AMA Superbike – what happened at NJMP?


Andrew Henderson took to the New Jersey Motorsports Park for the second-to-last round of the AMA Superbike Championship,  Here is what he saw.


Race 1

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike rider and current Championship points leader Josh Herrin put in an amazing performance to win Saturday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Josh’s hard-fought victory extended his lead to 19 points with just two SuperBike races left to go in the 2013 season.


After winning his fourth SuperBike race this year and earning his 10th podium finish out of 12 races thus far in 2013, Herrin said, “It was awesome! That battle with Martin (Cardenas, who finished in second place) was amazing. It was a lot of fun, and I really wanted to get the most laps led. Whenever Josh went by, I panicked for a second because I had a feeling that he had charged from behind and was going good. I thought I had to keep up with him because I needed this race win. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and I’m really happy I was able to capitalize on Josh’s jump-start and get an even bigger cushion in the points.”


As Herrin alluded to, ironically, for the second time this season, three-time defending SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes was the first rider to be shown the waving checkered flag at the finish line, but he didn’t technically win the race. Due to a five-second penalty assessed by AMA Pro Racing for “anticipating the start” when the race went green, Hayes actually finished in fourth place on the scoring sheets.


Race 2

n Sunday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes definitively showed was he is the three-time defending series Champion. With his title defense in definite peril, he led the 23-lap contest from start to finish to record his seventh victory of the season. With the title points for the win, and the two bonus points he earned for setting the pole and leading the most laps in today’s race, Hayes moved into second place in the Championship, with one race left to decide it all.


After his victory, Hayes said, “The race went pretty good. This morning in practice, I knew I was in good shape for the race. I was able to get a good start and run fast laps right from the beginning. I rode well yesterday, too, and I knew that I had good speed. Today, it was the same thing, and I’m happy that I won the race for my team. I’m proud of the way I rode all weekend.”


Current points leader Josh Herrin finished second in today’s race, and he is currently 22 points ahead of Hayes. Herrin’s solid P2 result was his 11th podium finish out of 13 races (which includes 4 race wins) this season.

Herrin said, “It’s been since 2008 that I’ve been trying to win a Championship for Yamaha. I’m not there yet, but I’m knocking on the door. I was really nervous today, but I put my head down and got a good result, which definitely helps towards the Championship.”

See the results of the weekend’s racing here


Race 1 results

12Josh HerrinMonster Energy Graves YamahaYamaha R120 LapsWINNER1:21.80431
254Roger HaydenNational Guard Jordan SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10000.4560.4561:21.44125
336Martin CardenasYoshimura Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki GSX-R10000.6230.1671:21.33021
41Josh HayesMonster Energy Graves YamahaYamaha R13.2562.6331:21.77019
511Chris FillmoreKTM/HMC RacingKTM RC8R6.2883.0321:22.97916


Race 2 results

11Josh HayesMonster Energy Graves YamahaYamaha R123 LapsWINNER1:20.71631
22Josh HerrinMonster Energy Graves YamahaYamaha R13.1993.1991:20.74625
336Martin CardenasYoshimura Suzuki Factory RacingSuzuki GSX-R10003.2550.0551:21.43321
454Roger HaydenNational Guard Jordan SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R10003.7010.4451:21.31018
523Danny EslickJordan SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100025.16521.4641:21.16216


Race highlights


By Andrew Henderson  September 2013

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