Sonoma, CA May 6, 2012 – Major drama unfolded for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team in Sunday’s AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at Infineon Raceway as two-time reigning champion Josh Hayes suffered a very uncharacteristic tipover on lap two of the race. Both he and his crossplane-crankshaft Yamaha YZF-R1® were none the worse for wear, however. Josh quickly got back on the bike and started clicking off fast laps, which got him all the way up to 7th place when the checkered flag waved.
Josh raced hard and captured as many valuable SuperBike Championship points as he could. He’s now second in the standings, and despite the drama, he’s just four points out of first.
Meanwhile, Josh Herrin took over as lead bike for the team and worked himself into second place. Unfortunately, on lap 17, Josh’s #2 R1 suddenly slowed with a very rare mechanical issue, and he had to retire from the race.
The next race for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team will be at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28.