In a dramatic, red-flag-interrupted MotoAmerica Superbike race at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA)–which included a five-lap restart and an all-out sprint to the checkers–Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing rider Josh Hayes finished on the podium in third. Meanwhile, defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion and Josh’s teammate Cameron Beaubier suffered a tipover, which damaged his #1 R1 Superbike enough that he was unable to continue or restart the race for the five-lap conclusion.
The red flag was flown because of oil on the track left by Kyle Wyman’s motorcycle, which occurred a few laps after Cameron’s incident.
After the race, Josh said, “One of my things I’ve been working on is to get up to speed more quickly. On the first start, things were really coming around, and I was getting better and better as the race wore on. So, the red flag didn’t really work in my favor.
“I had a great motorcycle today,” continued Josh. “So, I definitely used the best tool I had. I feel like I rode better than I ever have here. Tomorrow will be a little different with Cam back in there, but the more laps I run here, the more I feel like I’m dialing this place in.”
Josh, Cameron, and the entire Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Factory Racing team will be back in action for Superbike Race 2 on Sunday at 3:30 PM CST. Don’t miss it!
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