Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Young eighth after off-track excursion
Round 9 – AMA Superbike Series, Race 2
Heartland Park Topeka
July 31 – August 2, 2009
Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden celebrated an impressive second-place finish in Sunday’s AMA Superbike race at Heartland Park Topeka in Topeka, Kansas. After finishing fourth in Saturday’s race, Hayden was particularly pleased with Sunday’s results. The Kentucky rider got a good start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 and was moving into position to battle for second place with his teammate Blake Young. Young, however, went into a turn a little too fast at this point and ran off the track. The result was that Hayden moved into the second-place position that his teammate had vacated. Hayden then followed the race leader closely and hoped to make a pass for the win but was unable to do so. In the end, he came away with second place. This is Hayden’s eighth Superbike podium finish this year.
Meanwhile, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Young re-entered the field in 10th place after going off-track and worked his way into eighth place before the 20-lap race’s end. Finally, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Mat Mladin opted to sit out the Kansas race. In spite of this, six-time AMA Superbike Champion Mladin still leads the overall championship points standings in the premier class.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race next at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia, the weekend of August 14 – 16, 2009.