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The Wind Howled At Miller, But Hurricane Hayes Would Not Be Denied From Provisional SuperBike Pole

NEWS May 26, 2012


The Wind Howled At Miller, But Hurricane Hayes Would Not Be Denied From Provisional SuperBike Pole

Photo by Brian J. Nelson

TOOELE, UT (May 26, 2012) – In some of the strongest winds ever experienced during an AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike qualifying session, two-time reigning champion Josh Hayes qualified his crossplane-crankshaft Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 on the provisional pole in the first SuperBike qualifying session at Miller Motorsports Park.

The morning practice session, which preceded qualifying, was also fraught with weather, as rain pelted down on the 3.05-mile, 15-turn road course. Josh led that session, as well, so it seems that, like a postman, Hurricane Hayes hauls the mail in rain, wind, and probably gloom of night if the condition presented itself to him.

The wind came up for the first part of the afternoon qualifying session, and Josh acclimated himself to the conditions, and then he started chipping away at his laptimes. He laid down the fastest lap of the session on his 14th go around of the 16 laps he ran and ended the session with a gap of nearly half a second over his closest competitor.

Commenting on his qualifying session, Josh said, “The wind obviously presented a challenge for us out there, but my Monster Energy/Graves/R1 is fast in any condition. Still, I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s final qualifying and, hopefully, a little less wind, so I can bring my laptimes down.”

Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike teammate Josh Herrin moved his #2 R1 up to ninth position towards the end of his first-ever SuperBike qualifying session at Miller Motorsports Park.

Final qualifying is scheduled for tomorrow at 10:40 AM MST, and the SuperBike race will go green on Monday, Memorial Day, at 4:00 PM MST.

For news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page.


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