After a five year hiatus, Sonoma Raceway welcomes superbike racing back to northern California, August 11-13.
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We’re Back: Superbikes Return To Sonoma Raceway
MotoAmerica Set To Make Its Debut This Weekend
COSTA MESA, CA (August 9, 2017) – A lot has happened since the last time an AMA Superbike race was held at Sonoma Raceway in 2012. For starters, Sonoma Raceway was Infineon Raceway. And Josh Hayes was winning Superbike races. Oh, wait. Some things haven’t changed.
The last time AMA Superbikes ran at Sonoma Raceway, Hayes qualified on pole and won the first of two Superbike races for what was his third win of a season in which he would win 16 races and earn his third AMA Superbike crown. Since then, Hayes has won a fourth title in 2014 and has continued to pile on the victories, including his 61st win earlier this year. Five of those 61 Superbike wins (and his first-career Superbike win) have come at Sonoma Raceway and Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Hayes would like nothing more than to add to that total this weekend in the Championship at Sonoma Raceway, round seven of the 2017 MotoAmerica Series.
“I think it’s a racetrack that at times has suited me quite well,” Hayes said. “It’s pretty cool that I got my first win on a Superbike at that track and on this team in 2009. That was the race that broke the long-running Yoshimura Suzuki win streak so that was a pretty big deal. The next year I got rolling pretty good and won both races and it seemed like I had success for the next couple of years. I was a pretty strong contender every time there. I have always enjoyed the track even though it’s a tough racetrack with an odd rhythm sometimes. I …read more