Hayes On Provisional SuperBike Pole

Despite two crashes Josh Hayes is on the provisional pole in Atlanta. (Photo: AMA Pro)
Despite two crashes Josh Hayes is on the provisional pole in Atlanta. (Photo: AMA Pro)

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.

1Josh HayesMonster Energy Graves YamahaYamaha R101:25.4
2Blake YoungYoshimura RacingSuzuki GSX-R100001:25.5
3Geoff MayTeam Amsoil/HeroEBR 1190RS01:26.6
4Josh HerrinMonster Energy Graves YamahaYamaha R101:26.6
5Chris ClarkYoshimura RacingSuzuki GSX-R100001:26.6
6Roger HaydenNational Guard Jordan SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100001:26.6
7Ben BostromJordan SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100001:26.8
8David AnthonyKneedraggers.com/ Motul/Fly RacingSuzuki GSX-R100001:26.9
9Steve RappAttack PerformanceKawasaki ZX-1001:26.9
10Larry PegramForemost Insurance/Pegram RacingBMW S1000RR01:27.0
11Jake HoldenEvanSteelPerformance.com BMWBMW S1000RR01:27.1
12Chris FillmoreKTM/HMC RacingKTM RC8R01:27.3
13Danny EslickTeam HeroEBR 1190RS01:27.6
14Chris UlrichM4 Broaster Chicken SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100001:27.8
15Taylor KnappRiders Discount Vesrah SuzukiSuzuki GSX-R100001:27.9