MONTEREY, Calif. – In Saturday’s final qualifying session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes completed a perfect season in qualifying as he notched his eighth and final pole position of 2013.
No other SuperBike rider has gone faster than Hayes in qualifying at every AMA Pro Racing event this season.
Current championship points leader and Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin improved on his provisional fifth position from yesterday. He recorded a string of fast laps towards the end of today’s final qualifying and put his No. 2 Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1 in second position on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.
“It’s really cool to consistently be the fastest rider out there, and to earn the pole at every track really shows just how good my Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team is,” Hayes said. “The ultimate goal every weekend is to win the races, but the first step in that process is getting pole. I think it’s something that every team tries for, and I’m proud that we got all eight poles this season.”
“I’m ready for tomorrow’s race,” said Herrin, who is looking to secure his first championship. “I had a much better session today, and I worked methodically on putting down some fast laps. I’m happy with P2 on the starting grid, and I can hardly wait till tomorrow. I really wish the race was today.”