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Fast start propels Josh Hayes to AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike win at Laguna Seca Hot

Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes roared to the fore when the flag dropped and proceeded to dust the field by more than seven seconds for his sixth victory of the season in the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The 38-year-old veteran Hayes registered his 39th premier class championship and is seeking his fourth consecutive AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike points title. He bested his teammate, Josh Herrin, by 7.829 seconds at the checkers. Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas rounded out the podium as part of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix weekend.

Barring unforeseen developments, the three seem destined to wage a season-long chase for the points crown. Hayes (223 points) holds a slim 11-point on the 23-year-old second-year rider Herrin (212) with the native Colombian Cardenas (207) another five points back.

Hayes gives field no chance

Thanks to his fast break from the start, Hayes immediately deflated the opposition, leading for the entirety of the 23-lap race in a one-sided victory. It’s not the race Hayes expected. He anticipated a second-half surge would be necessary to seal the deal but when no challenge materialized from the field, he happily accepted the alternative – clear sailing and a lopsided win.

And, as champions do more often than not, Hayes saved his best race of the weekend with the title on the line. Earlier weekend sessions proved to be a bit of a struggle but Hayes noted things clicked on Sunday and the lap times came easily in an essentially flawless ride.

Engaging battle for second

With Hayes’ victory all but a foregone conclusion almost immediately after the start, the race for second place provided the real action with Hayes’ Monster Energy Yamaha Graves’ teammate Herrin right in the thick of it. By his own admission not ready when the start flag dropped, Herrin made up for it with a strong run to earn his podium spot.

Realizing the chance to reel in Hayes seemed unlikely, Herrin moved in front of expected challenger National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s rider Roger Hayden and held him at bay for several laps, aiding Hayes in opening an early gap. Hayden eventually moved into second place on the eighth lap but slid back to fourth and eventually succumbed to mechanical problems.

Herrin went to work to hold off Cardenas for second, picking up the pace in the later laps to ensure that Cardenas did not catch him. Though lamenting being caught by Hayes’ opening burst off the line, Herrin enjoyed the battle for second with Hayden and Cardenas.

Cardenas called it a tough race, acknowledging his good fortune to reach the podium at the expense of Hayden’s mechanical failure while noting he battled throughout the race to maintain control of his rear end.

Hayden’s National Guard Jordan Suzuki teammate Danny Eslick finished fourth while KTM/HMC Racing’s Chris Fillmore completed the Top Five.

2013 AMA Pro SuperBike Laguna Seca Results:

1. Josh Hayes (Yamaha)
2. Josh Herrin (Yamaha)
3. Martin Cardenas (Suzuki)
4. Danny Eslick (Suzuki)
5. Chris Fillmore (KTM)
6. Geoff May (EBR)
7. Aaron Yates (EBR)
8. Larry Pegram (Yamaha)
9. Cory West (EBR)
10. David Anthony (Suzuki)
11. Chris Clark (Suzuki)
12. Chris Ulrich (Honda)
13. Dustin Dominguez (EBR)
14. Reese Wacker (Suzuki)
15. Mathew Orange (BMW)

2013 AMA Pro SuperBike Points:

1. Josh Hayes, 223
2. Josh Herrin, 212
3. Martin Cardenas, 207
4. Danny Eslick, 148
5. Roger Hayden, 134
6. Larry Pegram, 131
7. Chris Fillmore, 123
8. Geoff May, 107
9. Aaron Yates, 98
10. David Anthony, 96

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0 # Vertical 2013-08-14 13:59
This guys is really dominating the US race scene, he has been for years now. Can't we have some new blood..!!!!
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