Two's A Pair For Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha As Teammates Hayden And Beaubier Qualify On Front Row At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
NEWS July 28, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor:
MONTEREY, Calif. (July 28, 2012) – In one of the most abbreviated final qualifying sessions in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike history, both Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha pilots put their identically prepared Yamaha YZF-R6’s on the front row for tomorrow’s only Daytona SportBike race of the weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. And, as it turned out their fast laps from Friday’s second practice session are actually what got them up front.
Due to morning fog that cancelled the first DSB qualifying session and oil spilled on the track from AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike qualifying that delayed and shortened the second DSB qualifying session, Tommy Hayden was only able to get in three laps, while Cameron Beaubier only ran four laps in the dramatically shortened Q session.
GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Racing counted Friday’s second practice as the first qualifying session, and Tommy’s and Cameron’s lap times from Friday were actually what put them on the front row.
“I only ran three laps,” commented Tommy. “So, I really wasn’t able to improve on my time from yesterday. But, we went well in practice and it counted, so I’m happy to be able to start at the front for tomorrow’s race.”
Cameron said, “I guess that just emphasizes how important it is to go fast in practice. I did that yesterday, so I’m glad about that. I wish I’d been able to improve my time from practice, but three laps just weren’t enough. We’re on the front row, though, so I’ll focus on getting a good start in tomorrow’s race and go from there.”
Sunday’s Daytona SportBike Race is scheduled for 11:15 AM PST. For more news, results, and other team info, be sure to visit Yamaha’s Facebook page.
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