The Pass! Last Lap! Final Turn! Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Longtime World Superbike TV commentator Jonathan Green summed up Sunday’s Superbike/Superstock 1000 race two at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this way: “Without a doubt, race two for MotoAmerica was the race of the day.”

In fact, flying into the final corner on the last lap, three riders—Cameron Beaubier, Roger Hayden, and Josh Hayes—were in contention for victory after 18 laps of racing. If you were standing at the apex of turn 11, you could have thrown a blanket over all three of them.

Beaubier was in front, having made a daring pass on Hayden for the lead in the Corkscrew. “I knew I had to hang it out,” he said at the post-race press conference. “Toward the end, it seemed like maybe their tires dropped a little bit and mine stayed the same throughout the race. I was able to make a last-few-laps push.”

Green asked Beaubier if he planned the pass at the top of the hill. “In my head,” Beaubier replied. “It probably looked cleaner in his head,” Hayes said, drawing a laugh from the crowd. Beaubier smiled. “Definitely not trying to stuff anyone,” he said, “but it’s tough to get around anyone here.”

Case in point: Hayden’s turn 11 counterattack and subject of this photo series. Entering the final corner, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider put everything on the table. “I almost got it stopped,” he said, “but I just couldn’t make the corner. Cam did what he had to do.” Margin of victory was 0.084 seconds.

Hayes stayed close to his rivals at the checkers just not close enough. “I’m glad I was there to the finish with these two guys,” he said. “That’s what championship racing is all about.”

Longtime World Superbike TV commentator Jonathan Green summed up Sunday’s Superbike/Superstock 1000 race two at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this way: “Without a doubt, race two for MotoAmerica was the race of the day.”

In fact, flying into the final corner on the last lap, three riders—Cameron Beaubier, Roger Hayden, and Josh Hayes—were in contention for victory after 18 laps of racing. If you were standing at the apex of turn 11, you could have thrown a blanket over all three of them.

Beaubier was in front, having made a daring pass on Hayden for the lead in the Corkscrew. “I knew I had to hang it out,” he said at the post-race press conference. “Toward the end, it seemed like maybe their tires dropped a little bit and mine stayed the same throughout the race. I was able to make a last-few-laps push.”

Green asked Beaubier if he planned the pass at the top of the hill. “In my head,” Beaubier replied. “It probably looked cleaner in his head,” Hayes said, drawing a laugh from the crowd. Beaubier smiled. “Definitely not trying to stuff anyone,” he said, “but it’s tough to get around anyone here.”

Case in point: Hayden’s turn 11 counterattack and subject of this photo series. Entering the final corner, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider put everything on the table. “I almost got it stopped,” he said, “but I just couldn’t make the corner. Cam did what he had to do.” Margin of victory was 0.084 seconds.

Hayes stayed close to his rivals at the checkers just not close enough. “I’m glad I was there to the finish with these two guys,” he said. “That’s what championship racing is all about.”