Hayes Wins Among The Maize As The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Champ Notches Race 1 Victory At Mid-Ohio; Teammate Herrin Second
NEWS July 13, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor USA:
Lexington, OH - July 12, 2013 – There was nothing corny about today’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for three-time defending SuperBike Champ Josh Hayes and his teammate Josh Herrin. Both riders had their race faces on and diced for the lead in the early going of the 21-lap contest. Ultimately, the elder Josh (Hayes) was able to prevail over his same-first-named teammate and stretch out a comfortable lead by the time he took his fifth win in a row on the season.
Today’s win put Hayes back into his familiar spot at the top of the Championship points standings. He currently leads by one point over second-place Martin Cardenas.
After leading in the early going of the race, Josh Herrin went from battling Josh Hayes to getting into an exciting bit of see-saw action with Cardenas. Herrin ultimately got the best of Cardenas and raced to a second-place finish, which was the Georgia rider’s fifth trip to the podium so far this season. He’s now in third place in the Championship standings and just 10 points out of the lead, with a lot of racing left to go.
After the win, Josh Hayes offered up a bit of impromptu commentary of the excellent performance of his teammate. Hayes said, “Josh (Herrin) was aggressive on the start, which was good. His hard work and training is definitely paying off. As for me, it was a long race and I feel good that I got the win. I like close racing, and it was good to have my teammate up there to push me. I focused on being as consistent as possible, which helped me get the win.”
Commenting on his return to the top of the SuperBike Championship standings, Hayes said, “I’m really quite surprised that I was able to get back into the points lead so quickly. These boys are riding hard, and they’re tough competitors, but I’ve got a great team and the best bike out there, so that obviously helped me make up the gap this soon after Daytona.”
Josh Herrin said, “It was a really good feeling to lead the race here at Mid-Ohio, and I know that I still need to work on running clean, consistent laps from the first lap to the final one. My fitness is something that I’m really focusing on, and I do think it helped me today because it was hot out there. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race.”
SuperBike Race 2 will go green on Sunday 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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