Hayes Lays Down The Gauntlet For Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha In Friday's First Qualifying Session At Miller Motorsports Park
NEWS August 2, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Yamaha-Motor USA:
Tooele, UT - August 2, 2013 – In the first day of action at Miller Motorsports Park, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes got off to his usual successful start by earning the provisional pole aboard his #1 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1. Hayes’ teammate and rider of the #2 R1, Josh Herrin, also had a good first-qualifying session, and the 2012 SuperBike Rookie of the Year is currently in third position on the provisional front row.
After the opening qualifying session, Hayes said, “It was hard work today. I’m trying very, very hard, and I’m hoping, after a good night’s sleep, I can put something together for tomorrow. The performance of the tires seems to be dropping off pretty quickly. The cooler temperatures should help us, though, and I would expect to go a little bit faster tomorrow, but we’ll see how it goes in the morning.”
Herrin said, “We did a few things with the bike this morning, and it really helped for qualifying. There are some new concrete patches on the track, and they’re a little tricky to negotiate, but my laptimes e were way more consistent through the session than some of the other riders. We’re going to try a couple of other things in the morning and see how we do, but I feel comfortable, and I hope to go faster tomorrow.”
Tomorrow morning’s final SuperBike qualifying session will begin at 9:40 AM, and SuperBike Race 1 from Miller Motorsports Park will go green at 3 PM MT.
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