Randy Renfrow, riding a Honda CBR600, races in front of a group of riders in the Road America AMA 750 Supersport class in June of 1994. I’m guessing Randy was using the 750 race to get some extra practice for the 600 Supersport race. In spite of having a major horsepower disadvantage Renfrow ran solidly in the front half of the 750 Supersport field before dropping out of the race. In the 600 race he finished seventh.
SONOMA, Calif. (May 15, 2010) — Elena Myers, a teenager from Discovery Bay, made history on Saturday at Infineon Raceway, becoming the first female in history to win an AMA Pro Road Race.
Myers, who came close to victory earlier this season in Fontana (fourth) and Daytona, Fla. (seventh), came away with the win in the SuperSport class in front of a roaring hometown crowd in the Sonoma Valley.
“I’m in another world right now,” Myers said minutes after the race. “I can’t believe it.”
Myers (Suzuki) started eighth on the grid of the scheduled 18-lap race and moved her way through the field. She passed race-leader Joey Pascarella (Vacaville) on lap 9. Pascarella lost control of his Ducati just long enough for Myers to pass on the inside entering Turn 7.
Pascarella crashed in Turn 10 on the same lap, bringing out the red flag. AMA officials declared the race final at that point, giving Myers the win. She was followed by top-qualifier Cameron Beaubier from Roseville (Yamaha) and Petaluma’s Tyler O’Hara (Yamaha). Pascarella wound up 18th.
“I’m just on another planet right now,” said Myers, who just attended her high school prom a few weeks ago and was competing in her first-ever professional race at Infineon Raceway. “The race went really good for me and some people made mistakes and I took advantage of it. It’s great to be at the top of the box. I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet.”
O’Hara understood the historical significance of Myers’ victory.
“I think it’s huge for the sport,” he said. “I think Elena just broke the barrier as a woman on a motorcycle at the top level. I’m proud of her, and happy and I like racing with her. … it’s going to bring a lot more fans and some more sponsors and make everything better.”
Myers will look to make it a sweep of the race weekend as the SuperSport class runs its second main event on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Infineon Raceway. There will also be feature races in National Guard American SuperBike and Daytona SportBike, presented by AMSOIL. Race tickets are available at the gate. Visit www.infineonraceway.com/ama for details.
(Editor’s Note: Sharon Friduss, of Gainesville, Fla., won a couple of Battle of the Twins Modified races in the mid-1980s, but at the time the AMA classified those races as amateur events even though the races ran on pro weekends.)
SONOMA, Calif. (May 15, 2010) — Exactly one year after posting his first-career National Guard American SuperBike victory, Yamaha’s Josh Hayes returned to the Wine Country Winner’s Circle at Infineon Raceway on Saturday at the West Coast Moto Jam.
Hayes led the 28-lap main event from flag-to-flag, outpacing second-place finisher and Redding native Ben Bostrom (Yamaha) by 3.665 seconds. Ducati’s Larry Pegram was third.
“This year I’m much more proud of the race I rode and I feel pretty good and confident about tomorrow. I know the time gap doesn’t always tell the story of the whole race, but I feel pretty good about my machine,” Hayes said.
Bostrom, a Petaluma High School graduate, posted his second consecutive second-place finish in Sonoma, and looks forward to the second round of SuperBike competition on his home track on Sunday.
“My bike was fantastic, and I love this track,” said Bostrom. “There are good fans and it’s always a good atmosphere. Kind of lifts you up every time you come here.”
San Francisco native Jake Zemke (Suzuki) maintains the American SuperBike points lead in AMA Pro Road Racing by just seven points over Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden (163-156). Blake Young is third (Suzuki, 146) and Hayes remains fourth (139).
Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas claimed his third consecutive Daytona SportBike victory by just .841 seconds over Suzuki’s Danny Eslick after a 28-lap, hotly-contested battle. Pole-sitter Tommy Aquino (Yamaha) was third.
“In the beginning I was struggling a little with the grip of the bike, so I was trying to hang on, and as the race went on I felt better and I started to try to pass them,” said Cardenas, who swept both SportBike events at Infineon Raceway last year. “At the end, to be able to win, was good for me. Hopefully tomorrow will be the same, and I’ll try as hard as I can.”
Shawn Higbee (Zero Motorcycle-Agni) earned the pole for the TTXGP U.S. Championships main event on Sunday. The event will mark the first zero-carbon motorcycle race on U.S. soil and is slated to take the green flag at 11 a.m.
Action continues on Sunday at Infineon Raceway with main events scheduled in American SuperBike, Daytona SportBike, SuperSport and the first zero-carbon motorcycle race on U.S. soil with the TTXGP U.S. Championships. There will also be main events in Supermoto USA, Flat Track and Motocross. Gates open at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.infineonraceway.com.
Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas scored his fourth victory of the 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing season on Saturday at Infineon Raceway with yet another brilliant display of racecraft.
