Josh Hayes (4) edged Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier (2) in a photo finish to claim the second of Sunday's SuperBike races at Mid-Ohio. Josh Hayes (4) edged Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier (2) in a photo finish to claim the second of Sunday's SuperBike races at Mid-Ohio. Photo by Brian J. Nelson / courtesy AMA Pro Racing

Beaubier, Hayes split Mid-Ohio wins

Written by  on Monday, 21 July 2014 10:36

LEXINGTON, Ohio - The Buckeye SuperBike weekend doubled up the action on Sunday after inclement weather spoiled the fun at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course the day before. All seven AMA Pro Road Racing contests were successfully run on a Sunday that saw Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammates Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes share top honours in the premier AMA Pro SuperBike class.

Hayes took the Race 1 holeshot from pole (the grid was based on points) but Beaubier drove past his teammate on the back straight on lap 6 of 16. Once in control, Beaubier withstood the intense pressure and last-lap assault the three-time champion subjected him to in a concerted attempt to steal away the victory.

The Mississippian blanketed his 21-year-old rival throughout the second half of their intra-team duel, yet the resurgent Beaubier proved unflappable. Hayes made a bid on the final lap, striking momentarily only to have the rookie immediately snatch back the position and ultimately hold on for a thrilling 0.293-second victory at the checkered flag.

"It feels great to be able to beat Josh after a really good battle," said Beaubier. "I know he probably has the championship in the back of his head, but I was pushing hard. ... I had the intention to push the last three laps but I made a few mistakes and ran wide here and there.

“I knew I wasn't going to break him, obviously, so I was just trying to ride protectively. I was braking a little harder going into the corners, (trying to) not use the whole track, and go up the inside of a lot of corners. He did sneak up on me and caught me by surprise. I saw him run a little wide so I stayed out a little wide and cut pretty hard on the inside. It was a good clean race and it was hard."

Hayes was happy with his safe second-place finish.

"It was a good race. I wanted to win it if the opportunity presented itself but I can't be silly either," said Hayes. "I don't like thinking about championships, but you know ... I was trying to be careful, but if he gave me a chance, take it. I took one shot at him on the last lap and I think if it had been anybody else, it would have been a little bit closer of a pass. I wanted to make sure I got all the way through to make sure we got through the corner clean and I overshot it enough that he was able to zip past through."

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing teammates Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas were interested spectators early in the contest, clinging on to the battle for the lead in the race's opening stages before gradually losing touch. Colombian Cardenas was the first to lose the chase, fading back around lap 8, while Kentuckian Hayden dropped out of contention a couple laps later.

The two held their positions, however, with Hayden rounding out the podium in third.

KTM/HMC Racing's Chris Fillmore took a lonely fifth, while third Yoshimura pilot Chris Clark chased down ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing's David Anthony for sixth, with Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing's Larry Pegram just behind in eight.

GEICO Motorcycle Honda's Chris Ulrich and Babuska Racing's Frankie Babuska completed the opening race's top 10.

After being edged by his young teammate earlier in the day, Hayes got his revenge in what proved to be an ever tighter rematch in Race 2.

Again starting from pole (this time due to posting the fastest lap in Race 1), Hayes ran in front with Beaubier close in formation as they quickly broke free from the pack. The lighter Beaubier finally made his move on lap 13 of 16, again powering past at the end of the back straight, in an attempt to duplicate his earlier victory.

However, this time around Hayes made that aggressive last-lap pass that he overshot in the first race stick. Seemingly in strong shape to maintain first from there to the flag, Hayes got off line through the Carousel. That miscue allowed Beaubier to get the drive and rip up alongside him as they sprinted to the stripe.

Too close to call without a review, the photo finish ultimately showed that Hayes held on by mere inches to claim the win.

The narrow triumph was Hayes' 11th AMA Pro Road Racing victory at Mid-Ohio, making him the winningest rider in the event's long history, one up on the legendary Mat Mladin.

"I was thinking about passing him earlier in the race and just kind of mix up my rhythm instead of waiting for some kind of desperate move on the last lap," said Hayes after Race 2. "While I was thinking about these things, we came up and I saw the white flag. I was completely taken by surprise with the white flag. I hadn't been watching the lap board and had no idea it was last lap of the race.

“We were going through Turn 1 and I got a good run and I thought, 'What am I going to do?' I knew what he was expecting. I still felt very confident in there so when I was close enough to have a go, I did and got it stopped. From that point forward, it was probably the ugliest half lap of riding I've ever done in my life.

