Josh Day Wins Fourth SuperSport Race at NJMP

NEWS September 6, 2009

Josh Day Wins Fourth SuperSport Race at NJMP

MILLVILLE, N.J. (September 6, 2009) - The AMA Pro SuperSport presented by Shoei National Championship Shootout will not be run until next month at Daytona, but apparently nobody told 2009 SuperSport Champions Josh Day(No. 4 Team E.S.P. Yamaha YZF-R6) and Ricky Parker (No. 96 Team Graves Yamaha YZF-R6). The two riders waged a thrilling SuperSport shootout of their own Sunday in the AMA Pro Superbike Championships at NJMP with SuperSport East Champ Day ultimately winning the race by .460 of a second over SuperSport West Champ Parker.

"Ricky really made me work hard for it today and I just want to say hats off to him for riding it smooth and not doing anything dirty out there today," said Day, who won his fourth straight SuperSport race. "It was definitely a tough race for us all. It was all close racing; we were just out there having fun. It was just awesome to come out on top though. We've still got Daytona at the end of the year. I'm sure Ricky's going to be right with me there and it's going to be a tough race there too."

Like Josh Hayes and Josh Herrin, Day doubled up on race wins at the AMA Pro Superbike Championships. Day and Scott Charleton rode the No. 27 Four Feathers Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 to the overall and GT1 class win in yesterday's AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT race.

In SuperSport, Day clinched the East title one race ago in Virginia but officially ended his 2009 campaign with 189 points after today's victory. He was credited with leading 16 of the SuperSport race's 19 laps in New Jersey but the number of unofficial lead changes within laps was almost impossible to follow.

"It came down to who made the most mistakes on each lap," Parker said. "I think we had about the same pace. Once I caught back up to him I would just out-brake him one time, then he'd out-brake me, that's part of it. Our plans are definitely to go down there and try to get in front of Josh next time in Daytona."

J.D. Beach (No. 73 Rockwall Performance/Red Bull Yamaha YZF-R6) finished third for his third straight podium finish. He also moved to second in the final SuperSport East standings with 107 points.

"It was a good race today," Beach said. "I saw the race between Ricky and Josh the whole time. I had a front row seat there, so it was really cool to see that. I just couldn't do it today. I got kind of close but just couldn't reel them in. We really pulled it together from Mid-Ohio on. We got on the podium at the last three races. I really wanted to win this race but just couldn't do it. I am looking forward to next year."

Next up on the SuperSport schedule is the National Championship Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, October 16 - 18. The lucrative non-points race is open to any rider that has run at least one SuperSport race this season, with the winner earning the title of SuperSport National Champion.

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