Blake Young took his fifth win of the 2011 AMA Superbike season today by beating out Josh Hayes and Martin Cardenas around the Barber Motorsports Park track. Young was able to podium at both races this weekend in Alabama, but still trails Hayes in the overall standings by two points.
Tommy Hayden led the opening laps during today’s Superbike race. Hayden was followed by Young, Hayes, Cardenas, and Roger Hayden. Both Hayden brothers would eventually retire from the race, however, leaving Young, Hayes, and Cardenas to battle it out for the victory.
Cardenas made a valiant effort in the Alabama heat, but eventually Young and Hayes were able to establish a gap between the third place rider.
“They were gaining some time on me,” Cardenas said. “I was working very hard to close the gap, but in the end I was just exhausted. Third is still very good. We were as close as ever to the front so I am very happy.”
Young and Hayes dueled at the front, as both riders took turns leading the way around the track. Young took the lead in the closing laps, and Hayes just couldn’t find his way around.
“He rode a great race,” Hayes said. “He rode a smart race, he beat me. But we’re going to figure out how to get out in front and win a few more races.”
Young had a slow start to the weekend and earned a rare second row start. But Young was able to pick up the slack in the race.
“It’s never easy to start when you’re on the second row,” Young said. “It change my strategy a little bit. You know, my team puts everything into giving me a good bike, so I just had to keep after it.”
Hayes maintains the points lead in the AMA Superbike series, but not by much. Young trails Hayes by just 2 points. Hayden, who is third in the standings, lost some valuable points today when he had to retire with a mechanical issue. Hayden now has 182 points, 53 behind Hayes.
AMA Superbike Results - Race 2 - Barber Motorsports Park