YOUNG DOUBLE-PODIUMS AT ROAD AMERICA

YOUNG DOUBLE-PODIUMS AT ROAD AMERICA

Jun 5th, 2012


Team Suzuki Press Office - June 4.

Blake Young raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to two podium finishes in front of his home crowd at the Road America AMA Pro Superbike Championship double-header in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin at the weekend as team mate Chris Clark took his best result of the season with seventh-placed results on Saturday and Sunday.

The first Superbike race of the weekend was delayed and shortened due to powerful storms sweeping through the area. Despite the gusting wind and torrential rains, Young put his head down and got a good start from the second spot on the grid and conservatively clicked-off smooth laps to finish second. On Sunday, the weather improved and Young turned in a more-aggressive performance, dicing with his competition right down to the wire before bringing home second. These results bring Young's podium tally to nine in as many races this year.

Said Young: "I admit I'm a little disappointed. I'd hoped to win at my home track, but this weekend was definitely a learning experience and I know that we have some improvements to make. We have a few weeks before the next race so we'll go back and figure out what we need to do to come out strong for Barber."

Team-mate Clark was undaunted by the bad weather and had a good showing at Road America: He started both Superbike races from the third row and then slotted his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 into solid positions in both rain and shine. After running as high as fifth on Sunday, Clark carded two seventh-place finishes at the end of the weekend. Currently, Clark is tied for eighth in the overall Championship points.

"Right before the first race, we caught the tail end of a big storm," said Clark. "But by the time the race started, it was drying. Unfortunately, I got behind a rider whose bike was spitting oil. Once he was off the track, I put my head down on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and gained time. By the white flag, it was raining again and the race was red flagged, but I kept pushing and cut the gap even more. Sunday's race was a hard-fought battle for fifth. Unfortunately, I made a mistake and wound up seventh, but I'm happy with the bike and my lap times show that. Now, I'm looking forward to Barber and moving forward."

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing's next event of the 2012 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham on June 22-24th.


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Road America Superbike Results, Race 1:

1. Josh Hayes
2. Blake Young (Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000)
3. Josh Herrin
4. Ben Bostrom
5. Larry Pegram
6. Jason Farrell
7. Chris Clark (Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000)
8. Geoff May
9. Chris Fillmore
10. Stefan Nebel

Road America Superbike Results, Race 2:

1. Josh Hayes
2. Blake Young (Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000)
3. Josh Herrin
4. Ben Bostrom
5. Danny Eslick
6. Geoff May
7. Chris Clark (Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000)
8. David Anthony
9. Chris Fillmore
10. Larry Pegram

2012 Superbike Class Standings:

1. Josh Hayes - 257
2. Blake Young (Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) - 237
3. Josh Herrin - 151
4. Roger Hayden - 126
5. Geoff May - 123
6. Larry Pegram - 123
7. Ben Bostrom - 111
8. Danny Eslick - 107
9. Chris Clark (Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) - 107
10. Chris Fillmore - 101