"I was pretty sloppy in the Carousel but I thought I had it because there are really no passing opportunities. I was just trying to get back to the inside and I ended up losing the front and really botching the last two corners. I never upshifted, I just held second and hit the rev limiter at the line. When I glanced over to my left I actually thought Cameron had got me, but it was so hard to tell right at the line. I was pretty relieved to get to the podium and find out I had won the race. I wanted to win it really bad and I had a lot of fun racing with Cam."

Beaubier said he enjoyed the race as well.

"Josh made a hard, clean pass on me," said Beaubier. "After that I was just looking for any way I could to get around him. He was braking pretty deep trying to not give it away. I tried to set him up coming off the last corner and I didn't know who won.

"Regardless who won today, it was a great race. It's kind of crazy not knowing who won until we came into pit lane."

Hayden finished third for a second time on the day. He actually made inroads on the leaders for a couple laps after losing touch early, but a compound mistake dropped him well and truly out of contention on lap 7. The Kentuckian carried on to claim a lonely third, further enabled by Cardenas' early-race crash in the braking zone at the end of the back straight.

Fillmore took advantage of the Colombian's mistake as well, coming home in fourth while Clark edged TOBC's Racing Suzuki's Taylor Knapp for fifth.

Anthony got off to a poor start and slashed his way up to seventh, while Ulrich and Team AMSOIL Hero EBR's Cory West took eighth and ninth, respectively. Babuska again rounded out the top 10.

Motosport.com/Meen Yamaha's Jake Lewis won the first AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike contest of the day, making a last-lap pass of Jake Gagne to win his second race in a row. Lewis shadowed RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's Gagne until the white flag then made his move at the end of Mid-Ohio's long straight. Gagne fought back, but Lewis was able to hold his line and held the lead until the flag.

"It's huge to get two wins in a row," said Lewis. "I was planning my strategy for the end of the race. I made a pretty good pass on the brakes and blocked from there. There are only a couple of other spots to pass from there."

Riders Discount Racing Triumph's Danny Eslick won the battle for third. The Oklahoman had a good battle with Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha's Garrett Gerloff and Dane Westby. Westby rose up from seventh to take third on the Yamalube/Westby Racing machine by the middle stages of the race, but Eslick rallied to take the position back.

Garrett Gerloff also passed Westby to earn fourth.

Gerloff's teammate JD Beach was sixth, having led the first lap before dropping down the order.

Jason DiSalvo won the second AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Mid-Ohio. DiSalvo topped Gagne for the prize in the red-flagged race, showing great form as he earned the win by being the strongest at the end of the race.

"The team has their heart and soul in this," said New York-born DiSalvo. "They are trying to make the best bike they can. It was great to see all the Northeasterners up here cheering me on."

Gagne now leads the points, earning two second place results on the day. The Californian is seven points ahead of Lewis, who took fourth in race two after winning the opener.

Gerloff was third after trying to hang with the leaders and aggressively moving by Lewis in a bid to hang onto the lead duo. Ultimately, he took the checkered flag almost four and a half seconds back.

Bobby Fong earned an excellent fifth place on his Latus Motors/Castrol/Triumph Racing entry, holding off another former class race winner Blake Young on the GN Gonzalez machine.

Houston Superbikes' Dustin Dominguez won the first AMA Pro SuperSport race at Mid-Ohio. Dominguez ran away from early leader Hayden Gillim of TOBC Racing to take a 3.260-second victory.

Gillim wasn't able to win, but assumed the points lead with his strong second place.

Corey Alexander crashed out of third place midway through the 11-lapper on his HVMC Celtic Racing entry. Alexander, who went down in the Keyhole turn, was tied for the lead in the points before the race.

The battle for third saw Alexander's teammate Wyatt Farris return to the podium.

Dominguez won the second AMA Pro SuperSport race at Mid-Ohio, too. The Oklahoman topped Gillim again, this time by 3.510 seconds after 11 laps. With the win, Dominguez closed to within two points of championship leader Gillim.

Gillim took the lead for good with Alexander's issues in race one. Alexander's bike was pushed off the grid just before the start of race two as well.

Josh Chisum Racing/Bartels Harley-Davidson's Tyler O'Hara snapped his midseason dry spell and returned to the top of the podium following a hard-fought AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series contest.

Five riders were in contention throughout in the seesawing contest that saw Ruthless Racing's Danny Eslick go from first to fifth and back to second, and Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson's Steve Rapp work from fifth to first, only to end up fifth again in the end.

Rapp's teammate, Ben Carlson, finished behind O'Hara and Eslick in third after leading on the final lap in search of his first-ever AMA Pro Road Racing win.

O'Hara's win tightens up the points with the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series next headed to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a doubleheader alongside the MotoGP World Championship on August 8-10. Eslick still leads with 120 points, but O'Hara has drawn closer in second at 114.

