AMA Superbike rider Josh Hayes has proved he’s in a class all by himself this season, and the story continued at Laguna Seca. Hayes absolutely destroyed the competition at the California track, ultimately winning by more than 9 seconds.
The victory was Hayes’ eighth in a row, 11th of the year and 28th all-time. Two of these accomplishments are significant – the eighth consecutive win is now the AMA Superbike record for victories in a row, while the 28th all-time win puts Hayes third on the list of winningest riders in AMA Superbike, tied with Ben Spies. Spies was actually in attendance to watch Hayes tie him on the list, as the Yamaha rider had just finished competing in MotoGP.
“Good things are happening right now,” Hayes said. “I’ll ride the train as long as I can. If I get into a battle in a hard race, you’re going to see me fighting for it for that individual race; it has nothing to do with streaks or race wins or anything like that. It’s for that race win. I’m in a position where I can try for every single one of them.”
With Hayes so far out in front, the most interesting part of the race was the battle for second. Hayes’ teammate Josh Herrin looked to have it locked up, but ultimately had to settle for third after he was passed by Blake Young toward the end of the race.