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WSS: Hayes returns to US with Yamaha.

World Supersport standout Josh Hayes has decided to return to the United States in 2009 after concluding a deal to race for Yamaha in the AMA Superbike Championship.

A multiple Formula Extreme Champion, Hayes showed off his skills on the European stage towards the end of this season after being signed by the Parkalgar Honda team.

Culminating in a marvellous run to fourth place in the season-ending Portimao event, a race he actually led for a brief time, there was an expectation that he might be retained by the team for a full campaign in 2009.

However, with the team having already confirmed Eugene Laverty as their lead rider for next season, Hayes has since been confirmed as Yamaha's new Superbike rider in AMA this season.

One quarter of a four rider line-up, Hayes joins Ben Bostrom, Josh Herrin and Tommy Aquino in the team.


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Hayes, Portuguese WSS 2008
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Yamaha pack up for long haul, Misano WSBK 2017
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Yamaha pack up for long haul, Misano WSBK 2017
Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Pata Yamaha]
Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael van der Mark, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Alex Lowes, Pata Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Pata Yamaha switch gear, Donington WSBK 2017
Pata Yamaha switch gear, Donington WSBK 2017
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Hayden, AMA Superbike, SBK, 2002.
Hayden, AMA Superbike, SBK, 2002.
Hayden, AMA Superbike, SBK, 2002.

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george - Unregistered

November 19, 2008 4:58 PM

Dan, whats that say about your "world championship" when all the best MX riders in the world are actually in the AMA? Its more than a money issue with Hayes. He's wanted a piece of SuperBike for years and never had the opportunity. Who in their right mind would take a undercard ride over a factory deal in the premiere class? If he had a superbike ride in SBK than maybe I could see it as a tough decision, but 600's... thats a no-brainer.

Raw Dawg - Unregistered

November 18, 2008 5:21 PM

I read that Hayes said that it was no way he could race in WSS becasue of the money - it would have been less than half than what he made last year. It's a shame on one hand becasue he would have easily been a front runner but he deserved a Superbike ride in AMA and he finally got it.



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