MotoGP » AMA champion Josh Hayes to test Tech 3 Yamaha

Hayes's MotoGP test outing is a reward for winning the AMA Superbike Championship in 2011.

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October 05, 2011 9:51 AM

Well it makes sense to put somebody on the bike for the test. Colin is unlikely to be riding it as he's not with the team next year, and whoever replaces him is probably still going to be under contract with another manufacturer at that point.

It's not really part of any 'testing' program though, as Tech 3 won't be running the 800 next year and there'll be no further development on it. It's more a reward to Hayes and a bit of publicity for Yamaha US and Monster.

dave - Unregistered

October 05, 2011 11:22 AM

Great news. Josh is a very talented rider. Hope he does well and secures a ride next year. It would be a strong team if Laverty were to be his team mate too, as certain rumours from WSBK seem to sugest

th - Unregistered

October 05, 2011 11:39 AM

Re J.Bridgestonne comment ,would doubt it would cause Cal a blink , he is the sort of guy who would take on anyone and will probably help the American to settle

MM - Unregistered

October 05, 2011 11:43 AM

"Points mean prizes" especially when they add up to a championship. What better gift could you give to reward a motorcycle racer? (well, short of a factory ride in the MotoGP championship, of course!)


October 05, 2011 12:09 PM

Some misunderstanding here, I think. This is not about a Tech 3 ride for 2012. Crutchlow is already contracted and confirmed for next year and by Valencia his team mate will be too. The ride for Hayes is only a sampler, agreed by Herve as a favour to Yamaha US and Monster Energy.

Of course he has the opportunity to put himself on the radar by performing well, but having to adjust to the Bridgestones, carbon brakes and the extra power is a lot to ask of any superbike rider over one test. It should be a good learning experience for him nonetheless.

The Truth - Unregistered

October 05, 2011 1:09 PM

Had the usual British standard of journalism been applied to this story (stating the age of the person being written about) one would realize this is just an end of season ride on an obsolete bike....period.

Hayes is I believe aged 37


October 05, 2011 1:24 PM

Congrats to Hayes. Yes this is a consulation prize for him and probably will not give much useful input, but I doubt that is the point. He is known in AMA for not liking or riding with TC, so the added electronics will be a lot for him, more so than for most others that would be doing a true test. But, he is clearly a good rider and it is the dream of every rider to be on a GP bike, even if just once. Hope he enjoys himself and can find a ride for next year, maybe WSBK. Seeing as age is a plus there...

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