Following the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series' Indy doubleheader, the AMA Pro Road Racing season will come to its conclusion and the 2014 champions will be decided at the Kawasaki Devil's Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., Sept. 13-14.

SuperBike Race 1 Results

1

2

Cameron Beaubier

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha

Yamaha R1

16 Laps

WINNER

0:22.845

2

4

Josh Hayes

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha

Yamaha R1

0.293

0.293

0:52.429

3

95

Roger Hayden

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

11.456

11.163

1:26.376

4

36

Martin Cardenas

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

18.947

7.490

1:26.440

5

11

Chris Fillmore

KTM/HMC Racing

KTM RC8R

32.299

13.352

1:27.658

6

6

Chris Clark

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

40.943

8.644

1:28.483

7

25

David Anthony

ADR Motorsports, Sic, Motul Fly Racin

Suzuki GSX-R1000

41.777

0.833

1:28.704

8

72

Larry Pegram

Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing

EBR 1190RS

41.894

0.116

1:28.504

9

18

Chris Ulrich

GEICO Motorcycle Racing

Honda CBR1000RR

57.503

15.609

1:29.616

10

16

Frankie Babuska

Babuska Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

1:01.539

4.036

1:30.000

11

13

Cory West

Team AMSOIL Hero

EBR 1190RS

1:10.246

8.706

1:30.296

12

76

Bernat Martinez

Proto-Tech Spain

Yamaha R1

1:24.282

14.035

1:30.381

13

44

Taylor Knapp

TOBC Racing II

Suzuki GSX-R1000

15 Laps

1 Lap

1:28.512

14

269

Johnny Rock Page

United America All Nations

Suzuki GSX-R1000

53.231

53.231

1:35.269

15

24

Mathew Orange

Orange Construction Racing

BMW S1000RR

3 Laps

12 Laps

1:35.777

Race Time: 23:11.735
Margin of Victory: 0.293

SuperBike Race 2 Results

1

4

Josh Hayes

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha

Yamaha R1

16 Laps

WINNER

1:25.832

30

2

2

Cameron Beaubier

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha

Yamaha R1

0.001

0.001

1:25.884

25

3

95

Roger Hayden

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

21.805

21.804

1:25.959

21

4

11

Chris Fillmore

KTM/HMC Racing

KTM RC8R

28.988

7.183

1:26.806

18

5

6

Chris Clark

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

33.641

4.652

1:27.713

16

6

44

Taylor Knapp

TOBC Racing II

Suzuki GSX-R1000

34.881

1.240

1:27.722

15

7

25

David Anthony

ADR Motorsports, Sic, Motul Fly Racin

Suzuki GSX-R1000

40.452

5.570

1:27.366

14

8

18

Chris Ulrich

GEICO Motorcycle Racing

Honda CBR1000RR

48.147

7.694

1:28.358

13

9

13

Cory West

Team AMSOIL Hero

EBR 1190RS

51.392

3.245

1:28.737

12

10

16

Frankie Babuska

Babuska Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

59.334

7.941

1:29.032

11

11

76

Bernat Martinez

Proto-Tech Spain

Yamaha R1

1:12.901

13.566

1:29.815

10

12

269

Johnny Rock Page

United America All Nations

Suzuki GSX-R1000

15 Laps

1 Lap

1:32.238

9

13

72

Larry Pegram

Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing

EBR 1190RS

12 Laps

3 Laps

1:27.722

8

14

24

Mathew Orange

Orange Construction Racing

BMW S1000RR

9 Laps

3 Laps

1:32.612

7

15

36

Martin Cardenas

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Suzuki GSX-R1000

2 Laps

7 Laps

1:26.545

0

Race Time: 23:04.261
Margin of Victory: 0.001
Best Race Lap: Josh Hayes (1:25.832)

SuperBike Point Standings

1

Josh Hayes

230

2

Cameron Beaubier

190

3

Roger Hayden

176

4

David Anthony

159

5

Chris Clark

148

6

Martin Cardenas

126

7

Chris Fillmore

119

8

Cory West

101

9

Bernat Martinez

80

10

Larry Pegram

71

11

Chris Ulrich

71

12

Frankie Babuska

61

13

Trent Gibson

55

14

Johnny Rock Page

51

15

Taylor Knapp

49

16

Sean Dwyer

30

17

Diego Pierluigi

28

18

Reese Wacker

27

19

Jason Farrell

20

20

Stefano Mesa

20

21

Francois Dumas

19

22

Huntley Nash

17

23

Mathew Orange

17

24

Sebastiao Ferreira

11

25

Kevin Pinkstaff

10

26

Jacquel Gonzalez

7

27

Barrett Long

2

--From AMA Pro Racing

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