A few AMA Superbike and Daytona Sportbike riders were at Daytona International Raceway Tuesday and Wednesday for a two-day Dunlop tire test in advance of the 2012 AMA Pro Racing season.
Among the riders were Monster Energy Team Graves riders Josh Hayes (Superbike) and Josh Herring (Sportbike), Rockstar Makita Suzuki riders Blake Young (Superbike) and Tommy Hayden (Superbike), and M4 Suzuki Riders Martin Cardenas (Superbike), Chris Ulrich (Superbike) and Dane Westby (Sportbike).
The AMA Pro Racing riders tested tires for the 2012 season on both the Daytona 3.51-mile course, which is used in the Daytona 200, and the 2.9-mile road courses.
Hayes, who is currently second in the 2011 AMA Superbike points battle, five behind Young, commented on the Daytona tire test.
Josh Hayes (Graves Yamaha YZF-R1) says: "We really didn’t get to test a whole lot with the (bikes). We’re primarily here to (test) the tires. We did a few laps, made a few setting changes early on, and from that point we had limited track time and a lot of tires to run through. We came here to do our work and earn our keep. I can’t think of a better job."
The reigning AMA Superbike champ will be back on track for the concluding round in the series at New Jersey Motorsports Park Sept. 2-4.
Josh Hayes says: "New Jersey has been a good track to me. I’ve won all four SuperBike races they have ever run there. If I can go there and play it smart, maybe I can still pull this off. It’s a really close championship. Blake is leading right now. I’ve done a lot of good work this year and will try to put together one more weekend."
2012 Daytona 200
The historic 71st Daytona 200 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike motorcycle classic will once again serve as the finale for 2012 Daytona 200 Week on Saturday afternoon, March 17. The Daytona 200, America’s most historic motorcycle race, is a grueling and demanding 200-mile race staged on the twists and turns of Daytona International’s Speedway’s road course. Daytona 200 Week motorcycle racing will begin on Saturday night, March 10 with the prestigious Daytona Supercross – the only AMA Supercross event in Florida in 2012.