By totalmotorcycle RAIN HAMPERS #YOSHIMURA $SUZUKI AT #NEWJERESEY #SBK
Team Suzuki Press Office – May 2.
Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Roger Hayden and Toni Elias had a tough, cold and rainy weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.
Hayden lost the MotoAmerica Superbike points lead, finishing ninth in race one and then crashing in the second race. He remounted to finish 17th, but he missed-out on scoring points as team-mate Elias was able to finish both races, but also suffered through a difficult outing, finishing 18th and 12th in the two races.
Hayden qualified his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 third on the front-row on Saturday with a time of 1:21.641 in Superbike Superpole 2. Elias started from row two after qualifying sixth with a time of 1:22.285.
Sunday brought rainy and cool weather, which proved to be difficult conditions for the Yoshimura Suzuki pair: Hayden could not find any confidence with the track; and even though Elias already had three MotoAmerica Superbike wins to his credit, he felt he’s still learning the Yoshimura Suzuki and found the combination of a new track and wet conditions a major challenge.
In the first leg on Sunday, Hayden raced to an uncharacteristic ninth-place finish. Elias, meanwhile, struggled mightily in the steady rain and lost positions as the race progressed to eventually finish 18th.
Hayden was determined to earn a better finish in race two and nailed a good start and ran third in the early laps, but on lap three he hit one of the tricky patches on the circuit and crashed. Even though it was a high-speed fall, he scrambled to his downed machine and was able to get back underway. He came back from last and earned back several positions to ultimately finish 17th, missing a points-scoring position by two spots. …read more