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AMA: MBNA Superbike Mid-Ohio - Sunday

20 July 1998


Conditions: partly cloudy, breezy, with temperatures in the high seventies.
Track length: 2.4 miles

**Complete results for all of today's race activities at Mid-Ohio are available in the Pro Racing, Road Race, Results, section of the American Motorcyclist Association website at **

Aaron Yates took his second win of the season -- making it two in a row for the Yoshimura Suzuki No. 20 rider, who won the last round at New Hampshire International Speedway. Yates had the pole for today's race, and led every lap. The win moved Yates up from 10th to ninth in series points. Yates has been on a steady upward climb since returning to the series at the Atlanta double-header, after missing the prior three races due to injury.

Factory Yamaha No. 92 rider Jamie Hacking also had a repeat performance, he took the runner-up position after doing the same at the last MBNA Superbike race at NHIS. The podium finish is Hacking's third this year, and moved him up a slot to series fifth-place.

Ohioan Tom Kipp took third-place today at his home track aboard the No. 16 Ferracci Ducati. The podium finish is Kipp's first this season, and moved him up in the season rankings from ninth to eighth place.

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Yoshimura Suzuki No. 4 rider Steve Crevier took his first win of the season in Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport. Crevier has led the series since mid-season, and today's win helped him to stay at the top of the point standings. Crevier has had three podium finishes this season and has never finished outside the top-six.

Muzzy Kawasaki No. 22 rider Tommy Hayden took second-place in today's race. Hayden led most of the race, but problems with a loose exhaust pipe distracted him, giving Crevier the opportunity to make a late-race pass for the lead. The finish and the absence of the injured Miguel Duhamel allowed Hayden to move up from 11th to sixth in the series rankings.

Series second-place rider Doug Chandler took third-place today aboard the Muzzy Kawasaki No. 10 machine. Chandler moved into third after Nicky Hayden and Aaron Yates-- who were battling for third-place, collided and left the track. The third-place finish keeps Chandler in series second-place.

Orange County Triumph No. 47 rider Paul Harrell took his first win of the season in the Progressive Insurance Pro Thunder series. Series leader Harrell has seven podium finishes to date and has finished outside the top-three just once.

Curtis Adams took second-place today aboard the Orange County Triumph No. 145 machine. Adams has five series wins to his credit and stays in the third-ranked position after today's race. The podium finish is Adams' second this year.

Shawn Higbee took his fifth podium finish of the year aboard the Tilley's Buell. Higbee has three wins thus far. His finish today will hold him in series second-place.

Erion Honda No. 80 rider Kurtis Roberts took His first win of the season -- and his professional career. Roberts took the lead from a surprised Roland Sands on the last few laps of the race. Despite the win, Roberts will remain in series second-place.

World Sports Yamaha No. 90 rider Chuck Sorensen took second-place for a fourth podium finish this season. Sorensen passed Sands on the last lap of the race for the runner-up slot. Sorensen will remain in series third-place.

Roland Sands and the Performance Machine No. 10 Yamaha had the lead for most of the second half of the race, but a bold pass by Kurtis Roberts took Sands by surprise. Sands attempted to retake the lead, but nearly crashed in the attempt. A cautious Sands was overtaken by Sorensen shortly thereafter. Sands remains at the top of the Elf Race Fuels & Lubricants Grand Prix point standings.