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Josh Hayes

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Josh Hayes - Team Graves Yamaha
Rider: Josh Hayes
Nationality: American
Team: Graves Yamaha
Machine: Yamaha YZF-R1 (#1)
Born: April 4, 1975 in Gulfport, Mississippi, USA
Josh Hayes is a dedicated road racer who started in 1994 on a F2 that he tuned himself while driving from race to race. After winning three novice championships, Hayes turned pro in 1996 and two years later the 23-year-old from Gulfport, Mississippi entered the AMA ranks. Despite a rocky start Hayes found his groove after competing in a variety of divisions including Formula Xtreme, 750 Supersport and AMA Superstock. After claiming third overall in the Formula Xtreme series Hayes progressed dramatically and in 2003 he clenched his first AMA title in Superstock.

The year after Hayes tried his hand in AMA Superbike and finished eighth overall. Following a mediocre 2005 season aboard Kawasaki, Hayes moved back to the Xtreme series where he experienced consistency during '06. He eventually
Josh Hayes - Road America
Hayes would capture two Formula Xtreme titles for Honda before departing to Yamaha in 2009.
secured the title when he took the checkers at the season finale, besting the winningest FX rider ever, Eric Bostrom. He went on to defend the title the following year aboard a CBR600RR. However, in 2008 Hayes was unable to defend his second title from Jake Zemke, and instead had to settle for second.

At the end of 2008 he made the jump to the Graves Yamaha Superbike team and proved his mettle when he piloted the YZF-R1 to second-overall behind legendary Mat Mladin during the 2009 season. Nothing could compare to his most recent 2010 season in Superbike, however. Hayes put in a total of seven wins throughout 2010 and etched another seven podium finishes on the scoreboard, narrowly earning the championship victory ahead of Tommy Hayden.

In 2011 Hayes will attempt to defend the Superbike crown aboard Team Graves Yamaha.
Josh Hayes Career Highlights
2010 - 1st AMA Superbike - Yamaha
2009 - 2nd AMA Superbike - Yamaha
2008 - 2nd Formula Xtreme - Honda
2007 - 1st AMA Formula Xtreme - Honda
2006 - 1st AMA Formula Xtreme - Honda
2006 - 5th AMA Superstock - Honda
2005 - 9th AMA Superbike - Kawasaki
2004 - 8th AMA Superbike - Kawasaki
2004 - 8th AMA Superstock - Kawasaki
2003 - 1st AMA Superstock - Suzuki
2003 - 4th AMA Formula Xtreme Series - Suzuki
2002 - 14th AMA Formula Xtreme - Suzuki
2002 - 17th AMA 600 Supersport - Suzuki
2002 - 97th AMA Superstock - Suzuki
2001 - 19th AMA 750 Supersport - Honda
2001 - 5th AMA Formula Xtreme - Honda
2001 - 5th AMA 600 Supersport - Honda
2000 - 3rd AMA Formula Xtreme - Honda
2000 - 11th AMA 600 Supersport - Honda
1999 - 12th AMA 750 Supersport - Suzuki
1999 - 3rd AMA Formula Xteme - Suzuki
1999 - 6th AMA 600 Supersport - Suzuki
1998 - 24th AMA Formula Xtreme - Suzuki
1998 - 1st FUSA 103HP - Suzuki
1998 - 1st Suzuki Cup 600 & 1100 - Suzuki
1998 - 1st WERA 600 Superstock - Suzuki
1997 - 90th AMA 750 Superstock - Suzuki
1997 - 1st 1100 Suzuki Cup - Suzuki
1996 - 1st WERA Heavyweight Superstock - Honda 
*Won 3 Novice National Championships

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