Josh Hayes: Nice Guys Finish Fast

Hayes1croppedA funny thing happened as my son and I walked the pits of the World and AMA Superbike races in Tooele, Utah. We found ourselves walking toward a fully-leathered Josh Hayes before the start of the AMA Superbike event.

Knowing that he was mentally preparing (and hydrating) for the event, we unobtrusively wished him “good luck”. To our surprise, he stopped and shook our hands. Not only that, he took the time to have a little chat with us.

I’ve been to enough races, and been in close proximity to enough top racers to know that many can be more than a little aloof and egotistically distant. Knowing that we met up with him during his pre-race preparations, Josh had every right to brush us off. He did not.

The race that he was preparing for turned out to be epic. Josh and Blake Young swapped positions repeatedly before Young ultimately held on to the top position on the final lap. It was the most exciting event on the final race day in Tooele.

Hayes3croppedIn the podium ceremony, it was again Hayes who captivated the audience with his humor and humility. He told the crowd with a grin that his wife had told him, “Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.” Obviously he did not relish finishing second.

After the champagne spraying that concluded the ceremony, Hayes again walked directly toward my son and me. In the disappointment of a second place finish, Hayes could have quickly brushed through the waiting crowd. He did not. He shook every outstretched hand (including my son’s) and talked with a smile to fans.

In our contact, Josh Hayes had no idea that I was a moto-journalist – it wouldn’t have mattered. He is a guy who treats everyone with respect. I was already a Josh Hayes fan. Now my son is, too. Yep, in the case of Josh Hayes, nice guys finish fast.

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Live Updates From Road America: AMA Superbike Race 2

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Tommy Hayden Talks Strategy with the Team
Josh Hayes. Tommy Hayden. Blake Young. If the second race at Road America is anything like the rest of the AMA Superbike season, these three riders will be riding at the front.

Josh Hayes has led the most laps throughout the 2011 AMA Superbike season but he’s only led on the final lap once. Blake Young has was able to steal the race victory from Hayes on the final lap at Miller Motorsports Park and he did the same thing yesterday during the first race at Road America.

Hayes nearly dropped two spots on the final lap as a late charge by Hayden fell short of second place by just .009 seconds.

These three riders are sure to make it an entertaining race today, but Martin Cardenas, Roger Hayden, Larry Pegram and Ben Bostrom could also find their way to the podium at the end of the race today.

The AMA Superbike race will kick off at 3:30 today. All About Bikes will have live updates throughout the race. (Hit refresh to make sure you have the latest information.)

The AMA Superbike riders are on the grid. After two amazing races in the Supersport and Daytona Sportbike series, the top riders will have to put on a show to keep the fans entertained.

The AMA Superbike riders have taken off on their sighting lap. Racing will commence shortly. (The Superbike race was delayed because of two red flags during the Daytona Sportbike race.)

And They’re Off!!!

Young jumps off the line, followed by his teamate Tommy Hayden. Josh Hayes follows in third.

Young, Hayden, and Hayes lead the way around the track, Martin Cardenas is close behind in fourth.

Hayden tries to draft pass down the straight, but doesn’t have the speed. Hayden pulls up alongside of his teammate before dropping back down to 2nd.

Young sets the pace with the fastest lap of the day. Young puts in a 2’17.624 lap time, but you can expect that to fall shortly.

Hayes gets by Hayden, then passes Young. Hayes now leads the two Suzukis as we head to the final stretch.

Roger Hayden puts in a new fastest lap, a 2’13.183, but still sits in fifth place.

JD Beach loses control on turn 10. Beach lowsides and will have to retire from the race.

Hayes sets a new fastest lap. Hayes drops the time to 2’12.341. Hayes is the only rider to lap under 2’13 so far.

Hayes has his biggest lead of the weekend. Hayes leads Young around the track by more than a second.

Young cuts into Hayes’ lead a bit, but he’ll need another quick lap to negate the space.

Hayden is riding right behind his teammate. Cardenas is few more lenths back, and Roger Hayden is right on his tail.

Lap 5: Hayes – Young – Hayden – Cardenas – R. Hayden – Rapp  – Perris – Bostro – Clark – Pegram

Hayes is really pushing up in the front. Hayes has a 1.5 second lead now.

