Blue Hayes: Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha's Josh Hayes Vaporizes Five-Year-Old SuperBike Lap Record At Road America; Fourth Pole In A Row For Mississippi Madman
NEWS June 2, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor:
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 1, 2012) – After flirting with the track record in earning the provisional pole yesterday, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes broke the all-time SuperBike track record at Road America and earned a valuable bonus point for winning the pole. It was the fourth pole position in as many tries this season for the two-time reigning SuperBike Champion.
Hinting that he thought he had a realistic shot at the record after yesterday’s provisional qualifying, Josh proved to be prophetic as he clicked off the record-breaking lap of 2:11.33 on lap 8, which was at about the halfway point of the laps he ran in this morning’s final qualifying session aboard his #1 crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1.
I’m obviously happy to break the track record because it speaks well of what we’re doing out there,” Josh said. “But, the most important thing is the race, so my focus, as always, is on winning.”
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 kept himself in the top three in final qualifying and will also start on the front row for this afternoon’s and tomorrow afternoon’s races. “We’ve got a good race setup, and I’m ready to go,” commented Josh. The SuperBike rookie’s confidence is pinned right now, coming off the momentum he gained by finishing second in last weekend’s SuperBike race at Miller Motorsports Park.
SuperBike Race 1 is scheduled for this afternoon at 3:15 CST, and SuperBike Race 2 will go green on Sunday at 3:30 PM CST.
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