Daytona, FL March 15, 2012 – Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes, who earned a record-tying 10 pole positions on the way to his third consecutive AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Championship, earned the pole position in today’s final qualifying session at Daytona International Speedway.
This first pole of the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season is Josh’s 24th pole position of his career, which moves him into second place in all-time career SuperBike poles.
Josh’s Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike teammate Josh Herrin qualified his #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 SuperBike in second position, which means that both riders will start side by side for today’s and tomorrow’s SuperBike races.
Commenting on his pole-qualifying effort, Josh Hayes said, “I started out riding on my tire from yesterday, so I rode it four or five more laps than a race distance, and everything felt good. Then, we put in a new tire and went faster. We’re in good shape for today’s race, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Josh Herrin said, “It was a good qualifying session for me. We made a couple of changes overnight, and I think we found a little bit better setup for the race.”
Both Josh’s and their Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R1 SuperBikes are race-ready and raring to go.
SuperBike Race 1 will go green later today at 4:00 PM, and SuperBike Race 2 is set for Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 AM. Check your local TV listings for Speed TV’s telecast of both races.