Hayes Turns the Tables

Cycle News Staff | August 15, 2010

Sunday’s American Superbike podium at Virginia International Raceway was a reversal of fortune.Saturday’s race winner Tommy Hayden finished third. Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom again finished second. And third place finisher Josh Hayes won Sunday’s race on his Team Graves Yamaha R1 and added ten points to his championship lead.Hayes was in control from the start. Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Hayden stayed with him until the eighth lap when he fell behind by 1.282 seconds. From there Hayes’ lead grew and Hayden’s cushion on third place Bostrom fell.Bostrom passed Hayden in turn four on the 13th lap and gradually eased away. He’d finish 7.287 seconds behind Hayes, with Hayden falling behind by 8.422 seconds at the flag.The upshot is that Hayes now leads Hayden, 364-353, with two events, four races, remaining. National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Jake Zemke faded to eighth at the end and now sits one point in front of Bostrom, 275-274.Fourth on the day went to Jordan Suzuki’s Brett McCormick, the Canadian teenager scoring his best AMA finish.He was well clear of RidersDiscount.com’s Taylor Knapp, who had nearly nine seconds on the Buell of Geoff May.M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s Chris Ulrich passed Zemke for seventh late in the race, with Foremost Insurance Pegram Ducati’s Larry Pegram finishing ninth.Recently crowned Canadian Superbike champion Jordan Szoke rode his Wazne Racing Ciclo Werks BMC Dewildt Honda to 10th.M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s John Hopkins sat out the race after slightly re-injuring his surgically repaired right wrist in a Saturday crash.


1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)

2. Ben Bostrom (Yamaha)

3. Tommy Hayden (Suzuki)

4. Brett McCormick (Suzuki)

5. Taylor Knapp (Suzuki)

6. Geoff May (Buell)

7. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)

8. Jake Zemke (Suzuki)

9. Larry Pegram (Ducati)

10. Jordan Szoke (Honda)