Yamaha announced that it has re-signed American Superbike motorcycle road racer Josh Hayes to the Graves Motorsports Yamaha Team through the 2012 racing seasons. Hayes, 35, joined the squad last year and was the man who finally broke Yoshimura Suzuki’s multi-year Superbike class stranglehold when he beat seven-time AMA Superbike champ Mat Mladin at Infineon last year. He went on to notch six more wins and finish second in the championship behind the Australian.
This year, Hayes has collected several race wins and sits 22 points ahead of Yoshimura Suzuki rider Tommy Hayden with only one round remaining. This weekend he’ll be racing at Alabama’s Barber Motorsports Park for the championship aboard his 2010 Yamaha YZF-R1. For more information on what it’s like to ride Hayes’ Superbike check out our story in the Hayes Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike Review.
“I’m so excited to have this opportunity with Graves Yamaha for the next two seasons,” said Hayes. “My crew and the entire team have enjoyed great success this year and it is fantastic to attend this last event with my plans for the future solidly in place. I am looking forward to the final round at Barber and plan to do my best to bring them home the championship they deserve.”