April 23rd 2012
Braselton, Georgia: It was Öhlins all the way in AMA Superbike at Road Atlanta, with Josh Hayes, Blake Young and Josh Herrin sharing the podium in each of this weekend’s Big Kahuna AMA Pro Superbike races at the legendary Road Atlanta facility, located just outside Braselton, Georgia.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Young took the win on Saturday, after falling in an incident with Hayes in the fast downhill section of track between turns 11 and 12. Fired up from his fall and being forced to start from the back of the grid, Young ripped through three rows of traffic by turn one and was up to sixth place by turn six, catching the lead pack by turn ten of the first lap following the restart. His eventual pass into the lead, in turn ten, will forever be one of legend, going the long way around the outside as if it were natural, right and easy. Behind him Hayes took second and Herrin nabbed third.
On Sunday it was payback from Graves Yamaha’s Hayes, who set an impossible pace with laps timing in below his pole-earning qualifying time from Friday, setting himself seconds clear of all competitors. Young ended up trading wins and second-place finishes with Hayes who won by a margin of more than five seconds, with Hayes’ teammate Herrin again taking third. With one win, pole position and laps-led bonuses, Hayes was the overall winner of the weekend. All told, it was one of the most exciting Superbike weekends, showing again the payoff of parity in racing with today’s AMA.
In total, Öhlins riders took 12 of the possible 21 podium positions during the weekend, earning three times as many trophies as any of its competition. For those podiums Öhlins USA also congratulates SuperSport competitor Dustin Dominguez of the Castrol Latus Motors Triumph team, and Dane Westby of the M4 Suzuki team and Tommy Hayden of Yamaha Extended Service Graves Yamaha team, those last two in the Daytona SportBike class.
Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension components for automobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs. Öhlins develops its proprietary and trend-setting suspension components, steering dampers and oils, at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers. Öhlins USA can be contacted at: 828-692-4525; www.Ohlinsusa.com