Young Takes SuperBike Race 1 Win at Hometown Stronghold

ELKHART LAKE, WI (June 4, 2011) -- AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike's current power-trio immediately took over Saturday's contest, Rockstar Makita Suzuki riders Blake Young and Tommy Hayden launching into the lead with Monster Energy Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes, reigning National Guard SuperBike champ, overcoming a less than stellar start to quickly attach himself to their rear wheels. Hayes took over second position a lap later, and from there kicked off an intense, race-long battle with Young for the Race 1 Road America victory.

Young, however, wasn't about to let his home track and hometown fans down: for every challenge from Hayes, he had a swift and aggressive answer. While Hayden, in a repeat of the class' Miller Motorsports Park action, watched the fury from third, Young and Hayes traded the lead as if there was a point available for most seconds lead, as opposed to most laps.

Behind them, Larry Pegram (Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing) had captured fourth from M4 Suzuki's Martin Cardenas, who in turn led National Guard/Jordan Suzuki teammates Roger Hayden and Ben Bostrom, Y.E.S./Pat Clark/Graves Yamaha's Chris Clark, Cycle World/Attack Performance Kawasaki's JD Beach, and Speed Tech Performance's Jason Farrell.

While Cardenas and Pegram diced for the lead, the former retaking it, Hayes and Young, who had tied for most laps led, tore toward a tiebreaker, continuing to exchange the frontrunner position. As the white flag flew, Hayes was tucked in tightly behind Young, poised to strike, while Hayden likewise maneuvered for position. When Hayes made his move, however, it was an attempt up the inside that didn't hold, Young hanging on and Hayes going wide. Though Hayes managed to prevent Hayden from capitalizing on the bobble, it shook him back enough to give Young a few bike-lengths of safety while heading for the checkers.

At the line, Young took the win by .440 seconds over Hayes, with Hayden heading Cardenas, Pegram, Roger Hayden, Bostrom, Clark, Farrell, and EBR Racing's Geoff May. Young's win put him tied in the championship points standings with Hayes at 160 points, the advantage currently with Young and his four 2011 victories.

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Blake Young, 1st: "This race kind of felt a little bit like Utah, you know, where I just ended up on the better side of things at the end of race, but I know it's not going to be like that forever. It just seems like it falls right for me, when it does. Josh was riding hard and then he kind of laid off me and I thought, 'He's going to see what I got,' but it seemed like as soon as I got out front, maybe I was riding more defensive and not doing the lap times I should have been doing. I definitely think tomorrow's race is going to be a lot more difficult. That being said, I think it's going to be a lot faster. I'm just happy. Happy to be home, happy to be at Elkhart Lake, happy to give a good show for the home crowd."

Josh Hayes, 2nd: "It was a good race, a lot of fun. I probably didn't take every opportunity I had to jump in there; I tried to settle down a little bit and let Blake take the lead and tried to make him work hard. At one point I got through and got a few good clear laps, and I thought I could get the pace a little faster than I did, but maybe I got a little lazy made a couple mistakes. It was hard to find the same rhythm I had in practice and qualifying; it seemed like the lap times dropped a little bit, but I thought we could go a little quicker than that, and unfortunately that didn't happen today."

Tommy Hayden, 3rd: "I'm ready for a new view. Those guys were riding really good ... when they were basically side by side every corner, there's only so much track left, so I just tried to hang in there. My bike was working well, and toward the end it seemed like I was getting close to Josh a couple times, but in the end I just couldn't make it happen. I thought I had a pretty good shot there on the last corner, but for whatever reason couldn't carry the speed I thought I could up the hill to get by him. Luckily, tomorrow we'll get another shot at it. It felt close."

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