Final Qualifying Report: Road America, Round 4

ELKHART LAKE, WI (June 4, 2011) – AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion and current points leader Josh Hayes set a new lap record in final qualifying on the 4.048-mile, 14-turn Road America course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Additionally, Saturday’s final qualifying session for the weekend’s Subway Superbike Doubleheader saw all of the classes’ provisional pole sitters retain their number-one spots on the grid.

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Hayes started the weekend by securing provisional pole on Friday, then bettered that time on Saturday with a fastest lap of 2:11.913.

This marks Hayes’ fourth (out of a possible four) pole position of the season. Last weekend’s Round 3 National Guard SuperBike winner Blake Young carded the second spot on the grid by turning in a lap time of 2:12.222 on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki, while his teammate, Tommy Hayden, slotted into the third spot. Team Iron Horse BMW’s Chris Peris completed the grid in fourth.

“This has always been a good track for me,” said Hayes. “I always have a smile on my face here…. I was able to go out and put together a few good laps by myself, and then I did a few good laps with Blake in front of me and it was about 20 percent easier. I had something to gauge off of and it made things a little easier for me. Now, I feel like I can maintain a good pace for the entire race, and I feel like I can put together thirteen fast ones.”

In Daytona SportBike, points leader Jason DiSalvo picked up his third consecutive pole position after just four races in that class. The Team Latus Motors Ducati rider posted his quickest lap time of 2:20.356 in Friday’s session to take the provisional pole, then turned it into the real deal on Saturday. Rounding out the Daytona SportBIke grid behind DiSalvo are Round 3 Daytona SportBike winner Josh Herrin (Monster Energy Graves Yamaha), Celtic Racing/Fast by Ferracci Ducati’s PJ Jacobson, and GEICO Powersports/RMR Suzuki’s Danny Eslick.

“It’s going to be tough this afternoon,” said DiSalvo. “I’m going to try to get a good start and give it my best shot. I’m ready for the race to play out a couple different ways, but that’s the best thing about racing-we don’t know how it’s going to go until we line ’em up.”

In the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport series, Daytona winner Tomas Puerta captured the pole position after posting his fastest lap during provisional qualifying the day before. On Friday, Yamaha-mounted Puerta carded the provisional pole position with a fastest lap of 2:23.134, and that time held today during Saturday’s final qualifying. Sharing the front row with Puerta in the SuperSport event are David Gaviria (Y.E.S./LTD Racing), Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson), and Stefano Mesa (Rata Racing).

“I felt good during qualifying today, but I couldn’t do a fast lap like I did yesterday,” said Puerta. “I didn’t want to push it, I didn’t want to crash, I wanted to keep it on two wheels for the race today.”

Final qualifying for the Vance & Hines XR1200 class will take place later this afternoon. That class’ qualifying will be followed by Race 1 of the weekend’s National Guard SuperBike, Daytona SportBike, and Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport double-headers.

Today’s races will be broadcast on SPEED tonight at 9 and 10 p.m. EST/6 and 7 p.m. PST. Fans at home have several additional to follow this weekend’s action, as well: click the green Living Timing bar at the top of www.amaproracing.com, download an AMA Pro Road Racing Living Timing app for either iPhone or Android, and join us on facebook.com/AMAProRoadRacing, twitter.com/AMAProSBK, and—- when the light goes green for races—- via twitter.com/AMAProLIVE for live play-by-plays.

For Road America ticket and event information, visit www.roadamerica.com or call (800) 365-RACE.

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