June 6th 2012
From Twin-Tube Single Shocks to Single-Tube Twin Shocks: Öhlins Takes AMA Superbike Sweep and V&H XR1200 Win at Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin: At super-long superfast Road America, located in the rolling hills outside Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Öhlins once again had a double-header double-podium sweep of AMA Pro Superbike racers riding on Öhlins shocks and suspension components. Josh Hayes took two wins on his Graves Yamaha YZF-R1, while Blake Young earned two seconds on his Yoshimura Suzuki, and Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin nabbed two third-place finishes. Each rider was supported by a rear Öhlins TTX twin-tube shock and a front fork Öhlins cartridge kit.
On the other side of the history of suspension, Kyle Wyman took the win in the Vance & Hines XR1200 class, with a pair of Öhlins single-tube shocks doing the damping. Wyman is now second in the points and only nine away from the points-leader.
A fourth win at Road America for an Öhlins rider, who was also properly dampened and therefore fully unhampered, was Stephano Mesa in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport class, taking his first first-place trophy for the season. Riding for Team Kneedraggers.com, Mesa didn’t flinch in this tight battle that came down to a winning advantage of spectacular domination at .024-seconds at the line.
Additional podiums include two seconds and thirds in Daytona SportBike, awarded to
Cameron Beaubier Jason DiSalvo in Saturday’s race, and to Jason DiSalvo joined by J.D. Beach in Sunday’s nail-biter, respectively. The next Öhlins earned AMA Pro Superbike wins are scheduled for June 23-24 at Barber Motorsports Park, in greater Birmingham, Alabama.