Young and Hayden have both dipped below the 2’13 mark, but Hayes looks to really bo on his game.

Hayes adds another second to the gap. Hayes lost race 1 with a last lap pass by Young, but Hayes hasn’t had this much cushion in a long time.

Peris, Clark, and Pegram are fighting over the final spots in the top 10. .3 seconds seperate the 8th, 9th, and 10th place riders.

Hayes adds yet another second. Hayes now leads by three seconds. It will be hard for the Suzukis to draft that far back.

Hayden finds his way around Young. Maybe Hayden can take a stab at the front.

Lap 8: Hayes – Hayden – Young – Cardenas – R Hayden – Rapp – Peris – Bostrom – Pegram – Clark

Lap 9: Hayes is riding clean up at the front. If he can avoid any major mistakes, he should cruise to an easy victory.

Young and Hayden will be fighting for second as we come down to the last few laps. Cardenas has fallen back, and will have to fight off Roger Hayden for fourth.

Lap 11: Hayes crosses the line with a 2.75 second lead.

The Superbike riders are now on their final lap.

Hayden leads Young, but not by much.

Cardenas still holds onto fourth and looks like the gap has grown considerably between himself and Hayden. Rapp follows with Bostrom and Pegram close behind.

Hayes will lead the Superbike riders over the hill and no one will catch him.

Hayes take the win!

Hayden manages to fight off his teammate for the second spot on the podium. Blake Young finishes fifth.

AMA Superbike Results

  1. Hayes
  2. Hayden
  3. Young
  4. Cardenas
  5. R. Hayden
  6. Rapp
  7. Pegram
  8. Peris
  9. Clark
  10. Bostrom

Full race report to follow.

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Hayden Overtakes Hayes for Infineon Win

Tommy_still_chasing_JoshJosh Hayes was five laps away from doing the double at Infineon today, but a late race pass by Tommy Hayden ended those hopes. Tommy Hayden claimed the AMA Superbike race win at the Sonoma track, beating out Hayes, Young, and Rapp.

Hayden shadowed Hayes around the track, but a flawless ride by Hayes left the Suzuki rider little opportunity to pass.

“I was following him pretty close, but couldn’t find my way by,” Hayden said. “With about 10 to go I felt like if I got in front of him I could go faster. I was following him pretty close, trying to set up the pass. Then I started running out of laps so I knew I had to put my head down and do it. This one feels really good.”

Hayden made his move with five laps remaining. Once Hayden took the lead, Hayes made a small mistake that allowed Hayden to extend the gap. Hayden would stay about a second ahead of Hayes throughout the final laps, before putting on the speed on the final lap to finish 1.9 seconds ahead of the Yamaha rider.

“I had a really hard race,” Hayes said. “The bike was a bit of a handful today. I didn’t feel like I was totally sharp on the bike. I felt a little sloppy out there today.”

Behind the top duo, Blake Young rode a lonely race for third. Young came in 18 seconds behind the leader, but was well ahead of Steve Rapp and Larry Pegram, who completed the top five.

AMA Superbike Race Results – Infineon Race 2

  1. Tommy Hayden
  2. Josh Hayes
  3. Blake Young
  4. Steve Rapp
  5. Larry Pegram
  6. Ben Bostrom
  7. Roger Hayden
  8. Martin Cardenas
  9. Chris Peris
  10. Chris Clark

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Live Updates From Infineon: AMA Superbike Race 2

Josh_start_finish_straightJosh Hayes feels at home at Infineon. Hayes won both races at the California track in 2010, and took a comfortable win on Saturday. Hayes will be the man to beat today as the Superbike riders line up for the second race of the weekend at the Infineon Raceway.

Jake Holden could have given Hayes a run for his money on Saturday, but a mistake early in the race dropped him back from second to ninth. Holden was able to work his way through the field to take 2nd. If Holden can ride an error free race, he has the speed to challenge Hayes for the win.

Martin Cardenas should also be riding at the front. Cardenas did crash this morning and suffered a dislocated shoulder. Cardenas has been cleared to race this afternoon, but his shoulder could hinder his performance today.

And they’re off!

And they’re red flagged!

Martin Cardenas crashes in the corner. His bike rolls up onto the air wall. The race has been red flagged for motorcycle removal.

Chris Ulrich also went down on lap 1.

