Young takes AMA Superbike lead

Yoshimura Suzuki's Blake Young raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to his first Infineon Superbike race win on Sunday at the third round of the AMA Pro Superbike Championship in Sonoma, California and also took over the Championship lead.

The result marks Young's third victory out of six races so far this season and in Sunday's 22-lap race he started strong by getting a good launch on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. Then he put his head down, turned consistent laps, created a healthy gap; and took the win. The day before, Young also grabbed an impressive launch and was with the front-runners immediately, and after constant bids for the win, he came home in second place.

Said Young: "The Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been great all weekend. We struggled a bit on Saturday and got second, and then on Sunday, I just tried to concentrate and focus. At this track, it's pretty easy to get excited and find yourself going backwards, so I knew I needed to just mellow-out and ride my own race. I just want to thank my Yoshimura Suzuki crew and the GSX-R1000 for my first win at Infineon. I've struggled here in the past and I did better than I expected."

Yoshimura Suzuki team-mate Chris Clark came to Infineon with a minor injury but still made the best of the weekend: As he continues to gel with his new team, Clark made significant progress with his race performance between Saturday and Sunday. In the weekend's first AMA Pro Superbike race, he finished 14th; but by Sunday, he'd bettered that result to 11th.

"I admit it was a pretty disappointing weekend," said Clark. "I had a pinched nerve in my shoulder so I could only put a few laps in before losing most of the strength in my right arm. Add that to the fact that Infineon is not my best track and the results suffered, but we made it out with some points and now we just need to put this behind us and focus on the rest of the season. My favourite track is next so I'm really expecting a good result for myself and hopefully that will set the tone for the rest of the season."

The Yoshimura Suzuki team's next event of the 2012 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on May 26 - 28th.