Coming off his remarkable double victory at Road Atlanta, the Colombian was back in top form again today, constantly tussling for position in a thrilling race-long contest for the win.
Once again proving capable of elevating his game in race conditions, Martin was on the pace from the start despite qualifying on the second row in sixth at 1:39.214. He systematically worked his way up from fourth early to ultimately move into the lead on lap 15 of 22.
At that point the race transformed from a four-rider dogfight to a two-man duel for the checkered flag. Cardenas ultimately won out in that match up with his trademark late-race excellence.
After the race, Martin said, “This weekend we had a-not-so-good qualifying; it didn’t go as planned. We had a few problems and I made a lot of mistakes but I knew we had a good bike for the race and the pace was good.
“I got a good start. In the beginning I was struggling a little bit with the grip of the bike. I don’t know why. It was not great from the start so I was trying to hold onto the leading group but as the race went on it felt better and I started to try to pass them. As soon as I got to second, I was behind for a few laps and then I moved into first and he came past me right back and we switched positions a few times. But at the end I could hang on and take the win.
“It was a great race with a lot of passing and in the end it worked out for me. I hope tomorrow will be the same, and hopefully for me again, but you never know. Every race is different but I will try as hard as I can.”
The win is the eleventh of Cardenas’ AMA Pro Road Racing career and moves him into second place in the 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike title standings, just four points removed from the lead with 133 points.
Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki’s American Superbike riders Jake Holden and Chris Ulrich picked up a pair of solid top-ten results for the squad on the day. Holden, riding in place of the injured John Hopkins, backed up his seventh-place qualifying effort (1:36.646) by finishing in that same position in the race after running in a tight pack contending for second in the race’s early stages.
Ulrich, who qualified ninth at 1:37.864, improved to eighth in the race, claiming his sixth top ten in seven races this season aboard his GSX-R1000.
The Californian’s consistent form sees him ranked seventh in the season’s standings with 89 points towards his 2010 championship campaign.
On Sunday, Cardenas will look to complete his second consecutive double, both of the season and at Infineon Raceway, where he won both SportBike races in 2009.
SONOMA, Calif. (May 14, 2010) – Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom captured the provisional pole on Friday during qualifying for the National Guard American SuperBike class at the West Coast Moto Jam at Infineon Raceway.
Bostrom, a Redding native and graduate of Petaluma High School in the North Bay, turned the 12-turn, 2.28-mile road course at 1 minute, 36.108 seconds. He was followed by Josh Hayes (Yamaha, 1:36.184) and Jake Holden (Suzuki, 1:36.646). AMA Pro Road Racing SuperBike points leader and San Francisco native Jake Zemke was seventh (Suzuki, 1:36.984).
Bostrom’s lone victory at Infineon Raceway came in SuperSport in 2008. He had two top-10 efforts in SuperBike in Sonoma last season, including runner-up to Mat Mladin. He is hopeful of taking the checkers this weekend at his home track.
“The bike has been pretty good the last two rounds,” said Bostrom, who is eighth in SuperBike points. “We tested here and the bike was good; the team is working in harmony. It’s fantastic. We were struggling this morning in practice, but we made a few subtle changes and the bike ran quite good. We put on a new tire for the end and it wasn’t a special lap, but it was just special enough.
“I’ve always been Mr. Second here. It would be special to win here on my home track.”
Yamaha’s Tommy Aquino grabbed the top spot for Daytona SportBike, presented by AMSOIL, at 1:38.440. Local rider Steve Rapp, who graduated from Acalanes High School in the East Bay, was second (1:38.921) with Daytona 200 winner Josh Herrin (Yamaha) third at 1:39.155. Herrin entered the weekend as the Daytona SportBike points leader.
“I go faster by myself with no one around, even if I have to give up that draft of a person in front of me,” said Aquino, who is seventh in SportBike points. “I just like going out there and putting down hot laps. It’s fun. The Yamaha works really good around this track; it’s a fun racetrack.”
Roseville’s Cameron Beaubier topped the speed charts in SuperSport, turning the track at 1:40.355. He was followed by Vacaville’s Joey Pascarella (Ducati, 1:41.338) and Jake Gagne (Yamaha, 1:42.575). Discovery Bay’s Elena Myers, 16, was seventh-fast aboard her Suzuki (1:44.597).
“At the beginning of the session we threw on some soft tires and it felt really good. …I think we’re all set for the race,” Beaubier said. “This track is really fun. It’s nice to be so close to home so my friends and family can come and watch the racing. This is my third time on this track so I don’t have too much experience.”
Action returns on Saturday at Infineon Raceway with main events scheduled in American SuperBike, Daytona SportBike and SuperSport. There will also be main events in Supermoto USA, Flat Track and Motocross. Gates open at 8 a.m. For more information, visit www.infineonraceway.com.