Following 23 faultless circulations, Hayes claimed the checkered flag with more than eight seconds to spare to score his 13th victory of the season -- a new all-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike record. The win also stood as the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha pilot's tenth straight in succession, further extending his series' mark. Hayes said, "To be able to stretch away and pull away like that... just having pace on people -- that's what racing is all about. I like it and I'm working really hard and having fun. It's a big testament to my crew and how hard they've worked. It makes the hard work I've been doing at home feel like a big payoff. I'm glad I'm able to do this for my team."
Josh Hayes all but sewed-up his 3rd AMA Pro Superbike Championship in-a-row with his 13th win of the season by over 8 seconds on the #1 Graves Motorsports Monster Energy Yamaha YZF-R1 over the weekend at the New Jersey Motorsports Park round of the 2012 season. This was the only view the rest of the field got of the Louisiana resident in both races at NJMP this last weekend. AMA Pro Road Racing photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Team Amsoil/Hero's Geoff May worked hard to stick with Herrin but eventually fell into the clutches of Yoshimura Suzuki's Blake Young. The rivals dropped out of podium contention in a Turn 1 incident on lap 17 of 23 that left May and his #99 EBR 1190RS on the ground and Young off-course. National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden inherited the position and went on to score his sixth podium finish of the '12 season. "The podium was maybe a gift today," Hayden said. "We pretty much struggled all weekend being consistent. I think I showed up a little bit rusty... But all and all, I'm happy with the podium. My pace was a lot better than yesterday but we still have to cut down the gap to the two Joshes."
Hayes heads to the series' penultimate round at Homestead-Miami Speedway carrying a massive 98-point advantage and in strong position to clinch his third consecutive AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike title a round early.
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