Josh Hayes takes AMA Superbike Crown

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Blake Young won the final race of the AMA National Guard Pro Superbike series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, but it was Team Graves Yamaha rider Josh Hayes who prevailed this weekend to win the championship by a 14 point margin over Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden. Hayes finished second behind Hayden on Saturday meaning the Suzuki rider still had a slim chance at the title the next day in the season finale. But Hayes’ conservative seventh place finish on Sunday was all he needed to hold on to his spot atop the standings, as Hayden could only manage fourth on a rain soaked track. Hayes was the runner up in the 2009 championship. This is his  first American superbike title and the first for Yamaha since 1991. 

Canadian Brett McCormick had a disappointing weekend to end to his first AMA superbike season. The Jordan Suzuki rider came together with Attack Performance Suzuki’s Eric Bostrom during a battle for fifth on the last lap of race one. McCormick managed to finish tenth and Bostrom 12th. A leg injury suffered during the incident ended Bostrom’s season prematurely, while McCormick made to the final contest on Sunday but ended his season by crashing out in front of Hayes while running seventh (Hayes had to run onto wet grass to avoid disaster). Still, it was an impressive run for the Saskatoon teenager, who began the year at Daytona with a self funded ride and then replaced the injured Aaron Yates on the Jordan team from round two on, to ultimately finish 9th in the championship standings. It will be interesting to see where he ends up next year.

Barber Motorsports Park AMA Superbike Race 1 Results

1 Tommy Hayden Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000

2 Josh Hayes Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1

3 John Hopkins Monster Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000

4 Blake Young Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000

5 Taylor Knapp RidersDiscount.com Suzuki GSX-R1000

6 Geoff May Buell Buell

7 Jake Holden Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1

8 Jeff Wood Suzuki GSX-R1000

9 Shane Narbone Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000

10 Brett McCormickJordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000

11 Ricky Corey Yamaha YZF-R1

12 Eric Bostrom Attack Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000

13 Chris Clark Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1

14 Trent Gibson Gibson Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000

15 Eric Haugo Viking Moto Suzuki GSX-R1000

16 Skip Salenius Run 1 Racing Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000

17 JRP Aussie Dave Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000

18 Larry Pegram Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R

 

Barber Motorsports Park AMA Superbike Race 2 Results

1 Blake Young Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000

2 John Hopkins Monster Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000

3 Larry Pegram Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R

4 Tommy Hayden Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000

5 Jake Zemke National Guard Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000

6 Geoff May Erik Buell Racing Buell 1125RR

7 Josh Hayes Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1

8 Taylor Knapp RidersDiscount.com Suzuki GSX-R1000

9 Trent Gibson Gibson Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000

10 Jeff Wood Suzuki GSX-R1000

11 Shane NarbonneCeltic Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000

12 Chris Peris Team Iron Horse BMW BMW S1000RR

13 Ricky Corey Yamaha YZF-R1

14 Sean Dwyer Suzuki GSX-R1000

15 Skip Salenius Yamaha YZF-R1

16 Johnny Rock Page Suzuki GSX-R1000

17 Eric Haugo Suzuki GSX-R1000

 

2010 AMA Superbike Championship Final Standings

1 Josh Hayes 466

2 Tommy Hayden 452

3 Jake Zemke 332

4 Larry Pegram 297

5 Ben Bostrom 295

6 Blake Young 283

7 Taylor Knapp 227

8 Chris Ulrich 188

9 Brett McCormick 180

10 John Hopkins 151

11 Geoff May 143

12 Chris Clark 129

13 Shane Narbonne 120

14 Jake Holden 107

15 Chris Peris 69

 

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