JOSH HAYES WINS AT MILLER
Tyler O'Hara claimed a rare runaway victory in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Series typically noted for its closely fought battles at the front (photo courtesy: AMA Media)
Two-time champion Josh Hayes reclaimed the 2012 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike points lead he surrendered with his Infineon Raceway crash thanks to a decisive, perfect-points performance in the BigM Weekend presented by Lucas Oil at Miller Motorsport Park.
After putting the finishing touches on his fourth victory of the season, Hayes said, "What an awesome day. The bike was good, things have been pretty smooth for the weekend, we didn't really make too many changes, and we just worked on getting good clean laps. All in all, it was a pretty smooth run.
"We couldn't have asked for much more today. It was a beautiful day for racing. It was a perfect Memorial Day. Having the National Guard as the primary sponsor of our series, it was fantastic that on Memorial Day we would be able to put on a good show for them,” continued the two-time AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike champion. “Thanks to all the servicemen and women out there who support us and hopefully they were entertained by the show under the umbrella they provide for us."
The Champ's efforts were aided along by the determined efforts of teammate Josh Herrin and National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden, who did well to harry title contender Blake Young -- who had crashed in the morning warm-up -- during the crucial opening laps.
Hayden was not able to maintain the assault for long, however, crashing from a close fourth on lap 4 of 16. That left only National Guard SuperBike freshman Herrin to challenge Young for the runner-up spot.
AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series
Bartel's Harley-Davidson's Tyler O'Hara claimed a rare runaway victory in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Series typically noted for its closely fought battles at the front. Just as he became the first rider to claim a second pole position in the class this season on Sunday, on Monday he became the first to score a second win with his convincing triumph.
While the season's first races were decided by less than one second combined, O'Hara marched to a 4.260-second margin of victory over KLR Group/Vesrah's Kyle Wyman.
"Ever since we unloaded the bike off the truck it's been awesome," O'Hara said. "I rode here a few years ago on the Supermoto track and wanted to be out here. I'm just really comfortable on this track -- it's fast and flowing. I ran really hard tires and was comfortable out there sliding around.
"I put in a good charge at the beginning and just maintained the lead."
Wyman, in turn, was well clear of third-place finisher Michael Barnes, who took the checkered flag more than 12 seconds behind his race-winning Bartel's Harley-Davidson teammate.
The exciting AMA Pro Road Racing title fights will resume in mere days as the paddock immediately picks up and heads to the scenic Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, WI for Round 5 this weekend, June 1-3. For tickets and information about the Big Kahuna Miami, scheduled for September 21 - 23, 2012 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, visit http://www.m1powersports.com/big-kahuna-miami/.