At the 14th of 20 scheduled laps, Blake Young knocked out from his bike after contact happened between him and Hayes who was in the lead.
Hayes would later apologize for the contact, which Young accepted.
"I just want to start out and say what happened there between me and Josh I know it wasn't intentional, it was racing, it was a racing incident," Young said. He explained that as he wheelied over the crest his handlebar ended up getting caught up with Hayes' boot.
After his frightening crashed Young became more aggressive. He started from the back when the race restarted after the red flag. Just in few minutes he came back to the where he was and then to the victory lane. He also prevented Yamaha from earning their first ever Superbike win at Road Atlanta.
"Those guys are the best team in the paddock," Young said of the crew which rebuilt his motorcycle. "That thing was spot on. This one's for them."
Said Hayes, "Close racing sometimes big accidents happen. I felt really bad about what happened over there," adding that Young knew it wasn't intentional.
"What a hero day for him," Hayes said. "Congratulations. I'm excited for him, proud for him." As for his own race, he said, "Came up a little short at the stripe."
Blake Young has been racing motorcycles for most of his life. When not racing sportbikes, Young spends time on the road riding his bicycle, or off-road on a mountain bike or MX motorcycle. He enjoys hanging out with friends as well. The 22-year old Madison, Wisconsin native is set to start his sophomore year on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing team and will again be competing in the AMA Pro American Superbike class.