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Well Tommy has an 8-point defecit going into round 11 in the superstock class over Josh Hayes, and Hayes is sittin' on pole. Tommy qualified fifth and in Saturday's practice session was second fastest behind Hayes. Should be the best race to watch all weekend in terms of competition and championship battling.

You know, with all the talk of liter-bikes these days and how much more potent they are than our "little" 600's... consider that Tommy Hayden's 636 would have qualified 7th overall in the SUPERBIKE class at BARBER, a track not necessarily noted for being SLOW. And also keep in mind that the Superstock class runs much tougher restrictions on modifications and more importantly on tires than Superbike, where basically anything goes. What's more, his qualifying time would have been fifth fastest in Formula Extreme, where anything really does go.

Also funny to note is that both Steve Rapp and Vincent Haskovec qualified faster on their 750 Superstock production bikes than their open-class Superbikes. Hmmmmmm... maybe something to be said for being able to get power to the ground confidently ??? Anyway...

Tommy's got to win the race, I think that's obvious, as long as Hayes finishes, and it'd be nice if Tony the Tiger could help him out by slowing down Hayes. Watch for the green meanies to get holeshots again as they have so many times this season. Now it really hits home just how hard those two penalties and lost points Hayden was dealt early in the season have hurt him... he'd basically have the champioship wrapped up now instead of fighting to hang on to a slim hope...

GO TOMMY GO !!!




As for 600 Supersport... Tommy's sitting 6th on the grid, Meiring 8th.

And as a sidenote, Tommy Kipp is back to race AMA's for the weekend using the Canadian Kawasaki Superbike he raced this season in Canada (and really didn't do so well on). He's sitting eleventh after the first qualifying session, here's hoping he can move it up a bit.



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