Homestead, FL September 23, 2012 – Dark skies, thunder, lightning, and rain couldn’t curtail the friendly Hurricane from winning the race and the title. Josh “Hurricane” Hayes won his third AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike championship, while also winning Sunday’s SuperBike Race Two at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
As it turned out, Josh actually won the championship before the race even started, since his closest competitor Blake Young decided to sit out the race due to the wet-but-drying track. That wasn’t going to deter Josh from trying to win the race for his Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha team and his army of fans across the country and around the world.
While some riders chose full rain tires, Josh decided to go out on the grooved intermediate Dunlops on both the front and rear, and it proved to be the right choice. After the start, Josh was able to click off faster laps than the riders ahead of him, and he caught up in short fashion, then put his #1 Yamaha YZF-R1 in its rightful place at the front. From there, Josh was able to pull a gap, which he stretched out to a lead of nearly five second by the time he took the checkered flag.
Reflecting on his 14th race win of the season and his third championship in a row, Josh said, “Today, there was a lot of talk about how to handle the wet conditions. I stuck to my plan of going out on the track so the fans could see the #1 R1 at speed. I pretty much rode around without a slip, and I started thinking that I could make it to the front on the setup we chose. I’m really glad it worked out. It’s great to get a win in the same race that I won the championship.”