News 5 Jun 2011

Suzuki's Young wins fourth AMA Superbike race of the year at Road America

Blake Young won his fourth AMA Superbike race of the year on Saturday at Road America.

Blake Young won his fourth AMA Superbike race of the year on Saturday at Road America.

Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young captured his fourth win of the season in the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship at Road America on Saturday.

Young took the win by 0.440 seconds over Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes, with Tommy Hayden heading Martin Cardenas, Larry Pegram, Roger Hayden and Ben Bostrom.

“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,” Young said. “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.”

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.

In the Daytona SportBike category, Graves Monster Energy Yamaha’s Josh Herrin took a sterling victory, an all-important one since Ducati’s series leader Jason Disalvo crashed out.

Herrin won by 0.749 ahead of second-place Corey West, with PJ Jacobsen hanging on for third.

DiSalvo’s DNF and Herrin’s win have tightened the points race considerably. At press time, provisional points standings had DiSalvo at 110 followed by West (99) and Herrin (97).