Jake Lewis Gets His First

Henny Ray Abrams | April 22, 2012

BRASELTON, GA, APR 22 – Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki’s Jake Lewis earned his first AMA professional win by being in the lead when the Supersport race was red-flagged on the 13th of 16 scheduled laps at Road Atlanta.

Lewis was one of only two riders with a shot at winning; the other was rival James Rispoli (Celtic Racing/Orient Express Racing/Army National Guard) the winner of Saturday’s race.

Sunday’s race, held on a sunny, but cool and windy afternoon was a carbon copy of Saturday’s. Lewis and Rispoli battled for the lead, the rest of the field was well behind.

As it had been a day earlier, the action was mostly in the hard braking Turn 10A left at the end of the back straight. Rispoli would routinely draft by Lewis in the kink down the back straight, Lewis would just as routinely outbrake Rispoli on the inside of 10A.

Lewis was in the lead at the end of lap 11, though he’d later lose it. It didn’t matter. When the race was stopped, before all the riders had completed their 13th lap, scoring reverted to the end of the 11th and Lewis had his first win.

The 16-year-old from Princeton, Kentucky also took over the Supersport East point standings with the win. He now has 82 points to 67 for fifth place finisher Stefano Mesa (Kneedragger.com Yamaha).

For the second day in a row, Dustin Dominguez put the Castrol Triumph Daytona 675 into third, with Hayden Gillim fourth on the Road Race Factory/Red Bull Yamaha.

AMA Pro Road Race Supersport Results:

1. James Rispoli (Suzuki)
2. Jake Lewis (Suzuki)
3. Dustin Dominguez (Triumph)
4. Hayden Gillim (Yamaha)
5. Stefano Mesa (Yamaha)
6. Travis Wyman (Suzuki)
7. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha)
8. Elena Myers (Suzuki)
9. Ryan Kerr (Kawasaki)
10. Jacob Morman (Yamaha)

Henny Ray Abrams | Contributing Editor

Abrams is the longest-serving contributor at Cycle News. Over the course of his 35-some years of writing and shooting photos, he’s covered events from MotoGP to the Motocross World Championship - and everything in between.