2015 VIR MotoAmerica Superbike Results
Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes achieved a perfect weekend in the Superbike class of MotoAmerica – North America’s new road-racing series spearheaded by three-time 500cc GP Champion Wayne Rainey.
Hayes – a four-time AMA SuperBike Champion – earned the pole for round three at Virginia International Raceway, and followed this with dominate performances at Sunday’s double header.
Hayes took flag-to-flag wins at VIR, earning the 50th and 51st wins of his Superbike career.
The Mississippian earned the first race by 3.2 seconds ahead of teammate Cameron Beaubier, who doubled at Road Atlanta. Finishing third was Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Lee Hayden.
In race two, Hayes finished an impressive 13.368 seconds ahead of Hayden, with Beaubier taking third.. Hayes was unstoppable at race two in VIR, and posted a best lap of 1:24.895 at the 2.25-mile North Course.
Beaubier now has 131 points, and leads Hayes by 16 points. Hayden’s teammate is fourth in points due to his 5-4 finishes at VIR, and Hayden jumped to fourth with 68 points after his double podium at VIR.
“I thought it was possible,” Hayes said when asked if he came into VIR thinking he could have such a dominant weekend. “This is a racetrack that has been very good to me. I’ve always enjoyed racing here. I’ve gotten some good results here. I guess it just suits me well to the style that I ride with. I have a lot of fun riding around here.”
Earlier in the day when commenting on hitting the half-century mark in victories, Hayes said: “It feels like it wasn’t that long ago when I was just praying for one.”
The first Superstock 1000 race, which runs in the same event as the Superbikes but is scored separately, was won by TOBC Racing’s Taylor Knapp over Ryders Alley Racing’s Mark Heckles and Aprilia HSBK Racing’s Dustin Dominguez. In race two, it was Jake Gagne bouncing back from a mechanical DNF in race one to take his fourth victory of the season with Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Josh Day finishing second after crashing out of race one. Heckles completed his successful day with another third-place finish. Gagne leads the title chase by six points over Knapp, 100-94, MotoAmerica reports.
2015 VIR MotoAmerica Superbike Results, Race 1: 1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha); 2. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha); 3. Roger Hayden (Suzuki); 4. Danny Eslick (Honda); 5. Jake Lewis (Suzuki); 6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki); 7. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha); 8. Stefano Mesa (Honda); 9. Elena Myers (Suzuki); 10. Mathew Orange (BMW).
2015 VIR MotoAmerica Superbike Results, Race 2: 1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha); 2. Roger Hayden (Suzuki); 3. Cameron Beaubier (Yamaha); 4. Jake Lewis (Suzuki); 5. Danny Eslick (Honda); 6. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki); 7. Stefano Mesa (Honda); 8. Elena Myers (Suzuki); 9. Bernat Martinez (Yamaha).
2015 VIR MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Results, Race 1: 1. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha); 2. Mark Heckles (Yamaha); 3. Dustin Dominguez (Aprilia); 4. Frankie Babuska (Suzuki); 5. Tyler O’Hara (Yamaha); 6. Shane Narbone (Yamaha); 7. Barrett Long (Yamaha); 8. Jeremy Cook (BMW).
2015 VIR MotoAmerica Superstock Results, Race 2: 1. Jake Gagne (Yamaha); 2. Joshua Day (Yamaha); 3. Mark Heckles (Yamaha); 4. Tyler O’Hara (Yamaha); 5. Taylor Knapp (Yamaha); 6. Barrett Long (Yamaha); 7. Max Flinders (Yamaha).