ROCKSTAR MAKITA SUZUKI GOES 1-3 ON THE PODIUM IN FONTANA, HAYDEN NABS FIRST SPECTACULAR SUPERBIKE WIN
Rockstar Makita Suzuki had a great day on Sunday, the second half of the Round 2 AMA SuperBike doubleheader at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Tommy Hayden and his No. 22 GSX-R1000 got his first-ever SuperBike win after taking the lead with three laps to go in the 21-lap race. Tommy’s teammate Blake Young rounded out the podium with his third-place finish in the race, making for a Rockstar Makita Suzuki 1-3 on the box Sunday afternoon.
Hayden started first off the grid on Sunday after placing second in qualifying, as the pole sitter MJM Suzuki’s Aaron Yates was injured in the mornings practice and unable to start the race. Hayden stayed near the front of the pack watching the leaders trade spots throughout the first half of the race. By the midway point, Hayden made a calculated move into second and Young followed suit moving into third. With three laps left in the race, Hayden saw his opportunity made a spectacular move into first place. He rode his GSX-R1000 to the checkered flag, the first of his SuperBike-class career.
Now in his fourth year on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki SuperBike team, Hayden was relieved to finally get that first win out of the way. Hayden is currently second in overall points for the season.
Blake Young put together a great race on Sunday with his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000. He moved into third place midway through the race and defended his position through to the checkered flag. Young also clocked the best lap time of the race with a 1:24.428, faster than any of the other racers on the track. This was Young’s first podium finish of the 2010 season and an improvement on his fifth-place race finish on Saturday. Young’s sophomore year in the SuperBike class is now starting to heat up. Young was also very thankful to the crew who works tirelessly to put together a great race bike for him. Young is currently fifth in the points standings going into Atlanta for Round 3 on April 16-18.