Herrin, Hayes victories headline New Jersey Lottery Devil's Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park
NEWS September 16, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
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AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike and National Guard SuperBike races featured in national CBS Sports Network telecast
MILLVILLE, N.J. (September 17, 2013) – A weekend filled with breathtaking action across four GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing classes was headlined by Josh Herrin and Josh Hayes’ AMA Pro National Guard Pro SuperBike round eight wins at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Herrin, who leads SuperBike points heading into the season’s final event at Laguna Seca, won his fourth race of the season on Saturday. Though Hayes was the first rider to cross the finish line, a five-second “anticipating the start” penalty relegated the three-time defending series champion to fourth.
“I thought I had to keep up with [Hayes] because I needed this race win. I’m really happy I was able to capitalize on Josh’s jump-start and get an even bigger cushion in the points.” Herrin said after Race 1.
On Sunday, Hayes’ search for redemption came full circle.
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider took his 40th career win (8th career win at NJMP) by 3.199 seconds, with Herrin finishing in second.
“I just tried to keep the pressure on so I could get a little gap [between he and Herrin],” Hayes said. It seemed like I got it and then it kind of hovered. I just tried to be steady and not make any mistakes or miss any marks.”
After this weekend’s doubleheader, Herrin leads the National Guard Pro SuperBike championship by 22 points heading into the finale.
GoPro Daytona Sportbike
Cameron Beaubier clinched the GoPro Daytona Sportbike championship with a win on Saturday, and followed it up with another victory in Sunday’s race.
“Going into [Sunday], it was a relief wrapping up the championship, and I went into today with no pressure. I tried to get a good start and put my head down,” said Beaubier, of Roseville, California. “It feels good having won one more race and being the champion.”
Contenders Jake Lewis and Jake Gagne each crashed out of second place during Sunday’s race, with Gagne suffering a broken collarbone and separated shoulder as a result of his incident.
The 2013 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore SuperSport East Division championship was decided at Thunderbolt Raceway on Sunday, with Corey Alexander clinching the title by one point over Hayden Gillim in a race that went down to the wire.
“I think that’s probably the hardest race I’ve ever ridden. Right off the bat, I knew I was going to have to work for it,” said Alexander after winning his first AMA Pro championship. “These guys rode a great race, and that last lap was a little nerve-wracking.”
Gillim, who missed out on the title by the slimmest of margins despite winning Saturday’s race in Millville, was gracious after the checkered flag.
“Hats off to Corey and Tomas [Puerta],” he said. “We all rode a really good race. It was a hard-fought one. I look forward to next season to try to see what I can do and hopefully get on a bigger team. I wish these guys the best in the future, and I really think all three of us can go a long way in this sport.”
AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series
Steve Rapp continued his strong showing in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series this weekend, winning the class’ only race of the weekend by over two seconds.
Rapp, who is seeking his first AMA Pro championship, now holds a comfortable 22 point advantage heading into the season finale at Laguna Seca.
“We had a good bike – we made a few changes this morning, and they were definitely an improvement over what we had been riding. I’ve done well at this track in the past, so that was a confidence builder coming in here. I had a good weekend at Indy and, as the year progressed, we’ve gotten a little better at every race.”
For more information on GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing, please visit www.amaproracing.com.
About New Jersey Motorsports Park
Sitting on more than 500 acres in Millville, N.J., New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) is nestled snugly in a beautifully forested region surrounded by scenic rivers and the nearby Delaware Bay. NJMP is conveniently located near Philadelphia, the Jersey Shore, New York and Baltimore, offering diverse and dynamic motorsports attractions. The park includes two world-class road courses, Thunderbolt and Lightning, a motorsports country club membership program known as the "Drivers Club,” the Finish Line Pub restaurant, and F1 New Jersey, one of the top karting facilities in the U.S. NJMP is a proud partner of Tower Hospitality, Inspira Healthcare, and Monster Energy. For more information, visit www.NJMP.com or call (856) 327-8000. GPS Address: 8000 Dividing Creek Road, Millville, NJ 08332.
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