Seven riders win eight races Saturday at 2018 AMA Road Race Grand Championship

Kayla Yaakov scores two wins on event's opening day

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Story by Michael Marino

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. —Kayla Yaakov was the only rider to win two races on the first day of competition Saturday at the 2018 AMA Road Race Grand Championship. The Biglerville, Pa., resident was one of seven riders to win a race on the opening day of the United States' premier amateur road racing championship..

Kayla Yaakov (31) leads Paul Blake (139) during the AMA Lightweight Twins Superbike Novice race at 2018 AMA Road Race Grand Championship. Photo by Joe Hansen

Yaakov, who won the 2017 AMA Youth Road Racer of the Year Award, won Saturday's AMA Lightweight Twins Superstock Novice and AMA Lightweight Twins Superbike Novice races. She was competing aboard a Honda-powered Moriwaki 250.

"It was fun out there," she said. "I love this track a lot."

Yaakov got a good start in the Lightweight Twins Supertock Novice race and won by a margin of more than 13 seconds over second-place finisher Paul Blake. Yaakov and Blake had an intense battle in the Lightweight Twins Superbike Novice race. Yaakov edged out Blake for the win by 0.302 seconds.

Reigning MotoAmerica Twins Cup champion Chris Parrish scored a podium finish in the AMA Lightweight Twins Superbike Expert Class race.

The first day of the two-day event drew 97 entries across eight races to battle for AMA No. 1 plates on the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park road course.

The event is being run concurrently with WERA Motorcycle Roadracing's Grand National Finals event and is scheduled to conclude on Sunday.

For full results, visit www.wera.com/results/showeventresults.asp?x=1098&rg=71538556726.

Saturday Results

AMA Lightweight Twins Superstock Novice

  1. Kayla Yaakov #31, Pa., Honda 250
  2. Paul Blake #139, Va., Suzuki 650
  3. Todd Eads #291, Ind., Suzuki 649

AMA Lightweight Twins Superstock Expert

  1. Daniel Adams #77, Texas, Suzuki 650
  2. Kevin Tucker #177, N.C., Suzuki 650
  3. Shawn Adams #76, Texas, Suzuki 650

AMA 600 Superstock Expert

  1. Deion Campbell #194, Calif., Yamaha 600
  2. Greg Melka #71, Fla., Yamaha 600
  3. Daniel Paine #56, Ga., Yamaha 600

AMA 600 Superstock Novice

  1. Jose Lloreda #145, Fla., Yamaha 600
  2. Justin Bourland #13, Tenn., Yamaha 600
  3. Matthew Jordan #17, Ga., Suzuki 600

AMA Lightweight Twins Superbike Novice

  1. Kayla Yaakov #31, Pa., Honda 250
  2. Paul Blake #139, Va., Suzuki 650
  3. Ryan Carson #754, Pa., Suzuki 650

AMA Lightweight Twins Superbike Expert

  1. Kris Turner #38, Tenn., Suzuki 650
  2. Daniel Adams #77, Texas, Suzuki 650
  3. Chris Parrish #128, Tenn., Suzuki 650

AMA 1000 Superstock Novice

  1. Jan Satori #307, Ga., Yamaha 1000
  2. Dan Hawkins #164, Ohio, Yamaha 1000
  3. Mike McAbier #257, Ohio, Yamaha 1000

AMA 1000 Superstock Expert

  1. Vasiliy Zhulin #16, N.Y., Yamaha 1000
  2. Aaron Risinger #369, Ill., BMW 1000
  3. Kevin Callaway #9, Mich., Ducati 1198