Hayden Has Company

Cycle News Staff | June 10, 2010

Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden is still on top of the time sheets this morning in day two of the two-day AMA test at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, but this time he’s got company in the 1:25s as both Josh Hayes and Ben Bostrom have cracked the 1:26 barrier.Hayden’s best time this morning was a 1:25.435 – a few ticks faster than his best from yesterday, set during the cooler morning session. Graves Motorsports Yamaha’s Hayes and Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom, however, both showed improvement but dropping down into the 1:25s for the first time. Hayes lapped at a best of 1:25.665 with Bostrom turning in a 1:25.933.Josh Waters continued to improve and he jumped up to fourth on the third Rockstar Makita Suzuki, the young Australian testing for the team during a break in the Australian Superbike Championship. Waters lapped at 1:26.021 to move ahead of both National Guard Suzuki’s Jake Zemke and Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Blake Young.Brett McCormick rode the Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000 to the seventh best time today, knocking Larry Pegram down the order to eighth. Eric Bostrom ended up ninth, though he was the 10th fastest rider as Daytona SportBike rider Josh Herrin went faster on his 600. The younger Bostrom had his first crash in his comeback attempt on the Cycle World Attack Suzuki.Superbike Times1.                  Tommy Hayden (Suzuki) 1:25.435

2.                  Josh Hayes (Yamaha) 1:25.665

3.                  Ben Bostrom (Yamaha) 1:25.933

4.                  Josh Waters (Suzuki) 1:26.021

5.                  Jake Zemke (Suzuki) 1:26.223

6.                  Blake Young (Suzuki) 1:26.261

7.                  Brett McCormick (Suzuki) 1:26.644

8.                  Larry Pegram (Ducati) 1:26.827

9.                  Eric Bostrom (Yamaha) 1:27.596

10.                  Chris Clark (Yamaha) 1:29.951The following is from AMA Pro Racing…. ERIC BOSTROM (No. 32 Team Cycle World Attack Performance Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000)

Thursday Morning Session,1:27.596

•                  “We struggled with an entry grip problem yesterday, but had it sorted out this morning. Everything was going great and I was trying to follow Ben [Bostrom] through the middle section. The chain jumped off and I couldn’t get it stopped. I lawn darted into the gravel at Turn 5. I’m pretty bummed, but we’ll go back out in the afternoon. Hopefully the bike and I will come around.”LARRY PEGRAM (No. 72 Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R)

Thursday Morning Session,1:26.827

•                  “It’s hot and sticky. We’re working on a bunch of stuff that the bike doesn’t do well on this track.”TOMMY AQUINO (No. 6 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6)

Thursday Morning Session,1:27.929

•                  “It’s going alright. On race tires, we’re pretty much on pace. I’m pretty tired after yesterday and this morning thought but we’re taking it how it goes. Taking little breaks between sessions. My hands hurt a lot.” (Shows large blister on palm of hand)DANE WESTBY (No. 2 Project 1 Atlanta Yamaha YZF-R6)

Thursday Morning Session,1:29.951

•                  “We’re trying to find time in a few different places. Some splits are good and some are not. It’s not bad out there but in the pits it sure is hot.”

•                  (On Barber Motorsports Park) “It’s a good track, really fun and challenging. The elevation changes in the last set of turns is pretty cool. So is the fast chicane.”