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.
|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||RidersDiscount.com||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|