Wearing long-sleeved shirts while riding over hot, greasy asphalt probably isn’t a dream that most of us have. However, plenty of bikers did just that on a near 100-degree day in Birmingham this past weekend.
Triumph Superbike Classic 2012 at Barber Motorsports Park
The Barber Motorsports Park hosted the Triumph Superbike Classic. With fans huddled on the shaded hillsides, defending champion Josh Hayes took his second-consecutive win in the event. Hayes’ Graves Yamaha bike cruised to a 4.998 - call it 5 - second win over Blake Young.
A conservative approach was taken to the victory, thanks to several mistakes by top competitors Young and Josh Herrin. Hayes maintained a steady pace and did not take many risks. When the race was finished, Hayes led at the end of every lap.
Blake Young vs. Josh Herrin
A subplot in the race featured Blake Young and Josh Herrin dueling for second place.
Herrin held second place until running off the track in lap 4. He then dropped back to tenth but was able to recover.
Meanwhile, after falling far behind early on, Young was able to capture second place. However, by lap 11, Herrin was on Young’s back wheel and the 2 jockeyed for the runner-up position for the rest of the race. Young finished in second place - 2.3 seconds ahead of Herrin.
The event featured several crashes. Bikers Matt Schrag and Frankie Gillim collided on the backstretch and Schrag fell in front of oncoming traffic. However, the other bikers were able to avoid him.
Stefano Mesa and Dustin Dominguez also crashed. The incident left both in the barrier.
Current AMA Superbike Standings
The top 3 finishers in this race also lead the current Championship standings.
Josh Hayes sits atop the pack with 320 points. Blake Young rests in second place with 283 points - 37 behind Hayes. Josh Herrin rounds out the top 3 with 197 points, far behind Young and Hayes but still in the top 3.