never challenged from his second position.
“Cameron took off today,” said Gagne. “I made a few little mistakes, but we’ll go back and try to improve on that from tomorrow.”
The fight for third between Gagne’s teammate J.D. Beach and Meen Motorsports’ Jake Lewis, however, went down to the line. The Kentucky residents traded the position throughout the race, but Beach was able to join his teammate on the podium.
“We raced together a lot this winter,” Beach said. “I tried to show him who was boss, but it was a fun race.”
A four-rider train battled for fifth. Dane Westby (GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing), who hoped to get a positive start to his campaign for the 2013 title after missing Daytona with an injury, led the group into turn one on the last lap but was shuffled to the back of the pack by the finish and earned eighth. Garrett Gerloff put his Y.E.S.-backed Yamaha into fifth, as Bobby Fong (D&D Cycles Triumph) and James Rispoli on the National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki also made moves on Westby to finish sixth and seventh, respectively.
Saturday’s AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race saw Corey Alexander earn a hard-fought victory over Stefano Mesa at the 4.05-mile circuit. Alexander (National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki) was able to distance himself from Mesa after the Colombian ran wide at turn five on the last lap, allowing Alexander to escape and win by 1.118 seconds.
“I wanted to get out front and see if they could stay with me,” said Alexander. “I thought Stefano would try me in turn five the last time. He did and went a little wide. My team gave me a great bike. Stefano had a good clean race, and we had some passing and battling. I didn’t hear him beside me coming up the hill the last time.”
After winning last year, Mesa said he might have used up too much tire during the race.
“We had a good time racing with Corey,” Mesa said. “Hats off to Corey. We had a good and clean race.”
Mesa, racing a Motosport.com RSRacecraft Yamaha, was able to hold off third-place racer Jeffrey Tigert. Tigert ran strong and remained with the leaders until the very end.
“These guys were riding really well,” said Tigert, who rides for Baby Appleseed CM Motorsport. “I was happy to stick with them. I was happy to get on the box for the first time.”
RoadRace Factory/Red Bull’ s Tomas Puerta finished fourth after taking a race-long fight with Mach Modified’s David Sadowski, Jr. After qualifying on the front row, Ricardo Valdez (Southeast Sales) backed it up with a sixth-place finish on Saturday.
Series regulars Sebastiao Ferreira and Travis Wyman had another great battle, with the Brazilian rider Ferreira taking the position over New Yorker Wyman.
Defending AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series king Michael Barnes claimed the provisional pole for Sunday’s seven-lap contest.
Barnes laid down a 2.37.439 lap to outpace Suburban Harley-Davidson’s Ben Carlson (2:38.307), Eco Fuel Saver/Scrubblade/Bartels’ Tyler O’Hara, and Harv’s Harley-Davidson’s Travis Wyman, who complete the provisional front row.