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Nicky Hayden has second chance to tie Duhamel'S win streak at Pikes Peak. PICKERINGTON, Ohio-- Honda Racing's Nicky Hayden is fresh off two wins at Road Atlanta and a five-race win streak, and will arrive at Pikes Peak International Raceway in...

Nicky Hayden has second chance to tie Duhamel'S win streak at Pikes Peak.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio-- Honda Racing's Nicky Hayden is fresh off two wins at Road Atlanta and a five-race win streak, and will arrive at Pikes Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colo., May 31-June 2 for round eight of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship presented by Parts Unlimited. The 20-year-old from Owensboro, Ky., has a strong hold on the championship with 253 points and while it's still a little early to say, the 80-point advantage he has on second place factory Kawasaki rider, Eric Bostrom, makes him a favorite for his first AMA Superbike Championship.

Pikes Peak also marks Hayden's second chance to tie his teammate Miguel Duhamel's six-consecutive win streak. The first chance came at rounds two and three at California Speedway but Yamaha's Anthony Gobert took the first win of the double-header event. Hayden is the defending Pikes Peak Superbike winner and with the season he's having, it's likely that he will defend his title as well as matching Duhamel's win streak.

Speaking of Hayden's teammate, Duhamel had two superbike podiums at Road Atlanta with a second and third for the double-header weekend. Duhamel and his crew appear to have figured out a powerful combination in setup and tires and it wouldn't surprise many if he is the first rider in five races to stop Hayden's win streak.

Bostrom, currently residing in Las Vegas, is second in points and in a nail-biting, last-lap thriller at Road Atlanta, he too is showing to be a serious threat to Hayden's win streak. Bostrom's season didn't start out the way he had hoped but as evidenced at Atlanta, things are definitely turning around. Bostrom will arrive at Pikes Peak from England after his third showing in World Superbike at the Silverstone round with the Kawasaki World Superbike team.

The 2002 season has been no friend to three-time defending AMA Superbike Champion Mat Mladin of the Blimpie Yoshimura Suzuki team. While the injury to his elbow at the opening round in Daytona Beach, Fla., didn't help, he is past that and now the 30-year-old Australian has been fighting set-up and handling gremlins with his Suzuki GSX-R750. Sitting fifth in the point standings, the No. 1 Suzuki rider is still hopeful that a win is right around the corner.

Doug Chandler was last year's third place finisher at PPIR on a Kawasaki. He will return to the 1.32-mile race track looking for a repeat of last years podium, but this time it will be on a HMC Ducati 998. Chandler wasn't able to race the last two rounds at Road Atlanta after a crash in qualifying put him on the sidelines for the weekend.

Yamaha's Gobert will be out of racing action for at least five weeks after a fall in Superbike qualifying in Atlanta left him with a broken right fibula. Also still on the injured list is Erion Racing's Kurtis Roberts. Roberts is still recovering from an injury to his knee after falling at California Speedway. At his doctors have advised him to sit out the PPIR round.

Blimpie Yoshimura Suzuki's Aaron Yates still leads the Pro Honda Oils U.S. Supersport point standings with 142 despite his first loss of the season at Road Atlanta. The loss came after a race long battle with teammate Jamie Hacking. Yates finished third at Pikes Peak in 2001 and is looking to get back on a winning streak. Yates, along with Hacking now stand as the sole factory riders racing both supersport and superbike.

With Hacking coming off a win on his Blimpie Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R600, he knows the feeling of victory and based on the battle he fought to the end at Road Atlanta with Yates, he can never be counted out as wanting the win just as bad as all the others.

Yamaha's Damon Buckmaster is third in the AMA Supersport point standings, and still remains a strong contender for the championship. Road Atlanta marked his third consecutive fourth place finish and there's no doubt that a podium finish is near.

Attack Suzuki's Ben Spies first year in Supersport is going well and much like Buckmaster, he has had three consecutive fifth-place finishes. It won't be long until you see this 17 year-old Longview, Texas native taking an AMA Supersport podium position.

Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden was Road Atlanta's third-place finisher in the fiercely competitive class and the oldest of the three Hayden brothers, Tommy knows his way around PPIR. He is looking for a podium in this year's event as he missed third last year by .025 seconds.

For ticket information visit Pikes Peak International Raceway's website at www.ppir.com, or call toll-free at (888) 306-RACE (7223).

For immediate post-race results, points, and live transponder scoring from each race in the championship, log on to amaproracing.com's Superbike Mediacenter, the official home of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship.

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Series AMA
Drivers Anthony Gobert , Nicky Hayden , Tommy Hayden , Jamie Hacking , Doug Chandler , Aaron Yates , Eric Bostrom , Damon Buckmaster , Ben Spies