Roger Hayden Returns To His Roots
The Lexington Red Mile in Kentucky saw the return of native son Roger Hayden over the weekend, of the famed Hayden racing family. Roger retired from MotoAmerica at the end of the 2018 season, after stellar years in the road racing world. Estenson Racing offered Hayden the opportunity to fill in for JD Beach, the reigning MotoAmerica Supersport champion, who raced at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin over the weekend.
Road Dirt contributing photographer Dean Phelps was present for the races, and captured some fantastic shots of the competitors on track at the famous race horse facility.
In the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines, two-time defending champ Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750) held off a relentless assault by teammate Briar Bauman (No. 14 Indian Motorcycle/Progressive Insurance FTR750), right to the checkered flag, winning by a 0.056-second margin.
In the Roof Systems AFT Singles presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Mikey Rush (No. 15 RMR Honda/Red Riders Rewards Honda CRF450R) took his first victory since joining the series, besting Red Mile virtuoso Shayna Texter (No. 52 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing SX-F 450) to the flag. Kevin Stollings (No. 99 Roof Systems/Motion Pro Honda CRF450R) rounded out the podium.
In AFT Production Twins, Cory Texter (No. 65 G&G Racing/Holeshot Powersports Yamaha MT-07) continued his winning ways with his third top tier in as many races. Texter traded the lead back and forth with 2017 AFT Singles champ Kolby Carlile (No. 136 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07) throughout the race, but in the end, Texter took the win. Ben Lowe (No. 20 Roof Systems/Bruce Lowe Excavating Kawasaki Ninja 650) rounded out the podium, after threatening the race leaders.
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*Huge kudos to Dean Phelps for supplying photography.