AMA Pro Racing: Road America --- American Superbike Qualifying

Spanning the globe, bringing you the constant variety of 2 wheel motorsports,  Motomatters comes to you live from Road America, located in the lush, verdant, rolling hills of the Kettle Moraine.  Road America is a 4+ mile, 14 turn, circuit on a 525 acre plot of land located between the small towns of Elkhart Lake and Plymouth, WI; about an hour north  of Milwaukee.

With 3 very long straights, fast sweeping corners and numerous elevation changes, including a staggering 10 storey climb from the last turn to the Start/Finish Line, Road America has the reputation as a "horsepower track", where a bike needs plenty of ponies to be competitive.

In this moring's qualifying session, Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes continued the dominating form he showed at the last round at Sears Point where he took both races. Hayes reckons that his R1 has an advantage due to it's stability on the brakes and tire wear. Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Tommy Hayden and Blake Young, a Wisconsin native, slotted into the front row behind Hayes. Fourth place qualifier Larry Pegram said that he wasn't going for ultimate top speed but was looking at tire durablity.

For our non-American readers, the AMA format sees a race on Saturday and a race on Sunday. More updates as they occur.


Pos No. Rider(s) Team Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Laps
1 4 Josh Hayes Team Graves Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1     2:13.120 14
2 22 Tommy Hayden Rockstar ·Makita ·Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.026 0.026 2:13.147 14
3 79 Blake Young Rockstar ·Makita ·Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 0.086 0.060 2:13.207 8
4 72 Larry Pegram Foremost Insurance ·Pegram Racing Ducati 1098R 0.279 0.192 2:13.399 14
5 54 Jake Zemke National Guard Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1.081 0.802 2:14.201 7
6 155 Ben Bostrom Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1 1.870 0.789 2:14.991 12
7 3 Jake Holden M4 Monster Energy Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1.990 0.119 2:15.111 10
8 44 Taylor Knapp Suzuki GSX-R1000 2.243 0.252 2:15.363 13
9 23 Brett McCormick Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 2.555 0.312 2:15.676 11
10 99 Geoff May Erik Buell Racing Buell 1125RR 2.679 0.124 2:15.800 11
11 18 Chris Ulrich M4 Monster Energy Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 2.746 0.066 2:15.867 10
12 7 Shane Narbonne Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 4.763 2.017 2:17.884 14
13 48 Chris Clark Pat Clark Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R1 5.679 0.915 2:18.800 11
14 975 Ron Hix Hix Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 7.910 2.230 2:21.031 11
15 71 Tim Hunt Hooters ·Apex Suzuki GSX-R1000 8.085 0.174 2:21.205 5
16 12 Trent Gibson Gibson Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000 8.094 0.009 2:21.215 11
17 2 Eric Pinson Blue Moon Liberty Waves BMW BMW S1000RR 9.032 0.938 2:22.153 9
18 9 Eric Haugo Viking Moto Suzuki GSX-R1000 9.882 0.849 2:23.003 11
19 269 Adrian Schlegel Aussie Dave Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 20.183 10.300 2:33.303 4



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Sorry, I don't follow this class much, but where on earth is Honda?
I mean Buell can field a team and Honda cannot? What about Kawasaki? This seems to point to continuing problems in AMA.

At this point I think it has more to do with the weakness of the motorcycle manufacturer than it does AMA Pro Racing. Honda and Kawasaki, don't forget are the same companies that pulled out of F1 and MotoGP, respectively. They had to allocate funds, and American road racing just lost out. Hopefully, they'll be back soon, though. I think most people involved would agree that the AMA Pro Road Racing series is a lot netter this year than it was after the shake-up. And in general the racing has been damn good, too.

I have been going to RA for yrs upon yrs. I grew up there trackside watching Freddie Spencer with my dad in the early 80's, to getting a Pro license and racing there in 03 and 04. I will not go this yr, and its only 45min away, club racing thats what the AMA/DMG has turned into. $30 on fri, $45 on Sat and $45 on Sun?. And Indy is selling a 3 day pass for $75 to a F@1&*N MOTGP race. Big Ben may be the last American we'll see in MotoGP for a long time. Over paid and comfortable, thats US roadracing!!