Blue By You: Josh Hayes Is Quickest Rider At NOLA Test; Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammate Herrin 5th-Quickest Overall

2012-06-28 18:02
Coming off a dominant weekend at Barber Motorsports Park where he won the pole and both AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike races, Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider and two-time reigning SuperBike title-holder Josh Hayes went right back to work at NOLA Motorsports Park where he was the quickest rider overall at the official AMA Pro Racing test held this past Tuesday and Wednesday.

Josh Herrin, who is Josh’s teammate and is in his rookie SuperBike season aboard the #2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1, ended the two-day test session as the fifth-fastest rider overall on the brand-new 2.75-mile, 16-turn NOLA road course.

Despite the oppressive heat, “Mississippi Madman” Josh Hayes laid down a scorching, fastest-lap-time of 1:39.282 to best all of the more than 55 riders who competed at the test. Afterwards, he said, "I really like this track a lot. It's challenging, but a lot of fun. When we come back in October, the temperatures should be a little lower, so I think we'll be able to improve our lap times even more."

Josh continued, “I love that NOLA is so close to my home (in Gulfport, MS). A lot of my friends from back home came to this test to say hello and check out the new track. It looks like it’s going to be a good one for the spectators. It’s flat, so fans can climb on top of their campers and see most of the racetrack. Plus, if M1 brings in some jumbotrons like they’ve hinted about, it'll be a great event."

The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will return to NOLA Motorsports Park on the weekend of October 5-7 for the Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans. It’ll be the final race of the 2012 AMA Pro Racing season, and Yamaha is planning several special fan activities at Josh Hayes’ brand-new home track. More details will be announced later in the season.

The next race for defending SuperBike champ Josh Hayes, teammate Josh Herrin, and their entire crew will be in just a little more than two weeks when AMA Pro Racing visits Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, OH, on July 13-15.

For news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page.

Source: Yamaha Motor Corporation

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