AMA: American Superbike Daytona Final Qualifying

It's always good to make the boss happy. Jordan Suzuki's Aaron Yates made his boss, Michael Jordan, very happy by taking the inaugural American Superbike pole of the 2010 season and the team's first pole ever at Daytona International Speedway.  Jordan, who was perched on the pit wall surrounded by his entourage, smiled broadly and fist-bumped every one in his proximity when the session ended with his rider on top.  Second place qualifier Larry Pegram claimed to have a traction control problem that sabotaged his session in the waning moments. Pegram was also a bit irritated at 4th place qualifier Blake Young 's supposed following tactics. Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Tommy Hayden merely had his brother, former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, in his pit to consult with when he took the third slot. Jake Zemke  had to qualify on his back-up bike after the  motor on his National Guard Suzuki blew late in the last practice session.

American Superbike Final Qualifying

Pos Rider Bike Time
1 Aaron Yates Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.324
2 Larry Pegram Ducati 1098R 1'38.372
3 Tommy Hayden Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.715
4 Blake Young Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.783
5 Josh Hayes Yamaha YZF-R1 1'39.334
6 Jake Zemke Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'39.533
7 Ben Bostrom Yamaha YZF-R1 1'39.598
8 Chris Ulrich Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'40.140
9 Brett McCormick Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'40.259
10 John Hopkins Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'40.495
11 David Anthony Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'40.560
12 Jeff Tigert Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.211
13 Taylor Knapp Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'41.711
14 Shawn Higbee Ducati 1098 1'42.550
15 Shane Narbonne Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'42.640
16 Chris Clark Yamaha YZF-R1 1'43.015
17 Eric Haugo Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.419
18 Barrett Long Ducati 1098R 1'43.451
19 Scott Jensen Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.705
20 Eric Pinson BMW S1000 RR 1'44.495

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That CAN'T be the entire field right?? i haven't even checked yet. BUt if it is that is sad. The rider line up on the site is out of date.

I believe 20 of the 29 entrants actually qualified for both Superbike races. Interesting to see Yates on pole. He was playing things very close to the vest during the live OTT webcasts yesterday. Some of the OTT guys revealed he has been working very hard with a new braking system (to Yates' consternation) so it may be the source of his new found confidence. I'm just glad someone was able to keep pace with Pegram and the 1098R.

I hope most of the guys are just sandbagging around b/c the conditions are not optimal and Daytona is too dangerous to push 10/10ths for several days. If these new rules don't produce close racing and new team ownership opportunities for riders and dealerships, what's the point?

RRW lists Hopkins in 10th and Anthony in 11th.

