TOOELE, Utah – With Blake Young (Yoshimura Racing Suzuki) leading the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike point standings, AMA Pro Road Racing heads to Miller Motorsports Park for the BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil, a Memorial Day tradition mixing motorcycles, music and military. This weekend will be the Series’ fifth trip to Tooele, Utah, and Suzuki has earned victory in all but one of the seven AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike races held at the facility. Each of AMA Pro Road Racing four classes will be featured in single race finals on the 3.05-mile natural terrain road course.
Young was able to grab a four point lead over two-time and defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha) following a rare miscue by the veteran in Race 2 at Infineon Raceway earlier this month. The Wisconsin, who leads Hayes 166-162 in the points, won at Miller last year and hopes to repeat this weekend to build on his points gap and bring him that much closer to taking home his first AMA Pro Championship.
Third in the Championship chase is Roger Hayden (National Guard Jordan Suzuki) with 114. Hayden earned the highest AMA Pro SuperBike finish of his career last round with a second-place result in Race 2.
The rest of the top ten is a tightly-contested group of seven riders, and six manufacturers, separated by just 18 points. Leading that pack is Hayes’ AMA Pro SuperBike freshman teammate Josh Herrin (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha) with 84 markers, followed by Larry Pegram (Foremost Insurance Pegram BMW), Geoff May (Team Amsoil/Hero EBR), Steve Rapp (Attack Performance Kawasaki), Danny Eslick (Hero Moto Corp. EBR), Chris Fillmore (Team HMC KTM) and Chris Clark (Yoshimura Racing Suzuki).
So far in 2012, Hayes has claimed all but one bonus point, claiming pole at each round and leading the most laps in all but the most recent race final. The Mississippian also took pole position at Miller last year, besting closest rival Young’s effort in qualifying with a time of 1:50.401.
Including Young, five riders in the AMA Pro SuperBike top ten have wins to their credit at Miller Motorsports Park. Herrin and Rapp took the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike and AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series races last year, respectively, May won in 2008 in AMA Superstock and Hayes took the inaugural AMA Formula Xtreme race in 2006.
The BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil at Miller Motorsports Park will take place Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike will take to the track for the first practice session Saturday, May 26 at 9:50 a.m. and will be featured in a 16-lap race on Monday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. local time. SPEED will broadcast the race in a same-day delayed broadcast scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT.
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