Blake Young and Josh Hayes put on a fantastic show during the AMA Superbike race at Miller Motorsports Park. Hayes and Hayden swapped spots more than 10 times throughout a thrilling race in Utah, but in the end, it was Young who took home the win.
"From the beginning of the race I just tried to find a comfortable pace and hit my marks," Young said. "Hayes was running a little faster than I was comfortable with, so I kept chasing him and then tried to settle back down into my pace. Then I decided to just put my head down and push all the way through. I wanted to leave it all on the track.
Young would end up winning by .7 seconds, but that doesn't show how close the race actually was. Hayes was awarded a point at the end of the race, but he would have preferred the race win.
"It was just good racing," Hayes said. "Neither one of us wanted to give up. On the last lap, he was definitely running well... the back kicked out on me and all of sudden I went from trying to figure out how to win the race, to trying to keep Tommy behind me."
At the end of the race, both riders complimented each other on being aggressive, but safe, throughout the race.
"I feel very comfortable riding with these guys," said Young. "They're both racing veterans and they know what they're doing out there."
Tommy Hayden nearly took the second place spot from Hayes on the final lap. Hayes would finish .05 seconds behind the 2010 champion.
Hayes, Hayden, and Young, have taken every race win so far this season. The three top riders will go at it again in just four days when the AMA Superbike riders head to Elkhart, Wisconsin, for the Road America event.
AMA Superbike Race Results
- R. Hayden