Hayes Does It Again In Alabama
LEEDS, Ala. – Two-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike king Josh Hayes hit the quarter-century mark on Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park, registering the 25th victory of his SuperBike career.
The Mississippian’s AMA Pro Road Racing double win at the Triumph SuperBike Classic also marked his eighth triumph of the season and his fifth in succession.
While much was made of the learning opportunity Hayes’ Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammate, Josh Herrin, enjoyed on Saturday by racing on the SuperBike champ’s rear wheel, Hayes was made all the wiser by that experience as well.
Unwilling to give Herrin a chance to cling on again, Hayes raced exceptionally hard early and quickly eliminated any hope Herrin or any other rival might have entertained about sticking with him today.
Hayes ultimately took the checkered flag with a 4.988-second margin of victory.
“I got a decent start and slotted in right behind Josh,” Hayes said. “I eased up inside of him in turn four and got in there. At that point I just tried to get back into a rhythm. Things were going pretty good — at one point I opened up a second on Josh and was kind of holding it there for a couple laps. When I saw that he took it back, I said, ‘okay, don’t deviate from your game plan,’ because I was doing a good pace and not making mistakes.
“I wanted to keep up a good steady pace and see what happened and then I came around and saw a three-second gap. There you go. It’s so hot and so slippery — there was the mistake I was waiting to see if it would happen. I maintained my gap and stayed clear and had a good smooth race,” Hayes said.
Yoshimura Racing Suzuki’s Blake Young suffered a poor start and almost fell outside the top 10. The Wisconsin rider sliced his way up the field, however, and was in position to take control of second when Herrin ran off the track in turn four on the fifth lap.
Herrin recovered, but was unable to track down Young and settled for third. Geoff May and Roger Hayden completed the top five.
Cameron Beaubier pulled the perfect weekend in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike at Barber Motorsports Park, winning pole, both races and both lap leader points for Y.E.S/Graves/Yamaha.
Beaubier cleared off in the last couple of laps to win over Dane Westby (M4 Suzuki) by 2.163 seconds in a repeat of the top two finishers from Saturday.
James Rispoli (Orient Express Celtic Racing) got back to his winning ways in AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race two at Barber Motorsports Park, holding off Jake Lewis (Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki) by just 0.038 in a drag race to the line.
The lead group, including third place finisher Tomas Puerta and Hayden Gillim of the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull team, outlasted the two red flags and 17 laps to make it a four-way fight to the finish.
KLR Group/Vesrah Racing’s Kyle Wyman came out victorious following an 11-lap dogfight with AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series title leader Tyler O’Hara to secure his third XR1200 victory of the ’12 season.
The two title rivals made a rapid escape from the chasing pack and then waged an intense duel for the checkered flag over the race’s waning laps.
Wyman slipped into first for good on the race’s last lap and heavily defended his line in the contest’s final few corners to narrowly hold off his Bartel’s Harley-Davidson-backed opponent by a scant 0.047 second at the stripe.