ROAD RACING - Tommy Hayden Wins Again
By Scott Rousseau
Super Middleweight 4/5/2003
Team Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden is out to prove that he has the best 600 in the 750 class, even if it isn't the best in the 600 class.
Actually, it's a 636, and apparently size does matter. Just as he did at Daytona, Hayden put the slightly over-sized machine to good use during the AMA Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock feature at California Speedway, coming away with his second win to remain perfect on the year.
The Kentucky rider trailed factory teammate Tony Meiring through the first few curves before taking the lead for good on the opening lap. From there, Hayden concentrated on putting as much distance between himself and the eventual second-place finisher, Corona Extra Suzuki's Adam Ferguson. Hayden was doing just that when the race was stopped three laps short of the finish after Valvoline/EMGO Suzuki's Matt Furtek crashed in the chicane in turn one.
Meiring, meanwhile found himself in a spirited battle with Emgo Taiwan Suzuki's Chris "Opie" Caylor for the third spot. The two traded the position back and forth. Meiring had was third both when the red flag fell and on the lap before it, and thus he secured the final podium spot.
Here are the unofficial top-10 results from today's Superstock final. Due to mutliple scoring errors by AMA Pro Racing throughout the race (post-race, the sanctioning body insisted on naming Meiring second and Ferguson third, even though Ferguson crossed the finish line well ahead of Meiring), these results will be updated in this post as soon as possible:
1. Tommy Hayden (Kawasaki)
2. Adam Ferguson (Suzuki)
3. Tony Meiring (Kawasaki)
4. Chris Caylor (Suzuki)
5. Vincent Haskovec (Suzuki)
6. Jimmy Moore (Suzuki)
7. Jamie Staufer (Yamaha)
8. John Haner (Suzuki)
9. Jason DiSalvo (Yamaha)
10. Matt Furtek (Suzuki)