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Young Grabs 2nd At Lexington SBK
Posted by: newsla on Jul 16, 2012 - 06:59 PM
Young Grabs 2nd At Lexington SBK

Blake Young raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to second place in Saturday's seventh round of the AMA Superbike Championship at Lexington in Ohio as team mate Chris Clark picked up a top-10 result the following day.


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In Saturday's 21-lap race, Young started out strong by getting a good launch on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and was running in fourth place when a red flag stopped the race. After the restart, he got another good start and fought hard for his second-placed finish. But on Sunday, he wasn't as fortunate with his start but worked his way up into fourth place to battle for a podium position but slid off, remounted and finished 13th.

Said Young: "In Saturday's race, I got two good starts and I can't complain. I ended-up slotting into first for the first few laps, but I was kind of hesitant to run up front. I had a tough time finding my flow but I need to thank my Yoshimura Suzuki team because the GSX-R1000 was great. On Sunday, I had some issues and the crash is going to make the points-battle pretty tough. But we have a bike capable of winning, so I just need to keep my head down and do my best at Laguna Seca."

Clark pushed hard all weekend and walked away from Mid-Ohio having made some overall progress: On Saturday, he put his head down on the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and rode a smart, consistent race to finish 11th. On Sunday, he again turned in a smart, solid performance and finished an even-better ninth.

"Overall it was a really positive weekend," said Clark. "Mid-Ohio is a track I've always struggled at but the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 is an incredible bike. By the end of the weekend, I'd improved my lap times by almost two seconds over my qualifying pace the year before. Obviously, I'm not too happy with where I finished, but it was a huge step in the right direction. I have to thank my Yoshimura Suzuki crew for its efforts and I'm really looking forward to Laguna Seca."

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing's next event of the 2012 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California on July 27 - 29th.

Mid-Ohio Superbike Results - Race 1:

1. Josh Hayes
2. Blake Young (Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000)
3. Roger Hayden
4. Steve Rapp
5. Larry Pegram
6. Geoff May
7. Ben Bostrom
8. Taylor Knapp
9. Danny Eslick
10. Chris Ulrich

Mid-Ohio Superbike Results - Race 2:

1. Josh Hayes
2. Roger Hayden
3. Josh Herrin
4. Steve Rapp
5. Geoff May
6. Larry Pegram
7. Danny Eslick
8. Taylor Knapp
9. Chris Clark (Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000)
10. Chris Ulrich

2012 Superbike Class Standings:

1. Josh Hayes - 383
2. Blake Young (Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) - 316
3. Josh Herrin - 225
4. Roger Hayden - 204
5. Geoff May - 190
6. Larry Pegram - 182
7. Steve Rapp - 151
8. Danny Eslick - 147
9. Ben Bostrom - 146
10. Chris Clark (Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000) - 146

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