29 pre-entries:
2 Eric Pinson Blue Moon Liberty Waves BMW BMW S1000RR TBA
4 Josh Hayes Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1 Yamaha, Graves Motorsports, Dunlop, Yama Lube, GYT-R, Sharkskinz, Braking, Dyno-Jet, Vortex, D.I.D., Magneti Marelli, Axio, Mechanix Wear
6 Brett McCormick Picotte Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 TBA
7 TBA Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 TBA
9 Eric Haugo Viking Moto Suzuki GSX-R1000 Lincoln Investment Co., EBC, GPR, TCX, Race Tech, LP USA, Yoyodyne, Al-Mart, OCRF.org
11 Shawn Higbee Higbee-Racing Buell 1125R Higbee-Racing.com, Dr. Bob, Wheels In Motion, Traxxion Dynamics, Penske, Vortex, Chicken Hawk, Pitbull, EK, Shoei, Zero Gravity, Galfer, Taylor Made Racing, Bazzaz, Trump Motors, Graves
12 Trent Gibson Gibson Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000 Road Rocket, Furigan
17 TBA LEVEL 10 Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 TBA
18 Chris Ulrich RoadRacingWorld.com Suzuki GSX-R1000 Roadracingworld.com Suzuki, Monster Energy, M4, Geico Powersports, Dainese, AGV, GPR, Hotbodies, Vortex, Bazzaz, Galfer, Fastrack Riders
21 John Hopkins M4 Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 M4 Monster Energy Suzuki, Geico Powersports, Arai, Alpinestars, GPR, Hotbodies, Vortex, Bazazz, Galfer, DID, Roadracingworld.com
22 Tommy Hayden Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 Suzuki, Rockstar, Makita, Yoshimura, Dunlop, Motorex, Colorite, Catalyst, Galfer, Renthal, BMC, NGK, RK, Fabbri
23 Aaron Yates Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 Jordan Brand, National Guard, Suzuki, Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, Leo Vince, Dainese, HJC, Bazzaz, Vortex, MMI
25 David Anthony Aussie Dave Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 Fly Racing, Race Tech, FMF, Hotbodies, Arai, GPR, EBC Brakes, Liquid Perf, HEL Brake Lines, Spyder Grips, DumondeTech, Kiwis Care, Kiwi Magic Motorsports, Temecula Valley Paint, Sticky Biz, Pit Bull, Rk Chains, TCX Boots, Vortex, DynoJet, Pitboxes.com, MotoGP
27 Jean Paul Tache Four Feathers Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 TBA
29 Barrett Long Longevity Racing Ducati 1098R Longevity Racing, Desmomaniacs, Shoei, EBC
44 Taylor Knapp RidersDiscount.com Suzuki GSX-R1000 RidersDiscount.com, Yoshimura, Ohlins, Alpinestars, Arai, Chicken Hawk, Pitbull, Ray C's Extreme
47 Scott Jensen Four Feathers Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 TBA
48 Chris Clark Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1 Palms Casino & Resort, Las Vegas Speedway, Pat Clark Motorsports, Yamaha, Nestle, Graves Motorsports, Yamalube, GYTR, Vortex, Dunlop, Mechanix Wear
52 Adrian Schlegel Aussie Dave Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 Fly Racing, Race Tech, FMF, Hotbodies, Arai, GPR, EBC Brakes, Liquid Perf, HEL Brake Lines, Spyder Grips, DumondeTech, Kiwis Care, Kiwi Magic Motorsports, Temecula Valley Paint, Sticky Biz, Pit Bull, Rk Chains, TCX Boots, Vortex, DynoJet, Pitboxes.com, MotoGP
54 Jake Zemke National Guard Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 National Guard, Jordan Brand, Suzuki, Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, Leo Vince, Alpinestars, Shoei, Bazzaz, Vortex, MMI
63 Skip Salenius Run 1 Racing Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000 Run 1 Racing Motorsports, Marietta Motorsports, Heroic Racing Apparel, Race Tech, Chilly-O, Arai, Optimal Racing, Ti-Force, Vortex Racing, HEL Performance, Thrust Company, Cornerspeed Photo, Doctor Dug
64 Shane Narbonne DASPerformance.com Suzuki GSX-R1000 DASPerformance.com, Arai, Armour Bodies, Dainese, Dunlop, Held, Race Tech, WoodCraft
72 Larry Pegram Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R Foremost Insurance, Ducati, Amsoil, Coretech, Shoei, TCX, Akropovich, Motion Pro, DID, EBC, Fox Performance, Vortex, Triangle Cycle, Spiegler, Cafe Razzi, Comp A, Day Gas
74 TBA Four Feathers Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 TBA
79 Blake Young Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 Suzuki, Rockstar, Makita, Yoshimura, Dunlop, Motorex, Colorite, Catalyst, Galfer, Renthal, BMC, NGK, RK, Fabbri
91 Jeffrey Tigert TigerTeam Racing Honda CBR1000RR CM Motorsports, Dunlop, Catalyst REaction, Helimot European Accessories, Leo Vince, Red Car Brewery, Suomy, GPR Stabilizers, Goodridge, Hammer Nutrition, Jett Tuning, Ogio
155 Ben Bostrom Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1 Palms Casino & Resort, Las Vegas Speedway, Pat Clark Motorsports, Yamaha, Nestle, Graves Motorsports, YamaLube, GYTR, Vortex, Dunlop, Mechanix Wear
269 Johnny Rock Page Aussie Dave Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 Fly Racing, Race Tech, FMF, Hotbodies, GPR, EBC Brakes, Liquid Perf, HEL Brake Lines, Spyder Grips, DumondeTech, Kiwis Care, Kiwi Magic Motorsports, Temecula Valley Paint, Sticky Biz, Pit Bull, Rk Chains, TCX Boots, Vortex, DynoJet, Pitboxes.com, MotoGP
641 Jeffrey Lampe Kissimmee Motorsports Kawasaki Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Kissimmee Motorsports Kawasaki, Racing Connection, CTR Susupension, Pilot Leathers, RCR Transmissions

After experiencing the years of Roberts, Spencer, Lawson, Rainy and Schwantz; and so many more this field looks like a joke. American racing used to actually mean something - I guess those days really are gone forever.

There is a whole crop of kids coming along who should be awesome. Look no further than yesterday's Supersport race. The top 6 were all Red Bull Rookie's Cup graduates with Beaubier, Gagne and Beach having international experience. 4th place finisher Beach went out and won a flat-track race the same night. Good times are a-comin' and they ain't far off.

C'mon dude, keep your negitive vibes to yourself !! AMA Pro like every other series goes thru peaks and valleys. Looking like we're pulling out of a valley now. American racing will be just fine thank you...

... were over a long time ago.

You didn’t address my comments at all. Over the course of thirty years or so, AMA racing produced six American riders who earned fifteen 500cc/MotoGP World Championships. There is no one currently racing AMA/DMG superbikes who has the talent to race successfully outside the US in a world championship series; much less win a MotoGP championship.

So unless my comments meet with your approval I should keep them to myself? I don't think so. There is no dispute that in two seasons DMG has nearly destroyed what the AMA built over the course of decades. Some like to claim the correct people have been replaced. From what I’ve read exactly two people have been replaced. Factory involvement is at an all time low. The fields in “American” Superbike and Daytona “Superbike” or Daytona “whatever-they’re-calling-it-this-week-bike” are at an all time low in terms of both numbers and talent. What was at one time the top national superbike series in the world has become second rate at best.

One of the major complaints from last year was that non-production bikes were allowed to race in superbikes; a production race series. Guess what? With all the major “changes” made at DMG non-production bikes are still allowed to race masquerading as superbikes. I guess it depends on the origins of the bike. In this case the company makes no production bikes at all.

If others want to sing the praises of an organisation that runs a “professional” motorcycle racing series like it’s the amateur hour, so be it. I’ll save my positive comments until DMG actually starts to behave in a professional manner. They could take a big step in that direction by dis-allowing non-production bikes and making an effort to attract the real motorcycle manufacturers back into racing.