Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha's Josh Hayes Wins SuperBike Race 2 For A Record Fifth-Consecutive Victory At Road America
NEWS June 3, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor USA:
Elkhart Lake, WI June 2, 2013 – Three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes will be the first to tell you that he loves Road America, and he’s not just paying lip service to the historic racing venue. With today’s win in SuperBike Race 2, he set a new AMA Pro Road Racing record at Road America with five SuperBike wins in a row on the 4.05-mile, 14-turn natural road course.
“It was a great weekend, and I’m really happy with the results,” Josh said after celebrating with his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew in the winner’s circle. “Both races were tough, and I had to work hard for the two wins I got. But, I’m happy. We closed the points gap a good bit, and there’s a lot of racing left to go in the season.”
Much like yesterday, Josh found himself in a battle with current SuperBike points leader Martin Cardenas. But, once he got past Cardenas, he was able to stretch out a little bit of a gap, which closed up some in the closing laps of the race. Despite the challenge, Josh kept his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 out in front to take the checkered flag.
Josh Herrin, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, had a much better day on Sunday than he did on Saturday, as his crew led by chief Rick Hobbs worked hard to make him more comfortable on the bike. The changes helped a lot, as Josh was able to get his third podium finish out of four races so far this season.
“It was a good race for me,” Josh Herrin said. “But, I really wanted to catch Martin. Towards the end of the race, he really dropped the hammer, though. We lowered the air pressure in my rear tire a little bit for today, and it seemed to make a difference, so I’m excited about how that might help me moving forward.”
Josh Herrin is currently in 2nd place in the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship. Fellow Yamaha R1 rider, Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram, is in 3rd place. Making the biggest leap up the standings is Josh Hayes, who currently sits in 4th place in points after just two rounds completed in the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.
At Road America, Josh Hayes had another one of his signature perfect weekends, in which he earned the pole position, won both SuperBike races, and also led the most laps in both races. So, the defending champ collected all the available points that he could at Road America. And, if he keeps doing that in the upcoming rounds, he’ll find himself back in the championship lead once again. One thing that’s certain is that the unfolding drama in AMA Pro SuperBike is going to be exciting, so stay tuned.
2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship Points (top five after two rounds)
1. Martin Cardenas 105
2. Josh Herrin 92
3. Larry Pegram 75
4. Josh Hayes 71
5. Danny Eslick 66
The next race weekend for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will take place on June 21-23 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.
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