Photography by Andrea Wilson
Saturday’s final Superbike qualifying session ended in a red flag when David Anthony crashed his Motosport.com Suzuki GSXR1000 at high speed. He was hit by his own motorcycle in the incident. At about the same time Josh Hayes’s machine experienced some issues and was pushing his factory Yamaha back to the pits when the red flag came out and AMA Pro Racing officials called the session complete. It marked the second time in the session that Hayes had his bike quit on him. Fortunately for Hayes the cooler conditions of Saturday meant that his time set in yesterday’s session was good enough to earn him the pole for this weekend’s races at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Still Hayes had a grim look of concern on his face in the post-qualifying press conference, with the issues on his primary and backup machines unknown at this point.
“I don’t know,” Hayes said when asked if he knew what went wrong with his bikes. “I’m not exactly sure what happened. I came in and told them and they were assessing one bike when I went out on the other bike. We had the exact same problem on the other bike. I’m confident that the boys will have it sorted out before it’s time to go racing. The good thing is I know I have good speed, so I’m just going to have to rely on that. I rode both bikes and things felt fine on both of them up until they had problems.”
Times on Saturday morning, under very cool condition, were about two seconds slower than Friday, meaning that none of the top runners were able to improve on their times from yesterday.
Starting alongside Hayes on the front row will be his teammate and series leader Josh Herrin, then the Suzukis of Martin Cardenas and Roger Hayden.
Hayes remains perfect in pole positions this year having won all seven.
Anthony was beat up in his accident, but was iced down and getting ready to race this afternoon.
It was the same story in Daytona SportBike where Cameron Beaubier kept his perfect pole streak alive, winning again this year based on his time from yesterday. Triumph rider Jason DiSalvo was actually fastest in today’s session, having been one of the few riders who was actually able to improve on his Friday qualifying time. The front row will be Beaubier, Garrett Gerloff, Jake Lewis and Bobby Fong.
Corey Alexander will start from the pole in SuperSport. The Suzuki rider topped a hoard of Yamahas. Tomas Puerta, Hayden Gillim and and Stefano Mesa are all front row starters in the class.
The cool conditions in the morning caught a lot of riders off guard and there were numerous falls in the early sessions.
AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike final qualifying – Saturday, September 14, 2013
1 1 Josh Hayes Gulfport, MS Yamaha R1 1:20.536
2 2 Josh Herrin Dublin, GA Yamaha R1 1:21.192
3 36 Martin Cardenas Medellin, Colombia Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:21.463
4 54 Roger Hayden Owensboro, KY Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:21.517
5 23 Danny Eslick Broken Arrow, OK Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:21.778
6 99 Geoff May Gainesville, GA EBR 1190RS 1:21.882
7 11 Chris Fillmore Oxford, MI KTM RC8R 1:22.178
8 44 Taylor Knapp Lapeer, MI KTM RC8R 1:22.433
9 25 David Anthony Murrieta, CA Suzuki GSX-R1000 1:22.584
10 72 Larry Pegram Hebron, OH Yamaha R1 1:22.678
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike final qualifying – Saturday, September 14, 2013
1 6 Cameron Beaubier Roseville, CA Yamaha YZF-R6
2 8 Garrett Gerloff Spring, TX Yamaha YZF-R6 1:22.674 26
3 85 Jake Lewis Princeton, KY Yamaha YZF-R6 1:23.365 28
4 50 Bobby Fong Stockton, CA Yamaha YZF-R6 1:23.418
5 32 Jake Gagne San Diego, CA Yamaha YZF-R6 1:23.486
6 43 James Rispoli Londonderry, NH Suzuki GSX-R600 1:23.902 20
7 95 JD Beach Philpot, KY Yamaha YZF-R6 1:24.052 26
8 40 Jason DiSalvo Batavia, NY Triumph Daytona 675 1:24.149
9 52 Joey Pascarella Antelope, CA Triumph Daytona 675 1:24.275
10 5 Dane Westby Tulsa, OK Honda CBR600RR 1:24.399
AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport final qualifying – Saturday, September 14, 2013
1 5 Corey Alexander Carmel, NY Suzuki GSX-R600 1:24.592
2 12 Tomas Puerta Medellin, Colombia Yamaha YZF-R6 1:24.822
3 69 Hayden Gillim Philpot, KY Yamaha YZF-R6 1:25.207
4 37 Stefano Mesa Boca Raton, FL Yamaha YZF-R6 1:25.762
5 91 Jeffrey Tigert San Leandro, CA Yamaha YZF-R6 1:26.545
6 24 Travis Wyman Macedon, NY Suzuki GSX-R600 1:26.547
7 68 Alex Shaw Hackettstown, NJ Yamaha YZF-R6 1:26.653,
8 118 Nick McFadden Owensboror, KY Suzuki GSX-R600 1:27.037
9 777 Mark Miller Jr. Rising Sun, MD Yamaha YZF-R6 1:27.040
10 20 Frank Babuska Pelham, NY Suzuki GSX-R600 1:27.135