Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha's Hayes Earns Provisional SuperBike Pole At Road America; Three Yamaha R1s In Top Five

NEWS May 31, 2013


Monster Energy / Graves / Yamaha's Hayes Earns Provisional SuperBike Pole At Road America; Three Yamaha R1s In Top Five

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Yamaha Motor USA:

Elkhart Lake, WI May 31, 2013 – What do you do when you’re Josh Hayes, the three-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champ, and you’re at Road America, your favorite track on the schedule? You start the race weekend off strong by setting the fastest lap of the day and earn provisional pole, of course!

After the long hiatus that followed Daytona, Josh got back to the business of out-qualifying his fellow SuperBike contenders, and he did so on a breezy, but dry day at the 4.05-mile, 14-turn Road America course.

“It’s going OK so far,” Josh said when asked about his session. “I feel a little rusty, but I’m happy to be back riding my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1. It’s been a long time. I’m a small step ahead of the rest of the guys, so we’ll go from there. I’ve done race distance at a very good pace, and I feel really good about that. We’ve got another qualifying session to go tomorrow, so we’ll try to go even faster.”

Rider of the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1, Josh Herrin, made a big jump from the first practice session to qualifying, and he sits in 4th position heading into final qualifying on Saturday morning. Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram qualified in 5th to make it three Yamaha R1 SuperBikes in the top five of provisional qualifying.

Final qualifying is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:40 AM CST, and the SuperBike race will go green later in the day at 3:00 PM CST.

For more news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @YamahaMotorUSA.


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