Nice racing. I'm just wondering if there is no rule that if you cause a red flag by not moving off track, you don't get removed from the grid...
Ah yes, the old Mat Mladin trick. I was thinking this same thing when it happened...I almost feel that if you cause a red flag you shouldn't be allowed to restart. I mean think about it, in almost every case the guy causing the red flag's race would be over were it not for the fact that the race was stopped.
How's that downward spiral?
...yep, they finally listened to everyone. Keep in mind that until an injury to Gerloff, this series still wasn't healthy enough to field Tommy Hayden, one of its highest profile riders. The series is certainly getting better, but it's taking time.
An amazing ride from Blake in R1. As for the crash, it was obviously a racing incident and I'm sure he knows that so no knock on Josh. It was good hard racing. After the restart, I don't think Hayes expected Young to be on his ass that early, if at all. If he could go back, I'm sure he would have been more aggressive, gotten passed Herrin and maybe opened up a larger gap. After the race you can see Hayes signaling Young to take it down a notch. Young is a very emotional rider and his riding shows that. He was on the ragged edge and I don't think Hayes was thrilled that he had to do the same in order to stay with him. In either case, it makes for great racing for the fans. I'm sure these two will be fight for wins all season long. Good stuff.
As for Daytona Sportbike, I'm loving what Tommy Hayden has been able to do on that R6. I hope Y.E.S. keeps him for the rest of the season. If he can just figure out how to be more aggressive up front. It seems like that has been his issue all these years. Watching Cardenas lay down blackies on that 600...awesome.
Did you see the post race interview with Young? He was about to break down in tears. That guy rides with a TON of emotion, sometimes it helps and sometimes it hurts him. He just needs to learn to reign it in a little at times.
Big tip of the cap to EBR as well, Geoff May was running really well in R2 until they had an issue with the shift linkage...good to see them going well. It's so great to see Road Atlanta back on the schedule. Such a big bummer to see it go a few years back.
...and once again, why is it that backmarkers in the AMA struggle so badly to get out of the way! I know parts of that track are one line and it's tough, but I saw a few instances where guys just sat on the racing line with room to spare....may have cost Hayden a win in the 600 race.