Josh Hayes claimed his third consecutive American SuperBike title with style, the Graves Yamaha rider taking the Sunday win at Miami.
Josh Hayes claimed his third consecutive American SuperBike title with style, the Graves Yamaha rider taking the Sunday win at Miami. The champ gambled correctly with tire choice during the race, which was declared wet, choosing dry tires and charging forward on the drying drying circuit. Hayes was joined on the podium by Motorcycle Superstore Attack Performance rider Steve Rapp in second, his best result of the season, and Jordan Suzuki's Ben Bostrom in third.
Hayes didn't have to win on Sunday to claim his title. In fact, all the Graves Yamaha rider had to do was show up on the start grid, something his rival Blake Young failed to do. Young was missing from a chaotic starting grid, the Yoshimura Suzuki not present when riders lined up after the sighting lap.
Riders opted for various tires combinations, as the conditions at the Homestead-Miami Speedway were mixed during the day. When the race finally started unexpected names were up front. Erik Buell Racing's Geoff May claimed the lead followed by KTM's Chris Fillmore. Saturday race winner Roger Hayden was third with the Bostrom fourth and Hayes even further back in the running order.
Fillmore led the race briefly in Lap 2, but on full wets the KTM fell off the pace with the drying track. Conversely, Hayes started moving up in the running order, the only rider on full slicks.
May moved into lead again, with the Jordan Suzukis chasing. Graves Yamaha's Josh Herrin gave his elder teammate and newly crowned champ some trouble, not yielding fourth easily. The battle continued, with Hayes getting the position and moving forward.
Ben Bostrom (23), Geoff May (99), Josh Herrin (2) and Josh Hayes (1) in American SuperBike Race 2 in Miami.
The 1190RS held the lead throughout the first half of the race. The halfway mark saw May clear more than five seconds ahead of the two Jordan Suzukis, with the two factory Yamahas holding fourth and fifth.
Bostrom soon moved ahead of his teammate for second, with May in his sights. The EBR rider soon yielded, with Hayes getting round May as well. Meanwhile Hayden pulled into the pits and out of contention, getting a tire change.
Hayes would move into the lead as May did his best to hold onto a podium spot. It wasn't meant to be, however, as Attack Performance rider Rapp started picking his way through to his eventual second-place finish. Bostrom held on for third, with Herrin able to pass May for fourth with the EBR rider rounding out the top five.
The big news was Hayes getting yet another win for his title victory. Interestingly enough, the champ couldn't claim Big Kahuna status. Instead, that honor fell to none other than Bostrom. The veteran rider nabbed the surfboard by virtue of his consistent 5-3 result during the hectic weekend.
2012 American SuperBike Miami Race 2 Results:
SuperBike Race 2 podium with Josh Hayes (center) in first, Steve Rapp (right) in second and Ben Bostrom (left) in third.
1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Steve Rapp (Kawasaki)
3. Ben Bostrom (Suzuki)
4. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
5. Geoff May (EBR)
6. Robertino Pietri (Suzuki)
7. Bruno Silva (Kawasaki)
8. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki)
9. Sean Dwyer (Suzuki)
10. Roger Hayden (Suzuki)
AMA Pro SuperBike Championship Points:
1. Josh Hayes, 517
2. Blake Young, 401
3. Josh Herrin, 307
4. Roger Hayden, 293
5. Geoff May, 259
6. Ben Bostrom, 240
7. Larry Pegram, 238
8. Danny Eslick, 212
9. Steve Rapp, 191
10. Chris Clark, 167