GREAT CLIPS WEST COAST MOTO JAM

Article by: John R. Andres/SMM Editor-in-Chief

Photographs by: Randy Jones/SMM Staff Photographer & J.R. Andres

Infineon Raceway - Sonoma, California, May 4-6, 2012 — Under sun drenched skies, they came in droves, the fans were there at the GREAT CLIPS WEST COAST MOTO JAM to see if Josh Hayes could make it a clean sweep in SuperBike. Coming into race weekend, Haye's record at the twisty Infineon road course can only be termed impressive, with four wins in the past six races. His fans were not to be denied, as he easily won the main event by a margin of over ten seconds ahead of the second place finisher, Blake Young, chalking up a fifth win in seven attempts. The fact that he had won was a foregone conclusion in the minds of those in attendance. His uncanny ability to negotiate the tricky 2.32 mile course's hills, banks and curves at speed continues to leave many shaking their heads…he makes it look so easy, kind of like how one would expect a SuperHumanMan/SuperBikerMan to perform. "People always ask me why I've been so successful at Infineon…it's because my bike handles the course so well." "I got out in front and was able to maintain my lead. I just wanted to keep my head down and didn't want to do anything foolish."


During the SuperSport race, the red flag was thrown when Cameron Gish went down and was run over by Hayden Gillim. Gish was transported to a local hospital with reported multiple pelvic fractures. Gillim went on to finish fifth following this incident in Race 1. Other winners on Saturday included Martin Cardenas in Daytona SportBike and Dustin Dominguez in SuperSport.


Sunday began with Hayes once again being the odds-on favorite to win the main but Turn 9 decided to exact a shot of humility on the two-wheeled hero during the second lap of Sunday's race. Fans stood there in disbelief when it was announced that Josh had spun out. Most could not conceive that such a thing happening could be the result of anything other than an unseen bit of debris, something like a gum wrapper or a smidgen of oil. He didn't let this minor setback dampen his will to win or at least to make a respectable showing and when the checkered flag was thrown at the conclusion of Lap 22, Hayes had made up for a lot of lost time out performing lesser mortals from 17th place, to seventh. This time there was drama and excitement, watching one of the best weave his way closer and closer to overtake Blake Young for the lead. If he hadn't run out of time and laps, it likely would have been six wins in eight races.


Jason DiSalvo took the win in the second Daytona SportBike race and James Rispoli was victorious in the SuperSport event held earlier in the day.



TopTen SuperBike Standings/Points (as of 5-7-12):
1. Blake Young—1666. Geoff May—77
2. Josh Hayes—1627. Steve Rapp—73
3. Roger Hayden—1148. Danny Eslick—71
4. Josh Herrin—849. Chris Fillmore—66
5. Larry Pegram—8210. Chris Clark—66
 
 
 
Top Ten ResultsTop Ten Results
SUPER BIKE RACE 1SUPER BIKE RACE 2
May 5, 2012May 6, 2012
 
1. Josh Hayes—Yamaha1. Blake Young—Suzuki
2. Blake Young—Suzuki2. Roger Hayden—Suzuki
3. Danny Eslick—EBR3. Geoff May—EBR
4. Josh Herrin—Yamaha4. Ben Bostrom—Suzuki
5. Geoff May—EBR5. Chris Fillmore—KTM
6. Steve Rapp—Kawasaki6. Danny Eslick—EBR
7. Ben Bostrom—Suzuki7. Josh Hayes—Yamaha
8. David Anthony—Suzuki8. David Anthony—Suzuki
9. Larry Pegram—BMW9. Robertino Pietri—Suzuki
10. Roger Hayden—Suzuki10. Larry Pegram—BMW
 
RACE LENGTH: 22 laps on a 2.32 mile road courseRACE LENGTH: 22 laps on a 2.32 mile course
WINNER'S RACE TIME: 35:42.638WINNER'S RACE TIME: 36.30.286
WINNER'S AVERAGE SPEED: 85.8 mphMARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.467
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 10.958BEST LAP: Blake Young (1:36.840)
POLE POSITION: Josh Hayes 
 
 
Top Ten ResultsTop Ten Results
DAYTONA SPORT BIKE RACE 1DAYTONA SPORTBIKE RACE 2
May 5, 2012May 6, 2012
 
