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Jun 1, 2012

Updated: Hayes On Provisional AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Pole Position At Road America

Josh Hayes (1). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy of AMA Pro Racing
Subway Superbike Doubleheader/AMA Pro Road Racing
National Guard Superbike
Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
June 1, 2012
Provisional Qualifying Session One Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Josh Hayes (Yam YZF-R1), 2:11.853
2. Josh Herrin (Yam YZF-R1), 2:13.087
3. Blake Young (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:13.178
4. Roger Hayden (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:13.698
5. Geoff May (EBR 1190RS), 2:13.844
6. Ben Bostrom (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:13.937
7. Larry Pegram (BMW S1000RR), 2:14.070
8. Steve Rapp (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:14.474
9. Danny Eslick (EBR 1190RS), 2:14.653
10. Chris Clark (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:14.667
11. Chris Fillmore (KTM RC8 R), 2:14.770
12. David Anthony (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:14.914
13. Robertino Pietri (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:15.812, crash
14. Jason Farrell (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:15.901
15. Chris Ulrich (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:16.623
16. Stefan Nebel (KTM RC8 R), 2:17.215
17. Jordan Burgess (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:19.141
18. Trent Gibson (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:20.550
19. Reese Wacker (Suz GSX-R1000), 2:21.631
20. Greg Fryer (Yam YZF-R1), 2:24.982
21. Tony Porter (Kaw ZX-10R), 2:27.045


More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:

Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha's Hayes and Herrin Deliver One-Two Punch In Friday SuperBike Qualifying At Road America

Elkhart Lake, WI June 1, 2012 Josh Hayes and his rapidly rising teammate Josh Herrin qualified first and second in today's provisional pole session at Road America. It was a repeat of the 1-2 punch that the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team delivered in the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike race at Miller Motorsports Park.

In the morning practice session, two-time reigning SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes was more than two seconds faster than anyone else on the racetrack, and it was a harbinger of things to come in the afternoon's provisional qualifying session. In both of the sessions, Josh was the only rider in the 2:11s. With final qualifying scheduled for tomorrow morning, he's poised to break Road America's all-time SuperBike track record held by Mat Mladin.

"This is a favorite track of mine, if not my favorite track," Josh said. "It suits me well, and I'm really comfortable on the bike. It was a little cool and windy today so, if conditions improve for tomorrow morning's session, I think we have a realistic shot at getting the record."

Meanwhile, rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, Josh Herrin, made a dramatic jump in qualifying. On the final lap of his session, Josh "pole"-vaulted his Yamaha YZF-R1 into second position to take his spot next to teammate Josh Hayes on the provisional front row.

Final qualifying is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:40 AM CST, and the SuperBike race will go green later in the day at 3:15 PM CST.

For news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha's Facebook page.




More, from a press release issued by AMA Pro Racing:

Extra Cheese: Josh Hayes up to Speed Quickly at Road America's Subway SuperBike Doubleheader

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 1, 2012) - As much as he wanted to ignore the word, even Josh Hayes had to admit that he has momentum on his side. While the reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike champ's dominant speed in Sonoma only resulted in one of two wins due to a Sunday mistake, he carried that pace into last weekend's round at Miller Motorsports Park and proved unstoppable. The Monster Energy Graves Yamaha star continued in that same fashion on Friday at Road America, and boasted an advantage throughout the day better described in seconds than tenths or hundredths.

Despite the day's cool and windy conditions, Hayes powered his YZF-R1 around the 4.05-mile circuit with a blistering lap time of 2:11.554 in the weekend's very first practice session -- only 0.013 seconds off Mat Mladin's course record posted back in 2007 when the class allowed considerably more extensive technical modifications.

The Mississippian was back into the '11s in the qualifying session, ultimately claiming provisional pole with over a second to spare at 2:11.853.

"Today started off fantastic," Hayes admitted. "I'm feeling good, the bike is working great, and I'm excited to get back to this racetrack that has always been one of my favorites, if not my favorite. We pulled the bike off the truck and the bike is working, things are clicking.

"I looked at the rundown of results last year and saw I qualified pretty fast. I wondered how I did in the first session and I saw a '13.1 and thought, 'Man, I was on it.' I kind of saw the cold weather and the clouds and a little bit of a wind, and hoped I could perform as well today. To go out and perform as well as I did this morning was awesome. I got a little bit of help on that one lap, but I think that I've got '11s pretty steady in the bike.

"All-in-all, the bike is working fantastic and I'm excited for the crew because this is home for a lot of the guys."

Of his midseason surge, Hayes said, "I'm just trying to keep things going. I hate to use the word momentum but things are clicking and going well and I'm just trying to keep it on the same page. If I can keep it consistent and keep doing my thing, it's a successful program."

While Hayes' chief rival Blake Young was expected to be his biggest threat this weekend (Young is from nearby Madison, Wis., won his first-ever AMA Pro Road Race at Road America, and defeated Hayes here on Saturday last year), Young was once again bumped down to third by Hayes' teammate, Josh Herrin.

Just days after beating Young on the last lap at Miller Motorsports Park, the SuperBike freshman put in a last-lap flyer of 2:13.087 to jump from 10th on the order to second, bumping the Yoshimura Suzuki ace to third at 2:13.178.

National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden claimed the final spot on the provisional front row with a best time of 2:13.698, fractionally ahead of Geoff May on the Team Amsoil/Hero EBR entry that has become a fixture near the front.

May's #99 EBR 1190RS split up the Michael Jordan Motorsports entries on the order, as Jordan Suzuki's Ben Bostrom was sixth.

Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing's Larry Pegram put the BMW S1000RR seventh while the mending Steve Rapp completed provisional Row 2 on the Attack Performance Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Hayes will enter Saturday morning as a heavy favorite to up his perfect season pole streak to five.


AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

Cameron Beaubier of Y.E.S. Graves Yamaha took provisional pole for the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race in Wisconsin on Friday. Beaubier topped Jason DiSalvo (Latus Motors Racing Triumph) and Martin Cardenas (GEICO Suzuki) in what is shaping up to be a similar plotline to recent races that have seen the same group of riders contesting the wins.

Cardenas led much of the session but was bested by the Yamaha man late. "I nailed everything," said Beaubier, who had crashed earlier in the session and set his best time on his second Yamaha YZF-R6. "I think I still have some time left in me."

Beaubier's lap of 2:19.638 was under the previous AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike lap record at Road America.

DiSalvo's flyer came on his last time around before taking the checkered flag. Jake Zemke was fourth for Ducshop Ducati, making it four makes on the front row.


AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport

Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki's Jake Lewis took the provisional pole for the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class at Road America. Lewis, who won earlier this year at Road Atlanta, topped Dustin Dominguez of Latus Motors Racing Triumph, James Rispoli of Orient Express Celtic Racing, and Corey Alexander of the National Guard Fairhills Group Celtic Racing.

"It was a pretty good lap," said Lewis, who set his time after a red flag. "It's four miles around, so you have to hit your lines every time around here."

Lewis barely edged Dominguez for the best lap. Lewis' 2:21.833 was less than 0.04 better than the Triumph rider's top lap.


SPEED2 Live Streaming Broadcasts and Live Timing & Scoring

Follow along live as the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series riders battle it out by logging onto www.speed2.com. SPEED2 is a broadband service available to customers of Time Warner, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, DISH and Cox. For more information and instructions on gaining access to all of the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com and AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series races, please review the SPEED2 FAQ located at www.speed2.com/faq.

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Tickets are still available and additional event details; ticket pricing and camping information can be found at www.roadamerica.com or by calling 800-365-7223. Races run rain or shine and kids 12 and under are free with an adult.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.