TOMMY HAYDEN'S FIRST SUPERBIKE WIN CAPS TWO PODIUM SWEEPS FOR ARAI'S CORSAIR-V
by Richard Rossi
(March 29, 2010) Tommy Hayden’s won a ton of races and more than one championship in his stellar AMA road racing career so far. But one thing has eluded him: a race win in AMA SuperBike. That all changed this past Sunday at the 2010 AMA championship series’ second stop in California’s Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.
Even diehard race fans didn’t believe it was Hayden’s first superbike win because he’s been on the box so many times. True enough, but never the top step. The win came in Sunday’s SuperBike doubleheader race #2. It was a thriller. Only .6-second separated the top three finishers, all of whom were also wearing the Corsair-V. Following Hayden and his Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000 were Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes and his Yamaha R1. Hayes was leading the race on the 18th lap when Hayden made a great move to get around him and grab the big brass ring. Hayden’s teammate Blake Young was third.
The second Arai Corsair-V racer sweep was actually the first. It came the day before, Saturday. In possibly the most thrilling AMA Daytona Sportbike final since the class began, Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas, GEICO Powersports/RMR/Suzuki’s Danny Eslick (the reigning class champion), and Project 1 Atlanta’s Dane Westby swapped the lead for more than half of the 21-lap final, sometimes two or three times in a single lap, before crossing the line in that order. Ironically, before the race both Cardenas and Eslick named each other in answer to the same pre-race question, “Who do you most like to race against?” Neither one knew he had named the other.
(Photos by Rick Menapace)