Hayes completes second straight 600cc double While the 2008 Formula Xtreme and Superstock champions have already been crowned -- and the outcome of the AMA Superbike Championship may very well be known prior to the season finale -- the Pro Honda...
Hayes completes second straight 600cc double
While the 2008 Formula Xtreme and Superstock champions have already been crowned -- and the outcome of the AMA Superbike Championship may very well be known prior to the season finale -- the Pro Honda Oils Supersport title race won't be decided until the middleweight contenders complete their final lap at Laguna Seca.
Graves Motorsports Yamaha's Ben Bostrom remains a heavy favorite after picking up yet another podium finish in third, but Erion Honda's Jake Zemke drew a few points closer with a runner-up result, reducing the gap to 24 points.
However, the story of the day (again) was Josh Hayes, won successfully completed his second consecutive 600cc double victory. The Mississippian, who went winless through the first half the season, looks to be fully back on form now, having racked up five wins in his most recent six races.
The Supersport race was stopped on the opening lap due to a scary multi-rider incident on the exit of Turn 7. Bobby Fong crashed his Safety First Suzuki and collected both Attack Kawasaki entries, Steve Rapp and Chaz Davies. Graves-backed Tommy Aquino also got caught up in the aftermath, bringing out an immediate red flag.
Once the race got back underway, Hayes and Zemke found themselves embroiled in another battle royale for the lead, routinely stealing the position back and forth. However, Hayes finally opened up a bit of breathing space with two laps to go, and ultimately took the checkered flag with a 1.376-second margin of victory.
Bostrom cruised in third much of the race, losing the position momentarily to Team M4 EMGO Suzuki's hard-charging Blake Young. However, Young's day ended prematurely when he pulled up on the back straight with an apparent mechanical problem on lap 9 of 13.
Young's teammates, Martin Cardenas and Cory West, picked up the slack by taking fourth and fifth, respectively, behind Bostrom.
Graves Motorsports Yamaha's Josh Herrin, Graves-backed Michael Beck, Hank Lowry Electric-backed Josh Day, Rockwall Honda's Aaron Gobert, and T Westby Corp's Dan Westby completed the top ten.