Rockstar Makita Suzuki made it a winning weekend as Blake Young finished the series on Sunday with a hard-earned and heart-pounding victory on a wet racetrack in Alabama. The win marks Young's third victory of the season, and he also qualified fastest for the weekend and earned the pole position. Teammate Tommy Hayden, after a victory on Saturday, finished the wet race on Sunday in fourth place, putting him second overall in the 2010 AMA American SuperBike Championship points.
Young was determined after his fourth-place finish on Saturday to improve his results on Sunday. "I watched Saturday's race on my DVR this morning before the race," Young said. "Right then and there I decided that today I needed to ride really, really hard and show these guys what I'm made of." A rainstorm haunted Barber Motorsports Park for most of the morning, and though the clouds started to roll out right before the start of the SuperBike race, the track remained wet.
"Coming into the weekend, I was optimistic," Young said. "I've had more bad luck here than good, but we did our homework and the GSX-R1000 was the bike to be on today. I guess I had a little more Rockstar in my tank than everyone else did and I took the win."
Young took the lead in the race off his pole position start and ended up leading all but two laps of the race. "My guys on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team are awesome, and I thank them very much for working so hard for me. The best way I knew to thank them was to put my head down and get them a win before the end of the season."
Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Tommy Hayden started in fourth place off the grid, and by holding the race line and riding smart, he put together a consistent race effort and finished in fourth. Hayden went into Sunday's race 18 points behind in the championship points chase, and though the gap was insurmountable, he used his skill and the predictable power of his Makita tools tuned Suzuki in the wet 21-lap race to finish strongly. Tommy ended the 2010 AMA American Superbike series in second place overall, just 14 points back from the leader, and vows to use this experience to fuel his bid for the championship in 2011.
Overall, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki duo of Hayden and Young won eight races in 2010 aboard their Makita tools tuned GSX-R1000s, the first wins of their SuperBike careers, and earned 12 additional podium finishes.