Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Roger Hayden & Jake Lewis @ COTA MotoAmerica SBK

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl @ The Hague 

Roger Hayden grabs podiums @ MotoAmerica opener as Yoshimura Suzuki’s rookie Jake Lewis makes solid Superbike debut Austin, Texas (April 12, 2015) – It was a solid season opener for Yoshimura Suzuki on April 11-12 at the inaugural weekend of the MotoAmerica Series, at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. MotoAmerica shared the spotlight with the stars of MotoGP and raced in front of a weekend crowd estimated at 120,000 fans.

Roger Hayden put his No. 95 Yoshimura Suzuki in the spotlight when he led early during Sunday’s AMA Superbike race two at COTA despite getting his GSX-R1000 completely sideways through the esses on the opening lap. In the end Hayden finished third for the second time and heads to Road Atlanta next weekend a close third in the standings.

Roger Hayden
Hayden took third on Sunday in spite of an issue with his bike’s front tire. Hayden said that the silver lining was the fact he’s confident he can run for wins under normal circumstances.

“I led the first couple of laps but I was struggling because of a front tire issue (on Sunday),” Hayden explained. “I realized it was best to just ease off a little bit and try to finish the race. It’s too bad for the team because it was something that was out of our control. We’ll move on to Road Atlanta and try to do better.”

Hayden took away the knowledge that the team’s rigorous off-season has paid dividends.

“Some of the hard work the team has done in the off season really showed up this week in the race. We had the fastest bike down the back straightaway. I gained some confidence this week and so did the team because we feel like we’re right there. The great thing with this team is we were all disappointed with third place. It just shows you we’re not going to be satisfied until we start winning.”

Jake Lewis
Jake Lewis made his AMA Superbike debut aboard his Yoshimura Suzuki and scored a 5th and 4th. Lewis is fourth in the series standings after the opening weekend. The on-again, off-again rain in Austin hampered Lewis’ progress.

“I didn’t get as much dry time on the bike as I would have liked with all the rain,” Lewis said. “It was my first race on the 1000, so will that and dealing with the rain I didn’t feel very confident and didn’t get the results I was hoping for. We got some decent point and we’ll move on to Road Atlanta. We’ve got some work to do, but we’ll keep chipping away and hopefully move towards the front.”

Yoshimura Suzuki is back in action this coming weekend, April 17-19 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.

COTA AMA Superbike Race 1 Results:
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 2. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 4. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 5. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki) 7. Elena Myers (Suzuki) 8. Mathew Orange (BMW) 9. Ricky Orlando (Kawasaki) 10. Aaron Hersh (Suzuki)

COTA AMA Superbike Race 2 Results:
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha) 2. Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki) 4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 5. Chris Fillmore (KTM) 6. Elena Myers (Suzuki) 7. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha) 8. Aaron Hersh (Suzuki) 9. Ricky Orlando (Kawasaki)

2015 AMA Superbike Championship Points:
1. Cameron Beaubier - 45 2. Josh Hayes - 45 3. Roger Hayden - 32 4. Jake Lewis - 24 5. Bernat Martinez - 22 6. Elena Myers - 18 7. Chris Fillmore - 15 8. Ricky Orlando - 14 9. Aaron Hersh - 13 10. Chris Ulrich - 10

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