Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes wrapped up the 2014 GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Presented by Yamaha over Memorial Day Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT. The three-time AMA Pro Superbike Champion took the win in the three-race series’ final round on Sunday afternoon and picked up the title to boot.
Hayes started the weekend by setting a new track record on his way to picking up pole position, thanks to a 1:27.979 lap time. In the following day’s race, he got off the line in the lead but then lost it to his Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammate Cameron Beaubier. For the next lap, he and Beaubier battled for first but then Beaubier suffered a get-off. Hayes capitalized on his teammate’s error and went on to take the win and the first-ever GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Shootout Championship. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
“Cameron was in front of me,” said Hayes. “And I was trying to figure out what I needed to do to stay with him because he rides so well. I saw him tip over, and I feel really bad for him. This was his championship to win, and I’m sorry that it ended like that for him.”
Coming into the race weekend, Beaubier led the title chase after finishing second in the series’ first race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, and taking the win at the previous round at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Hayes, who finished third at Fontana and second at Sonoma, was third in the overall points behind Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas. Cardenas opted out of the final round of the Superbike Shootout series.
“But I was happy that I was able to pick up the pieces for the team and get this victory and championship for our entire Monster Energy Graves Yamaha crew,” said Hayes. “It’s really cool to win this first Superbike Shootout championship. I’ve enjoyed racing in this series, and it’s been great to see the fans come out to see us race.”
Hayes was joined on the Arai Mountain Nationals podium by ADR Motorsport’s David Anthony in second and GEICO Honda’s Chris Ulrich in third.
Next weekend, the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha and the other U.S. Pro road race teams will return to contesting the AMA Pro Superbike Championship series, which resumes with round two at the Subway Superbike Doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.Tags: Auto Club Speedway, Cameron Beaubier, Chris Ulrich, David Anthony, Elkhart Lake, GEICO, Josh Hayes, Martin Cardenas, Miller Motorsports Park, Monster Energy Graves Yamaha, Motorsports, Road America, Sonoma Raceway, Yoshimura Suzuki