“That was a really hard race,” Hayes said. “I was driving as hard as I could and trying to push it until everyone’s tires were junk at the end so hopefully nobody could make any moves. I was trying to pick my lines smart so I didn’t make any mistakes. It got pretty greasy and I had my share of mistakes still but fortunately I did it in spots where it wasn’t easy to get by. Fortunately, it was enough. Rog rode an incredible weekend and Josh was riding really well at the beginning. It’s a big testament to my team and a lot of hard work. Fortunately we have a lot of years of development in that machine and we can get to a good place pretty quickly. I really enjoyed the race – it’s fun having a close race and pushing hard all the way to the end. The last lap, for me, was as harrowing for me as lap two. It was really fun, I really enjoyed it, and I’m really looking forward to going to Mid-Ohio.”
“My start wasn’t as good as yesterday,” Hayden joked, referring to his Saturday jumpstart. “So I had to come from a little further back. You know, I just sat behind Josh the whole race but never got close enough to pass him. Sometimes he got a small gap but the last couple laps I was right on his back tire just trying to find a place to make a pass. I was starting to slide around a little bit and so was he. Every time I tried to get a good run on him the last two laps I could never get that little bit more I needed to take a shot at it.”
Herrin regrouped and successfully defended third from Colombian Cardenas, eventually escaping to secure the final spot on the podium some 10 seconds behind the race for the win.
Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing’s Larry Pegram chased down Jordan Suzuki’s Danny Eslick throughout the race, finally making his move to steal away fifth position on the final lap.
Cameron Beaubier took win number four of the 2013 season for Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha at in Sunday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race, while Joe Roberts completed a perfect weekend in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class.