BLAKE YOUNG WINS AGAIN AT INFINEON RACEWAY WITH A NEW D-AIR RACING ACTIVATION
08 May 2012 | News
Sonoma, CA- In the wake of dramatic race victories at Road Atlanta by Dainese and AGV riders Blake Young and James Rispoli, including the first AMA activation of the D-Air Racing suit, the action resumed at Infineon Raceway for the West Coast Moto Jam this past weekend. In his first visit to Infineon Raceway, defending SuperSport champion James “The Rocket” Rispoli made his mark early, qualifying third for Saturday's race. As in Atlanta two weeks prior, James spent Saturday battling for first position on the notoriously technical course. Rispoli responded well in Race 1, securing a 2nd place finish and a class-leading 76 points in the AMA Pro SuperSport West Championship as he also fought to learn the track quickly. Starting from pole in Race 2, James got the hole shot and an early lead. On lap 4, with fellow Dainese-sponsored Y.E.S./LTD Racing's Thomas Puerta stalking a few bike lengths back, he entered turn 9a turn too hot and ran off track loosing 3 positions. Not one to rest on his laurels, Rispoli struck back immediately to 2nd place when the race was red flagged. No sooner was the race restarted when it was red flagged yet again, but not before The Rocket snatched the lead back from Puerta. On the second restart Rispoli got lost in the mix. As a testament to his focus and determination, he fought back hard on the brakes against Puerta for his first victory at Infineon Raceway. Thomas Puerta earned his first trip to the podium for 2012 with a well-earned 3rd.
Before the first AMA SuperBike race-action was under way, Blake Young put his Dainese D-Air Racing suit to the test during qualifying for Race 2. Low siding his Yoshimura Racing Suzuki at the end of the session, the D-Air Racing system deployed helping prevent injury. Starting from the second row in SuperBike Race 1, Young hitched onto the back of Team Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes. The pursuit quickly changed dynamic as Hayes pulled away and Blake ran in second position unchallenged until lap 10. That all changed when he was joined by former teammate, Team Hero Moto EBR's Danny Eslick. The pair ran tight for the rest of the race trading positions and capturing the crowd's interest. When the checkered flag dropped though, it was Blake Young who fended off Eslick's challenge and brought home a trip to the second step on the podium. Fellow Dainese-sponsored rider Team Graves Yamaha's Josh Herrin ran a very consistent race, earning a 4th place finish.
Despite a great start from Young, SuperBike Race 2 looked to belong to Hayes yet again until a crash in turn 9a cost him the lead on lap 3. That mistake turned out to be the inspiration Blake needed to take the lead and go full gas. He wasn't alone though, as National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden and Josh Herrin were in the lead pack as well. The three ran consistent lap times when on lap 12 Hayden ran wide opening the door for Herrin. As the battle for 2nd ensued, Blake Young put his head down and checked out earning the victory and the top slot in the SuperBike standings with 166 points. Unfortunately for Herrin, his race for the podium ended with a mechanical failure on lap 17. Honorable mention to Dainese-sponsored Jordan Suzuki's Ben Bostrom for battling a heated and steady race to a 4th place finish.
Dainese and AGV wish a prompt recovery for long-time sponsored rider Steve Rapp who suffered an highside during the TTXGP race.