Rockstar Makita Suzuki and their championship-winning GSX-R1000s took to the track again on Sunday for the second half of the AMA American SuperBike Round 9 at the New Jersey Motorsports Park doubleheader. Tommy Hayden and his No. 22 bike put on a spectacular show for the fans as he fought for the lead throughout the race, finishing second. Blake Young just missed the podium with his strong fourth-place ride.
Tommy Hayden went into the race on Sunday hoping to capitalize on the momentum he built up with the pole position and a second-place finish on Saturday. After a few minor changes to his Rockstar Makita Suzuki , Hayden took the first spot on the grid prepared to stay up front for the entire race. Tommy did just that as he rocketed his motorcycle to the front off the start, and put himself in the best position possible to make a run for the checkered flag. He battled with another racer throughout the 23-lap event, trading between first and second. On the last lap, Tommy made a thrilling pass but couldn’t make it stick, ending the day in second place.
"For the most part, the race went the way I expected," Hayden said after the race. "I could tell it was going to come down to the last lap again today. I didn't expect to be able to get away, but I wanted to put up a fight. I felt like I did that, but it wasn't quite good enough." Tommy is still firmly planted in second place in the championship points race, 22 points behind the leader.
Blake Young hoped that his return to the racetrack after a three-race absence would go well, though he wasn't sure if he'd be physically prepared to battle it out for 23 laps on the track. After Saturday's strong performance, Blake lined up on the grid focused on riding another fluidly smooth race. Young got a great start, powering his way into second behind his teammate Hayden for the first lap. Young eventually fell back to third place and stayed there for the majority of the battle. Toward the end of the race, another competitor was able to overtake him and Young finished in fourth place again. Overall, it was a successful return to racing for the 22-year-old Wisconsin native.
"We made some changes last night and after the warm up today I could tell we were headed in the right direction," Young said after the race. "I set my goals a little bit higher today, and I wanted to cut the gap in half between us and the leaders from yesterday, and I was pretty happy that we did that. My crew on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team worked really, really hard for me and I want to thank them for being patient with me and getting me back up to speed on my bike."Tommy and Blake will get two more chances to show what they are capable of in the 2010 AMA American SuperBike class at the series finale doubleheader hosted by Barber Motorsports in Alabama on September 24-26.