Josh Hayes and Blake Young battled at the front of the pack for the majority of today's AMA Superbike race, but in the end, it was Tommy Hayden who took the spoils. Hayden was joined on the podium by his teammate, Young, and his brother, Roger Hayden, while Hayes had to settle for fourth place.
Hayden, who finished third during the first Superbike race, struggled a little this weekend to find the pace.
"The weekend was a big of a struggle for me," Hayden said. "But we slowly chipped away at the pace and I think we finally got it all together."
Young and Hayes battled for the first half of the race, but Hayes eventually slowed and fell back to fourth. The tough duel between the top two made it easier for the two Hayden's to keep pace.
"I had a pretty good rhythm going," Roger said. "Blake and Josh were going back and fourth so it slowed the pace a little bit. I did 21 good laps. So it's something that we can build on and hopefully I can be up here next weekend."
When Hayes dropped off the pace, the two Rockstar Makita Suzuki riders went head to head at the front. Hayden was able to get the best of his teammate, but Young was happy to walk away from the weekend with a few extra points at the top of the standings.
"I'm really happy to see an all Suzuki podium," Young said. "We'll try to take this momentum into the next race, and we're happy to lead the points."
Young, who has been on the podium for the last 8 races, now has 290 points in the overall standings. With Josh Hayes' fourth place finish today, which matches his worst finish of the 2011 AMA Superbike season, Young now leads by 21 points.
AMA Superbike - Race 2 Results - Mid-Ohio
- T. Hayden
- R. Hayden
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