Josh Hayes: Provisional Pole at Miller
2011 AMA Pro Racing
In provisional qualifying for the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship, reigning champion Josh Hayes set the standard with a lap at 1:50:401/99.782mph on his No. 1 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF R1, leading a trio of Suzuki GSX-R1000s ridden by Blake Young (No. 79 Rockstar Makita), Tommy Hayden (No. 22 Rockstar Makita) and Roger Hayden (No. 54 National Guard Jordan).
Larry Pegram’s No. 72 Foremost Insurance BMW S1000RR rounded out the top five.
Hayes is two out of two in qualifying this season and he is looking for another pole postion here at Miller, “I’m pretty happy if I’m the guy they are always chasing,” Hayes commented, ” and if I keep doing my job and working hard, we can keep the string going.”
Jason DiSalvo continued his recent run of outstanding performances by taking provisional pole for the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class, posting a lap at 1:55.291/95.550mph on his No. 40 Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati 848.
The No. 9 Celtic Racing Ducati of PJ Jacobson was second-fastest at 1:55.616/95.281, followed by the Yamaha YZF R6s of Josh Herrin (No. 8 Monster Energy Graves), Cameron Beaubier (No. 116 GP Bike Parts Racing) and Paul Allison (No. 20 Triple Crown Industries).
“The lap felt comfortable and we had a fairly heavy fuel load,” DiSalvo said. “I rode both Team Latus Ducatis this morning, but it was on the 2011 model that we qualified today.”
Youngster Benny Solis, riding the No. 35 Red Bull/RoadRacingWorld.com Honda CBR600RR, continued his recent run of success with a provisional pole run in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class, lapping at 1:58.384/93.053mph. In the Vance & Hines XR1200 class, Michael Barnes was the class of the field on his No. 34 Drag Specialties/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XR1200.
The on-track activity continues on Sunday with Superpole for the Superbike World Championship, final qualifying for all four AMA Pro classes and races for the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike classes.. The two feature races for the Superbike World Championship and single races for the AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike and Vance & Hines XR1200 classes will take place on Memorial Day Monday.