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Miguel Duhamel wins race two in Birmingham

After a restart of the race at Barber Motorsports Park, the AMA SuperBike boys went back to work. The restart of the race saw two privateers, second and third. But this series requires lot of horsepower, and they were soon eaten up by factory ...

After a restart of the race at Barber Motorsports Park, the AMA SuperBike boys went back to work. The restart of the race saw two privateers, second and third. But this series requires lot of horsepower, and they were soon eaten up by factory riders, Aaron Yates and Jake Zemke.

Ben Bostrom followed his Saturday performance and lead the race from SBK rookie, Jake Zemke. The real battle however, was a little farther back, with privateer Josh Hayes battling out with Aaron Yates.

By lap 7, things were back to normal. Zemke overtook Ben Bostrom and Yates got past Josh Hayes, likewise, Miguel Duhamel and Mat Mladin.

Soon after, Miguel began to charge to front, followed by Mat in fourth place. Their charge was not easy, as Zemke and Ben were four seconds in front. Mat went to work on Miguel and passed him under brakes. But Miguel is not a legend because of his good looks and the Canadian stuck to the back of Mat's bike as both charged to the front.

Zemke however, was simply on rails and his pace was too much for Ben to live with. Sadly, it was too much and Ben was soon disposed of, giving Mat second place, followed by Miguel. With only 10 laps to go, it was do or die for Mat. Miguel, like a pit bull, kept the fight and passed Mat for second place.

On lap 23, traffic began to play a bigger factor, and Zemke's early 2 second plus lead, diminished by the turn. Shortly, and with only 3 laps to go, Zemke and Miguel were on the same television frame and assured second place.

The question was whether or not Zemke would be able to stay in touch Miguel after the number 17 passed him on the last turn of the penultimate lap. It was not to be for Zemke and Miguel not only won the race, but he regained the winningest rider title.

Mat knew he didn't have enough to stay with the top two and settled for third. But more importantly, he knows how to win championships and with his lead, there is no need to risk it.

Oddly, for a guy that is always smiling, Zemke was visibly upset with his race today. Jake blamed it on lapped riders, which are a known problem in the AMA series. But what I think was more important than lap riders, was the fire in his eyes. Jake is ready to win and is tired of finishing second. Mat and Miguel, you better watch out.

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Series AMA
Drivers Miguel Duhamel , Joshua Hayes , Aaron Yates , Jake Zemke , Ben Bostrom