News 18 Jun 2011

Yamaha's Hayes fastest at Barber on Friday in AMA Superbikes

AMA Pro Road Racing teams successfully wrapped up the first round of qualifying in the Barber SuperBike Classic Weekend at the scenic Barber Motorsports Park on Friday in the United States.

In the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike class, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes remained unstoppable. Hayes has taken every pole position this season and currently holds the provisional pole at Barber, thanks to a fast lap of 1:25.980.

“I struggled with some grip early on,” said Hayes. “We wanted to run through all the tire combinations we had, and we went to the tyre we raced last year. The bike was pretty good, [and] some of the changes the team made definitely helped.

“I was a little surprised to see a 25 today, I didn’t think the track was ready for that. I definitely have some ideas for tomorrow.”

Next on the grid was Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Tommy Hayden, who notched a victory at Barber last year and declared his intention to repeat in 2011 with a best provisional time of 1:26.157.

Michael Jordan Motorsports Suzuki teammates Ben Bostrom and Roger Hayden rounded out the SuperBike front row.

In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, Josh Herrin is now sitting in the proverbial catbird seat. Winner of the last three Daytona SportBike races, the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha rider nabbed the provisional pole position with a fastest lap of 1:29.582, turned on his final lap of qualifying.

Second was Jason DiSalvo on the Team Latus Motors Ducati, who posted a fastest time of 1:29.780. Third was fellow Ducati rider P.J. Jacobson (Celtic Racing/Fast by Ferracci), who put in a lap of 1:30.134.