May earns breakthrough victory After years of knocking on the door, Jordan Suzuki's Geoff May finally claimed his first-career AMA victory on Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park with a dominating effort in the 9-lap Superstock final. Despite a...
May earns breakthrough victory
After years of knocking on the door, Jordan Suzuki's Geoff May finally claimed his first-career AMA victory on Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park with a dominating effort in the 9-lap Superstock final.
Despite a somewhat difficult transition to the high-profile team early in the season, May was confident the season would come his way once the tour hit his preferred style of wide-open, fast racing venues.
He proved his prediction correct with today's performance.
Once working past holeshot winner Blake Young (who was judged to have rolled at the start and was issued a stop-and-go penalty) and Team ESP's Chris Peris on the race's opening lap-and-a-half, the Georgian cleared off and had to battle his nerves more than his opponents on his way to the checkered flag.
After surviving one big moment late in the race, the ecstatic May crossed the stripe with a stand-up wheelie before shaking his fists in a combination of joy and relief.
Points leader Aaron Yates gave the Jordan Suzuki squad a 1-2 result, working past polesitter Jake Holden on the Corona Honda CBR1000RR and building up some separation before taking the flag as the runner-up.
Afterwards, May was a bit teary-eyed as he said, "Man, it's been so long. It hasn't even sunk in yet. I've been there so many times when I've seen +2.5 on my board, leading the race, and it's come down to the end of the race and this guy next to me (Yates) inevitably, seems like he always gets me somehow. I was having flashbacks out there for the last three laps. I was watching the board and I was wanting to go faster. They weren't catching me but I felt like I was going slow. I brought it home for Jordan Suzuki today."
Asked exactly how long he's been waiting for this win since it became a realistic possibility, May said, "It's been three years this weekend. I had a 2.5-second gap at Road America and Aaron beat me. He ran me down and passed me on the last lap. Three years."
While he's fighting and uphill battle, May feels he's still in this title fight, currently trailing teammate Yates 170-141 (with Holden splitting the Jordan runners at 156), especially with Road America next up on the season slate.
"I think we're going to just keep doing what we know how to do and keep putting it on the box and see what happens," he commented. "It's a long season. We're not even halfway through so we're not out of it by any means."
Runner-up Yates commented, "It was a good race. We got a really good jump off the line but I knew my teammate Geoff was going to be strong -- he's been going really good in qualifying and practice. Little guys on big tracks are tough to beat. He got out there and got a pretty good gap, Me and Jake had a pretty good run going. I finally got a little run on him on the straightaway and draft by and got him on the brakes into 1. I dropped the hammer and just went as hard as I could for a lap or 2. It was nice having Geoff up there, I was chasing him as hard as I could. I noticed Jake was kind of dropping off on the last lap so I eased up just a tad. It made me feel good that I didn't have to fight him to the finish line.
"Having the Jordan Suzukis up here 1-2 and Geoff getting his first win... I want to say congrats to him, he rode awesome. We keep the points lead and picked up a couple points."
Holden held on for third while Peris and Californian David Anthony rounded out the top five.
Holden said the afternoon weather conditions caught him a bit off guard, " The temperature all weekend has been cold when we practiced and qualified so it was tough to get a set-up for the heat. That's kind of what we struggled on out and there and maybe made a wrong change before the race. But they had the bike set up so good in practice and qualifying and we set pole and we're up here on the podium so not too bad.
The bike was good but the heat played a big role in the race. We were just trying to get as much traction as we could just like everybody else. I got a bad start and had to fight my way through the pack. I got Aaron and got into second and tried getting Geoff but he was riding a good race. Aaron got back by me and tried as long as I could to stay with him and maybe get back by him but it didn't happen."
Team Roadracingworld.com Suzuki's Robertino Pietri and Chris Ulrich finished sixth and seventh, respectively, while Foot & Leg Healthcare' s Ryan Elleby, KWS Motorsports' Ben Thompson, and HALOF Racing's Hawk Mazzotta completed the top ten.