HAYDEN AND YATES PODIUM AT MILLVILLE2009-09-06 10:00
Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Tommy Hayden brought home an impressive second-place finish at the first-ever AMA Superbike race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey, on Saturday afternoon.
In the first of two Superbike races of the double-header weekend, Hayden got a decent start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and was in position to card a podium finish for most of the race. After running in third and battling with Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates, Hayden took over the second position. He and Yates continued to battle until the 23-lap race's end, with Hayden in second and Yates in third.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki team mate and newly-crowned 2009 AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin got a great start on his GSXR1000 and was battling back and forth for the lead when he crashed out while in the lead. Unhurt, Mladin did not finish the race.
Finally Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Blake Young struggled a bit with the New Jersey heat and finished up in seventh place.
"The race went all right. The guys shot out of there pretty fast, especially Mat. I was having a little bit of trouble getting going and got shuffled back to fifth or sixth. I was able to fight back there at the end. It seemed like I felt all right, those guys just stretched it out too much... It's all right, second again. It's not super-exciting for me but I feel like I rode pretty good. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 was good and hopefully tomorrow we'll have one more chance to make something happen."
"I was definitely trying in this race. At the beginning a couple guys got away and I was trying to put in some good laps. But I just couldn't get the pace down there where I needed it to be. The front-runners were just inching away and I ended up in a race for second... We have a couple of things to work on with our Jordan Suzuki bikes - it's getting around pretty good but we need to pick up a little grip in the rear, I think, so we can go faster out here in the heat."
"It wasn't a great race but I improved some from qualifying. I got an OK start and just tried to put in some good laps. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 was working pretty good but I think there are some things we can make better for the heat. It was pretty tough out there, but we learned some things today that I think will help us tomorrow and maybe we'll get a better result."
"It started out as a good race. I was pushing pretty hard but I lost the front and crashed. We'll get it all sorted out tonight and then tomorrow we'll have another go."
AMA Superbike Top 10 Finishers:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Tommy Hayden (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
3. Aaron Yates (Jordan Suzuki)
4. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha)
5. Larry Pegram (Ducati)
6. Taylor Knapp (Buell)
7. Blake Young (Rockstar Makita Suzuki)
8. Cory West (Buell)
9. Damian Cudlin (Suzuki)
10. Geoff May (National Guard Jordan Suzuki)
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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