News 18 Sep 2017

Hayden and Scholtz share MotoAmerica wins in Alabama

American Superbike series wraps up at Barber Motorsports Park.

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Roger Hayden (Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing) and Mathew Scholtz (Yamalube Westby Yamaha) have split race victories at the final round of the 2017 MotoAmerica Championship in Alabama on the weekend.

Hayden charged to the opening race win, crossing the line a slender 0.700s ahead of Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Josh Herrin after two red flags caused interruptions to the opening half of the race, one the result of Australian David Anthony’s (Fly Racing/Motul/ADR Motorsports) bike catching fire with the air fence.

Concluding the podium in third was Scholtz, while Jake Gagne (Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda) and Danny Eslick (TOBC Racing) were fourth and fifth respectively. Newly-crowned champion Toni Elias (Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing) crashed out of third in the closing laps of the race.

In the second outing, it was Sholtz who shot out to the lead to take a controlling win over Elias by 1.013s, followed by Yamaha-mounted Hayes in third.

Cycle World Suzuki’s Hayden Gillim entered the top five for fourth, taking the position over Jason DiSalvo (Team WD-40 Scheibe Racing) who wound up in fifth.

Race two saw a number of contenders finish the season on negative, as Hayden, Herrin and Anthony all failed to start the event. Regular front-runner Gagne would also crash out of the final race in the closing stages.