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Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayes On Provisional SuperBike Pole At Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, CA May 4, 2012 – Two-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes qualified his crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1 on the provisional pole in the first SuperBike qualifying session at Infineon Raceway.
In his trademark, workmanlike manner, Josh got right down to business as the qualifying session began and immediately went to the top of the lap charts. While other riders pitted for adjustments, Josh continued to lay down lap after lap, imposing his considerable will on the rest of the field. He finished the qualifying session having run a total of 22 laps, which was more than any other rider on the track. His second-to-the-last lap was his fastest of the day as he clicked off a 1:36:032, which was nearly a full second faster than the second-place qualifier.
Commenting on his qualifying session, Josh said, “I ran a lot of laps, and we put on a fresh tire to finish out the session, which did the trick. I was doing 36′s pretty much the entire session, but that fresh tire almost put me in the 35′s. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. The R1 is really suited to this racetrack, and hopefully, I’ll be able to show even more of its awesome potential tomorrow.”
Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike teammate Josh Herrin qualified his R1 in 11th in his first-ever SuperBike qualifying session at Infineon Raceway. Josh is looking forward to moving up in tomorrow’s second SuperBike qualifying session.
That second qualifying session is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:50 AM PST, with SuperBike Race 1 going green later on day at 3:15 PM PST. SuperBike Race 2 is set for Sunday at 3:30 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of both races.
Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Beaubier Returns & Qualifies Second In Daytona SportBike At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Hayden Sixth
Sonoma, CA May 4, 2012 – Well, that didn’t take long. Cameron Beaubier, who missed the Road Atlanta round of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship due to fracturing his kneecap in a non-racing incident, made a remarkable comeback at his home track, Infineon Raceway. After just one morning practice session in which he ran in the top five, Beaubier put his Yamaha YZF-R6 in second position and on the provisional front row in the first DSB qualifying session at Infineon Raceway.
Cameron said, “I’m really happy to get back to racing, especially here at my home track. My family’s with me, and I’m stoked to put my R6 on the front row today. I love being back on the bike and with my Yamaha team, and I can’t wait to get back out there for tomorrow’s final qualifying and the race.”
Cameron’s Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike teammate Tommy Hayden, who is filling in for the injured Garrett Gerloff, qualified his #8 R6 in sixth place and is looking forward to moving up in tomorrow’s second DSB qualifying session.
Final qualifying for Daytona SportBike is scheduled for tomorrow at 9:20 AM PST, and DSB Race 1 will go green later on Saturday at 2:00 PM PST. DSB Race 2 is set for Sunday at 2:15 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of both races.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayes Wins SuperBike Pole At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Herrin To Start On Row Two
Sonoma, CA May 5, 2012 - Improving on his provisional-qualifying lap time from yesterday, two-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes won the pole in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike final qualifying at Infineon Raceway.
Josh went to work quickly on his #1 crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1 and remained solidly at the top of the charts throughout the entire final qualifying session. Without the blustery wind that occurred during provisional qualifying on Friday, Josh turned a 1:35:872 today, which was his fastest lap of the weekend and, obviously, the fastest lap of any SuperBike rider. Remarkably similar to the scenario that played out yesterday, Josh was, once again, nearly a full second faster than the second-place qualifier.
This was three pole positions in a row-in as many events-for Josh so far this season, which has netted him three valuable bonus points towards the successful defense of his SuperBike title.
Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike teammate Josh Herrin made good on his aim to move up in final qualifying, and he will start from the second row aboard his #2 R1 for Race 1 later today.
SuperBike Race 1 will go green later today at 3:15 PM PST, while SuperBike Race 2 is set for Sunday at 3:30 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of both races.
Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Beaubier Qualifies On Front Row In Daytona SportBike At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Hayden On Second Row
Sonoma, CA May 5, 2012 - Cameron Beaubier, who hails from nearby Roseville, was the fastest rider on the track in today’s final qualifying session at Infineon Raceway. Cameron was the second-fastest qualifier on the weekend and will be on the front row aboard his #6 Yamaha YZF-R6 for today’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1 and Sunday’s Race 2.
Cameron’s Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike teammate Tommy Hayden, who is filling in for the injured Garrett Gerloff, qualified his #8 R6 in sixth place and will be looking to get the holeshot from the second row of the grid to quickly move to the front.
Daytona SportBike Race 1 will go green later today at 2:00 PM PST. DSB Race 2 is set for Sunday at 2:15 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of both races.
Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Beaubier On The Podium In Daytona SportBike Race 1 At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Hayden Finishes Fifth
Sonoma, CA May 5, 2012 – In his first race back from a knee injury, and in front of friends and family at his home track, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Cameron Beaubier rode a solid race and finished on the podium in third-place at Infineon Raceway.
