On June 10, 2000, Nicky Hayden, riding a factory Honda RC51, broke through to win his first Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike National in Saturday’s race one at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s, four-mile Road America road course.
Hayden was 18 at the time, avoided a spectacular first turn pile-up. He came through to pass early leader John Kocinski and went on to win by 1.486 seconds over Yoshimura Suzuki GSXR750 rider Aaron Yates. Eric Bostrom took third on his works Kawasaki ZX7. Bostrom made a dramatic last-lap pass on Kocinski to secure the final podium position.
Hayden’s victory moved him within four points of series leader Mat Mladin after four rounds of the 12-race series.
Hayden was asked if he was surprised by earning his first AMA Superbike victory. He basically shrugged and then went on to give his description of the race. He sounded fairly unimpressed by his major accomplishment.