Turn It Up To 11 For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha As Josh Hayes Wins SuperBike Race At U.S. Grand Prix; Herrin Battles For Podium
NEWS July 29, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor:
MONTEREY, Calif. (July 29, 2012) – If 10’s good, then 11 is even better for Josh Hayes as he won his 11th AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike race of the season. His victory today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was that much sweeter, since it was a career first in SuperBike for Josh at the famed 2.238-mile, 11-turn natural road course. And, as icing on the cake, it was Josh’s 28th career SuperBike win, tying him with Ben Spies for third on the all-time wins list.
Right from his starting position on the pole, Josh put his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 up front and stayed there from flag to flag, eventually building a lead of more than nine seconds by the time he took the checkered flag.
“I want to be the fastest guy in every session,” Josh said after his win. “Practice, qualifying, every lap all builds up to the race. That’s why I want the pole every time out…and, of course, the wins. I’ve built up a cushion with the points now, so it’s all about the wins now. We’ve got a good head of steam going, and I just want to keep it going.”
Josh Hayes is now leading his third consecutive SuperBike Championship by 74 points with six races and three rounds remaining on the season.
Josh’s identically first-named teammate Josh Herrin spent most of the race in second behind the two-time defending SuperBike Champ. As the laps wound down, Josh got caught in the clutches of a pack of rapidly advancing riders. He was passed by one rider and went back to third, but Josh and his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 were not about to take things lying down. On the final lap, Josh made his pass for second, only to be passed again. With nary a corner left to the finish line, Josh made a pass into second once again, but he ultimately got passed at the stripe and finished in third by a scant .023 of a second.
Today’s third-place finish was Josh Herrin’s ninth podium of the season, and he remains in third place in the season points standings.
The AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike series will take a month break, but the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will remain hard at work getting ready for the remainder of the season. They’ll travel coast to coast for the next GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing round on September 7 through 9 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. For news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page.
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