Yates Wants His Supersport Title

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
Pickerington, Ohio - Aaron Yates is in his seventh year of Pro Honda OilsSupersport racing. During that time the 28-year-old Georgian has won enoughraces in the series to move into third on the all-time wins list in theseries (only Miguel Duhamel and Mike Smith have won more AMA Supersportraces).

Yet despite his long and productive AMA Supersport career, Yates hasyet to win a championship in the highly-competitive series. He is trying tocorrect that this year and coming into this Sunday's race at BrainerdInternational Raceway, Yates is well on his way to earning his first AMASupersport title...

Yates, who rides for Team Blimpie Yoshimura Suzuki, has a commanding 55-pointlead over Kentuckian Tommy Hayden coming into this weekend's round seven ofthe 10-race championship followed by Aussie Damon Buckmaster in third. “Ifeel good about where I am now,” said Yates, a 10-year AMA road racingveteran. “But I'm not taking anything for granted. I have to go out and makesure I finish out the season to win the championship and I'd like to do it ona winning note if possible.”

Yates and Suzuki teammate Jamie Hacking will line up at Brainerd as the onlyformer AMA Supersport winners at the Central Minnesota road course, but it'sbeen four years since a Suzuki rider has won a Supersport event at the track.Tommy Hayden is hoping that Yates makes a mistake somewhere along the line inthe final four rounds. The eldest of the three racing Hayden brothers needs awin at Brainerd to close the points gap on Yates. Hayden's previous bestSupersport result at BIR was fourth in 2000. Buckmaster has made a strongreturn to Supersport after a year away from the series. Brainerd has neverbeen one of his stronger events however; in his previous two Supersport racesat Brainerd he finished 10th both times.

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