Monster Energy To The 10th Power As Josh Hayes Wins SuperBike Race 2 At Mid-Ohio; Teammate Herrin Leads Race, Ultimately Settles For Third
NEWS July 15, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor:
LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 15, 2012) – The two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha riders, Josh Hayes and Josh Herrin, raced in formation, as well as back and forth, in today’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Two-time reigning SuperBike Champion and current points leader Josh Hayes notched his 10th SuperBike victory of the season aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1.
After Josh Hayes passed his teammate Josh Herrin for the lead, Roger Lee Hayden got past Herrin and set out for Hayes. Hayden made a couple of passes on Hayes and the lead seesawed, but Hayes ultimately prevailed in one of the most exciting SuperBike races so far this season. It was the kind of close racing that the fans and the riders really enjoy, which made it an extra-special win for Josh Hayes and his crew.
“It was a lot of fun,” Josh said in victory circle. “Josh (Herrin) got a good start, which he usually does. The first few laps up there, he was really kicking my butt. Once I got by him, which wasn’t easy, I was able to put together some really clean laps. After a few laps, I saw on the pit board that Roger (Hayden) was in second. Rog got by me, and I really had to work hard to pass him. But, once I did, I wasn’t going to let him by me again. I kept the inside line and concentrated on running strong laps. That did the trick. I’m really happy with this win. It wasn’t easy, and that makes the win even sweeter.”
Josh Hayes is now leading his third consecutive SuperBike Championship by 67 points with seven races remaining on the season.
The SuperBike Champ’s rapidly rising teammate, Josh Herrin, had an eventful day in this, his rookie season racing the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1. Josh stayed stuck to Josh Hayes’ back wheel in the first part of the race, and he got around the Mississippi Madman to lead the contest. Hayes then passed Herrin, and the younger Josh had used up his tires a bit, so he eventually had to settle for third.
Commenting on his time in the lead, Josh said, “I wanted to see what it was like to lead one of these things.”
After an uncharacteristic tip-over in yesterday’s SuperBike Race 1, Josh was pleased with today’s result. “We put in a lot of work this weekend and, after yesterday’s fall, I’m glad to be up here on the podium,” Josh said. “This is my first year in SuperBike, so I’m happy with how things are going so far. I’m not quite able to hang with Josh yet, but I’m going to keep trying.”
Today’s third-place finish was Josh Herrin’s eighth podium of the season, and he sits solidly in third place in the season points standings.
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will travel back to California and get ready for the next race, which will be the weekend after next at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on July 27-29 for Round 8 of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship.
For news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page.
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