Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha rider Josh Hayes pulled out all the stops to take home the win on Sunday after a tough race filled with near-crashes and pouring rain at Road America. This marked the 43rd victory of his AMA Pro SuperBike career.
Josh had a fantastic start, launching him to the lead where he would stay until the final red flag came out, calling a stop to the race due to inclement conditions and a number of last-lap incidents.
“Despite the conditions and circumstances of the race, I’m happy to get this win for my team. With all that rain, those last two laps were the toughest I’ve ever had here at Road America,” said Josh just after the race.
Cameron Beaubier, Hayes’ teammate, also had a tough day, making his first real rookie mistake when he lost the front of his bike in Turn 1 early in the race. The 21 year-old SuperBike rookie got a break when the race was red-flagged due to rain, which gave his crew a chance to get the #2 R1 race-ready for the restart. Beaubier rejoined the battle and ultimately finished 13th, keeping his current status as championship points leader with 90 points.
Hayes’ victory moves him to third place in the overall standings and only four points shy of the lead.
Round 3 of the AMA Pro SuperBike season takes place on June 21 - 22, 2014 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL
Watch the drama of AMA Pro SuperBike Race 2 below: