CHINO, CA (June 7, 2011) -- Yoshimura-backed teams continued to show their dominance as Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider and Wisconsin native Blake Young captured an AMA Superbike win, as well as a podium, in front of his cheering home crowd at Elkhart Lake's Road America this past weekend. His Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Tommy Hayden was right there too, dicing with Young in both races and piloting his Yoshimura-prepared Suzuki GSX-R1000 to two podium finishes.
For Young, though, this weekend in front of his hometown crowd was almost as good as it could get. Young was second in final qualifying on Saturday and then he went out and won that afternoon's AMA Superbike event after a race-long battle in which Young and another competitor swapped the lead throughout all 13 laps. Saturday's victory marks Young's seventh career AMA Superbike win. On Sunday, Young battled for the lead for most of the race before bringing home a solid third-place finish.
"My Rockstar Makita Suzuki team has been working really hard for me and I'm happy," said Young. "I'm happy to be home, happy to be at Elkhart - this facility is phenomenal - and I'm happy to put on a good show for the home crowd. Now we've got a few weeks off and I'm looking forward to getting back to my training and to being with my family. I'm just glad I could bring home a win yesterday and third is pretty good today."
Meanwhile, Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Hayden also had a good weekend with two podium finishes and a strong showing in qualifying. Hayden qualified for the third spot on the grid, and then he finished up in second place on Sunday and brought home a third-place result on Saturday.
"On Saturday, I did my best to hang in there," said Hayden. "My Yosh-prepped Suzuki GSX-R1000 was working well and I wanted to be there to take advantage if I could make a pass, but in the end, I couldn't make it happen. On Sunday, there were a couple of places on the track where I was better, but my lap times were pretty similar to yesterday. I'm happy to make a little improvement today, moving up a spot, but I would rather have been the winner. Overall, the bike is running good, and I have everything I need to get the win."
The 2011 Yoshimura-backed Rockstar Makita Suzuki team's next event of the 2011 AMA American Superbike Championship series is at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL, on June 17-19, 2011.
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