Tommy Hayden wins second Supersport race of the season; takes points lead
SONOMA, Calif. (May 15, 2005) - Reigning AMA Supersport champion Tommy Hayden and series runner-up Roger Hayden gave an outstanding performance aboard their Kawasaki NINJA® ZX-6RR motorcycles as AMA motorcycle road racing returned to Infineon Raceway last weekend for the Kawasaki Superbike Showdown.
In AMA Supersport action, Tommy captured his third pole of the season while Roger qualified fifth. When the race began Sunday afternoon, both Haydens were at the front of the pack and charging for the lead. Tommy passed Jason Disalvo for the lead on lap five and kept his Kawasaki ZX6-RR sport bike out front for the duration of the race. Roger moved into fourth on lap nine and held his position until the checkered flag dropped. Attack Kawasaki rider Ben Attard finished seventh.
The win was Tommy's second Supersport victory of the season and the 13th of his career. The win, which ties him for second place for the all-time AMA win record with Mike Smith, moves him into the Supersport points lead with 141 points.
"I was trying not to make any mistakes," said Tommy. "I was just trying to stay focused, keep my head down and keep quick enough lap times on my Kawasaki so it wasn't easy for them to set me up."
In the AMA Superstock race, Tommy and Roger battled with several riders after the start with Roger in seventh and Tommy in ninth by the end of the first lap. As the pair battled for the front, Tommy reached fifth by lap nine and Roger was close behind his brother in sixth. Tommy made a formidable charge on the lead group for the remainder of the race ultimately finishing fifth while Roger crossed the line in seventh place.
During Saturday's AMA Superbike race, Attack Kawasaki rider Josh Hayes kept a consistent pace with the rest of the lead group to claim fifth place, his highest finish of the season. Hayes' teammate Ben Attard qualified third for Saturday's AMA Formula Xtreme event and captured his first podium finish of the season, taking third after the 17-lap event was red flagged during lap ten. Hayes also competed in the second Superbike race on Sunday and finished eighth.
Racing resumes when the teams head to Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., May 21 - 22.
Source: Freeman/McCue Public Relations