Young Fastest At Homestead Test

Cycle News Staff | March 20, 2012
Blake Young tops day one of the AMA Pro Road Racing Homestead Test. Photography By: Andrea Wilson.

Photography By: Andrea Wilson

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Blake Young ended today’s first of two days of AMA Superbike testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida with the fastest lap, the second-race winner at Daytona on Saturday lapping at a best of 1:21.987 in the fourth and final session today.

Young was the only rider to crack the 1:22-barrier and he did it on his 19th and final lap of the session.

Roger Lee Hayden put the National Guard Suzuki second on the timesheets, the Kentuckian fresh off his two third-place finishes at Daytona. Hayden’s best was a 1:22.132 in the final session.

Hayden’s Jordan Motorsports teammate Ben Bostrom was third, the Californian anxious to redeem himself after two crashes at Daytona. Bostrom was just off Hayden’s time with a 1:22.159.

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes ended up over half a second behind his rival Young, the race-one winner from Daytona the first non-Suzuki in fourth place.

Then came Danny Eslick on the Erik Buell Racing/Team Hero EBR 1190RS the final rider in the 22s at 1:22.897. Then came Young’s teammate Chris Clark, Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin, Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram, Robertino Pietri and German Superbike Champion Stefan Nebel on the KTM RC8R.

Y.E.S. Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier, GEICO Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas and Y.E.S. Yamaha’s Tommy Hayden were the top three in Daytona SportBike testing with James Rispoli leading the Supersport testers.