Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team will be utilizing the services of veteran AMA road racer Tommy Hayden during Saturday’s Daytona 200 race. Hayden will be filling-in for young gun Garrett Gerloff who injured himself in a crash during the opening Daytona Sportbike practice session Thursday.
Up until this year Hayden competed in the American Superbike class with the Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki team finishing third and second in the championship points in ’10 and ’11 seasons. Lack of funding was ultimately the reason why he was clipped from the Yosh team. Before his days at Suzuki, Hayden competed as a factory Yamaha rider.
“We’re very fortunate to be able to enlist a rider of his caliber for the Daytona 200,” said Yamaha’s Racing Manager, Keith McCarty. “Tommy formerly rode for us, so we know first-hand how capable he is. It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances, to be sure, but we’re pleased to be able to have Tommy race Garrett’s Number 8 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha R6
“The last thing a rider wants to do is replace an injured rider,” shared the eldest Hayden. “But, I rode for Yamaha a few years back, and they have always treated me like a special member of their family. I couldn't be happier to be back!”
Hayden is currently enroute to Daytona Beach, Florida and will participate in Friday morning’s 50-minute long qualifying session. The Daytona 200 will commence on Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 pm EST.