Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Tommy Hayden fought to the very finish for his fifth win of the 2010 AMA American Superbike series on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Hayden won with a margin of .052 in a heart-stopping finish as he battles for points toward the championship. Tommy is now only 18 points back from the leader, and Hayden will be on track Sunday for the final race ready to fight for the win. His teammate Blake Young started the day off right, getting the pole position after an impressive morning qualifying session. Young finished fourth in the race.
"I was able to get a good jump off the start and put myself in a good track position," Hayden said after his victory lap. "I just tried to put my head down and not let the gap between me and the leader get any bigger. Then I just chipped away at it." Hayden drag raced to the checkered flag, where the horsepower of his Makita tools tuned Suzuki allowed him to get to the finish line in first. "I'm really happy with how today went, how my bike and my team worked, and that Suzuki horsepower got me the win," Hayden said. "I wanted to win the race. Maybe I'll get a lucky break and end up with a championship tomorrow, but if not, I want to go out trying my hardest."
Young put together a solid race effort, and his best lap of the race was only two tenths of a second behind Hayden's best lap. Young earned the pole position point for the weekend and will be hunting for a podium finish on Sunday.