Cameron got the holeshot on his #6 Yamaha YZF-R6 in both legs of the red-flag-interrupted race and remained in the top three throughout the entirety of the contest.
“I felt really good off both starts,” Cameron said, “and I got in a rhythm. My knee started to tense up a little bit, and I fell off the pace some as the race wore on. My R6 was really fast today, and my crew did a great job. We’ll come back tomorrow to improve our position in Race 2.”
Cameron’s Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha Daytona SportBike teammate Tommy Hayden also got a great start in the first leg of the race, but he was unable to duplicate his effort on the re-start. Tommy put his head down nonetheless and started moving closer to the front in the early laps of the race until he got up to sixth place. Unfortunately, he couldn’t move into the top five on the day, but he still earned valuable points, and he remains in third place in the DSB season standings.
Daytona SportBike Race 2 is set for tomorrow at 2:15 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of the race.
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayes Dominates SuperBike Race 1 At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Herrin Finishes 4th
Sonoma, CA May 5, 2012 - Showing why he is the two-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion, Josh Hayes got the holeshot and raced his crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1 to a thoroughly dominant win in SuperBike Race 1 at Infineon Raceway.
Josh was never headed in the race and, as the laps wound down, he continued to extend his lead all the way to the checkered flag. Along with the points that he earned for the win, Josh also captured the vital bonus point for leading the most laps. The win was Josh’s 20th in the AMA Pro SuperBike class, and he is now leading the season championship by 13 points going into tomorrow’s Race 2.
“I got a good start,” Josh said, “and I tried to settle into a rhythm where I could keep laying down consistently fast laps and stretch out a comfortable lap. My team gave me a great bike today, which enabled me to do just that. This is a good track for me, with awesome fans, and I’m really looking to getting back out there for tomorrow’s race.”
Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike teammate Josh Herrin, who started from 8th position on the grid, moved into 4th place in the early laps and, with bulldog-like intensity, he tenaciously held onto his position till the end.
SuperBike Race 2 is set for Sunday at 3:30 PM PST. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of the race.
Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Beaubier To Sit Out Today’s DSB Race At Infineon Raceway
Sonoma, CA May 5, 2012 – After finishing in a remarkable third place in yesterday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1, Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier will not compete in today’s Race 2.
After yesterday’s race, the local rider from Roseville, CA, consulted with his team and, together, it was decided that it would be better in the long run to rest the knee he fractured only five weeks ago and come back strong at the next AMA Pro round, which is Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT.
Commenting on the development, Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha, said, “Cameron’s got his entire career ahead of him, and we want to be careful with this. He felt a bit of fatigue during the latter part of the race yesterday, so the best plan of action at this point is for him to get some rest. He did a terrific job in the race, and we’re looking forward to his return to action at Miller.”
Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayes Has Tipover, But Still Finishes 7th In SuperBike Race 2 At Infineon Raceway; Teammate Herrin Suffers Rare Mechanical
Sonoma, CA May 6, 2012 - Major drama unfolded for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team in Sunday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at Infineon Raceway as two-time reigning champion Josh Hayes suffered a very uncharacteristic tipover on lap two of the race. Both he and his crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1 were none the worse for wear, however. Josh quickly got back on the bike and started clicking off fast laps, which got him all the way up to 7th place when the checkered flag waved.
Josh raced hard and captured as many valuable SuperBike Championship points as he could. He’s now second in the standings, and despite the drama, he’s just four points out of first.
Meanwhile, Josh Herrin took over as lead bike for the team and worked himself into second place. Unfortunately, on lap 17, Josh’s #2 R1 suddenly slowed with a very rare mechanical issue, and he had to retire from the race.
The next race for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28.
Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Rider Hayden Finishes Second In Daytona SportBike Race 2 At Infineon Raceway; Moves Up To Second In Championship
Sonoma, CA May 6, 2012 - With both of his Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha teammates out of action due to injury, Tommy Hayden carried the flag for his team in Sunday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 2 at Infineon Raceway. Tommy rode another solid race on his #8 Yamaha YZF-R6 and finished second, improving on his fifth-place result in yesterday’s Race 1 and making it three podium finishes in five tries in DSB competition.
“I caught a break on a red flag and got off the line better on the re-start,” Tommy said. “My crew made some changes on my R6 overnight, and I was fast in the morning warm-up, so I knew I had a good setup for the race. I’m really happy that I was able to improve on my result from yesterday.”
Based on today’s results, Tommy has moved up another position in the ever-important DSB Championship standings, and he’s now in second place for the season title.
The Y.E.S./Graves/Yamaha team will travel to Tooele, UT, in three weeks for the next AMA Pro Racing round at Miller Motorsports Park on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28.