AMA Superbike Results
American Honda's Nicky Hayden won his seventh AMA Superbike race of theseason, this one a thrilling affair on a sweltering day at BrainerdInternational Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota. Kawasaki's Eric Bostrom put in a strong ride to finish second, just ahead of HMC Ducati rider Doug Chandler.
Nicky's teammate Miguel DuHamel wasfourth, with Erion Honda's Kurtis Roberts, in his first race since Daytonain March, fifth after leading early in the race.
"Definitely, it's nice to get a win," Hayden, 22, of Owensboro, Kentucky,said. "Kind of needed that. You get used to that. Starting to lose isn'tfun."
The win allowed him to stretch his championship points lead to 42points,349 to 307, over Kawasaki's Eric Bostrom, a close second today. DuHamel,who won the previous two Superbike races, moves to third in points with hisfourth place finish today. Hayden led the first lap, then Roberts tookover, something of a surprise. He'd been out of racing for three months,since injuring his right leg in a practice crash at California MotorSpeedway in April. The leg didn't bother him in the early going and he andHayden swapped the lead on the high-speed three-mile course for the firstseven laps. Then Bostrom came by, controlling the pace until Hayden madehis move on the 17th of 21 laps. Using the power of the Honda RC-51, Haydenmoved past on the kilometer long straight to take a lead he would nevercede.
Bostrom came at him in the final corner, but Hayden was resolute,wining by 0.188 seconds. Then came Bostrom, with former GP rider DougChandler third on the Ducati after passing DuHamel and Roberts two lapsfrom the end.
Nicky Hayden, First Place:
"When Eric (Bostrom) came by I knew he was going to drop the hammer and gofor it. Right there, kind of midway when he was setting the pace, I wasjust holding on but I couldn't charge on him or nothing. Then a few morelaps went by and I started getting more comfortable, maybe both our tiresgot greasier. As the race went on I felt better and better and morecomfortable. Just one of those deals that it worked out really good at theend. I was able to get a win. It was really nice. It was an awesome weekendright from the start. Me and my bros and my parents and some friends ofours, we chartered a plane up here and we stayed right here at the trackcondos so in the morning I'd be watching the 600 practice brushing myteeth."
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