Hayden and Elias Go 1-2, Split Wins and Dominate at Barber Motorsports Park
Chino, CA (June 13, 2016) – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing had an outstanding weekend in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Team riders Roger Hayden and Toni Elias overcame oppressive heat and humidity to split wins on their Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000s in the pair of Superbike rounds on Sunday. Hayden scored victory over his teammate in the first, while Elias claimed the win in race two over Hayden.
This was the fourth time this season in MotoAmerica Superbike that the Yoshimura Suzuki squad and their GSX-R1000s dominated in this fashion by finishing 1-2.
For Hayden the victory was especially sweet since it was his first victory of 2016 and his first Superbike win since 2014. For Elias, the victory in race two marked his fourth win of the year.
Hayden's victory in Sunday’s first round was impressive as Elias applied constant pressure throughout the race, but Hayden stayed solid as a rock aboard his Suzuki to narrowly beat his Spanish teammate to the line by .210 of a second.
"I'm just really happy to get this win, finally," said Hayden, who last won at New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2014. "It's been a long time. I'm glad my family's here. My dad and my mom and brothers and a bunch of people from home, so it makes it a little more special. My guys (his crew), they need this win too. We all want to win. We were all getting tired of getting second all the time, so it's good for them."
In race two Elias took over the lead on the second lap, but Hayden came up and took over the point for six laps in the middle stages. In the closing stages Elias found a way around his teammate and held it to the checkered flag. Elias’ margin of victory over Hayden was a scant 0.126 seconds.
"We needed to improve the traction," Elias said. "We did today in the last moment. I'm happy. We are doing a really great job. And finally a mistake in the first race and Roger (Hayden) did a great, great race. But I didn't want a mistake for the second, and leading all that time. And finally I tried to give my 100 percent the last two laps and win this race. It worked. I'm happy to have this feeling again. To win again is nice."
The victories for both Yoshimura Suzuki riders greatly improved their situations in the championship chase. Hayden moved to within a single point of second-place in the series and is now just 14 points out of the lead. Elias is five points behind Hayden in fourth. The top four in MotoAmerica Superbike standings are now separated by just 19 points with six races remaining.
In two weeks Yoshimura Suzuki will visit Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly Miller Motorsports Park) in Tooele, Utah, for Round 7 of the 2016 AMA/FIM North American Road Racing on June 23-25. The races will be televised on beIN SPORTS.
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