BigM Weekend Recap: Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
NEWS May 30, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
The AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class has now seen five different winners in 2012. The class for new talent and fast local riders has boasted large grids this season and the Utah round added another name to the select group of winners this season - Hayden Gillim of the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull team.
Gillim won pole for the race, but crossed the line sixth after the first lap of the 13-lap race. By lap two, he was up to fourth and he then took the lead while working lap three. The Kentuckian quickly worked a gap and took a strong lead of around four seconds over the pack behind him, consisting of Road Atlanta winner Jake Lewis (Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki), Infineon Winner Dustin Dominguez (Latus Motors Racing Triumph), and Tomas Puerta (RoadRaceFactory/Red Bull).
Lewis, Dominguez and Puerta put on a spirited battle for the podium behind the leader.
In the closing laps, Gillim's solid lead began to evaporate as his tire started going away. He was able to hold on for the victory by 1.062 seconds, though.
"I felt really good for the race today. I knew I could win, but I didn't have any idea I could get out front and get a gap. I thought these guys would be right behind me the entire way," said Gillim. "My tires started going away at the end, and they started reeling me back in but I had built up a big enough of a gap that they couldn't quite catch me. The RoadRace Factory/Red Bull team did a fantastic job for me this weekend. This whole year, we've been working up and I got all the points I could possibly get this weekend."
In order to equalize the points paying opportunities between SuperSport's East and West Divisions, points were paid for final grid positions and one additional bonus point was paid for fastest lap of the race. Gillim grabbed every available point this weekend, closing to within 21 points of West leader James Rispoli (Orient Express Celtic Racing) who had trouble in the race and didn't show his characteristic strength.
Lewis took second place after leading early. "I was in the lead on lap two but Hayden came by and dropped the hammer. He was going fast," Lewis said. "At the end, Dustin and I had a really good battle. It was fun."
Dominguez got some relief from Puerta after his rival made a mistake on the last lap, but Dominguez scored his fifth straight podium.
"It was a good race," said Dominguez. "I got a bad start. I got pinched in by some guys and had to work my way up through traffic. Jake Lewis and I had a good race. Hats off to him and Hayden. They rode fantastic. We're East coast so I was happy with that in my first time here."
Stefano Mesa was fifth, less than nine seconds back. The Kneedraggers.com Yamaha pilot had a gap on Tyler Linders (Nexx/Cortech/Hypercycle).
Daytona winner Elena Myer (SuzukiScoopFans Sportbiketrackgear.com M4 Suzuki) and Rispoli fought for seventh, with Myers taking the spot by less than 0.2 of a second.
Ryan Matter (Citizens of Humanity) won out over Sebastio Ferreira (Life In Christ Race Team) by less than half a second for ninth.