Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha's Hayes Earns Provisional Pole In Friday Qualifying At Barber Motorsports Park

NEWS June 21, 2013

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha's Hayes Earns Provisional Pole In Friday Qualifying At Barber Motorsports Park

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor USA:

Birmingham, AL June 21, 2013 – With points to make up in the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, Josh Hayes--the three-time defending title holder and rider of the #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1--got to work quickly at Barber Motorsports Park and put himself on the provisional pole in Friday’s first qualifying session. Meanwhile, his teammate and rider of the #2 R1 Josh Herrin improved his laptimes from the morning’s practice and is currently fifth on the grid. He’s looking forward to improving even more in tomorrow’s final qualifying.

After provisional qualifying, Josh Hayes said, “I started the session on a used tire, and I was working to make the bike a little bit easier to ride. I didn't really feel like I went a whole lot faster than in practice, so it felt pretty effortless, which is a good thing. My Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew always gives me a good bike to start the weekend with, so we usually come off the truck already in good shape. We made some adjustments after practice, and those few clicks here and there really helped me in this first qualifying.”

Commenting on his provisional qualifying session, Josh Herrin said, “We rode our backup bike in this morning’s practice, and we tried running the same shock as last year for most of that session. We also ran a race simulation on the tire. And then, in the provisional qualifying, the first intent was to go out and get a good time in. On the last two laps, we put on a new tire to try to move up, but we got held up a little bit. Tomorrow morning, track temperatures will be cooler, so the laptimes should drop for everybody. Obviously, tomorrow will be all about doing fast laps and moving up on the starting grid.”

Final qualifying for SuperBike is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:40 AM CST, and Race 1 will go green later tomorrow at 3:00 PM CST.

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