BRASELTON, Ga. – Two-time reigning AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes qualified his crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1 on the provisional pole in the first SuperBike qualifying session at Road Atlanta.
Despite being away from Road Atlanta last year (AMA Pro Racing did not compete here in 2011), Josh wasted no time getting up to speed on the north Georgia road course. He was the fastest rider by just under a full second in the first practice session, despite a tipover in Turn 10. In provisional qualifying, Josh also shot to the top of the timing charts right from the start, and he maintained his first position throughout the entirety of the session. As proof that Josh was on the gas and on the limit, he suffered a second tipover, this time in Turn 12.
The Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew will have Josh’s R1 in tiptop shape for tomorrow’s final qualifying, and Josh himself will be ready to improve his lap time and defend his provisional pole.
Pos. Rider Team Bike Time 1 Josh Hayes Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha R1 01:25.4 2 Blake Young Yoshimura Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 01:25.5 3 Geoff May Team Amsoil/Hero EBR 1190RS 01:26.6 4 Josh Herrin Monster Energy Graves Yamaha Yamaha R1 01:26.6 5 Chris Clark Yoshimura Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 01:26.6 6 Roger Hayden National Guard Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 01:26.6 7 Ben Bostrom Jordan Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 01:26.8 8 David Anthony Kneedraggers.com/ Motul/Fly Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000 01:26.9 9 Steve Rapp Attack Performance Kawasaki ZX-10 01:26.9 10 Larry Pegram Foremost Insurance/Pegram Racing BMW S1000RR 01:27.0 11 Jake Holden EvanSteelPerformance.com BMW BMW S1000RR 01:27.1 12 Chris Fillmore KTM/HMC Racing KTM RC8R 01:27.3 13 Danny Eslick Team Hero EBR 1190RS 01:27.6 14 Chris Ulrich M4 Broaster Chicken Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 01:27.8 15 Taylor Knapp Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 01:27.9