The riders are back on the grid. There will be a full restart.

The Superbike riders are back on the track. They’ll take a warm up lap before we restart race 2 from Infineon.

And they’re off again.

Three more riders go down!

JD Beach has his leg run over by another motorcycle.

No red flag but three more riders are out of the race.

JD Beach, Tony Casper, and Jordy Burgess all crashed in the incident. All riders are up and ok.

Hayden take the lead, followed by Young, Hayes, and Bostrom.

Lap 2: Hayden, Hayes, Young, Pegram, Bostrom. , Rapp, Hayden, Toye, Clark, May

Hayes sets him up to overtake at turn six. Sneaks by onthe inside, but is overtaken by Hayden on turn 7.

Hayden leads by .2 seconds. Hayes has . 3 seconds ahead of Young.

Hayes makes the same move on turn 6, and this time he’s able to cut infront of Hayden to keep him from passing.

Hayes sets his fastest lap, a 1’37.25, and leads the race by .3 seconds.

Shortly behind the top three, Pegram, Bostrom, Rapp and R. Hayden are fighting for the fourth place spot.

Martin Cardenas is working his way up from the back. Cardenas is now in 12h place.

Hayes and Hayden are pulling away. Young is now 1.7 seconds behind the top two.

Hayes is doing a good job keeping Hayden at bay. Hayes crosses the line .2 seconds ahead of Hayden.

The field is beginning to stretch out. Hayes and Hayden up front. Followed by Young, who has a good gap ahead of Larry Pegram. Behind Pegrap there is another gap before Rapp and Bostrom.

Hayden just puts in the fastest lap of the race (a 1’36.6). He’s determined not to let Hayes pull away.

Hayden cuts the gap down to .18 seconds.

Pegram’s trying to push it to catch Young. But Young has three seconds on the BMW rider.

Lap 10: Hayes – Hayden – Young – Pegram – Rapp – Bostrom – Hayden – Clark – Toye – Peris.

Hayes gains a few bike lengths, crosses the line .3 seconds ahead of Hayden. Both the top riders are consistently putting in mid 1’36 laps.

In 6th place, Bostrom and R. Hayden are battling down the track.

Hayden and Hayes are wheel to wheel. It looks like Hayden is just waiting for his moment to pass.

Hayes and Hayden have 10 seonds now ahead of Young.

Martin Cardenas has climbed up to 9th place.

Lap 14: Hayes – Hayden – Young – Pegram – Rapp – Bostrom – R Hayden – Clark – Cardenas – Peris

Hayden is shadowing Hayes’ every move. Hayden is now .07 seconds behind the leader.

Hayes is holding a very tight line around the track, giving Hayden almost no opportunities to pass. Hayden is just waiting for the small mistake that will allow him to take the lead.

Hayes nearly loses it over the rumble strip, but manages to hang on.

Young has four seconds ahead of Pegram, who is now battling for fourth with Rapp.

Hayden makes the pass!

Haye runs wide and gives Hayden a little breathing room.

Wow. Hayden crosses the line and has a second gap over Hayes.

Four laps to go. Hayden – Hayes – Young – Pegram – Rapp – R Hayden – Bostrom – Cardenas – Clark – Peris

Pegram and Rapp are battling for fourth, while R Hayden and Bostrom fight for 6th.

Lap 20: Hayes is starting to close the gap, but with two laps to go, he may not have enough time.

Final lap/ Hayden still has a .9 second lead.

Hayden – Hayes – Young – Pegram – Rapp – Bostrom – R Hayden – Cardenas

Tommy Hayden takes the win!

On the podium – Hayden, Hayes, Young.

Full Race Report to Follow.

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Josh Hayes Does The Motorcycle Mating Dance [Video]

josh_hayesIn a recent imaginary survey, 80% of male riders say that they started riding a motorcycle to pick up chicks. The stat may not be exactly accurate (of course it just may be) but it’s no secret, at least in the male mind, that chicks dig motorcycles.

AMA Superbike rider and defending Superbike champion Josh Hayes put this theory to the test. Could he really win the affection of a female just by riding his motorcycle?

Here is the motorcycle mating dance as performed by Josh Hayes.

There you have it. Chicks dig motorcycles. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Melissa Paris just happens to be married to Hayes.

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