Chris Fillmore of Oxford, Mich., has won the 2011 AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Championship. Fillmore ended the season on a victorious note, winning the 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The Bruce Rossmeyer/Geico racer finished the season with five wins and eight podium appearances in nine races […]
Hayes to Race in Valencia GP for Injured Colin Edwards
Josh Hayes will make his MotoGP racing debut at the Nov. 6 Valencia Grand Prix in Spain as an injury replacement for fellow American Colin Edwards.
Already set to test the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 M1 after the season-ending race, Hayes was a logical choice to ride in Edwards’ place. Edwards will be sidelined with injuries sustained in the crash at the Sepang round that claimed Marco Simoncelli’s life.
Hayes was invited to the test as a reward for winning his second consecutive AMA Superbike title with the Monster Energy Graves Yamaha team. With the two teams’ common ties with both Yamaha and Monster, Hayes’ Tech 3 ride is a natural fit.
As for Edwards, Valencia would have been his final race in his seven-year tenure on Yamaha machines. Instead, the tragic Sepang round marked a sad ending to his time with Yamaha. Edwards is signed with the Forward Racing CRT squad for next season. Edwards requires surgery to repair the cartilage around the top of his left humerus bone.