1.Martin Cardenas—Suzuki1. Jason DiSalvo—Triumph
2. Jason DiSalvo—Triumph2. Tommy Hayden—Yamaha
3. Cameron Beaubier—Yamaha3. Joey Pascarella—Yamaha
4. Dane Westby—Suzuki4. Cory West—Suzuki
5. Tommy Hayden—Yamaha5. JD Beach—Yamaha
6. Cory West—Suzuki6. Bobby Fong—Yamaha
7. Bobby Fong—Yamaha7. Dane Westby—Suzuki
8. JD Beach—Yamaha8. Jake Zemke—Ducati
9. Joey Pascarella—Yamaha9. Michael Beck—Yamaha
10. Jake Zemke—Ducati10. Benny Solis—Suzuki
 
RACE LENGTH: 22 laps on a 2.32 mile road courseRACE LENGTH: 22 laps on a 2.32 mile course
WINNER'S RACE TIME: 36.37.383WINNER'S RACE TIME: 36.35
WINNER'S AVERAGE SPEED: 83.6 mphMARGIN OF VICTORY: 9.531
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.460BEST LAP: Tommy Hayden (1:38.891)
POLE POSITION: Jason DiSalvo 
 
 
Top Ten ResultsTop Ten Results
SUPERSPORT RACE 1SUPERSPORT RACE 2
May 5, 2012May 6, 2012
 
1. Dustin Dominguez—Triumph1. James Rispoli—Suzuki
2. James Rispoli—Suzuki2. Dustin Dominguez—Triumph
3. Jake Lewis—Suzuki3. Tomas Puerta—Yamaha
4. Tomas Puerta—Yamaha4. Jake Lewis—Suzuki
5. Garrett Willis—Honda5. Hayden Gillim—Yamaha
6. Wyatt Farris—Yamaha6. Stefano Mesa—Yamaha
7. Stefano Mesa—Yamaha7. Corey Alexander—Suzuki
8. Travis Ohge—Yamaha8. Garrett Willis—Honda
9. Corey Alexander—Suzuki9. Travis Ohge—Yamaha
10. Hayden Gillim—Yamaha10. Colter Dimmick—Yamaha
 
RACE LENGTH: 18 laps on a 2.32 mile road courseRACE LENGTH: 18 laps on a 2.32 mile course
WINNER'S RACE TIME: 58.53.155 (inc. red flag delay)WINNER'S RACE TIME: 1:07:03
WINNER'S AVERAGE SPEED: 42.6 mphMARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.410
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.170BEST LAP: Jake Lewis (1:41.067)
POLE POSITION: James Rispoli 



Klay Thompson Named Grand Marshal
of GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma


SONOMA, Calif. (Sept. 13, 2017) – Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson has been named Grand Marshal of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway, Sept. 15-17.


Thompson, a shooting guard for the reigning NBA Champions, was selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft by Golden State with the 11th overall pick. In 2014, he and teammate Stephen Curry set a then-NBA record of 484 combined three-pointers in a season, earning the pair the nickname the "Splash Brothers". 


Thompson is a three-time NBA All-Star and a two-time All-NBA Third Team honoree. In 2015, he helped lead the Warriors to their first NBA Championship since 1975. Thompson then helped the Warriors return to the NBA Finals for a third straight year in 2017, winning his second NBA Championship.


In his role as Grand Marshal of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Thompson will take part in pre-race activities on Sunday, Sept. 17, give the official command of, "Drivers, Start Your Engines" and wave the green flag. Thompson will also enjoy a high-speed lap around the road course with racing legend Mario Andretti in a two-seat Indy car. This will mark his first visit to a motorsports event.


“I am beyond excited to be Grand Marshal for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma,” said Thompson. “I have heard so many good things about this race, and I can’t wait to see everything up close in person.”


Thompson is extremely active with Warriors community outreach programs and has been recognized off the court for his efforts in the community. He received the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for November 2014 and the Alvin Attles Community Impact Award in April 2015 in recognition of his efforts to make a positive impact on the lives of underserved youth in the Bay Area.


“Klay is a core member of one of the greatest sports teams in Bay Area history. He's a true champion and we're excited he will be with us to help crown the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champion this Sunday,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager.


For more information or to purchase tickets for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, including preferred parking, garage access, pit and pre-race passes, visit www.sonomaraceway.com/indycar or call 800-870-7223. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE all weekend and parking is FREE.


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GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
Verizon IndyCar Series Season Finale

WHEN: Sept. 15-17
CIRCUIT: 12-turn, 2.38-mile road course
2016 WINNER: Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske)
INFORMATION: 800-870-RACE (7223), sonomaraceway.com/indycar
SOCIAL MEDIA: @RaceSonoma; #GoProGP

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