Josh Herrin, Travis Wyman and Gage McAllister came away from a cold and dreary Saturday at Road America with victories in the Supersport, Superstock 600 and KTM RC 390 Cup, respectively, the three shining brightly in difficult racing conditions on the four-mile circuit.
Josh Hayes, meanwhile, dominated Superpole in the Superbike class, the four-time Superbike Champion earning pole position for Sunday's two races in the headline class of the MotoAmerica Series.
The weather may have been cold and dreary on a rainy Saturday at Road America, but the racing was anything but. In the Supersport final, Herrin was in a battle for almost the duration as he watched those around him fall by the wayside. When all was said and done, Herrin kept his Wheels In Motion/Motosport.com/Meen Motorsports Yamaha out of harm's way to win his third race of the season - a win that moved him to the top of the championship point standings.
Herrin took full advantage of less-than-stellar days turned in by his main rivals in the championship - the Yamalube/Y.E.S. Graves Motorsports Yamaha duo of JD Beach and Garrett Gerloff. Gerloff crashed out of the lead on the second lap, with the Texan remounting to ultimately finish ninth. Beach, meanwhile, looked to have a podium finish in the bag until a near crash dropped him from third to fourth in the closing laps. His fourth, combined with Herrin's win, handed the championship lead to the Georgian.
Herrin now leads the title chase by five points over Beach and 12 points over Gerloff after six races. All three of Herrin's wins this season have come on a Saturday.
At the end of the race, Herrin had almost 27 seconds in hand over RoadRace Factory's Tomas Puerta, the Colombian putting in a solid effort for his best finish to date and his first podium in the class. Puerta's teammate Ben Young also did well in the tricky conditions, the Scottish Canadian taking advantage of Beach's miscue to also take his first career podium in the class.
Beach ended up fourth, some five seconds ahead of Latus Motors Racing Triumph's Bobby Fong.
"I was just trying to stay up," Herrin said after victory. "And we were able to do that. When I saw (Garrett) Gerloff and (Cameron) Petersen start to inch away, I was trying to keep up, but at the same time I didn't want to throw it away just to try and keep up or pass them.
"I knew we needed some points after our crash in Texas and couldn't afford to fall down again or make any big mistakes. I'm just really happy to finish the race and to finish in first is an extra boost for us. I've been struggling in the dry this weekend and this was a little confidence boost for tomorrow."