AMA @ LAGUNA SECA
03 August 2012 | News
Following a fantastic weekend of podium finishes for Dainese and AGV racers at Mid-Ohio, including the debut of Josh Herrin's new custom Axial Pro boots, the AMA Pro RoadRacing circus heads to the legendary Laguna Seca Raceway to team up with Moto GP for an incredible weekend of racing.
Monterey CA- Sharing track time with MotoGP, the AMA race weekend was abbreviated to a single race per class. In SuperSport, the thrills were plenty from when the lights went green until the checkered flag dropped. Sporting a freshly custom painted GP-Tech helmet aboard his class-leading Celtic Racing/Orient Express Racing GSXR-600, Dainese and AGV rider James “The Rocket” Rispoli tore out to an early lead pulling Roadrace Factory's Hayden Gillim along for the ride. Leading the whole race and fighting through heavy traffic, The Rocket was overtaken by Gillim at Turn 5 on the last lap. Gillim held the lead out of the final corner where Rispoli took advantage of the race line and came across the finish just 0.036 of a second ahead of Gillim for an amazing win.
After foggy conditions forced cancellation of AMA SuperBike warm-up practice, the last race of the weekend kicked off under sunny conditions with Dainese and AGV riders populating almost every row on the grid. Riders quickly fell into place as the race got underway with Dainese Monster Energy Graves Yamaha's Josh Herrin pulling away from the pack with his teammate Josh Hayes. Deeper in the field, Dainese and Yoshimura Suzuki's Blake Young pushed hard on his conquest towards the leaders. After reeling in Herrin in the final laps, the two racers traded positions and paint all the way to the finish line with Blake Young capturing 2nd place from Josh Herrin by 0.023 of a second. Honorable mentions to Dainese and Jordan Suzuki's Ben Bostrom, who started from the front row and brought home a solid 5th after suffering tire maladies, and Dainese Hero EBR's Geoff May who crossed the finish line in 6th place.