From AMA Pro Racing
BIRMINGHAM, AL - Despite the onslaught of severe thunderstorms Friday morning in Birmingham, the AMA Pro Road Racing teams remained undaunted. When the weather finally cleared, they successfully wrapped up the first round of qualifying in the Barber SuperBike Classic Weekend at the scenic, 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park.
In the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike class, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes remained unstoppable. Hayes has taken every pole position this season and held the provisional pole at Barber at the end of Friday, thanks to a fast lap of 1:25.980. Next on the grid was Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Tommy Hayden, who notched a victory at Barber last year and declared his intention to repeat in 2011 with a best provisional time of 1:26.157. Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki teammates Ben Bostrom (1:26.848) and Roger Hayden (1:26.850) rounded out the SuperBike front row.
"I struggled with some grip early on," said Hayes. "We wanted to run through all the tire combinations we had, and we went to the tire we raced last year. The bike was pretty good, [and] some of the changes the team made definitely helped.
"I was a little surprised to see a 25 today; I didn't think the track was ready for that. I definitely have some ideas for tomorrow. There have been several weekends this year where, by this time in the weekend, the bike's pretty good and I'm not sure where else to go with the set-up, but I feel like I have a few things I can improve for tomorrow."
In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, Josh Herrin was sitting in the proverbial catbird seat. Winner of the last three Daytona SportBike races, the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha rider nabbed the provisional pole position with a fastest lap of 1:29.582, turned on his final lap of qualifying. Second was Jason DiSalvo on the Team Latus Motors Ducati, who posted a fastest time of 1:29.780. Third was fellow Ducati rider P.J. Jacobson (Celtic Racing/Fast by Ferracci), who put in a lap of 1:30.134 and was closely followed by Vesrah Suzuki's Cory West with a time of 1:30.238.
"This is a track I like coming to," said Herrin, "but I've also been on a pretty good roll. It's nice to come to a race weekend and know you're the guy to beat. I got some rain riding in this morning and I was happy to post P1 because there's a chance it might rain tomorrow morning, and I wanted to put in a good lap just in case."
In AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport, recent Miller Motorsports Park winner Cory Alexander set the top time of 1:31.581 before a minor get-off sidelined him for the remainder of qualifying. Following a close second was two-time 2011 race winner David Gaviria (1:31.959) on his LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha. Benny Solis -- another two-time 2011 Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race winner -- was third, with a lap time of 1:32.034 on his Roadracingworld.com Honda. Rounding out the front row was Road America winner Travis Wyman and his Harv's Harley-Davidson AB1 Motorsports Yamaha (1:32.056).
"We were third or fourth, and we came in and put on a different tire and went back out," said Alexander. "I did one fast lap, and that was the fastest lap that we did. I think there was a little bit of seepage after all the rain we had this morning, and I went into Turn 2 and I just hit a seam and it tucked the front end. So I sat there for about 12 minutes and hoped nobody went faster. My Vesrah Suzuki is really good, so tomorrow I think we can go even faster."
SuperBike Qualifying Results
1. Josh Hayes (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha) Yamaha YZF-R1 1:25.980
2. Tommy Hayden (Rockstar ·Makita ·Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +0.177
3. Ben Bostrom (Jordan Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +0.868
4. Roger Hayden (National Guard Jordan Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +0.870
5. Blake Young (Rockstar ·Makita ·Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +0.904
6. Larry Pegram (Pegram Racing) BMW S1000RR +1.073
7. Steve Rapp (San Diego BMW/Locust Powered by Lee`s Cycle) BMW S1000RR +1.300
8. Martin Cardenas (M4 Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +1.320
9. Geoff May (Amsoil EBR Racing) Buell 1125R +1.579
10. Chris Peris (Team Iron Horse BMW ·ESP) BMW S1000RR +1.970
11. Chris Clark (Yamaha Extended Service, Pat Clark Sports, Graves, Yamaha) Yamaha YZF-R1 +2.670
12. JD Beach (Cycle World Attack Performance) Kawasaki ZX-10R +3.478
13. Jeremy Toye (San Diego BMW/Locust Powered by Lee`s Cycle) BMW S1000RR +3.574
14. Jordan Burgess (ADR Fly Racing) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +4.880
15. Chris Trounson (San Diego BMW/Locust Powered by Lee`s Cycle) BMW S1000RR +5.176
16. Trent Gibson (Seven Sports) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +5.694
17. Reese Wacker (Wacker Racing LLC) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +5.721
18. Danny Kelsey (M & M Roadracing) Honda CBR1000RR +5.991
19. Skip Salenius (Karma Tequila Racing) Yamaha YZF-R1 +6.529
20. Kevin Boisvert (Bayside Performance) Suzuki GSX-R1000 +7.303
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Hayes stays hot in deep south
From AMA Pro Racing