May 26, 2001
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Bruce Transportation Group's Josh Hayes showed up at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway in Talladega, Alabama on Friday for a practice day, riding a Honda CBR600F4i. Hayes regularly attends practice and track ride sessions at Talladega, which is close to his Gulfport, Mississippi home, to stay sharp.<BR><BR>Hayes was not riding his Honda-backed Bruce Transportation Group AMA 600cc Supersport racebike but rather an ex-press fleet bike equipped with Erion Racing bodywork, exhaust system, an Ohlins shock and braided brake lines. "It chatters the front so bad that it blurs my vision," said Hayes about the practice bike that he maintains himself.<BR><BR>During the day, Hayes freely gave riding advice to anyone who asked. One rider asked Hayes, "Where exactly do you brake for turn one? We tried to watch you, but it didn't seem like you broke <BR>at all." Hayes laughed and began to describe in detail what he did in the corner.